There are 69 steps to get to the hotel. If you cannot handle this, you're not going to make it to the top of the Palazzo Vecchio, the Campanile, the Duomo Tower, or up to San Miniato! We found this to be the best value for the quality and location. Few Americans were staying here, probably because of the price (65 euros), but the rooms are terrific by European standards: big rooms, personal bathroom, and comes with a good simple breakfast. We use our hotel as a place to sleep while we are seeing the sights, so location was paramount for us. From here we could easily walk all over old Florence--any time we ventured west we walked under the Duomo! We were literally just minutes away from the Academia, Bargello, Michelangelo's House, etc. Really, the location is too good for the price.
The staff was excellent and friendly--we never had a bad experience and stayed here for 6 nights. They were so helpful and patient with us, and communicated with better English than our Italian. We called ahead when we knew we were going to be delayed (by the Lufthansa strike) and the owner was extremely courteous and thankful.
Our room was very clean, and was cleaned daily by the staff. You'll need to hang up your towels to re-use (if being polite) or fold them up and put them on the floor of the bathroom if you want them replaced. These are not American towels, but they do the job! Our advice is to help keep costs down by living as Spartan as you can. These are good people who are offering visitors a great value: support it.
The building was an ecclesiastical structure from the 15th century, so the walls are not soundproof. We didn't experience a lot of noise, but you can hear toilets when they flush. It's only noticeable early in the evening. For the price you get a better location, cleanliness, and breakfast than almost anywhere else we've experienced in Europe.
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