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Hotel President
Ranked #361 of 422 Hotels in Florence
Edinburgh
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“Hotel with a view”
Reviewed 14 October 2012

The President Florence hotel.. first impressions where very very good. But it went down hill from there I'm afraid. The room was good and big but the air conditioning didn't work. We opened the windows only to realise, we were letting mosquitoes in as well. Getting the shower to work was a challenge. To add to all of this, the hotel is quite far from Florence City Centre.
The breakfast was ok.
The view of the city from the room was quite nice.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

Hotel President did the job in terms of having somewhere to keep our luggage and sleep, however you won't want to be spending any more time there! The hotel lacks warmth in every aspect. Previous reviews talk about nice views but we looked on to another wall. No natural light whatsoever or fresh air gets in, and the decor is lackluster. Staff were nice but lacked energy. Breakfast was a big dissapointment - a couple of cold rolls and some orange juice is about all you will get.

Location was good if you don't mind 20 min walk to centre of town.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

I stay at this hotel because it was booked by a tour I was... The Hotel was working with just one person. The rooms were clean, but there was no view from our room because the window was locked with another antique wood window. The only thing that I like was a little pizzeria with a wood oven and the smell of the delicious pizzas and calzones was great, so... I took my meal at my room and fall asleep soon to go away on the morning. So it was O.K. just for a night.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

I was booked into the President by the organisers of a conference at the European University Institute which is close by in Fiesole. Fantastic view, lovely building and gardens, excellent air conditioning, serviceable bathroom-- and little else. The breakfast was a disgrace- automated instant coffee in Italy!- and nothing fresh at all. One had to pay for wifi, and there was nothing in the hotel after breakfast- no bar or anything. There was a suspicious mix up over payment at checkout which equally suspiciously cleared up as soon as I showed them a relevant email but which cost me an expensive roaming phone call and which I'm inclined, frankly speaking, to attribute to residual racist prejudices. No point in staying here unless you have to for work and you need to know people in Florence to take you to the city and give you a good time (which I did)

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

Description and photos are NOT what you will find. A box to catch rats was next to the tables (which were well covered with ants) in the garden. General lack of care and no ambience/atmosphere whatsoever. Delapidated building.Filthy walls and curtains, and ruined/scratched/miserable furniture. Tiny TV with only Italian channels.Poor breakfast with scarce choice. No bar available: there is a shelf with some bottles, but no one works there - ever! Smelly toilets next to the lifts. Maybe 2 stars would be more apt. It feels like a cheap run down hostel.
The woman that "welcomed" me at the reception demanded the I.D. document to a friend of mine that was simply helping me to bring the suitcase in my room, when, if it is a 4 star, there should be someone providing that service.Moreover, the first room that she gave me (despite having paid for a DOUBLE with single use) was a sort of dim cupboard with no air-con. When I complained she said that there was a bed and a half and it is used for 2 people. Reluctantly, she changed my room to an equally depressive one with a double bed and a noisy air-con.
It was so unpleasant to stay there, that I'd prefer to venture outside despite 40 degrees temperature. Poor choice of toiletries: no cream, no cotton buds: in a 4 star they are supposed to pay attention to those details. But, indeed, the bathroom was so small (measured 2.2 sq.metres) that there was no space for "pleasanties". By the way, the taps didn't function properly, too. Also, being outside the tiny centre of Florence, you will pay more for the taxi fare to the airport. Save your money and go to sleep under a bridge: it will be a better and cleaner experience....

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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, Direttore at Hotel President, responded to this review, 13 July 2012
Dear Ms Cy d
thanks for your review on our hotel and I really appreciated the honesty, competence, objectivity with which pleasantly you wrote it.
Thank you very much, and please take care of yourself.
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San Luis Potosi, Mexico
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

The beds are the most uncomfortable I've slept on! A terrible location, in the middle of nowhere. Don't stay here.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Florence, Italy
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

Every year I stay at this hotel. The staff has always been very helpful. One year the safe in the room wasn't working. We mentioned this to the reception as soon as we arrived. Instantly someone came to our room to fix it. Another time, I forgot one of my tops at the hotel. We called up the hotel. When we went to the hotel to get it, it was folded nicely in a bag. One of the receptionist helped us print out our boarding passes when we were having problems printing it out. It took over a half hour, but she never lost her cool and made sure it printed correctly. The breakfast is fine. The cappuccino machines make very good cappuccino. There isn't a fancy selection, but it's very good and tasty. The views of Florence room the balcony are amazing. The rooms are very clean and tidy. You have to realize that in Florence there are many mosquitoes. You should be aware that you can't open the windows or else they will come in. This isn't the hotel's fault. It isn't at all a hike from historic downtown. It's an easy walk, if it's not too hot. You have a choice of bus stops. Via Pancinotti for either the #17 or #11 bus or go to Via Borghini for the #1 bus. It's barely a 5 minute walk to the bus stops. You can get your bus tickets at a news stand or tabaccheria. It's very simple.
I would recommend this hotel. It's not super fancy, but it's homey and friendly.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel President
Address: Via della Piazzuola 36bis, 50133, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
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Ranked #361 of 422 Hotels in Florence
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel President 4*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The President Hotel is a classic style hotel, with modern technology and every comfort. It’s an ancient palace of 1869 restored and turned into a hotel in 1986, located near Piazza della Libertà on so-called avenues of Florence, absolutely close to the historic city center and the congress site of Fortezza da Basso, Palazzo dei Congressi and Palazzo degli Affari. The cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is just at 15 minute walk away and the central train station Santa Maria Novella is only 3 kms far or 10 minutes by car. ... more   less 
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