This hotel was built before 1500 as a private palazzo and has been a hotel for quite a few years--hence a certain patina to some parts of it. Nonetheless this makes for a particularly "romantic" flair--including the reception area and the ... toilet down there (don't miss it with all its sea shells imitating the grotto at the Boboli Gardens ...). There is a charming outdoor breakfast area in an enclosed court; buffet breakfast is all right though not overwhelming. What is overwhelming is the location right next to Santa Maria Novella and this area, and not far from downtown. Vehicular access is tricky; you have to drive into the restricted traffic area, which is permitted once the hotel reports the license plate of your car. But the one-way access on Via della Scala is hard to find. (And the car will have to be parked by the concierge, of course).
The rooms may be facing the busy street, but triple (!) glazed windows and inner shutters shut out the noise beautifully. The rooms are very high, AC is working fine, which means you will not need to open the windows during the night.
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Dal Borgo Florence
- Aprile Hotel Florence