We only had one night at this quaint little hotel, in a room with a view of the river (and of an old church bell tower - does not seem to be working though!), quietly tucked down a street a few minutes walk from Ponte Vecchio. We arrived early from Lucca, before 10am, and were thrilled that our room was almost ready for us to check in, so we could dump bags and go exploring. The hotel is so close to the main sights, but the location is quiet enough that you feel like a local! Staff are helpful and welcoming, room was huge, clean, comfy. As it was our last day in Italy we managed to squeeze in a fair amount of shopping - the market round the corner was a goldmine of gorgeously soft leather-ware in all colours (gloves, bags), silk scarves - mostly good quality and well priced. A pleasant surprise that I could browse without being hassled, and that it was really lovely quality. That was a Saturday - am not sure if it's there everyday. Note that the restaurant a few doors up from the hotel only takes cash - good food though. Great breakfast in hotel, before we rushed off to the station. Definitely recommend this cheerful, charming little place.
- 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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