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“More like a backpackers hostel !!!” 1 of 5 stars
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Hotel Derby Florence
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Nazionale 35, 50123 Florence, Italy   |  
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Ranked #393 of 461 Hotels in Florence
Brisbane
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21 hotel reviews
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“More like a backpackers hostel !!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2008

This is not a hotel - This is more like a backpackers hostel ! Admittably the room was large and had aircon (altho was old and noisy ) but the room and the bathroom was soooo disgusting and dirty, The lift is a deathtrap and the breakfast was foul ! We arrived to a line-up of backpacker type travellers lining up to check-in. Front desk were friendly enough and offered free internet in the afternoons. If you are looking for something central and not too flash then this is the place to visit however if you are looking for somewhere clean and comfortable I suggest looking elsewhere !

  • Liked — Air Con
  • Disliked — Dirty Room, Dirty Bathroom, Deathtrap Lift !
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2008

Great for the price...comfortable with airconditioning and free internet access (for 30mins). Has a fabulous roof top terrace with great city views. Staff are fantastic and allow you to take own food and drinks to have on the roof top terrace if you want to save some money and not eat out. Well worth staying for a good price.

  • Liked — price
  • Disliked — nil
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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New York
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2008

This hotel is very comfortable and clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful, but unfortunately the hotel is too far from the centre of town .It probably takes approx 1 hour to walk to the centre.
I will stay here again whenever we visit Florence.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Lancashire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2008

Booked this hotel through our local travel agent. Came home and checked Trip advisor and wondered what on earth we were going to get. I did want to change but glad I didn't. The room was nothing like what other reports had said. It was clean and tidy. As it is an old building some of it looks a bit grotty but at the end of the day its only a place to shower and sleep - obviously the owners have taken note of the previous reports. The hotel is not badly situated and the roof garden had spectacular views of the city. Don't go with great expectations and you won't be disappointed, I expected the worst and was quite surprised.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — the tiny lift
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Illinois
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2007

Not only doesn't this hotel deserve its two stars but it shouldn't even be allowed to exist. My boyfriend and I found it after searching for like 2 hours cause there was not even a `hotel' sign visible from the street. To enter the building you have to step in dirty water, then take the most minuscule elevator ever (maximum two slim people can fit in it). When you get in the hotel it's all dark, old and musty. The guy at the front desk was pretty shaddy. The room was old, mouldy and dirty. We had booked through the hotel's website that shows photos that are completely misleading. The service has nothing to do with the description. When the electricty went off we decided to leave. The guy promised not to charge us for the night , what he actually did. We were lucky to find a room at the Hotel Byron a few blocks away: 3 stars, exact same price with parking included, huge room and excellent service.

Stayed June 2007
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2007

This is truly the worst experience imaginable. My stomach wretches when I think of how awful my experience was. How can this hotel be permitted to exist. It is disgusting! The dirt on the walls in the bathroom was incredible. The dirt around the shower was dreadful. The room was small, beds unclean, mattresses so old ,furniture cheap and nasty.Think of your worst experience staying in a hotel or guest house then multipy it by 5.
I checked out early and I am still scratching my head and body with the effects of bugs and tics from this place.
The staff are just out to screw travellers in the most low level way.They offer no service and then insisted on charging me for the nights that I refused to stay. I only hope that one of them has a similar experience when travelling!!!!

Stayed April 2007
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Jeneve
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2007

The hotel is in the middle of the historical city center near duomo and piaza signoria and far just little steps from the trainstation. It's not so beautiful but is nice, comfortable and clean, the breakfast is excellent and the staff kind and likeable. There is a beautiful terrace on the roof where to be able to make breakfast, to stay under the sun reading a book and to admire from high the cupola of duomo and all the city skyline. The front desk is opened day and night and the staff it is able to help for whichever, in order to reserve the visits to the museums, the ticket train, the restaurant, the taxi or other necessity. The dogs small and big are accepted also. I suggest it to all those don't want to spend for a 5 stars hotel but want all the comforts. I suggest also to visit the magnificent ancient market forehead the hotel opened in the morning.

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Via Nazionale 35, 50123 Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #393 of 461 Hotels in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Derby Florence 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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