A modern hotel inside an old city building in the heart of Florence
A perfect location in the centre of Florence, only 5 minutes walk to Al Duomo and 6 minutes walk from the main train station where airport buses from Pisa also stop. Plenty of shops and restaurants in the area starting as you leave the hotel.
Public areas - 8/10
This is a compact city centre hotel with a small siting area in the reception. It does not have a bar area but it does have an adjoining coffee shop which was fairly busy throughout the day.
Bedroom - 8/10 (Room 701)
Medium sized with a large comfortable bed, multi channel TV, and a desk area. Room 701 is on the top floor and is one of the few rooms in the hotel with a balcony giving brilliant views over the roof tops of Florence. Room was very clean and modern and usually cleaned while we had breakfast or soon after.
Bathroom - 8/10
Modern and clean with a detachable shower over the bath, just a bit cramped near the wash basin which is very close to the door. Plenty of clean fluffy towels and bottles of gels, shampoos and creams
Restaurant - 8/10
We only ate breakfast at the hotel. You can dine on the outside terrace if the weather is OK and there are great views of the Duomo and the city from this terrace. A good selection of food, both hot and cold, more than enough to keep us going until the evening. Although quite small we never had to wait to be seated for breakfast.
Staff - 9/10
Reception and restaurant staff very friendly and obliging. We e-mailed the day before we arrived requesting room 701 (having read reviews on TA) and were well pleased to be given the room for our 6 night stay.
Entertainment - None
Value for money - 8/10
If you shop around on hotel search websites you will see prices vary enormously for the same hotel. We paid £820 for 6 nights through Olotels which in my opinion is great value for a central 4 star hotel
City/Resort - 10/10
There is nothing I could add to the millions of words written about Florence over the centuries.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 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 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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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Florence
- Laurus Hotel
- Florence Best Western