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Galileo Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Nazionale 22A, 50123 Florence, Italy   |  
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Ranked #246 of 457 Hotels in Florence
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3 hotel reviews
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“Very good value for money.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012 via mobile

Having come from Venice, the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff was a pleasant surprise. They helped us find a way to break our lock after we lost the key to our bags late at night. Nothing was too much of an ask. They booked our tours and arranged for hotel pick ups. They even gave us vouchers for dinner. Breakfasts were pleasent and included in the price. Overall excellent value and a great location just near the Santa Maria Novella station.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

I would not return to this hotel. We were in the middle of a heat wave and they kept turning off the air conditioners in the rooms. We returned from day tour late in the afternoon to find our room sweltering - air conditioner turned off - and the window unable to be opened. The staff were manipulating the air conditioners in the room from a computer at the front desk. I demanded the air conditioner in our room be turned back on.
The breakfast was extremely poor. The toast bread was the thinnest white sliced bread you have ever seen and stale.
The rooms were very ordinary and no linen changed. No card was left in the room to request linen be changed.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, Australia
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12 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Customer service was very rude - our booking had apparently not been received, staff were unhelpful and not welcoming. When we finally checked in, the air conditioning in our room did not work (- when we complained, we were given a fan) the bathroom was stained with mould. Not a pleasant experience - do not stay here. The location, while close to the hotel is unsafe and certainly does not showcase the best of Florence.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Hobart, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

The room was small dirty and very smelly, the smell in the lift made us gag, the bathroom was tiny dirty and mouldy the filth on the plastic screen and shower curtain was digusting. Room at night was 28 degrees air conditioning was turned off for enviromental reasons couldnt open the window as street so noisey. Bed was hard and uncomfortable like sleeping on an ironing board top cover was dirty, curtain hanging off rail, wordrobe smelt like someone had urinated in it, hair dryer held together with sticky tape. breakfast was meagre orange juice served in plastic cups, toast, a few stale cakes some bits of fuit. How this hotel has a three star rating is beyond me it is the worst hotel we have ever stayed in and ruined our time in Florence.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

Old,dated dark and dingy. The first room we were given was dusty and dirty, seems like it had not been used for a while and was not even prepared for us coming, layers so dust. The hallway was dark with stained yellowing shades. We asked re zircon as the room was stuffy and when window open very noisy, was told that it was illegal to puton air cooler in Florence until june, what the!!
Offered courtyard room so we could get air, I do not think these people know what a courtyard is!! Next doors Dirty rooftop, littered and stray cats, not a courtyard to get out on. Breakfast was poor and room cramped, worst hotel we stayed in all trip, do yourself a favour. The reception staff very nice,they should go some where else, as too good for that place.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

We found this hotel in Rick Steves book. This hotel is within walking distance to the train station, convenient to restaurants and all the sites. We chose the superior room which was not ready when we arrived but the manager quickly provided another that was facing the rear courtyard. Room was quiet and clean had queen bed and large enough to move around. Breakfast was basic but good. The hotel value here was very good for the location.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ashford, Connecticut
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9 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

We arrived at the Galileo Hotel after traveling all night. The room wasn't available, but the receptionist was nice enough. The room was tiny and the bed and pillows were of the lowest quality. We didn't know how to operate the lights and had to ask the receptionist as we weren't given the information upon arrival. The wallpaper was coming off the wall and one could hear the plumbing in the next room. It was very warm and we couldn't leave the windows open at night because the room faced the street. We were told that the a/c doesn't get turned on until June 1 in Florence. The breakfast was adequate; the dining area small. The staff was friendly. I would not recommend this hotel and wished we could have begun our trip to Italy in a nicer hotel and better location. The star rating was "3" but I give it one.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Galileo Hotel

Address: Via Nazionale 22A, 50123 Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #246 of 457 Hotels in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Galileo Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An elegant nineteenth-century building in the heart of an ancient city: among the hotels in Florence, Hotel Galileo welcomes guests into a calm and elegant environment, furnished in the best Tuscan-style tradition. You will have a pleasant stay or holiday in the city with all preferred comforts, surrounded by exquisite, authentic Florentine workmanship. ... more   less 
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