Visited the Hotel Rappolo this past weekend and just want to confirm that the positive reviews are quite accurate. It's freshly remodeled, sparklingly clean, and the location is very convenient to everything you'll want to see. We even walked to Piazza del Michelangelo but that's a fair hike if you're not in shape. In over a year of combined visits to Europe we've never seen better water pressure in a shower. Bed is comfy, linens are crisp. Breakfasts are better than most.
The SKY TV was a bit confusing but we're old and that's true when we try to use dish TV in the States too. A standard room is about average by European standards, i.e. bordering on tiny by American ones, but who comes to Firenze to sit in a hotel room?
Getting to the hotel- to anywhere for that matter- upon leaving the train station is confusing, especially if you don't have a map. But it's actually a straight shot from the station. As you exit the station you'll see a McDonalds McCafe on your left ( right across from the McDonalds inside the station- do we really need to inflict so many cheap burger joints on poor locals everywhere?). If you follow the street just past the McCafe it runs all the way to the Hotel. But, like so many streets in Florence, it changes names several times on the way. When it becomes Via Nazionale you know you're on the right route but it later turns into Via del Allesandria or something like that. It's not a bad walk except that the sidewalks are crowded and cobblestones aren't excactly smooth with bags in tow. None of this is meant as a negative- just facts that you have to deal with when trying to reach any hotel in town. A less stingy person might consider a short cab ride.
So sure, we'd stay at the Hotel Rappolo in a heartbeat. Once again, TripAdviser to the rescue...