On our recent trip to Italy we stayed at Hotel La Residenza for 8 days. It was a very nice place to use as our "home base" to sightsee, take day trips and enjoy all that Italy has to offer. The room was very spacious, comfortable, clean and we felt very secure. The location was amazing because we were so close to the train station and only a block away from the river and Ponte Vecchio! Can't beat this location for sightseeing all of Florence! The rooftop patio was very enjoyable in the evenings and provided a chance to share a bottle of wine and meet other fellow travelers to share stories.
The only downsides to our stay were the breakfast -we only ate at the hotel once during our long stay - and the location of our room down the hall from the front desk and right across the hall from the storage closet! WAY too noisy early in the morning with housekeeping beginning their rounds. If we had it to do over again we would've asked to switch rooms.
I would recommend this hotel for location, helpful staff and cleanliness.More