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Hotel Cestelli
Ranked #220 of 659 Florence B&B and Inns
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99 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

Although the couple working there is really sweet and nice people, I just couldn't give them above a 2/5.

You feel almost as if you are in their own house. There are a million signs everywhere saying "don't touch this", "don't do that", "do this", etc.

The rooms haven't been redecorated or redone since 1818, so if you're an old old grandma I guess you'd love them.

There is one socket in the room that doesn't even work with most outlet adapters and is on the other side of the room from the bed.

No A/C so you have to leave the windows open and get attacked by mosquitos all night. We had some GNARLY bug bites.

The WiFi doesn't work very well and in fact another guest sat outside our room at night to get access to WiFi because it didn't work in their room.

On the flip side the location is amazing.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Burbank, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Hotel Cestelli exceeded all of our expectations. We booked one of the rooms with a shared bathroom down the hall. Originally, I wasn't looking forward to sharing a bathroom. Surprisingly, it was among the nicest bathrooms we used in all of Italy! They keep it spotless and beautifully decorated. The atmosphere is wonderfully calming with candles and fragrant potpourri. The shower is stocked with a nice selection of products in case you don’t have your own. Also, the bathroom is used by one person at a time, so privacy was never an issue.

The room was simple, but pleasantly decorated. The in-room sink was convenient so we didn't have to walk to the bathroom for brushing our teeth and other simple hygiene. Just like the rest of the hotel, there is a great sense of calm and peace in the rooms which is relaxing especially after a full day of exploring busy Florence.

The building is very centrally located; all the main sights are only a short walk away. When you walk into the reception area, it's so peaceful and fragrant that it almost feels like a monastery. The building is also very secure. On check out day they held our luggage for us while we enjoyed Florence for one last day.

Alessio and Asumi, the couple who run the hotel, are also among the nicest people we met in all of Italy. In fact, I would even say that speaking with them was one of the highlights of our trip. They are fluent in English and even lived in the United Sates for a few years. They were incredibly warm and welcoming and they're more than happy to help you with any information you need. They also provided great sightseeing advice. Thanks to them, we discovered some wonderful places in Florence that are off the beaten path that most tourists probably miss out on. They are passionate about helping people discover the beauty behind every aspect of the city.

I would not hesitate to stay here again the next time I'm in Florence.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2014

This place is very near perfection for a traveller not looking for a resort.

The negatives are well promoted and not a big deal but worth a mention;
- it has only one shared bathroom for those rooms without their own bathroom
- it has no lift but is only on the 2nd floor
- it has no TV - not a big deal in Florence but maybe for some.

The positives are endless not least the bargain price. The location is absolutely superb, only a street back from the river near the Pontivecchio and in the cutest street ever. The building itself is beautiful with a huge door, a 500 yr old bust above it and has a very nice first impression.

The people who run it are perfect - friendly, so warm and helpful - you just want to talk to them and listen to their advice and get to know them - also a very cute couple.

The feel of the accommodation is wonderful - I have stayed in many types of accommodation like this and many are outdated and very average. This place is very cute and a little trendy looking - really nice.

They have all the tourist info you need to get started and within minutes you can be in the thick of it or away from it - up to you.

Clearly I love this place and for the price, I don't think you will come close - enjoy!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

My friend and I stayed here for 4 nights and we had a wonderful time - the room was immaculate, the location excellent, great value for money and most of all, the owners were so friendly and charming, and full of recommendations, we couldn't have asked for much more.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Long Beach, California
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Reviewed 6 December 2013 via mobile

I've just returned from a 10 day stay at Hotel Cestelli. Alessio and Assumi, the owners, are as charming as their lovely hotel.

Alessio speaks perfect English and Italian and generously answers any question one might have. This trip, I was able to navigate the Italian post office, after he explained exactly what I needed to do. It is a joy to be greeted by sweet Assumi after a returning in the evening.

The hotel location is absolutely perfect and safe, just one block from Ponte Vecchio. They are just a few doors from Ferragamo.

The spotlessly clean interior of the hotel is furnished with beautiful antiques. The beds are comfortable.

The building ambience and the personal attention given to each guest, makes this a 5 star in my opinion.


  • Stayed November 2013
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Princeton,
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2013

We stayed at the Hotel Cestelli at the end of September. What a great experience! The hosts were welcoming and extremely helpful with restaurant and activity recommendations. The location couldn't be better -- located a ten minute walk from the train station, and five minutes from the Arno, the Uffizi, Palazzo Vecchio, Duomo and many other major Florence sites. The street it's on is quiet. We stayed in a room with a shared bathroom, which was fine. Room very clean, basic, quiet. Would definitely stay here again or recommend to others!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Greenbrae, California, Usa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2013

We have stayed here several times and enjoy every experience. The couple who run the hotel, Alessio and Asumi, are gracious and accommodating. The hotel is quiet and perfectly situated amidst the busyness of Florence -- truly a treat. Rates are reasonable, too. We are charmed by the Hotel Cestelli, which is a tribute to the owners.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Cestelli
Address: Borgo Santi Apostoli 25, 50123, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Uffizi
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Ranked #220 of 659 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Cestelli 1*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in a 12th century palace off Via de' Tornabuoni and just steps away from Ponte Vecchio. Minimalistic and calm atmosphere inside enhanced by subdued lighting and Japanese simplicity. Renaissance meets Zen. ... more   less 
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