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“Modern, luxurious gem in a great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel L'Orologio
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Piazza Santa Maria Novella 24, 50123 Florence, Italy   |  
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Ranked #19 of 461 Hotels in Florence
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Modern, luxurious gem in a great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

My first impression upon walking into the Hotel L'Orologio was that the hotel could easily have been in New York. It has a beautiful, modern esthetic and is a short two minute walk from the Santa Maria Novella church and train station. Everything is a ten minute walk, as Florence is not too big of a city. We LOVED our room, which had a gorgeous large bed, hardwood floors and a view of the Duomo. The breakfast room was lovely and had all you could possibly want to eat (eggs, fruit, pastries, cheese, meat, yogurt, cappuccino). The only reason I didn't give this hotel 5 stars is that the wireless internet did not work well in our room. I think it had something to do with the location of our room, because it would come right up when we stepped into the hallway. They tried to reset it, but to no avail. The wireless did seem to work everywhere else in the hotel. Would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: Ask for a view of the Duomo and a large bed!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Clean, modern with really nice public rooms, and a good breakfast. Ideally placed far enough from the station to be in the old city, but near enough to walk with a suitcase. My only problem was that there was only one large towel, and I accidentally dropped it in the bath before drying myself.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Stayed just the two nights, Great location & handy to the train station which was great for us Staff friendly. Breakfast good. Nice amenities & rooms a good size. Very clean. Good quality 4 * hotel had a small gym, but it is a 4* property. Hotel theme of clocks/watches was interesting.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We had a very nice welcome and our room was more than satisfactory. It is a very good place to be, very central for most of Florence's attractions. The lounge and bar areas are splendid, with a nice water feature in the bar. The staff are charming and helpful. The buffet breakfast has a good choice and the breakfast room has a nice view over Piazza Santa Maria Novella. The name of the hotel means, "The clock" and the is a clock and watch theme running throughout the hotel. There is no evening restaurant in the hotel but there are many good restaurants and cafes nearby. Definitely recommended.

We chose this hotel because it was very near the central railway stain at Santa Maria Novella. However, the high speed train from Verona took us to different station in Florence and we had to get a taxi. Be aware of this potential problem and make sure you get off. The high speed train doesn't stop at Santa Maria Novella and the next stop is Rome.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We found this hotel on-line and had never been to Italy. It was a little scary picking a hotel just be reading reviews. We were absolutely thrilled with this hotel. Our room was well-appointed; the bed was most comfortable. And the bathroom was beautiful- marble counters and a large soaking tub as well as shower. The front desk staff was stellar; always available for help. They all spoke English. It was on a quiet corner; we were never disturbed by street noise except for those few times when an ambulance or police siren was heard. The breakfast was stellar every morning; more than we expected. The hotel is a short 5 minute walk to the Duomo or to the train station. It was about a 10 minute walk to the car rental area. We were here for 4 nights and would stay again without hesitancy.

Room Tip: There are working elevators- every room is easily accessable.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville, Florida
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Just a short walk to everything, and really close to the train station. Had a wonderful room, which was lovely, and had great views of the plaza. Celebrated my 60th. birthday, and was treated like family by the hotel staff. The breakfast was great with a magnificant view of Santa Maria Novella.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, New Zealand
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We stayed here for four nights on holiday. Our first visit to Florence and we found this hotel by relying on Tripadvisor reviews and we got more than we expected. Although the lack of external signposting did have us worried momentarily when we first walked up to look for the place, once we found it we were very pleased to see the superb facilities. Our room was very large, had extra seating space and enough space for our suitcases. The room was luxuriously appointed and the bathroom was huge with a shower over the lovely bathtub. The bed was very big and firm which mad for a good nights sleep every night and although we had no views, the room was very quiet and relaxing. Like most of the Italian accommodation we have recently lived in - the room was a bit dark. Mood lighting perhaps?
The Hotel is themed on watches so don't be surprised to find watches or their image everywhere...even in the bathroom.
The Hotel itself provides great service. Our room had breakfast included which was served in the 4th floor breakfast room - with its lovely view over the Piazza.
The downstairs bar has amazing ambience and is also worth a visit.

This is certainly a fine establishment that is brilliantly located (close to the train station and on a piazza with many restaurants). It is also close to everything in Florence. Definitely a place to choose for your next visit to Florence. Pure luxury.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Piazza Santa Maria Novella 24, 50123 Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 461 Hotels in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel L'Orologio 4*
Number of rooms: 49
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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