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Hotel Scoti
Ranked #202 of 410 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 October 2006

i stayed at Hotel Scoti in 1997 and returned in 2006 and was just as pleased. it is on the fanciest shopping street in Florence, Via Tornabuoni in a building built in 1440. the main greeting room has frescos on the walls and ceiling from 1770. Doreen is a wonderful host, she and her husband live in the building and she was extremely helpful in advising us on how to get into the Uffizi without tickets. the room accomodations are simple, but clean and comfortable for a tourist who doesn't want to spend long in their room. the frescos and building are just beautiful, so even though the room is more plain, it's worth it. it's up a big staircase, but there is a TINY elevator that barely fit 2 people and 2 suitcases, but did the trick for the initial trip up.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2006

I stayed at the Hotel Scoti for five nights at the beginning of October and wouldn't hesitate to go back. Doreen and Carmelo were the perfect hosts and couldn't do enough for you while you were there. They recommended the best places to eat when we arrived - one for every night we were there! (make sure you book to eat in il Latini when you are there which is just around the corner from the hotel! the food and experience is brilliant - thank you Doreen!)
The hotel is located on a very up market street, next to Prada and opposite Cartier, on the second floor of a building. Our ensuite room was large with twin beds and had all the basic things you could need for a short stay. The sitting room is beautiful with floor to ceiling frescoes. All of the major sites are no more than a 10-15 minute walk away, with the Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica (which leads to The Palazzo Vecchio and The Uffizi) about a 5 minute walk! We arrived by train which is an easy 15 minute walk.
I would highly recommend the Hotel Scoti and would definately stay there again!

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled with friends
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3  Thank chaela104
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Reviewed 11 October 2006

Having been to Florence many times in the 1980s, I knew we wanted a central location and a quiet night's sleep, two concepts which, in Florence, can be mutually exclusive. With a strong Euro, we also needed a good value.

Unlike many of the less expensive accomodations in Florence, Hotel Scoti is located in a central location on Florence's most fashionable shopping street, Via Tournabuoni. The location put us within not more than a 5 minute walk to most of Florence's attractions on both sides of the Arno, as well as the train station.

Located in a 16th century palazzo, the hotel is the only one in its buiding, unlike some buildings that have a pensione on every floor, so the building is a peaceful place. The website reccomends requesting a room on the inner courtyard for a quieter night's sleep, so that is what we got.

The hotel has been recently rennovated and our room had a nice bathroom w/shower, very clean. The owners, Doreen and Carmelo, could not have been nicer or more accomodating. They were available whenever we needed them and were helpful in suggesting options for dinner , etc.

It has been my experience that Florentine hoteliers have alot of pride in what they offer and standards are overal pretty high, but I think Hotel Scoti was an especially good value. Hotel Scoti is not a luxurious place, but it fit our needs perfectly, making our stay in Florence memorable.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Polyxena
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Reviewed 26 September 2006

My partner and I spent two days at the Hotel Scoti in mid-September and can only echo the positive comments of other reviewers. The common areas of the hotel are charming, the rooms are clean and comfortable (a little spartan, but that's what we expected), the location is great for any first time visitor to Florence who wants to see the main sights, and the breakfast, while more expensive than a capuccino and croissant standing up at an Italian cafe, was cheaper than anywhere else we stayed. The highlight, however, is the proprietor Doreen, who was without a doubt one of the nicest, most helpful people with whom we dealt while in Italy. She gave us directions, made several helpful suggestions about things to see and places to eat, and seemed genuinely interested in making the acquaintance of everyone who stayed at the hotel. Before we arrived she or someone else at the hotel also made us a reservation at the Uffizi, and offered to make dinner reservations if we wanted to eat at an upscale restaurant. All of this for 95 euros per night for two people (with a private bathroom).

Two final notes: First, several other reviews mentioned noise in some of the rooms facing out towards the main street. We had one of these rooms, and it was our experience that if we closed the window the noise didn't wake us up in the morning (and the weather was cool enough so that this was not at all uncomfortable). Second, the only qualification I might make is that the neighborhood of the hotel is VERY touristy, even for Florence. Most of the restaurants in the hotel's immediate vicinity cater to foreigners, and the entire experience can start to take on a bit of a theme park quality. Were we to come again, we might try for a slightly more far flung neighborhood in order to get a bit more of a feel for the real city. But for first time visitors, or anyone who simply needs an economical, friendly place to stay, the Hotel Scoti is tops.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank DanW329
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Reviewed 11 August 2006

Hotel Scoti is across the street from Cartier on the fashion strip of Florence. It's a five minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio and all the attractions are certainly within walking distance. We had a clean room with a very clean washroom and it was great for the price. We didn't experience any noise as did other reviewers but I guess it depends on the room you get. For the price, you can't go wrong. I would definitely go back. We slept and showered and then were out discovering. Hotel Scoti served it's purpose.

  • Stayed: May 2006, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank FabioD
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Reviewed 14 July 2006

I can heartily the Hotel Scoti. My brother and I stayed in a spacious twin room, en-suite, with a view over the back roofs across to a tower (church , we suspect : see below) for 105 Euros a night, which we reckoned was very good value. Breakfast is available, in a rather fine room for (I think) 5 Euros, but it is not compulsory and we did not have it.

The Hotel Scoti is located in Via Tornaboun as part of an old palazzo, two floors up. There is a lift, which I recommend you use, at least until you get used to the stairs, which are not always on at night, and you need to know where the switches are.

Via Tornabouni is in a rather swanky street. The hotel itself is located next door to Prada and across the street from Cartier. However it never felt busy and we never heard traffic in the room. It is about five to ten minutes walk from Santa Maria Novella railway station,
and only a few minutes from Piazza della Republica and the Duomo.

Your hosts, Doreen and Carmelo, were most welcoming. My brother and arrived in after 11pm but we had warned them in advance and Doreen was waiting for us. Thereafter they were always happy to see us and to check if there was anything we needed. The beds were perfectly fine. Shower, handbasin, toilet and bidet.

The only thing I would warn you about is that the room had no air-conditioning. To be honest I prefer this because the drone keeps me awake, and I woulkd rather use the perfectly good windows and shutters. However the first night, a Saturday night, was a very warm evening so we left the windows open. However this meant we we awoken first of all by the dawn chorus - the Scoti is near the Arno and so not far from the swarming starlings , and then at 7am the church bells started to ring, and not just seven times for 7am, but about 35 sharp peals. Once you know about it you can deal with it, and it is hardly the fault of the hotel, but be aware.

If, like us, you want a serviceable place to sleep in safe, friendly surroundings, as opposed to paying for the grander but often faceless hotel experience, then the Hotel Scoti will do you very nicely. Five stars, with ease.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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6  Thank Jakies_Abroad
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Reviewed 13 July 2006

We went to Hotel Scoti after staying in a very relaxed and fun Casa Astarita in Sorrento. We found Scoti very formal and lonely for a long stay. No chance of mingling with other guests in the elegant sitting room. Everyone crept around and kept to themselves. The dining room was beautifully furnished but eating was not permitted there. We would have loved to have had the chance of eating in occasionally. Even a cup of coffee would have been nice.

2  Thank suzanmuzza
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Address: Via Dei Tornabuoni 7, 50123, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
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#139 Romantic Hotel in Florence
Price Range: £41 - £115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Scoti 1*
Number of rooms: 44
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