This hotel is in a great location. Florence is a fair sized city and I researched loads before booking up, but once I arrived I realised that as long as you are about 10 mins from The Duomo in any direction you are probably going to be ok. Hotel Giglio is a 10 min walk from The Duomo down a nice street with lots of little shops on it. It is also very close to the Acadamia (well worth a visit to see the statue of David) and the San Lorenzo market which is the best place in the city to get good quality leather (bags, coats, wallets, belts etc). We were particularly impressed with the staff at the hotel: whoever was managing the front desk, they were always happy to answer questions and were incredibly helpful with all their advice. It is a family run hotel and their personal touch on everything is very nice to see. Breakfast has been mentioned in other reviews and I concur that it is very good.
Florence has so much to see and do and we found 4 days was a bit tight to do it all, but it is possible. We hired a car too and went down to the Chianti region (we had a stunning lunch in Greve) which was lovely and it was really nice to see a different side of Tuscany as the scenery and views were fabulous. I'm going to do a separate review, but we found a fab little trattoria 'Mangiafuoco Bracerie' which is on Via Guelfa (the road behind Macdonalds) where the service and food were phenomenal. In a big city with so many choices and many of them just tourist joints, this was a great find and I would go back in a heartbeat.
Overall, a good hotel, a beautiful city and somewhere I would definitely return to.
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