The Hotel Casci was recommended to us by my brother, and it did not disappoint. Paolo and his staff were incredibly accommodating, attentive, friendly, and helpful. They worked very hard to make our stay as good as it could possibly be. Some highlights:
Paolo was able to get us last-minute reservations (only 24 hours in advance, at the height of the tourist season) to the Accademia and to the Uffizi.
The breakfast was a delightful way to start each morning. I noted one reviewer said that the woman serving breakfast didn't even smile - obviously I cannot speak to his experience, but we found both of the women serving breakfast to be very charming and friendly, despite the language barrier. They came out to say good-bye and offer handshakes when we left. And the food - fresh fruit, pastry, yogurt, bread, juice, coffee / tea / chocolate - was more than adequate.
The location is outstanding - out the front door, 1.5 blocks to the Duomo; or maybe 3 blocks to the Accademia if you go the other way. You're in the heart of it all, which made the walk home at night (after some truly excellent dinners) part of the fun of the trip.
The rooms are neat, clean, sizeable, offer all the amenities one could need, and although we were on the front of the building overlooking the street, plenty quiet at night and in the morning.
Overall, the Hotel Casci has a wonderful charm to it. Paolo and his staff work incredibly hard, but you get the sense that they enjoy their work, and enjoy doing whatever they can to help you enjoy your stay in Florence. I don't recall often (or ever) having such positive feelings about a hotel and its staff as we did upon checkout from Hotel Casci.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Casci is a small family managed hotel located in an ancient palace right in the heart of Florence, just a few steps from the Duomo and the Accademia (David), within walking distance from all museums and sights. It can be easily reached from the main railway station and by car, too, with a valet garage nearby. All rooms have private bathroom, air conditioning, flat screen TV with DVD, free WI-FI, hairdryer, fridge and safety-box. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casci Hotel Florence