This is our second stay here (first time was 2008). We are SO glad we returned ... but before committing to Hotel Alessandra for this trip, we thoroughly explored the possibility of renting an apartment in Florence for a week or more. We were quite attracted to several apartments, but, upon comparison, those apartments fell short of the package Hotel Alessandra offered.
#1: fantastic location ... turn right out the hotel's door, 130 steps and you are on Via Calcaiuoli (a vibrant street), if you turn right from there and go 90 more steps, you are standing on the Ponte Vecchio ... turn left at Via C. and walk approximately 150 steps (didn't count that distance) and you are on the Piazza della Signoria. Wow! No, that's WOW!!
#2: the internet is super fast ... and super free.
#3: the location is quiet; the hotel inside is quiet: only important if sleep matters to you.
#4: The staff is awesome! Andrea runs the place with an easy energy and every-ready smile ... that's real. He knows way more than guide books offer. YOUR need is HIS most immediate concern. No question too big or small for him ... or his darling Mom, who often fills in. They exude warmth ... I've seen Andrea/Mom in action many, many times ... they always aim to please and to calm.
Also, I gotta mention (and certainly NOT as an after-thought), Monti, Mr. Night-Shift ... he's got enough personality to fill a Broadway musical (maybe two) ... lots of local colour from him and interesting opinions ... but only if you want them. He frequently says, "Life is a circle" ... he's a big-hearted giver. If you stay here and fail to enjoy your interactions with Monti (while leaving/retrieving the room key) ... then you're not likely the kind of person who would enjoy gelato either.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our family run hotel is right in the heart of Florence old town - near to the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio. Without doubt, Hotel Alessandra is one of the most centrally located hotels in Florence. In this privileged position, Hotel Alessandra offers a home away from home, with our friendly team and extensive knowledge of the local area. The hotel entrance is situated on the second floor of the building. You can reach the reception floor using the lift, small but working fine (in the 1400s buildings hadn't been designed with this in mind!) But please note that there are around 30 steps from the entrance on the street level to the departure of the lift. We very much look forward to seeing you! Andrea and Anna ... more less
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