I searched through endless pages of hotels before I chose Hotel L'Orologio for our stay in Firenze. I am delighted to say that I was not disappointed in the slightest in our stay!
We were in Firenze (Florence) for one day on our way down to Rome, and I wanted to stay in a location that was easy to get to and easy to leave from. The hotel is located in the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, which is approximately a 5 minute walk from the main train station of Santa Maria Novella in Firenze. We walked with our luggage (a little tricky crossing the street, but doable) directly from the train station to the hotel.
If I hadn't looked it up to find pictures of the exterior of the hotel beforehand, I might not have been able to find it easily without asking someone. There is a small plaque on the outside of the entryway but if I didn't know what I was looking for I would have taken it for a private residence or city building. Except for the 3 stairs on the outside of the building that led up and into the lobby everything else in the hotel was modern and easily accessible.
Breakfast in the morning was located on the top floor of the hotel, with a bright and lovely dining room with a view overlooking the piazza. More usual Italian staples of breakfast, such as cheese and ham, salami, bread and croissants, were augmented with "American" breakfast items such as scrambled eggs and sausage and dry cereals.
The room itself was comfortable and modern, with enormous, heavy, puffy curtains which gave the area an elegant and homelike feel. The area was extremely quiet, and we slept very well in that room. The decorations of the hotel, with large and bright couches combined with dark and shiny woods and cream-coloured window treatments made it feel not only comfortable but like we were in a classic environment, welcoming and serene.
It was about a ten minute walk from there to the river, and another 5 to 7 minutes to the Ponte Vecchio - all of the major tourist areas were well within easy distance. But do get directions, because the streets of Firenze can be a little confusing to navigate if you have never been there before. Lorenzo at the front desk was very helpful, suggesting places to eat and things to do and see, and we had a great time during our short stay in Firenze.