We stayed at the Hotel L'Orologio for six night in late Feb / early March. Our room (503) on the 5th floor had a marvellous view across the rooftops to the campanile and great dome of the Duomo. Everything was very clean and well-maintained - the whole place had an air of newness and efficiency rather than a well-oiled, well-loved old hotel.
A wide and plentiful selection of good quality food was available for breakfast, taken self-service style in the large room on the 4th floor with large windows overlooking the Piazza Santa Maria Novella.
The bathroom was good: a decent large bath and shower, a large handbasin, a bidet and a WC. The bathroom toiletries were OK but nothing particularly special. Our free internet connection was slow and intermittent in spite of connection directly via LAN cable instead of using wi-fi. The staff were very helpful in trying to improve the internet service but without much success.
The hotel is very well located for visiting the major sites. It is only a five minute walk from the main railway station, which was great for us as we were travelling by train. The principal sites are all within a gentle walk on level ground (less than half an hour) and we didn't have need of taxis as so much of the city is pedestrianised.
To summarise, L'Orologio provided us with a well-located comfortable base from which we explored Florence. The staff and housekeeping were good and our room (but, I suspect, not all rooms) had a wonderful view.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- After a careful renovation, HOTEL OROLOGIO**** is a Luxury Contemporary Hotel situated in the heart of one of the most important squares of the historical center of Florence, walking distance from the magnificent artistic attractions in Florence.Completely renovated, the hotel has 49 rooms of various types, some of which offer a wonderful view on the city's main attractions: Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the Medici Chapels and the Dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria ... more less
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