Run down, dirty, and unsurprisingly almost empty. Two star if I'm being generous. No facilities, bar closed, breakfast meagre with no choice (chocolate cereal or cornflakes, salami and processed cheese, white bread which wasn't fresh every day, packets of biscuits and tinned fruit); the shower was a mere dribble and it's a good half hour walk from the centre. All in all a great pity because the views are second to none and with a bit of tlc this could be really special. We got the impression they had given up - what could be beautiful gardens are overgrown and unkempt, a balcony with amazing views over Florence is furnished with a couple of old plastic chairs and a rusty ashtray. We were not happy at all because the website we booked on listed this hotel as 4 star and a few minutes from the main sights and the station - our taxi to the hotel from the station cost €19. As we checked out the lift broke down and we had to lug the bags down the stairs from the 4th floor. It might do for students, but they aren't charging student prices!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The President Hotel is a classic style hotel, with modern technology and every comfort. It’s an ancient palace of 1869 restored and turned into a hotel in 1986, located near Piazza della Libertà on so-called avenues of Florence, absolutely close to the historic city center and the congress site of Fortezza da Basso, Palazzo dei Congressi and Palazzo degli Affari. The cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is just at 15 minute walk away and the central train station Santa Maria Novella is only 3 kms far or 10 minutes by car. ... more less
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