I chose this residence based on the reviews online and was very happy with the result. Hilda is very centrally located which is perfect when sightseeing - everything was walkable and convenient for returning and resting our weary feet! The concierge desk isn't open all the time so we were furnished with our own key.
Being self catering was a good choice for Florence as it is an expensive city and therefore having the option to self cater and store some cold beer was helpful for budgeting and also for allowing morning lie-ins. There is a supermarket just a couple of minutes away.
Being central, I was concerned about possible noise but it was not an issue at all. The apartment was very well appointed, modern in design and spacious with very good kitchen facilities and ironing etc.
The staff were very helpful from time of booking (enquiries about late check-in, transfers), to giving directions/booking tickets/restaurants and leaving (we had a latish flight and could leave luggage /change/call a cab). Note: it is well worth pre-booking early morning tickets so some of the main sites to avoid the horrendous queues.
The small gripes are: the aircon unit turned itself on in the night and made a racket which resulted in a some half asleep fumbling to turn it off. The wifi was very weak in some parts of the apartment (namely the bed room) which was annoying given the English language TV channels are sparse. A suggestion would also be that they create a DVD library.
All in all, a good choice.
Re car hire in Florence: note firstly whatever your hire company states is necessary, you will need your passport. Secondly, the local insurance as breathtakingly astronomical - we ended up reducing from 2 days to 1 and complaining to the hire company on returning home as the indication of likely local charge was non existent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The comforts of a hotel in a designer apartment, located 3 blocks away from the main cathedral!At the elegant Residence Hilda you get more privacy than at a 5 star hotel, light and streamlined interiors, designer details conspicuous only by their restraint. All the Suites have teak parquet floors, calm off-white walls, soft beige furnishings and some occasional colour accent. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Hilda Florence
- Residence Hilda Hotel Florence