We recently stayed at this hotel as part of our 3 city tour of Italy. When we arrived, we were very tired. Thanks goodness that our room was ready even though it was before normal check-in hours. The hotel lobby was nice though dated. The staff was efficient, friendly, and English-speaking.
Our room was very dated though functional. It spelled great! The lighting was poor. I believe we stayed in room 212 which was quiet. We immediately made use of the balcony in order to regroup and realized that we were facing other apartments. That was fine for us because we weren't planning on spending enough time in the room to care about all of the drawbacks. I guess it would be a problem if you planned on lounging in the room for extended periods of time.
The breakfast, which was included in our package, was okay. Having come from our Hotel in Rome (Hotel Ponte Sisto) with excellent breakfast, I was a bit disappointed in the selection though we never went hungry. The staff wasn't the friendliest but they were functional. We had dinner at the Yellow Bar and Trattoria Nerone, which were both good choices and a short distance away.
During our walk, we suddenly realized how close we actually were to the Ufizzi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio bridge. Get up early enough in the morning and you can view both and take pictures without the distractions of all of the other tourists. We were also just a short walking distance to the Duomo, Santa Croce, Accademia, and other tourist sites. Had we had enough foresight, we would've had the hotel make reservations for us to see both the Ufizzi Gallery and Accademia. Since we had to stand in the general line and were in a time crunch, we decided that seeing David was more important and boy we were not disappointed in our decision. The replica of David in the Piazza, while nice to see and take pictures since you can't take pictures inside of Accademia, was no match for the real sculpture.
I agree with another reviewer that we didn't find a need for the Florence card as we walked everywhere and weren't going to have enough time to actually go into all of the sites. We chose the sites that we really wanted to see wisely and came out ahead money wise. The only time that we used a taxi was to and from the train station. Although the hotel is within a 20 minute walk to the station, lugging bags through the piazzas was definitely something that I was not interested in doing. Our taxi rides to the station cost about 12 euros each way. Make sure you tell the taxi driver not to take you on the scenic route. We did make the walk to the station to meet Viator Tours for our Tuscany day trip and it wasn't a bad walk at all without luggage.
My only real criticism is the spotty WiFi that we paid 6 euros.
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