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“Central location, helpful staff”
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Hotel Nizza
Ranked #155 of 411 Hotels in Florence
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Superb location 3min walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station and on the edge of all the tourist attractions. It is a very old but well kept hotel. Thes staff is friendly and helpful and they do speak English! Breakfast is average. Coffee was not at its best quality. We had two nights stay and although on a noisy street we had a god sleep with the shutters and windows closed and a/c on.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

My husband, son, and I stayed there on June 14th and 15th, leaving on the morning of the 16th. The hotel is conveniently located by the train station (only 5-6 minutes walking distance) and also located close to many of the main attractions. The breakfast was included, and consisted of breads (with different jellies and spreads), cold cuts, cheese slices, cereal, milk, coffee (not recommended, it was bitter and strong), juices, etc. The location and breakfast were the two strong points.
Note that you are told upon check in that you must leave your key at the front desk each time you exit the hotel for any reason, which is fine unless you return and have to wait for guests checking in before getting your key to go back to your room. Also, during the day the air conditioners in each room are turned off by a universal switch and if you return to your room during the day for a rest, you must go to the front desk and ask that they turn on the air conditioner for your specific room. At night the air conditioner switch is universally turned back on, but it does take a few hours on a hot day to cool down the room. We were lucky because there was a bit of a cool front on the second day and it was not an issue.
Another interesting fact was that on the second morning when our room was cleaned, the towels we had used the night before (which were damp and did not smell so great) were folded up and placed over the towel rack again without being rewashed (still damp and with the same smell and smudges), which was fine except that we didn't know to whom each towel belonged. All in all, if you want a hotel close to the train station and major locations, and will not be staying in your room during the day, and don't mind a no-frills room, this place will be satisfactory.

Room Tip: We requested a quiet room, and were pleased, because we were not bothered by any noise, day or night...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Debbie V
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Hotel Nizza was a lovely hotel located not far from the heart of Firenze. The staff was extremely friendly and very helpful. The room though small fit our family of 4's needs exactly. Highly recommended for a 3-4 night stay.

Room Tip: If travelling with a family request the 4 person, everyone gets a bed.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Ingrid M
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

There appears to be an epidemic on Tripadvisor which causes reviewers to make outlandish claims about their experiences. They'll say it was a nightmare (and that all the staff are essentially evil) or that it's by far the best hotel in the city (how can they even know that).  Although my experience of Hotel Nizza was by no means 'nightmarish', it certainly wasn't dreamy. But I'll try be objective!

- The hotel's best selling point is the relationship between location and price - both of which are attractive, with the hotel a 5 minute walk from SMN station as well as the major city attractions and the price just below its obvious competitors'.
- The guys at the front desk were super-friendly. The one guy joked about the unique spelling of my name. I appreciated the effort.
- Having said that, our room was pretty drab. It looked like it had been cut and paste from a 1990's retirement resort. 
- It even had a bright red alarm chord dangling in the shower, presumably so we could summon a nurse in the event of a fall. 
- Our bed cover completed the picture, patterned with geometric flourishes from a bygone era.  It's not the aesthetics which troubled me. It's more a case of doing the maths and realizing how many guests must've snuggled up against it since its debut as a bed-spread in the '90's.
- The least pleasant aspect of our experience was the noise from the window at night (for which one can't really blame the hotel) - and the exploits of about 4 uncatchable mosquitoes. 
- The result was that we finally fell asleep at about 3am, having finally decided that fresh air from the window was a luxury we could do without - and having come to terms with the fact that feeding our prime tourist bodies to local mozzies was nothing more than our humble role in the great circle of life (cue sweeping Lion King music).
- On the bright side, breakfast was pleasant, although basic. The focal point of the breakfast spread was an automatic Nescafe machine which promised about 8 different drinks. I selected 'cappuccino' but appreciated the machine's generosity all the same.

Overall, not a nightmare - but not exactly a good night's rest either. Not all the hotel's fault though.  But in hindsight I think an extra twenty Euros per night (in the same area) would've spared us from the feeling of being plunged into early retirement in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

Perfect location for city break. Between main station & Duomo. Uffizi gallery 10min walk away. Safe, central & very clean. Great value & highly recommended. Nice staff & decent breakfast. No frills but if your priority is enjoying florence this is a perfect base to explore the compact city centre

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

We booked here because it was close to SMN train station, had breakfast and internet. One out of three were true.
The rooms we had was tiny, dark and depressing. The view was the scaffolding across the street (which i know they cannot control- it just added to our impression). It is terribly noisy with the windows open, and the room was quite hot. Couldn't figure out the ac. Bathroom is tiny.
The location is a quick hop from the train, so if you are in Florence for a short time, this is nice. It is a short walk to markets, SMN, the Duomo, Medici Capella and Accademia.
Breakfast was basic, but machine-made coffee- blech. Breakfast room is very gloomy.
The internet did not work. We had dinner next door at a lovely restaurant, and obtained their wifi code which we used for the next two days.
Staff were nice and speak English.

So if you need an inexpensive place to stay in Florence with no bells or whistles and spend almost no time in your hotel room, this will work for you. Not a bad stay, just not memorable.

Room Tip: We were on the main floor--- go higher for a bit more peace.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Location: excellent, close to train station and city center.

General: lack of light, no windows in the breakfast room, in the corridors, in the reception. Friendly staff

Room : would need a serious refreshment, electricity is old and bathroom has no ventilation. Furniture is basic but beds and mattress are comfortable.

Internet : The hotel description indicates free WIFI everywhere and it did not work once in our room and even in the corridor we had to use internet from another hotel. I think hotel management knows it is not working and does not do anything to improve its service.

Breakfast: Tasteless and poor choice.

Room Tip: Ask for room with internet....
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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Thank poutika26
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Address: Via del Giglio 5, 50123, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santa Maria Novella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Room Service
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Ranked #155 of 411 Hotels in Florence
Price Range: £43 - £122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Nizza 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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