I was here October 14-17, 2012 with my Mom. We had 2 double deluxe rooms with a view. We were put in rooms 702-703, which are on the top floor. The top floor only has 4 rooms, so it was very quiet and secluded. The views were amazing, the rooms were spacious with huge bathtubs and the rooms were very clean. At first I was concerned the bed was hard as a rock, but I actually slept wonderfully. When I travel to Europe I need rooms with A/C (not important to some people) but a necessity for me. The A/C rocked! The hotel's staff were wonderful. We had free breakfast in the morning and the hotel offered us welcome mimosas when we arrived. We ended up having dinner at the hotel also, because the food was so great and beautiful on the rooftop terrace. The location was wonderful. The Duomo was right there and all the main spots (Medici Chapel, The Piazza Signoria, The Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio was all within walking distance. Also, the train station is a 5 minute walk. No need for a taxi. My only complaint were the amenities. Since you can't travel with liquids anymore, I was depending on hotel shampoo and lotion. The hotel only provided soap and the hair dryer was one of those attached to the wall that didn't work well. Overall, wonderful! A little secret, if you are going to Palazzo Vecchio, for 2 euros more they offer a Secret Itinerary tour (not very publicized.) It would be a shame not to add that to your visit. We bought our tickets at The Palazzo, but you can pre-order them in case the tour is full.
- Also Known As:
- Best Western Florence
- Laurus Hotel
- Florence Best Western
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel Laurus al Duomo is located in the heart of Florence, just 70 meters from the Cathedral and 150 meters from the central train station Santa Maria Novella.The hotel is part of the cultural centre "Centro Congressi al Duomo", together with the Auditorium al Duomo, Cafe Astra al Duomo, Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio.Located in the historical via de' Cerretani, between the Cathedral and the Santa Maria Novella train station, the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel Laurus al Duomo stays at a short walk from the most elegant shopping streets, and it is ideal for both leisure and business travelers. ... more less
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