We arrived at the Hotel Alba Palace after taking the VolainBus from the airport to the SMN train station (only 6 Euros per passenger; exit airport and walk right - there is a separate covered area to wait for this bus after the taxi line). The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the train station and a short walk to everything else Florence has to offer.
We were greeted with a welcome blast of cool air and a, "Ciao! Bongiorno!" from a lovely front desk receptionist. The entire staff was very friendly, helpful and welcoming.
Our room was on the top floor and we usually took the stairs, however there is also a large elevator at your disposal. Though our room faced the street, the noise level was negligible. Very clean and well-appointed quarters, with the A/C in perfect order. Lots of towels and extra blanket/pillows. The staff even left us a surprise treat for our wedding anniversary!
The continental breakfast in the atrium is included and awesome. Lots of fruit, cheese, breads, cereal, yogurt, etc to choose from. You can even ask for cappuccino (it's free).
Next time we're in Firenze, we will stay here again. Molte grazie Hotel Alba Palace!