I travelled to Florence for the magical Ephiphany parade/celebrations - excellent and well worth the trip. The hotel is close to the main station (my preference) as it's then easy to walk everywhere as Florence is flat and there's SO much to see. Bus services just around the other side of the block - opposite the station. Walking to all the major attractions is easy tho' Florence isn't a small area - you have to walk. The hotel (traditional Firenze styling) loc'n is quiet tho' safe if you are walking back at night - well lit. The room wasn't overly large but the bed was big and comfortable so that made up for it plus you are out most of the time, however, there's no English on TV services. Bathroom a good size, very clean, and with all the amenities - good linen throughout. Breakfast was a good choice and plentiful; hotel common areas are small tho' comfortable. Reception desk staff were friendly and helpful. Good restaurants nearby. Close to the main Market to see how the Florentines live. I had a good connection to the Net with my own modem. Price good and I would happily recommend to personal friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Porta Faenza is situated in Via Faenza - one of the earliest medieval streets in Florence - near Porta Faenza, a gate in the fifteenth-century city walls. It was created in 1997 through the restoration and conversion of Palazzo Pegna, the old residence of a family of merchants, whose original structure has been kept intact. Porta Faenza was part of the city walls and was situated at the end of what is up till now called Via Faenza. It has been so called not for being placed towards the town in Emilia, but from the name of the Nuns from Faenza, who had their convent in the neighbourhood once. Between 1534 and 1537 Porta Faenza was joined to the Fortezza da Basso without being demolished: by watching attentively you can still distinguish its squared profile in the central bastion towards the city or its arch from the inside of the fortress. The Hotel will make you savour the warm atmosphere of the old-time Florentine houses: the tile floor, the exposed beams, the old tools scattered everywhere, together with all the comforts will make it your ideal home in the old Florence. The Hotel Porta Faenza is centrally located, very close to the main railway station (Santa Maria Novella), to Palazzo dei Congressi (the Conference Centre) and to the Fortezza da Basso. The most interesting monuments and museums in Florence are within easy walking distance. For being situated in a pedestrian precinct, the Hotel is a quiet and pleasant place, the ideal point of departure for you to discover Florence and its artistic and cultural life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Porta Faenza Florence
- Porta Faenza Hotel Florence