I booked this hotel based on the great reviews in my guidebooks and here on TripAdvisor. It looked farther from the centre of town on my map than it really is - it only took about 4 minutes to walk from the Duomo. It was impeccably clean and surprisingly modern, considering the age of the building itself. I got a very warm welcome from the owners, who speak perfect English. My room was waiting for me with the lights and heat on; a nice touch since I arrived after dark on a cold night. Breakfast was really good, everyone should find something they like from the buffet, which was complimentary (offerings included boiled eggs, toast, yoghurt, cereal, fresh fruit, croissants, coffee cake, sliced meats, cheese, rolls, 3 or 4 kinds of juice including freshly squeezed orange juice, and ...best of all...a capuccino machine.) Since I can drink a lot if cappuccino, I saved a bundle by doing so at the hotel rather than at the cafes, which charge anywhere from 2-4 Euros per cup in Florence. Since I was traveling alone I was given a small but cozy room with a twin bed. The bathroom was tiny, so much so that the toilet folded down from the wall, but I didn't mind, it was a novelty). It had a nice balcony, a few English channels, reliable free WiFi, a fridge, and a safe. I was there in the low season (mid-Feb) so the rate was a really good value (40 Euro/night, not sure if that is the same in high season) and well worth it. As other reviewers have stated, the family that runs Hotel Casci are what really make it special. They really seemed to care about their guests' comfort and sincerely appreciate their business. Highly recommend.