We spent a week at Hotel Giglio. This lovely little hotel has it all for a traveler looking for good value, great location, and terrific service. Located on Via Cavour, a main street but not too noisy, Hotel Giglio is about 1 block past San Marco and less than 10 minute walk to the Duomo and the historic center of Florence. You’ll find convenient and tasty restaurants in the neighborhood, as well as a grocery store and laundromat about 3 blocks away on Via San Gallo.
Husband and wife team of Marco and Manuela, and their family, offer their guests a warm welcome and great service. Marco runs the front desk providing guests with helpful touring info for Florence, and beyond while Manuela oversees a hearty breakfast in their charming breakfast room. The breakfast was my favorite of the 3 hotels we visited on this trip; fresh croissants, pastries and breads, several kinds of meats and cheeses, fresh fruit salad, cereals, yogurt, and cappuccino, of course. Their hospitality truly is above and beyond any other European hotel I have visited. Both my husband I caught nasty colds and Marco and Manuela did everything they could to make us comfortable.
We stayed in room A, overlooking the back garden. It was sparkling clean, spacious with a mini-fridge, the bed was comfortable, and the bathroom was modern with a great shower. I did peak into several other rooms and they all looked clean, and well maintained. Other guests commented to me about how clean their rooms were. Remember this is Europe, where hotels fit into existing older buildings so don’t expect modern cookie-cutter rectangles, but that is part of the charm.