The Hotel Davanzati is a winner for many reasons -- excellent location, terrific service, new and clean rooms and bathrooms, and perhaps best of all, the family members who own and operate the hotel are charming and extremely attentive and helpful. The hotel is conveniently located to major sights (e.g., walking distance to the David, Ufizzi, cathedrals, shopping, restaurants, etc.). Newly renovated, the room was very comfortable and the bathroom new and clean. We traveled to Florence in September 2004, and could only stay for one night. Since our time was limited, we relied on the hotel owners (Fabrizio and his son Tomasso -- both speak very good English) to direct us to the places we wanted to see even though we didn't have much time. They gave us very good driving and walking directions and excellent restaurant recommendations. Although it's a steep flight of stairs up to the entrance of the hotel, the staff is quick to help you with your bags. The other great thing about the Davanzati staff is that they are quick to respond to emails while you are planning your trip, and are willing to reserve tickets in advance for museums and other sights.
If I return to Florence, I'll book this hotel again. Excellent value!More