We stayed at the Hotel Monica for three nights this past October. We found the room a bit spartan but otherwise clean and comfortable. The accommodations were basic but the location and price were right. The hotel is located only a couple blocks from the train station and within easy walking distance of all the major tourist sites in the city. It is a 10 minute walk from the Piazza del Duomo. It was definitely a very good value in an otherwise expensive city.
The hotel lobby is located on the first floor (second floor by American standards) of a walk-up but it is easy to find and the staff was always cordial and helpful. Our room faced the street so we did have to contend with a bit of street-noise as the weather was still warm enough to require an open window. We also had to contend with the occasional mosquito as well… Although not an issue for us, it should be noted that this hotel does not have a lift.
The breakfast was basic – cereal, bread, cold cuts, etcetera, but that was to be expected. The espresso machine was the highlight of the morning. In a city with so many sites to see, we really weren’t too interested in lingering over a hotel breakfast anyway.
Our biggest objection to the room was the bed. The mattress was not very firm or supportive and was laid over a simple spring base rather than a foundation. The pillows were also on the thin and un-supportive side as well. A more comfortable bed would have been appreciated after a long day of sightseeing. If there is anything I would recommend be immediately upgraded in the hotel, it would be the bedding.
The bed-comfort aside, we found the Hotel Monica to a great value. Its proximity to the train station and the major sites of Florence combined with the clean and pleasant accommodations make it a near perfect choice for sightseeing. I would recommend the Hotel Monica with few reservations.
Tip to travelers arriving early or departing Florence late - there is a reasonably priced luggage (baggage) drop at the train station.
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