The location is fantastic...walkable from Train station, and to all major sites. There are some cafes/bars on the street so even after shops, etc closed at night there were places to have a drink without having to walk through deserted streets. That is all the good I can say about this hotel...and for the same price I moved to a really nice one a block away (just book Hotel Globus...much better! and actually 5 euro cheaper since they didn't charge extra for breakfast)
So..the problems. The bathroom smelled. The cafe downstairs played loud, bass-heavy music that thumped the walls all day, at least until midnight. They give you one towel and change it every other day. (There is actually a sign in the room saying by law they don't need to change the towel...didn't see that in the same star rating hotel down the street.) The desk person went into a long description about using the key properly and how it costs them so much money if it gets broken- apparently some moron once upon a time managed to break they key in the lock and I guess every subsequent guest is now a suspected key-breaking hooligan. Then there is a long discussion about turning off the a/c when you leave the room, with accompanying signs on the wall as well.
The breakfast room is without windows, dingy and depressing. It consisted of cold cereal, and not so fresh breads. They do make you fresh coffee though.
I ended up there for a few days since I had some issues back home to deal with and had to be close to internet and phone, but when I did venture out to get another hotel I found Globus just down the street and for the same price I got a wonderful modern room, really nice breakfast, and felt like a welcome guest rather than a moocher hell-bent on wrecking the owner's bottom line with my outlandish demands for linens and things.
To sum it up, it was cheap and location is good, and it's tolerable. But once I looked around I found other hotels had the same rate (45 euro for a single) and were much nicer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Florence (only 4 minutes walking distance from the Cathedral, 6 minutes from the station, 8 minutes from the Congress Palace and 12 minutes from the Pitti exhibitions) the hotel is the right place to visit the historic center. Rooms with private bath, Tv, direct dial telephone, air-conditioning and wireless internet free of charge.Upon request, rooms with mini-fridge.Panoramic rooms with view on the Cathedral and Medici Chapels ( from the 4th floor).Paid garage facilities avaible 50 mt from the hotel.Hotel Lorena is far walking distance from:Medici Chapels: 55 metriDuomo : 200 metriDavid di Michelangelo ( Galleria dell'Accedemia ) : 300 metriPalazzo Vecchio & Uffizi : 500 metriPonte Vecchio : 700 m ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Lorena Hotel Florence
- Lorena Hotel Florence