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Hotel Ester
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Largo Alinari, 15, 50123 Florence, Italy   |  
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Ranked #80 of 461 hotels in Florence
Melbourne, Australia
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10 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Best shower I've ever had!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

This hotel was amazing! When we arrived we were greeted by Anna, who was lovely. She grabbed a map and showed us where to go and what to see including where the leather markets are and where the supermarket is (across the street). The location was awesome, about a 3 minute walk from the main train station. It was also surrounded by coffee shops with delicious pastries and around the corner from the leather market. It's also in walking distance to all of the main tourist attractions. Another huge positive was the bathroom and shower. The shower was a double shower and had a shower head the size of a dinner plate. By far the best shower I've ever had! (even back home). The room was clean and the bed was reasonably comfortable (2 singles pushed together but i didn't even realise Until we had left) There was a computer in the room as well as free wifi and satellite tv with English channels. The only 2 negative things I have to say is we had 2 singles pushed together and it's on a busy street so did get a bit loud. Other than that I recommend this place and would stay there again!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Fort Worth, Texas
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79 reviews 79 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

This hotel is in a great location, just 2 mins from the train station. A nice cafe just a skip away is recommended by the hotel for breakfast. Our room was very nice, only complaint is that not everything worked. We got a room with an excellent bathroom and was looking forward to using the oversized jacuzzi bath, but it was missing the stopper and the tub just didn't work. Also, the towel warming rack was not operational. Hopefully they will get these fixed so others can enjoy them. The rest of the bathroom is great, with a very large shower. One other complaint I have is the way to make reservations. You have to email or call them with your credit card information instead of using a regular online reservation system. And after doing this, I was still not given a reservation confirmation or any information about the hotel (directions to or other helpful information). Still, when we showed up, we were given a room right away and had no other problems.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shkoder, Albania
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

I was staying in this hotel for 5 days for honeymoon. I and my wife both enjoyed staying at Hotel Ester, and we were really surprised because we booked a one star hotel and we found many services that we didn't found in many three star hotels, that we visited before arriving in Florence. In our room we had air condition, computer, wireless, new bathroom, the bed and the shelf were new, the room was very cleaned and quiet, the reception was open 24 hours,from the balcony we could see the Duomo and the hotel was 2 minutes walking from the train station and 10 minutes walking from Duomo. The staf was very nice and helpfull, Marco and Anna helped us to reserve restaurants, museums and diferent city tours. Staying at Hotel Ester helped us to enjoy more our honymoon in a wonderful city like Florence.

Room Tip: We were staying in the room 22 in the fifth floor.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We moved to this hotel after an unpleasant experience in a hostel close by. It was only a little more expensive than the hostel that we were staying in but the extra small difference was def. worth the price. We were a last min walk in due to having expected to stay at a hostel and Hotel Ester had a room for us! The staff were very friendly and helpful (helped us with our Italian whenever asked and knew and gave directions to all requested locations - even a laundrymat 2 and a half blocks down the street.) The room was clean and neat. We had a room in their second building. Included in the room was our own bathroom, our own pc with internet access, cable and views of the Duomo. There was also a small elevator to get to the different floors, which the hostel (4 stories up didn't have.) It was literally right around the corner from the central train station and everything was easily accessible. When we come back this is the place we are going to stay. Keep in mind that very few hotels in Italy will have american standards and 5 star ratings even though you might pay the 5 star rates. The accommodations in Italy just aren't of that kind of quality so if you are wanting 5 star accommodations stay with an american chain like Starwood (which can still be disappointing, it just varies by the individual location.) Hotel Ester was clean (the paint job wasn't perfect but it was clean), neat, and met our needs for a reasonable price. I would recommend this hotel without hesitation.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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manama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

its small...but the rooms are very good for the price..clean & quiet..
the location is Perfect..the workers were friendly..
no restaurant but you get a discount card for a restaurant down the street...
went there solo so the room size was very good for me..but not sure if they have larger rooms for families..

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
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103 reviews 103 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Based on previous reviews, I was expecting a better hotel but it was dissapointing. Starting with positive comments, the location was perfect and close to everyting, within walking distance. The view from our rooms (#23&#24) was fantastic, we can see Duomo from our windows and balcony.

As negative comments, firstly the hotel is damp! Especially, in room 24 there was an unpleasent smell. The pillows were stinky due to damp. There was a house-keeping service but the room wasn't cleaned entirely. There was dirt on toilet after the clean-up. Also, the furnitures in the rooms are worn and old. The rooms need renovation! The rooms were so cold even though AC was working!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

One block from the train station and easy to find, then once you are here take the elevator or stairs to reception and you are warmly welcomed. The owners/staff here are making a super effort to improve the place and were very helpful with tips on the must see places. The hotel was a pleasant surprise with the recent renovations and our corner room on the 5th floor had windows with two different views and a small but usable balcony. We sat out in the evening to enjoy either the sunset or night lights. We had a partial view of the Duomo and a lovely view otherwise, save a few chimneys and rooftops. The room was nice, not perfectly clean but clean enough.

There was a good grocery store across the street and a large market only 2 blocks away.
One small problem we had was that both the sink leaked and the shower (a new space age multi-functional shower which was installed crooked) also leaked, we never complained because we didn’t want any workers coming in and out of the room and nor did we want to give up our view, so a few towels managed to control/contain the problem for us.

There was a kitchen at the end of the hall on our floor that we used and our room had a small fridge.

Oddly enough there were mosquito’s here, coming in our fifth floor windows, not a lot but one or two that had to be slayed each night so we were not buzzed in the dark. We like to have open windows whenever possible instead of using air conditioning.

Firenze Pass was worth the money, it was less than buying admission to each museum/gallery separately if you are planning to see at least a few and it avoids the crazy long ticket line-ups at each site when you don’t have a pass.

We would recommend this hotel as good value for the price (100 Euros), with an excellent location and staff that are trying to move the hotel forward. Having said that it is still having a few issues that I am sure they are addressing. We would stay here again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Largo Alinari, 15, 50123 Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#86 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#104 Family Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ester 3*
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