I have stayed at La Scaletta often, both for business and pleasure, and a stay there is never less than a pleasure. I first visited this hotel on the recommendation of a friend who spent his honeymoon there, and I never got a better piece of advice.
This charming hotel is perfectly situated, south of the river Arno, in the quiet district of Oltrarno. It is only short walk to the famous Ponte Vecchio (less than 150 yards), so the entire centre of Florence is within easy walking distance. However, in the evenings there is no reason to stray far, as there are plenty of good restaurants and bars just a few minutes’ walk away, and Oltrarno is much quieter than the city centre at night.
The best feature of the hotel itself is the lovely split-level roof terrace, which commands panoramic views of Florence, with the Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio on one hand, and the Boboli gardens and the Palazzo Pitti on the other. The recently-installed roof bar is a welcome addition, and the height of the terrace ensures you are not disturbed by traffic noise during the day.
Disabled access: travellers with mobility problems should be aware that Hotel La Scaletta is on the upper floors of an old palazzo, and is reached from street-level only by a small elevator, or a great number of stairs, and the hotel itself is spread across several different floors, separated by staircases, some narrow. This is unavoidable in an historic building which is subject to preservation orders, and cannot be structurally altered for modern convenience.
Lastly, it is worth mentioning that the staff at La Scaletta are friendly, professional, and very helpful. When making a booking, e-mail confirmation arrives promptly, and their system sends you reminders about your booking on the run-up to your stay.
I would happily recommend this hotel to anyone.