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Hotel David
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Viale Michelangiolo, 1, 50125 Florence, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 459 hotels in Florence
San Mateo, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

I am a tour business owner and took a group of women to Hotel David in September for a one-night stay. This was based on TripAdvisor reviews as I was not familiar with this property.

We had a wonderful experience. We needed to drop off the group's bags early in the morning to rush to a tour and the hotel staff could not have been nicer about it. The rooms and amenities were very nice and the breakfast varied and bountiful.

The free parking is a big plus in Florence and the hotel is is out-of-the-way of the busy center so it peaceful.

I will return in May with my husband for 5 nights. I am looking forward to it!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony if one is available.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

We remember you because we generally don't accept groups but this time we did a favor to a colleague close by and we all remember you, and we are happy you are coming to visit soon!
My best,
Gabriele Cecioni
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Plano, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

This was the least expensive hotel we stayed at during our trip through Italy; however it was one of my favorites. The rooms were clean, the bathroom was large, and the staff was friendly. It was not in Florence but we were easily able to utilize the bus or a taxi to get to our destinations.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

Keep it secret! Not necessarily the more expensive place is the one more emocional!
My best,
Gabriele Cecioni
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50 hotel reviews
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

The location is excellent, not in town but easily accessible by the bus that stops right nearby. The room we had was large and very comfortable with an excellent bathroom. As long as you remember this is a three star hotel and seemed to have mostly English or American tourists who enjoy meeting each other, you will find it most comfortable. The welcome by Chiara was very warm. The parking outside with a gate that closes at night very convenient. The breakfast very satisfactory. Happy hour was popular with tables outside. Having a laundry room downstairs proved a bonus on a two-week trip through Italy. I was blown away to see that they had two Mac Computers available in the lounge for anyone to use. A well-oganized, clean and well-run hotel with no surprises.

Room Tip: You may prefer to be away from the road on the ground floor if you want windows open when the aircon...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

Exactly we are an hotel where people feel at home and where you can relax and enjoy your experience in Florence!
My best,
Gabriele Cecioni
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Want to feel as though you actually "live" in Italy, Hotel David is the quaint, real Italian place to stay. Stand up showers, room, unbelievably priced. If you're looking for 5th avenue, don't come here. If you want to experience ITALY, you will wait in line for this place! 10-15 minute walk from everywhere in Florence.

Room Tip: Use the nearby bus service if weather is inclement. If not walk all around Florence. What a city!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Dear Guest,

Right ...we are not 5th avenue but a genuine opportunity for all travelers who want to experience italy in its simplicity.
My best,
Gabriele Cecioni
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

I read the reviews on Trip Advisor before booking and was a bit cynical....can it really be that good?? The answer is yes, Hotel David will not disappoint you. We stayed for two nights and were sad to leave. We were extremely surprised to be allocated room 31 which was such a beautiful room including a terrace with a view of the Duomo. My husband kept saying he felt like a rockstar sitting on the terrace in his PJs watching Florence wake up in the morning!! The staff are really helpful, speak extremely good English. All around the hotel you'll find small touches to make you smile like the small animals painted on the staircase...access to Mac computers at no charge, the free aperitif and nibbles in the evening, a large library of tourist information to help yourself to....magazines everywhere.

I'd like to extend a very sincere thank you to everyone at Hotel David. You have restored my faith in Italian hotels and we will definitely come again....but please could we have room 31 again!!

Well done, you deserve the excellent reviews you receive.

Room Tip: I think being on the third floor will get you away from the traffic below.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

I thank you for this post, there is only one room 31 and if now requested with considerable time in advance.....we provide that room for special event as a surprise!
My best,
Gabriele Cecioni
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at the hotel for my 60th birthday this April. Staff couldn't be more helpful as well as so friendly. Hotel knew it was my birthday and left a bottle of fizz and a cake for my arrival. Excellent happy hour each night with a range of snacks and wine free, as well as one free mini bar fridge for your stay - once it was empty then you paid to top it up. They also offered free wifi as well as a free phone call each day to home country. Will definitely return.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Dear Guest,

I thank you for coming to stay with us for this so special happening I understand that expectation is very high but what it magic is that our Guests feel part of something here at the David and accept the hotel as it is and old house where people are happy just for the pleasure to be here even if it's not a luxury hotel!
My best,
Gabriele Cecioni
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5 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We tried this hotel because it was rated no.1 in tripadvisor but maybe we have overlooked the fact that this is rated a 3 star hotel in florence. So our expectations were very different from what we actually found particularly we had just moved from a newly opened 4 star hotel near Duomo where everything was brand new and the location was perfect. We stayed in this hotel in April when it was still quite cold at night and were put in room 25. The heat did not work and we had to get up in the middle of the night just to put more clothes on to keep warm. The curtain could hardly block out the night. We could hear noises of traffic from our room. The bed sheets were worn out. So were the chairs in our room. No slippers were provided. If one is used to 4 or 5 star services, this is surely not the place to choose. Only good things about this hotel are probably the rolls (which were hot and fresh) and the tasty English bacons served during breakfast, the enthusiastic and caring ladies who served at breakfast and the front desk, the honest system which it runs for guests who use the beverages at the pantry and availability of laundry. Lesson to learn is that we should not just go for the top rated hotels without also looking at the no of stars the hotels are rated. Well, it is always live and learn.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HDavid, Owner at Hotel David, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

Who said that to be n.1 you have to be up to 4, 5 stats hotel? It's much harder for us because we can count only on our sensibility, personal touches.......and price! We are only a 3 star hotel but according to the reviews Guests are happy to stay with us isn't it!
We try to be as helpful as possible but we need your cooperation. If there is something you wish or you don't understand the reception is open 24 hours like in the 4, 5 stars hotels.....for example if you wish to have dark in the room just close the rolling shutters or if you wish to warm up the room just set your air conditioning remote to warm! Same with the slippers; we don't provide them in the room but because we have many people coming from luxury hotels, ask for and we provide them for free as happened with you!
So to resume if you are looking for a luxury 4, 5 stars or more stay away from Hotel David. We are not a luxury hotel and you can guess that also from the price I suppose....and for the future not necessary N1 on Tripadvisor can be good for everyone so read carefully the reviews and you will have a perfect idea of what kind of hotel this is!
My best,
Gabriele Cecioni
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Also Known As:
David Hotel Florence
Address: Viale Michelangiolo, 1, 50125 Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Florence
#22 Business Hotel in Florence
#24 Romantic Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel David 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a short walk to the historic center or to the surrounding green hills, the Hotel David in Florence is a perfect place to begin and end the day in one of the world's most beautiful cities. ... more   less 
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