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Hotel Alessandra
Ranked #36 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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168 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Pleasent & Convenient”
Reviewed 19 October 2012

High marks for this hotel. Great value. We had a mini-suite and it was spacious with high ceilings, complete bath, and large window. The staff was exceptional; pleasant, friendly, and quite accommodating. The breakfast area was comfortable and the food good. The location is awesome for walking around and being close to the sites.
One caveat for this hotel; you have to walk up to the third floor to get to it. For those who are older, out-of-shape, or have big bags - beware. PS: there is an elevator from the 2nd floor to the 3rd and beyond. We would definitely return as long as we were in good shape. PS2: I got attacked by mosquitoes at night. Check with the desk, they have plug-in repellents that you can use that will quell them.

Room Tip: we got a mimi-suite with a partial view of the duomo and was quite spacious - you should consider pa...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Hotel-Alessandra, Proprietario at Hotel Alessandra, responded to this review, 22 October 2012
Thank you for taking the time to comment!

Yes - Florence (indeed Italy) does suffer from mosquitoes. We do provide plug-in repellents for the rooms, and do advise that in the warmer months guests always use a cream or lotion too. The very long dry summer this yeah means that the little blighters are still around even now!

Our stairs - our very famous stairs; the location for love stories, some very puffy morning greetings between guests, a million incredulous comments "are you serious??", very competitive speed events from the truly fit ... Of course we help guests up and down the stairs with luggage (you can immagine how fit we have become over the years) and we talk lots about our stairs on our facebook page. You are absolutely right, our hotel is not the right place for anyone with mobility problems, weak knees or even who just doesn't like stairs.

We are delighted your enjoyed your time with us.

Kind regards - Andrea Gennarini
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

We chose this hotel based on the TA reviews and the location. We stayed here 3 nights, and really liked the Alessandra. The location was good, but it took about 20 minutes walk from the train station (Santa Maria Novella) and we took a wrong turn or two. The hotel sign is not easy to see unless you know where to look. There are a few stairs to take before you reach the lift, but after that, it's a quick ride to the third floor and the lobby. The people here treated us like family, and they were very friendly and funny. Our room was quite spacious, and we had a view over the nearby buildings out of our window. There are shutters that can block out almost all outside light. We were on an inside wall, so we had no noise. We had booked a room with shared bath, since that was the only one available. I thought it would be inconvenient, but it was not that bad, even in the morning.

Wi-fi was free, worked well, and was very fast. We could make phone calls easily.
The breakfast was good, with ham, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, cappucino to order, breads, cereal, yogurt, the usual.

We took the stairs instead of the lift when we went out and returned; we took the lift when we checked out with our bags.

The owner, a nice lady, thanked us personally when we left and said she hoped we'd come back on our next visit. As far as I remember, that was one of the only times anyone has taken the effort to do this!
We'd come back here, but would probably book farther in advance to get one of the rooms with the private bath.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hotel-Alessandra, Proprietario at Hotel Alessandra, responded to this review, 22 October 2012
Hello and thank you so much for taking the time write such a detailed review. Yes we just like to add that on our facebook page we have photos of the front door showing where we are, what bell to press etc. On 500 year old buildings the local council is not keen on us putting up flashing neon signs to indicate our presence (we guess they are right!).

We make sure the shared bathrooms are always fresh and clean for the next person - we think that is very important.

And as Anna said, do come back again!

Kind reagards - Andrea Gennarini
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

We enjoyed our stay at the Allessandra because the accommodations were comfortable, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was delicious. We received great service and were given a tip for dinner that worked out very well. The lift was a help. My wife was unsure about a shared bath, but after our stay thought it was just fine as the bathrooms were clean, updated, and well maintained. The room was quiet and clean, and we would definitely stay again

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hotel-Alessandra, Proprietario at Hotel Alessandra, responded to this review, 17 October 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to make these comments. We are glad that you choice worked out for you - and note that you appreciated the lift! Perhaps we might look forward to seeing you again one day.

Kind regards - Andrea Gennarini
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Reviewed 13 October 2012 via mobile

Absolutely the worst hotel I've ever stayed in. I can't believe it's no 13 out of over 400 hotels in Florence. We walked into our room and it was musty smelling with several mosquitios flying around along with a dead one splattered on the wall. In addition we walk into the bathroom to find a dirty pair of thong underwear hanging on the hook. We stayed there because it had hundreds of positive reviews. Pay attention to the negative as well! The bed was very uncomfortable with the hardest pillows. Stay away

Stayed September 2012
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Hotel-Alessandra, Proprietario at Hotel Alessandra, responded to this review, 15 October 2012
Hello, firstly of course we wish to thank you for your review. We are always grateful to receive information regards people's experiences.

We would like to say to you, and indeed to everyone reading this, that if ever there is any kind of problem with your room, anything that is out of place, anything that we can do to make your stay better, please tell us immediately. If we can do anything to make your stay better, of course we will. Read our other reviews! We have helped plenty of guests out with usual normal requests and even provided solutions to the most obsure requests. If we can, we do.

We are sorry that we shall not be seeing you again, and wish you well for the future.
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

We were referred to Hotel Alessandra by our friends who visit each year. They even told us which was their favorite room, which we booked. Boy, were they right! Our room overlooked a beautiful courtyard that then viewed the river! Our room was huge, with our own private bathroom down the hall (so Euro, which we love). The hotel staff were so helpful with sorting out our plans as well as recommending two of our favorite dinners of our entire two week European holiday. It's on the quaintest side street, right in the heart of everything, but off the beaten track. Close to fabulous wine bars, restaurants, Ponte Vecchio and OMG, the shopping. To die for! We had to buy two extra suitcases.... We will absolutely go back.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hotel-Alessandra, Owner at Hotel Alessandra, responded to this review, 29 October 2012
Wow! We love being "Euro"! And love your enthusiasm. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

Kind regards - Andrea Gennarini
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

Two friends and I stayed at the wonderful Hotel Alessandra from Sept.17-19, 2012. The hotel was perfectly located, rooms were spotless, and the service from Andrea and his staff was the best service we received in any hotel during our trip to Italy - we felt like we were in their home. Breakfast was great, especially the cappuccinos. Would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone visting Florence.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Hotel-Alessandra, Proprietario at Hotel Alessandra, responded to this review, 10 October 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us, and everyone else, here. We really do appreciate learning everyone's point of view. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us.

Kind regards - Andrea Gennarini
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2012

My wife and I stayed here for two nights on the last leg of our honeymoon. The location can't be beat, just as previous reviews have mentioned. It is clean and very quiet. Breakfast was adequate. Price was incredibly low. Yes, it has a few stairs and a small lift, but who cares? Leave your giant suitcases at home people! What do you need all that stuff for anyway? The rooms have AC if you want it. Bathrooms were clean (unusual for Italy). No need to wander far for dinner. The best place we found was right there on the same street just a few doors away....All of the staff (even including the housekeepers!) were very friendly... We loved Monti! He alone was worth the stay at this hotel. Whatever we asked for was made available to us with a genuine smile and kind words. If I owned a hotel I would want him working there! And if we return to Florence we would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hotel-Alessandra, Proprietario at Hotel Alessandra, responded to this review, 8 October 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment here. We so much enjoy and learn from reading about people's experiences. We are glad that all the team, including Monti, came up with the goods! We are glad too that you found a happy working relationship with our stairs!

Kind regards - Andrea Gennarini
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Property: Hotel Alessandra
Address: Borgo Santi Apostoli 17, 50123, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Uffizi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
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Ranked #36 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Alessandra 2*
Number of rooms: 25
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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