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“Good location, good value”
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Hotel Universo
Ranked #239 of 411 Hotels in Florence
Reviewed 17 March 2009

We stayed 2 nights in hotel Universo.
Located near the trainstation, next to the beautifull Santa Maria Novella church and 5 min's walkingdistance from the duomo, it's ideal to explore Florence. You will find a lot of very nice trattoria's, restaurants and shops in this central but quiet neighbourhood.
Frontdeskpersonnel was friendly and helpfull.
Our room was surprisingly spatious, looked and smelled brand new and was tastefully furnished. We enjoyed the flatscreen-TV, minibar and the very clean bathroom with bathtub and shower.
Breakfast was OK (bread, rolls, cereals, fruit, cheese,...).
We loved it!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2009

Just got back from a 5 night stay at Universo, had a nice experience. Hotel was in a really nice location, walking distance to everything. Breakfast was really nice and the room was nice and big. Only downside with the room was that we found it to be quite dark and our view wasnt especially nice. The staff were nice and friendly. The area near the hotel at the station had a few 'characters' but we never had a problem with anybody. Would recommend this hotel to others for a really good location and nice rooms just a shame they werent a little bit lighter!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2009

We stayed in Hotel Universo for 2 days in the beginning of the year.
We discovered the hotel in the Internet, and as it seemed it was very modern and really well located (close to railway station and to historic center).
As we had big expectations we were just dissapointed with some details, nothing serious, but without them our accomodation would just be perfect ;)
- our room was in an intermedious flour, we had to go out in 4th flour and then climb some stairs (with all bags was not so easy!)
- in the 1st morning the air conditioning wasn't working and so wasn't the hot hater, and the staff wasn't nice to solve the problem.
- the rooms are perfectlly redecorated but the wc's are in the original state, it would be nice if they change the bathroom decoration too.
But we found some really nice things too.
- The hotel site is really good and have nice promotions
- The hotel is really well located
- the breakfast is very nice and helpfull.
- the breakfast staff was very nice too (speacilly the brazilian girl)
Overall it was a nice experinece and we recommend it almost everyone.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 January 2009

If you're looking for a great hotel on a budget, this is the one. My husband and I stayed at the Universo for two nights in October while touring Italy. The room is definately "Ultra Modern". The decor is like something from the future, regardless it was very clean, new, fresh, and spacious. We did pay a little extra for the superior room.

The location is great! If you arrive by train, which we did, you simply walk across the street. We walked to all the sites from our hotel. I found Florence in general to be very walkable.

Breakfast was very good consisting of breads, pastries, cold meats, cheeses, cereal, yogurt, fruit, coffee, juice, bottled water, etc. It was more than sufficient to get us going on a full day of sight seeing.

If you want an amazing dinner that's very, very, very close by go to Buca Mario. Order the Florentine steak. You will not regret it! The service was amazing too.

The staff at the hotel was also very nice and helpful.

Overall, we would definately recommend this hotel to our friends and wouldn't hesitate to stay again.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 November 2008

We had a great 4 night stay at Hotel Universo, 5 minute walk from Santa Maria Nouvella railway station and within easy walking distance to most attractions. The staff are very helpful with directions etc. The bedrooms were decorated with bold funky colours and we started off each day with a lovely continental style breakfast. Would definately stay again!!!!

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled with family
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Thank j4julie
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Reviewed 29 October 2008

Really nice hotel, very stylish.
Good price, helpful staff (all Eng.speaking), decent breakfast.
200 mtrs. from the Santa Maria di Novella station.
10 min. walk to the Duomo.

We had a room towards the yard, very quiet.

Will highly recommend this hotel to my friends.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 September 2008

Universo was comfortable, convenient, and affordable. The decor is funky and whimsical with modern amenities, a decent breakfast, and helpful staff. The location was great - minutes from the Duomo or Santa Maria Novella Station, and quite quiet. I highly recommend this hotel and would stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Novella 20, 50123, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santa Maria Novella
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Room Service
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Ranked #239 of 411 Hotels in Florence
Price Range: £51 - £140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Universo 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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