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Hotel California Florence

Via Ricasoli 30, 50122 Florence, Italy
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    5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The location makes this hotel worthwhile. It's located very close to the centre of Florence and everything is within easy walking distance. The hotel itself is okay. It's clean and the rooms are serviceable, but nothing exceptional. The free breakfast has yogurt and fresh fruit, but the pastries were stale. WiFi wasn't included in our room rate and we decided... More 

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bothellgirl
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had three rooms here on a Rick Steves tour. We had stayed in several hotels in a Italy and this was by far the least comfortable. It is close to everything and easy to find. The air conditioning is spotty, works in some rooms, not in others. Several people in our tour group had little to no AC and... More 

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Florence, Italy
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We book at Gironi al Duomo but was book in spite of paying the reservation 2 months in advance so we were directed to Hotel California. Good location but room was very warm and staff was not helpful at all, even refused to give me his name. Breakfast was also poor. Date July 19 2015

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Modesto
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have stayed here three times over the last 6 years, usually with a group of students, primarily for the location. The location can't be beat. Within a block in either direction you are at the Academia or the Duomo and everything else is an easy walk as well. (There is even a laundry near by. However, my room this... More 

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Milan, Italy
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Oh my, where to start with disappointment related to this Hotel? 4 star hotel that is charging 200 Euros per night absolutely should not look like this. Entrance to Hotel looks like entrance to a garage. Reception floor does not feel and look like you are in 4 star Hotel in Florence but more like apartment of guy who just... More 

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Overland Park, KS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We stayed at the Hotel California as part of a Rick Steves Tour. It was the largest of the hotels we stayed at, with a large lobby and breakfast room. The staff was very impersonal as I expected at a larger hotel. We had a giant room with beautiful modern bathroom and a patio. Free wi fi, the usual terrible... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We stayed here as part of a Rick Steves' Tour of Northern Italy. Great rooms and service in all respects. Close to the Duomo, and Uffizi, Accademia, and Galileo Museums. There is a wonderful outdoor lounge and bar area on the upper floor with a view of the Duomo (dome top) and the surrounding rooftops. Lots of dining and shopping... More 

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Florence, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Not bad for a night or two. Nice bathroom. Bed could be much better. Good view. Staff is average. Breakast: don't mention it... You'll get much better outside! For a longer time I would search elsewhere.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We spent two nights at this quaint old hotel. It did not look much from the front, but our room was spacious and clean. The bathroom was all marble and almost as large as the bedroom. Breakfast was European style and just OK. the hotel was only just down the street from the main Piazza which offerred plenty of dining... More 

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Dove Canyon
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Stayed here last week and it was horrible. The first night I got bug bites on my arms and legs. The second night I wore a sweater and they bit all over my face and hands. I had to get medicine from the pharmacy because they turned into welts! The hotel didn't care. Their response was shrugged shoulders, like I... More 

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Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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