Firstly, Lenny is excellent. He is informative, friendly, speaks excellent English and appears to have a genuine interest in history and art. (A testament to this is the Bach playing in the mornings which floats into the breakfast area.) I can't speak for the reception-floor of the hotel, but we stayed in the floor above (be wary, lots of stairs to climb with luggage - but Lenny happy to help out) which was really quite special. The small door opens to a spacious atrium with communal seating and all the proportions you'd expect from a former sixteenth-century palace. Our room was the most basic, a single double with shared bathroom facilities (clean, excellent, really no fuss to share) with large windows with views stretching across the central-Florentine streets. It is noisy at night, I do warn, but this did not detract from the overall pleasantness of the stay (or our sleep). Warm, comfortable. No qualms with the bed, sink in the room with a sofa and wardrobe. Ceilings very high; you really do get an authentic feel for sixteenth century architecture. The breakfast was simple and no frills, but was a warm addition. Small cakes, lots of breads, orange juices, teas and coffees. Whilst our room had no television, this was not a bother; the hotel is so conveniently close to all the nearby sites that you have no excuse to stay in your room. WiFi is available, but was not accessible from our room. Overall, this is a special little hotel for those who want an authentic feel but do not care for the luxurious thrills of more competitive and expensive mainstream hotels. Access to hotel is through a spacious courtyard with some original frescoes, above the Pandolfini which is an exclusive art dealers. Very happy indeed and will stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WELCOME TO HOTEL BAVARIA, History and charm in Renaissance FlorenceA few steps from the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore (alias Florence's Duomo), immersed in the artistic treasures of Florence, on the third floor of the Palazzo Ramirez-Montalvo, Hotel Bavaria will frame your unforgettable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bavaria Hotel Florence