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“Actually refused to stay here.”
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Hotel La Selva
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Calenzano
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“Actually refused to stay here.”
Reviewed 11 June 2007

The Hotel la Selva accomplishes its room photos by taking a photograph of bedroom furniture in its lobby. The actual rooms resemble not so much Florentine elegance as the locker room in the YMCA - in decor and smell. Furthermore, unless you have rented a car, it will be impossible and even dangerous for you to explore Florence - which is a 50 Euro, 1-hour trip away by taxi, not the short walk promised on the website. The only inexpensive option is a bus that comes about five times a day, and to catch it you must wait in a road and risk getting hit by cars. There is no restaurant, no vineyard, nothing, excepting a sometimes-open restaurant down the street. They don't pick up their phone, and nobody speaks English (I speak Italian fine, but it may be a problem for some). I've never seen a business misrepresent itself to the extent the hotel has. Travelocity asked them about everything, they denied it (even the walk to Florence bit, easily verifiable by map), I had pictures to back it up. I've noticed Travelocity has since taken it off of their hotel list. You're much better off contacting a hotel in Florence proper - plenty of them list as being in Florence when in fact they are in the region and not the city. There are plenty of cheap, safe accomodations right by the Arno. Or - stay in Prato or Pistoia, both charming, and take the train in to Florence.

  • Liked — Nothing.
  • Disliked — The danger involved in leaving.
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 April 2007

Don't be fooled by the website.
We booked this over the web only to discover the rooms are not nearly as big as they look on the web.
Our room, which we refused to stay in, had clearly been occupied by a chain smoker and all the management could say was that it was a non smoking hotel and they could not be responsible for what people did in the privacy of their rooms.
The organic restaurant attached to the hotel was closed for a month, a fact they failed to point out when booking.
They also state that they are just 16km from Florence, more like 25km and therefore a very expensive taxi ride into town,
The regular buses they also boast stop at 6pm and despite all these claims the only response from the staff was that we should have hired a car!
Needless to say we didn't stay there and despite our protestations we were still obliged to pay for one night - but rather that than be trapped miles out of town in a foodless, soulless and misrepresented hotel.

  • Liked — Leaving it
  • Disliked — The claims on the website compared to reality
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 June 2006

Hotel La Selva was simple, very clean and the furnishings were fine. The staff was very helpful. This hotel made a good base for touring Florence. We took a train to Florence from nearby Prato. Very convienent. We were initally very pleased and thought we had a pretty good deal for only $75.00. Unfortuntely, after returning from Florence we discovered that the hotel walls must have been made of cardboard! We could hear every door open and close, and every conversation. It was 12:30 before we were able to get any sleep!

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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
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Ranked #3 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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