Stepping off the Via Faenza into the porch and then right into reception, the seven years since we last stayed here just dissolved. The greeting was as cheerfully friendly as ever and the room even better than before. It was large with somewhere to sit and spotlessly clean. The bathroom too was pristine. Although we looked onto the street it was very quiet as there were two sets of double glazed windows. The bed was comfortable and storage very adequate. There was free wi-fi.
The buffet breakfast seemed designed to give choices that would suit all tastes. Even in December fresh fruit was available.
The position of the hotel is ideal. It is within easy suitcase dragging distance of the Santa Maria Novella station and most convenient for going out on foot to visit the attractions of the city and its restaurants.
The only criticism we had was that it appeared not to be possible to adjust the temperature of the air conditioning and at night the room became somewhat stuffy.
Generally, we very much liked the hotel and would stay here again. The staff were unfailingly friendly, polite and helpful and the facilities tastefully presented.
One thing we discovered this trip was that if you are travelling by bus from Pisa airport or arriving by train at Santa Maria Novella station, it is better not to take the Via Nazionale with its busy pavements. If you go round to the east of the station there is a pedestrian crossing to the Piazza Aqua. Go east, straight ahead, into Via Bernardo Cennini, continue to the T-junction with the Via Faenza. Turn right and the hotel is a short distance on your right. This way you avoid any crowds.
- 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