I really wanted to love this hotel. The price was great, there was free self-serve alcohol, the rooms were large...etc. However, for every pro there was a con. Let's start with the location. Yes it was nice to be out of the main touristy part, but this place was really out there. The bus into town (23) came infrequently and was always packed to the brim with people. Clearly Florence needs to add more buses on this route. I did like the pizzeria next door, though.
The free alcohol was indeed free but very awkward to access. It was in the room right off the front desk. The room is VERY small and cramped. It felt too weird to help ourselves with the front desk clerk watching us. It did not seem inviting. From the description on their website, I imagined a libarary room where you could pour yourself a drink and relax. This was not the case. It was a very cramped space with a table and two chairs you could barely get to. Basically it was set up in the hallway, constantly in the way.
The lady who checked us in was awesome. She gave us a free bottle of champagne and some strawberries b/c it was our honeymoon. This was very nice and I am thankful for it. However, the rest of our experiences with the staff was not as favorable. There was only ever one person working at a time and you would have to wait in line to speak with them. This hotel really needs two staff members during check in and check out.
Onto the rooms...they are outdated!! It was great that our room was large with a sofa. But our comforter and rug seemed like they were from the '80s...old and gross!! It's odd b/c there was a beautiful dark grey tile floor under the gross old oriental rug. It would be a cheap renovation for them to ditch the rugs and buy new comforters. Par for the course, the large room and sofa was ruined by the old finishes. Pros = cons.
The bathroom was decently sized but there were odd things about it as well. The shower was rectangle shaped. So at first glimpse it looked larger than most in Europe, but upon showering the odd shape is actually much smaller. I think the scented toilet paper was a miss. It smelled like old musk.
Overall, I would not stay here again unless it was renovated. The location is just too far from the major attractions and I would want a more modern room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Feeling at home: a warm sensation that the Rosary Garden is able to convey to its guests. Completely refurbished, thus creating a charming atmosphere, elegant and friendly at the same time. Each bedroom is different from the other and equipped with air conditioning, direct telephone, free internet Wi-Fi, LCD satellite TV and digital channels, mini-bar, safe, make-up mirror, hairdryer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rosary Garden Hotel
- Rosary Garden Florence