This hotel in Florence had its ups and downs. The best part of our stay was the co-owner, Andrea, who is extremely helpful, kind and friendly. He wanted to make sure we had a good time, and greeted us every morning at breakfast (with cappuccino wearing a cinnamon smiley face). He also helped us book a Vespa tour through the countryside and filled us in on local history. Absolutely the worst part of our stay was the dreaded zanzara (mosquito) attack. We mistakenly left the window open the second night we were there and awoke to find that we had been invaded by dozens of voracious tiger mosquitoes. My husband had more than 60 welts from the bites. We had asked about the mosquitoes after reading about them in Rick Steves' guidebook but another employee told usupon check-in that "they don't bother me." Hmm.
Other than that, the hotel is decent, if not a little worn, but adequate and a good value for Florence. It is within walking distance of everything you want to see in Florence as well as the best restaurants and shopping. Warning to those who don't like to walk up stairs: You will have to walk up several to get to the hotel, and even to get to the elevator (lift) is quite a hike, if stairs bother you.
The breakfast is good--mostly self-serve, but they will make you coffee and espresso. Andrea is a wonderful host and made us feel extremely welcome.
- 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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