We stayed at Hotel Panorama for two nights and didn't know what to expect. When we booked the hotel it had dismal reviews but we were just looking for a bed so we chose the hotel based on it's price point and prepared ourselves for a mini disaster. Wow were we ever wrong!!! We had some problems with out rental car in Rome and did not arrive in Florence until late in the evening, this was absolutely no problem at the front desk and they were incredibly helpful! There is even a small fridge with drinks for sale that we very much appreciated. They were slightly more expensive than at a store but we didn't care and were happy to pay the extra for the convience. We had a quad room which was reasonable in size (even with our three large suitcases and additional hand bags). The room was very clean and had all the ammenities you would expect in a hotel as well as a happy surprise of a small fridge! The hotel provided a car service where we would simply leave our car out front and someone would come and collect the car and return it at our request. This cost us 26Euros a day and the parking lot was guaranteed, we were very happy about this especially after our long day of travel and headaches that we arrived with. We were even told that if we wanted to site see after 11am on the day of our check out that the front desk would watch our bags and then call our car when we were ready (we didn't use this feature but it was nice to have a back up).
The location of this hotel is perfect!! Moments away from the pedestrian only areas of Florence, 2mins away from David, 8mins from the Dumo, and about 15mins to the river. We loved walking everywhere and never had any issues with trying to reach any attraction.
Breakfast was fine, nothing fancy but normal of European hotels. Staff was very friendly and we really appreciated how quickly we were able to have breakfast (we had full days and didn't want to waste much time eating in the morning). Everything was delicious we were very happy with breakfast.
Someone did mention mosquitos as an issue and yes we did also experience this but I hardly think the hotel can be held responsible for an insect that is an issue all around the world. They did provide a contraption for eliminating or repelling the mosquitos but we couldn't figure out how to use this and decided that we really didn't care that much about the mosquitos (there definitely wasn't an infestation, just normal amounts of mosquitos)
Hotel is on the second floor and there is a small lift, we used it only for our suitcases and used the stairs the rest of the time. If you are handicapable then you can absolutely still use the lift it just may take a couple of trips to get there in the small lift but this is normal for a building that is this old.
I highly recommend this hotel if you are on a budget, you really can't ask for much more in a hotel. If you find a more expensive place you may find nicer sheets, or fancier rooms but really what would you rather? Personally I was happy to save money at the hotel and spend it on wine and food in Florence! We really didn't feel that we were missing out on anything!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Panorama is a 2 star budget hotel in the center of Florence with a marvellous panoramic view of the city. We are located close to the Accademia Art Gallery, the Cathedral and the Convention Centre and only at 15 minutes walking distance from the main railway station. All rooms have private facilities and private telephone - a satellite tv set is at guest's disposal in the Reception Hall as well as some safety boxes. ... more less
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