Having travelled in Europe before, I know hotels are a gamble. The pictures don't tell the whole story and there's always something I wish I'd known before I booked. The Hotel Colomba is no exception - you can't tell from the literature or website how clean, comfortable, and convenient it is. We arrived in the afternoon and were greeted warmly, checked in, and shown to Room 8; two singles with a view of a small courtyard.
The room had a wardrobe, television with SKY tv, a desk, luggage stand (big enough for two carry-on suitcases), two nightstands and a stocked mini-fridge. The bathroom was HUGE by European standards, but I think we got a handicap-accessible room. The beds were a little firm for my friend's taste, but I was completely comfortable. The room was spotlessly clean every day and perfectly maintained; the owner's husband Michael even replaced our broken shower head before we remembered to report it!
The remote-controlled AC was a cool comfort after a day of shopping and sight seeing, for which we were perfectly located. The leather market is around the corner, the Piazza Duomo down the street to the right and little shops and restaurants everywhere.
But the best part of the stay is by far the proprietor and her husband; they are so warm, friendly and personable that they made a good stay into a great one. Rosanna greeted us every morning with a genuine smile and a coffee to order, and was happy to recommend restaurants and give advice on what to see. I don't think I've ever felt so at home away from home!
If you plan to visit Florence, you can't go wrong with Hotel Colomba. I look forward to going back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Colomba prefers the familiar look and aims to make travelers feel at home. The hotel staff is well prepared and ready to respond to all the needs of travelers. Located in a central area of Florence, this hotel is also famous for its cooking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Colomba Hotel Florence