I settled on the Relais Cavalcanti after much research on various websites and after staying there in a triple room (with wife and daughter) for six nights, am very satisfied with my choice. The pensione is very well situated, in close proximity to all the major attractions and walking distance from the SMN Station. The rooms are spacious and nicely done up and come with a fridge. An innovative feature about the place is that each room is named after a major Renaissance artist, ours was 'Michelangelo'!
Though breakfast is not provided, there is a common dining room with a supply of cakes, pastries, bread, butter, jam, coffee, tea, soft drinks. There is also a microwave and electric kettle. One can always pick up those fluffy croissants at nearby bakeries and heat them up for a quick bite. You also get to meet a lot of interesting people in the dining room - I will always remember a Spanish couple - the Sanchezes - who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary! Despite their limited English and our Nil Spanish, we could communicate perfectly.
Some of the earlier reviews had complained about the corridor smell - its not sewage, but cooking gas. Looks like a faint leak in the piped gas system. The double windows cut off all noise and the beds were very comfortable - after each days extensive walking, one sleeps before the head hits the pillow. The room is cleaned and towels, soaps replaced every day.
On the whole, an ideal place to stay in for the budget.
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- Also Known As:
- Relais Cavalcanti Hotel Florence