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“Absolutely incredible location and bedroom”
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Hotel San Giovanni
Ranked #259 of 412 Hotels in Florence
Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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“Absolutely incredible location and bedroom”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed in this hotel for two nights in early June. Our room overlooked the Duomo and the central piazza from the second floor, and for the price charged, you could not do any better. The room was very large and comfortable with a couple of fresco's on the wall!! So centrally located, and would recommend to anyone and everyone. Would definitely love to return to this beautiful place.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Fantastic location, I couldn't believe when I opened the shutters that I was looking across at the duomo and baptistery. We had 800 year old fresco's on our ceiling and the room was furnished in lovely shabby chic style. My family of 4 were very comfortable in the room and the toilet and shower across the hall was always spotless and well maintained. It is a bit of a hike up the stairs to the hotel, with a small lift enough to hold 2 people or 1 person and some luggage, though this wasn't a problem and we enjoyed the exercise (burn off the pizza and pasta!). If I ever get the chance, I will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2014

We really enjoyed our stay here. Our window overlooked the Duomo and for the price you physically cannot do better than this. The building felt old, but in a really authentic way and the furniture was very nice. The beds were very comfy, and the location was so convenient we were able to return throughout the day and nap before heading out for more sight-seeing.

Obviously for the location you have to expect a certain degree of noise, but this is solved easily by closing the windows. It was quite nice having the buzz of the city!
For a short stay this is the perfect place.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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The Woodlands, Texas
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Wow, the location of this hotel cannot be beaten! We had views of the Duomo and Baptistery from our hotel! It was very easy to find from the SMN station.

Pros:
-VERY little noise, the room my wife and I were in had thick glass windows and huge wooden shutters that blocked 90% of the noise from the bustling Duomo area
-Comfortable beds, spacious room
-Umberto was an excellent and very accomodating host!

Cons:
-Wi-fi down the hall in the lounge so no access to it from the room for us, this was not a big deal as we go on vacation to get away
-The private bathrooms are not attached to the room but across the hall, also not a big deal as you can lock them and are given your own key

Room Tip: We had a room right on the Duomo (we booked a 2-bed but were given the 3-bed with a corner view) and...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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California
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014

The best thing about this hotel is location. You can stick your head out of the window to if the line for Duomo is short or long before you head over there. It also close to a lot of shop, restaurant and all the main attraction.

The elevator is VERY VERY SMALL. 2 person can barely fit in the elevator. I would not recommend this for the disability people or people who have a hard time talking because in front of the elevator is the stair if you not careful you might fall easy.

We have a share bathroom but we never see other guest when we using the bathroom.

You can hear a lot of noise form the street but it didn't bother us.

The owner is a very nice older gentleman but we rarely see him. If you stay there and need a taxi to go to the airport, the owner will make a phone call and taxi will show up in front of the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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South Africa
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2014

I almost felt as though I could reach out of my window and touch the Duomo. Huge room with an amazing view, this hotel is great value for money. We spent four nights in Florence and totally fell in love with the place.

The place was neat and tidy, but don't expect 5 star luxury, it has the basics which were more than adequate during our stay. In terms of price and location, you cant get much better!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Location, Location, Location !!!!!

The hotel is located just 20-30m from the city Duomo. If you get a corner room, you probably will see the Duomo from your window. We unfortunately couldn't get the corner room. Still we can just lean out off the window can see Duomo from the window.

The owner is also nice and gave a lot of helpful advices about restaurants. We followed his advices and tried several local places. They were all great.

The bad things about this hotel is the building is very very old (of course, it is in Florence). So the we did not pay much attention about it. However, I expected the bed mattress not to be as old as the building.

Overall, I was quite happy staying here.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel San Giovanni
Address: Via Dei Cerretani 2, 50123, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > San Lorenzo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#24 Best Value Hotel in Florence
#144 Romantic Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel San Giovanni 1*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel San Giovanni is a characteristic old worldly Florentine pensione. It is located in the heart of Florence's historical center right on the corner of Piazza San Giovanni (the cathedral square). This superb location means all of city museums, galleries and other tourist attractions are within a short walking distance from the hotel. The hotel is located in two medieval tower buildings that in the 16th century became the bishops private residence. Today it is still possible to see in some of the rooms the original frescos. You will enjoy the amazing view from your window of one the world's most beautiful piazza. ... more   less 
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