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“Great location and could be a great hotel” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Costantini
Ranked #326 of 421 Hotels in Florence
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22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great location and could be a great hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2011

Pros:

The location is fantastic, being about 30 seconds from the front doors of the Duomo! Everything is right on your doorstep.
Our room (106) was large and very clean. Pretty good sound-proofed windows. Fantastic century-old painting on ceiling.
Beds were ok, but nothing special.
The en-suite was a bit tight, but had a bidet, WC, basin and shower, plus a wall mounted hairdryer. All very clean.
The hotel is on the second floor, but there is an old small lift in case you're in need!
There is a small fridge in the room and another big one in reception with coke, beer and water. I didn't buy any, so can't comment on price.
There are plenty of local attraction leaflets in reception.

Cons:

You have to ask for the air con to be turned on and even then they will only do so in the evenings. It goes off at 7:30am.
No WiFi in room. You have to ask for a password from reception (so not automatically connected all the time) and then it only works very near the reception. There is a slow PC in reception if you need to access the Internet, but you still need to ask for access.
The breakfast is a terrible. One choice of cereal (cornflakes lookalike), bread rolls, croissants, Dailylea-type processed cheese, coffee from a vending machine and undrinkable orange squash. Seriously, go just outside the hotel as there are many better places to eat. I accept that this is a 2* hotel, but it would not cost much more to provide a reasonable breakfast.
The TV is ancient and tiny (14"), didn't even bother watching it.
The man on the desk, who is the manager, doesn't really seem to have his heart in the job. However, after a few days, he did become more approachable and actually turned out to be a nice guy.

In conclusion, a fantastic location and could be a great hotel with some relatively minor upgrades. If you ignore the breakfast, I would recommend staying at the Hotel Costantini.

Room Tip: Room 106 is an en-suite twin room, overlooking the side street and has a lovely ceiling painting.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank dwrgodden
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Bern, Switzerland
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39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2011

If you need a cheap hotel just in the historical center of Florence and if you are a family travelling with 2 teenagers, the hotel is OK. We stayed in a big room with 4 beds, the window was overlooking the Jotto Tower! The breakfast was rather poor, but we did not expect anything special fpr this price.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NOTFLYINGCAT
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Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2011

Where to start? Described as being 300 metres from the train station was fairly innacurate as no directions were otherwise provided. After walking for ages the cobblestones really did a number on our wheeled luggage. I called for directions and the grumpy voice on the other line sluffed me off with no regard. Upon arrival we were greeted with a grunt that we wouldn't be staying there but instead in some random other hotel. This was enough to ruin the 1st night there for us as we were tired and didn't need that kind of experience. On the plus side, the guy who was working the desk at the random hotel they put us in was really nice, keen to recommend attractions we hadn't heard of and the breakfast was better than most we had in Italian hotels. Spend your Euros elsewhere :)

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank zeezonvacay
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2011

You get what it says on the tin - it's in an unbeatable location, the building is genuinely old, the staff were friendly and helpful enough without being effusive, the room we had was fairly basic, but very clean and as we'd expected for the price - shame we got a room with 4 single beds for a romantic holiday though and they didn't have any others for us to move to! 30 second walk to the Duomo, 10/15 minutes walk from the train station depending on how heavy your bags are. Surprisingly quiet for such a central location, but take on board it is not a peaceful countryside location!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank EllieR33
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2011

This was my second stay at this location. They are on the 2nd level of this building and there is another hotel (Aldini) on the 3rd floor. The location is exceptional to explore the city by foot; next door to the Duomo, a few steps (300m) to Palazzo & Piazza della Signoria, 70m to Piazza della Repubblica, 280m to Ponte Vecchio, 700m to the main train station. I walked everywhere & strongly suggest the 4-wheel suitcase models! The infrastructure (no frills elevator, big room, private bath, shutters, breakfast) of the hotel remains the same as 4-5 years ago. However, the customer service has taken a huge dive in the wrong direction. Although I expected that most of the staff speak limited English, I was surprised to experience the night/weekend manager to only speak it during checkout time & when talking about possible additional charges. Next time, I will book a different hotel, mostly based of my experience during checkout.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JulietteMarie
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Maine
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2010

My wife and I stayed five nights, a long time according to the innkeeper. For us the location was spectacular. We were an easy walk to everything on our list. The staff was friendly and helpful the continental breakfast was medeocre but edible, except the coffee which was quite good. Bathroom was small but clean and functional. The room was large and spare.

The street noise was considerable. Good ear plugs are essential. The hotel has done a pretty good job with shutters and windows but Florence is loud at times.

Tbs beds were firm, and the pillows almost as firm. If you like firm, you will love this place.

In short, an adequate, safe, clean and exceptionally convienient hotel.

  • Stayed September 2010
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Property: Costantini
Address: Via Dei Calzaiuoli 13, 50122, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #326 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Costantini 2*
Number of rooms: 14
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