I will start by stating that we stayed here on points from Marriott. We stayed in November 2012, though I cannot add the date accurately here.
Our experience here was in keeping with a better Marriott business hotel: clean and modern room; convenient to city center and landmarks; great neighborhood restaurants; and helpful staff. While the immediate surroundings were less than historical, this did not detract from the hotel. The area was safe to walk after a late dinner, though we were not out later than 10:00.
We only ate one meal at the hotel, a dinner that was very good.
Our children enjoyed the stay here. The walk to public transportation may a bit long for toddlers not in strollers, but for out kids (8 and 12 at the time) it was just fine, as was the full walk to the Duomo.
We would definitely stay here again.More