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“Great location, but mind the noise” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel San Giovanni
1.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via de Cerretani 2, 50123 Florence, Italy (San Lorenzo)   |  
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Ranked #156 of 463 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
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36 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great location, but mind the noise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This hotel is such a charming place. The views from the room we stayed in were unbeatable - we had the Duomo within our sight. The room for 3 was huge and I think it's possible to put in 4 people comfortably and still have space for stretching.

While there was no breakfast served, the very fact that the hotel is located right smack in the middle of everything made getting biscuits, bread, coffee, etc so easy in the morning. However, if you are concerned about noise and are a light sleeper, this is not the place for you because of its location, it is noisy at night and early in the morning. Otherwise, this is one property with plenty of character given its 700 year old history (we had frescos in the ceiling of our room!)

Oh yes, did I mention that the train station is about 7 min away by foot?

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights in a large comfortable room. The view from the window was amazing but we did find it noisy at night. This was solved by shutting the windows but it was very hot and and the fan wasn't quite adequate for the large room.The location was great and a handy walk to the train station and all the attractions of this wonderful city. There is no breakfast available but it so handy to all the cafes so not a problem. We initially carried our bags up several flights of stairs but the owner later explained about the lift and we used this regularly after this. Free Wifi was available in the lobby area and lounge. All and all good value for money.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kennewick, Washington, United States
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Can't beat the location; view of the Duomo square from our window! Very roomy and comfortable room. Shared bath wasn't a problem (always one available). Wifi only in common area. A bit loud due to street traffic, but completely blocked if the windows are closed.
Overall, great value!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

The hotel was as we expected, and had everything we needed. The beds are firm but comfortable and we had a view of the Duomo square out of our window. Couldn't beat the location. The host at this hotel is very helpful, and recommended great restaurants that we tried on the two nights we had in Florence. The room did not have airconditioning but it had a standing fan which worked fine for us even in the 35C degree heat. Overall, a great stay and good value for money.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at this hotel for 5 nights this June. The very best thing about this hotel is its location. You're literally in the center of Florence and thus can walk anywhere. The owner Umberto (my apologies in advance if I spell his name wrong) is very friendly. The room is comfortable enough for 2 persons and clean. If I still couldn't afford a 4 or 5 star hotel the next time I visit Florence, I'd definitely stay here again (lol).

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Please note that Hotel San Giovanni is not a 4 star luxury hotel. That is not the experience you will have if you stay there. But let me tell you what experience you will have: the experence of staying in a 800 year old house the antique fresco's decorating the walls, a view of the duomo from your bedroom window, falling asleep to the sounds of Piazza San Giovanni, or, if you like, enjoying the sights and sounds yourself and not having to worry about a long walk home after the partying is done. The Hotel itself is well kept, clean, and safe. I would not have an issue staying there as a single woman traveling alone. Above all, however, the hotel's location simply cannot be beat.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

Perfect location with a view of the Duomo. We had a shared bathroom which was always available and clean.
Wi fi not available in rooms but available in the common area. Very helpful owner . Worthwhile recommendations for restaurants and travel etc. 10 mins from station. Good value in Florence.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via de Cerretani 2, 50123 Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > San Lorenzo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#157 Romantic Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel San Giovanni 1*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel San Giovanni is a characteristic old worldly Florentine pensione. It is located in the heart of Florence's historical center right on the corner of Piazza San Giovanni (the cathedral square). This superb location means all of city museums, galleries and other tourist attractions are within a short walking distance from the hotel. The hotel is located in two medieval tower buildings that in the 16th century became the bishops private residence. Today it is still possible to see in some of the rooms the original frescos. You will enjoy the amazing view from your window of one the world's most beautiful piazza. ... more   less 
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