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Hotel La Selva
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Calenzano
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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118 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Very nice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

We only stayed 1 night in this hotel, on our way to south Italy. I can absolutely recommend this hotel. We had a spacious room with a nice balcony. The room was basic but stylish decorated. The bathroom was also large and all very clean. Breakfast was perfect and the front desk people were very friendly.
We had diner in the restaurant which had a good atmosphere. The food was fine.
The hotel can be a good base for sightseeing this part of Tuscany. But you need a car.

For visiting Florence, here is our tip: The best you can do is drive to Galluzzo. That is only 23 km from the hotel. There you find a big parking lot for free parking and then take the bus to the old centre. Don't forget to buy tickets at the Tabacchi before you get the bus!

So, this hotel has good quality and is worth the money, without any doubt.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

The hotel is quite small and the rooms are as well and it's located quite far from Florence, but it's a place where you can actually breath in the hot summer months. The prices are fair compared to Florence, you can skip breakfast if you can, it's all sweets. There is a nice pond where you can swim in the direction opposite to Florence, pebbly beach with deck chairs which is nice if you want to cool off. All in all, it's worth a few days stay.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2011

We had seen this hotel on the internet and by the sound and look of it , we really wanted this to be the hotel to stay in Florence. We did not book but just turned up. It was booked out but we were allowed to have a quadruple room for 5 people and it was very comfortable. The hotel did not disappoint our expectations. It was in the hinterland which was absolutely beautiful. It really felt like we were in Tuscany. Everything was great from the rooms to the service and the breakfast. When we left we were also given little sample packs of olive oil products which was a lovely gesture. This hotel is really only suitable if you are driving because otherwise it would be difficult to get to but very worth considering it as your hotel if going to Florence by car. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2011

After a very long evening drive from Venice to La Selva, getting rather lost as soon as we left the motorway. Had some terrifying driving around the hills to get to the hotel at night where although the speed limit is 70km/h there are extremely sharp bends which are not seen at night. No cats eyes anywhere needed it seems in Italy! I recommend that you get to the hotel during the day, or that you go at the very maximum 40km/h to get there from the motorway. Long straights followed by extremely sharp bends without warning.

Arriving just before midnight local time, we were glad to find the hotel still open and waiting for our arrival. The lady at the desk was very pleasant and very polite. Seemed very happy to welcome us to La Selva, with big smiles despite the late hour. We were even offered food, and drinks. The room was spacious, clean and simply decorated. We had a rather nice balcony and a very clean bathroom. As we were quite exhausted we collapsed in bed to awake to beautiful weather and stunning views of the mountains.

Breakfast was really lovely, with cakes, croissants, pain au chocolat, tea, coffee & hot chocolate made on demand, a series of cereals, toasts and cold meats buffet were lovely. Many fresh fruit and fruit salads. All the food seemed fresh and tasted very good. The only demand would have been freshly pressed orange juice, and cold milk for the cereals.

The restaurant downstairs was absolutely delicious, filled with all local dishes and meats cooked to perfection, had a lovely pasta dish followed by a delicious beef salad. So fresh, so well cooked, such great aromas. Desert menu was a little short, but very good nonetheless.

Although the website states that the hotel is 30 minutes from Florence, it actually is closer to 45 minutes away - going on to an hour depending on traffic. Although reception was very good at letting us know where to park for free and which roads to take to get there quickest.

The only downside to the hotel was the noise insulation from other rooms, we could hear other people having showers and using the toilet. The fan in the bathroom was quite loud. And the lack of air conditioning - although a fan is provided, it doesn't quite do the same as air conditioning. A swimming pool would be a fantastic addition - it seemed as though part of the back of the hotel was made to host a swimming pool although never actually constructed which is a real shame.

Amenities were provided to expectations and replaced gladly by the management. Very simple hotel, decoration was extremely simple, but made the room feel bigger.

All in all, very pleased with our stay - very good value for money and just plainly lovely.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aktau, Kazakhstan
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2011

Not os easy to find this hotel. But its located in the nice place. Very quiet...Room not very big, but clean. There's balcony with beautiful view. Breakfast was good. They cooked three tipes of cakes every morning ))
So if you have car its nice place to stay for weekends. And very low price...

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Angelaciamp, General Manager at Hotel La Selva, responded to this review, 30 March 2011
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Birmingham, AL
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2008

I actually found this hotel on line and had my travel agent add it to my itinerary. The website said at the time that there was an attached restaurant, but it had closed. Not that big of a deal though because there are some fantastic restaurants that are less than 10 minutes by car. The hotel was being renovated and from what I saw they were doing it right. Our room had a nice balcony that was pleasant with the evening breeze. The furnishings were old Ikea if I had to guess. The manager was very helpful and assisted me in putting together a fan that I bought at the local home improvement store. It's basically a budget hotel and ok for what it is. I'd stay there again.

  • Liked — I loved the location.
  • Disliked — A little run down, but being renovated.
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank wjg63
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New York City, New York, USA
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2007

Not a "bio-hotel", as advertised. We thought breakfast would be wholesome, but it just consisted of ordinary hotel/hostel breakfast food (conventional butter, coffee, conventional milk, NO vegan options). The place is housed in an old 1960's-70's hotel, which is cool, and it looked like the owners were in the process of remodeling--but our room was simply a dark and shabby hotel room with some new lamps and faux-beech furniture.

Staff was not helpful and they scoffed when we said we didn't have a car, even though "arriving by bus" directions are given on their website. In reality, the hotel was not really accessible from Florence by bus, since the bus ride took about 50 minutes, very few buses ran each day, and the last bus left from Florence before 7 PM every night.

If you want to see Florence, you should spend your money on a hotel in the center. If you want to enjoy a natural setting away from the dim of the city, then spend your money somewhere with a better atmosphere.

  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jessica C
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Property: Hotel La Selva
Address: Via di Barberino 221 | Località Pontenuovo, 50041, Calenzano, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Calenzano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Calenzano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Selva 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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