The location is not bad and you can walk to the main Florence destinations within 10 minutes. The cost is maybe a little higher than I'd expect from this hotel, though. I don't mind the stairs but the hotel is located on an upper floor of what looks like a random apartment building. The entryway and stairs actually reminded me of a public school I attended in the US - very old and bland. If I could give 2.5 out of 5 instead of 2 or 3 I would do that, so instead I rounded up to 3/5.
The reception area of the hotel itself actually looks pretty nice - much nicer than you expect when you are first climbing the stairs to get there. We passed a confused couple on our way in who seemed to be unsure of whether a hotel could really exist in this building. The reception people were very nice and helpful, although for some reason check-out took 15 minutes.
My room was the biggest disappointment of this visit. Many reviews talk about lovely rooms but mine was not one of those. I don't need hot tubs and velvet sheets, but I would like non-cracking paint on the (almost empty) walls. There also seemed to be sawdust or something like it under the mattress on my bed and around the floor, which was quite mysterious. Maybe the sawdust on the floor came from the windows, which looks like they would fall apart any minute. The shower was also not an enclosed structure, just a drain on the floor, so when you take a shower the entire bathroom floor becomes wet/dangerous.
The walls were paper thin so I could hear everything from a neighboring room and the hallway. Some examples of what I could hear: the zipper on someone's luggage, plates in the dining area down the hall, people talking at seemingly normal levels (well enough to understand what they said sometimes), etc.
By the way, some people recommended facing a garden (I remember reading about a terrace somewhere, we didn't get one of those). Each morning a truck drives through the garden nursery and it sounds like a gas-powered lawn mower is driving by your window.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All the rooms are very quiet, very elegant and suggestive, but even if the style reminds to the old Florence, there are all the necessary comforts like a private bathroom, tv, phone, minibar, haidryer and air conditioning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Annalena Hotel Florence