My husband and I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights on our stop at Florence. It is a 15 - 20 minute walk from the train station, which is convenient since we avoided taking cabs during our entire trip in Italy. It would probably only be a 5 minute cab ride.
The hotel itself is located inside a building, so don't expect walking up to a hotel building. Marco, his wife, brother and other staff were welcoming, answering all our questions about restaurants, attractions, providing us with a map and even giving us directions to the laundromat (it is literally just around the corner). In the front reception area you will find a shelf full of books, dvds, guide books and pamphlets for local tours to borrow during your stay.
The room itself and the bathroom is spacious, the furniture is old but has it's charm. We had a room at the back and the view was ok. But it meant that it was quiet the whole time. Cleanliness is average.The first thing I did was put the large throw pillows in the closet since I don't know when they were cleaned the last time. They provide you with slippers and a bath robe. The only other thing which I though might be a bit dirty is the towel warmer/ rack in the bathroom ( I stayed away from using towels that touched that thing). We had one large bed, made up of 2 twin beds which did not bother us.The room also had free wifi which is allowed us to keep in touch with family and friends.
The location is great as you can walk all the to the tourist areas and attractions. We also found some great restaurants nearby. During our stay we also took a day tour to Cinque Terre and the tour company could easily locate the hotel. The breakfast included is average and has a selection of cold cuts, cheeses, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, juices, cereal, coffee and tea.
For the price we paid, it was well worth it. Note that it is a 3 star hotel on the hotel booking website. So don't come in expecting 4 star or 5 star accomodation and service in North American standards. If I were to visit Florence again, I would definitely be back for a stay.
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