My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Aprile from March 11 to March 22. We were visiting our daughter who is studying for the semester in Florence. Although I consult Trip Advisor all the time before traveling (and we travel frequently), I have never taken the time to write a review--well I am taking the time now. We originally booked for 3 nights figuring that we would rent a car and drive through Tuscany. The hotel was so conveniently located (near the train and bus stations) and our room was so charming the lovely that we decided to stay for 10 nights total. We took the train to Lucca, Fiersole, Assissi, San Giang (oh I forget the spelling), and the bus to Sienna. All were close enough to enjoy the train ride and have plenty of time to sightsee. The Italians know how to live. I've been back over a week and am still experiencing withdrawl! We stayed in Room 67 which was on the top floor--and E.M. Forster would appreciate that we had a room with a view. My husband is 6'4", so footboards present a problem for us. We had a king-sized bed and a good-sized marble bathroom with a bidet, modern shower, and heated towel rack. I think some of the other rooms are bigger, but ours was quiet and spacious enough for two. Andrea greeted us every morning and served the best cup of cappucino(s) to start our day--and there ARE frescoes in the breakfast room. We found the hotel staff to be very professional, and the hotel to be very quiet. The weather was lovely, and there are several places to eat within a five to ten minute walk.
Reviews are always based on what someone expects, so know that my husband and I are travellers, we are not tourists--and we don't have the inclination or budget for the Ritz Carlton type of experience, so read my comments with that in mind. For the most part, we look for places that have charm and character, and that are clean, safe, and in a good location. The Hotel Aprile more than met our expectations. I found their service to be first rate--professional and hospitable. Fresh toiletries and coffee and tea in the room everyday. We'll be back. This was one of our nicest vacations ever, and we hope you enjoy Italy as much as we did!
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