We found our stay at Hotel Emma pleasant enough.On the negative side the stairs to the hotel were hard work arriving and leaving with suitcases and also at the end of a long day sightseeing. We took a taxi from the SMN station which cost around 10 to 15 Euros. Don't even think about getting on a bus with suitcases, as they are often full, so much so that you can not always get on the first to come along.
Our room was rather jaded but the air conditioning was welcome and quiet enough to leave on all night. It was very clean and I had no problem when I asked for two more pillows.
The number 17 bus takes you into the center of town, and is only 1.20 euros. You need to buy your ticket before getting on from either the kiosk or the owner of the hotel, you then need to validate it on the bus in the machine provided. This ticket can then be used on any bus for the next 90 minutes.
We took the open topped bus city tour, well worth the 20 euro ticket, you can get on and off whenever and where ever you please.
Try the Osteria delle tre Panche, turn left out of the hotel and it is the second resturant 3 or 4 doors away. The food was excellent and there was an extensive wine list. The gelataria mentioned in other is posts is a must, I think it was called Bandalini. Turn right outside of hotel right again on the main road and keep walking, it is on the left hand side. The ice cream is the best we tasted in Italy, and terrific value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Emma is a comfortable two star hotel in an elegant quarter of the city of Florence, not far from the historical centre. Being a short walking distance form the Mandela Forum venue and the Artemio Franchi Football Stadium, with the Ridolfi Athletics Stadiun also in the same area, this hotel also represents an ideal choice for a stay in during the many concerts and athletic events there. The owners of Emma are also the hosts, and they run this lovely place so that guests can enjoy their stay in a warm and familiar atmosphere, while discovering one of the most beautiful city in the world and its art treasures. The rooms of the recently renovated Hotel Emma are cozy and welcoming, provided with TV, air conditioning and wifi all free of charge. Guests can have a beautiful buffet breakfast indoor in a large lounge-breakfast room, or they may enjoy it at a table in the terrace, which looks over characteristic red tile roofs and is decorated by flowers. A convenient parking place is available about 50 meters from the hotel, which has a convention with it. Private and public transportation will allow the guests of Hotel Emma to reach very easily, in just a few minutes, the city centre, Uffizi Gallery, Piazza Duomo (the catherdral), the Ponte Vecchio (the Old Bridge) and most of the sights and places of cultural and historical attraction. ... more less
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