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“Average, Budget-Friendly Experience” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Giappone
1.0 of 5 Hotel   |   via dei Banchi 1, 50123 Florence, Italy   |  
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Ranked #290 of 461 hotels in Florence
Greensboro, North Carolina
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“Average, Budget-Friendly Experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I stayed here for one night after my study abroad programme ended, so it was basically just a place to grab some sleep before an early flight home. That being said, I would not be opposed to staying here on another trip to Florence, even for more than one night. My room was a single with the shared bath, which was plenty enough for one person. There was a sink, a television with plenty of channels, and good, adjustable air conditioning (a rarity!). WIFI is available in the rooms, which is not something you will find in many budget hotels in Florence, and the staff is helpful even though not all of them speak very good English. They arranged for a taxi to the airport at 6am.

The only things about this hotel which are poorer than average were, as some other travellers mentioned, the stairs (3 flights of them) which would not be ideal for older travellers or people with extreme amounts of luggage. Additionally, my room was directly beside the front door to the reception area, which was sort of loud in the late evening, but quietened as the night went on. The walls and doors are also very thin, and both street noise and noise from other people staying at the hotel was louder than average.

The location of Hotel Giappone is excellent! It is in the historic center of the city and within walking distance of almost every major attraction in the city. Overall a good value for a hotel which is comparable to other, more expensive accomodations in the city!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Very good location, well equipped for a budget place, tv, wifi, shower in room. Paper thin walls and slamming "front" door was the only minus.
Not cheap, but good price for incredibly expensive Florence.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Great location. In the middle between train station and Duomo. 3rd floor, no elevator but forget it. Kindly staff, clean bathroom.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

Location: Great. Very central, walking distance to SMN.

Access: 78 winding steps to get to the reception, skip this place if you have luggage.

Comfort: Very poor. 2 small beds pushed together and sold as a double, I always subtract 2 for that stunt. Beds also awful, felt like a sheet of MDF on a few old springs. I woke up each morning feeling worse than I did before bed.

Cleanliness: Room was sold as having a private external bathroom, but no hint of this on arrival. Shared toilet rarely had TP and was always dirty. I don't like to have to trek down the corridor and clean large amounts of dried yellow urine off the seat before I can use the toilet.

Safety: Power supply for air con unit is routed through the bottom of the shower cubicle. Risk of someone getting fried one day. Probably never inspected.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is perfectly located! Right between the Duomo and the train station. It's on the 3rd or 4th floor- we were fine walking up the stairs but some people may struggle. The rooms were clean, and the lady that worked there was quite friendly. The biggest drawback would be the bathroom. There's only 1 toilet for the whole hotel, so essentially you had to wait fairly often to go the the toilet, slightly annoying, particularly in the middle of the night. A lot of rooms don't have showers, which means they use the shower in the same room as the toilet. Things get wet.
The rooms are also partial to noise made in the hotel (doors opening and closing etc). But, it's quite cheap for Florence and its really very good value for money. The location is unbeatable. Would stay again!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

More than I expected from a 1 star hotel! I had the small corner room. The bed was comfortable, the heater worked, the toilet flushed, wifi was perfect, and the location is unbeatable. Some downsides were the 76 stairs to get up, the shower went between medium to warm heat (never really getting hot), there was no actual shower (just a shower head in the bathroom), checkout is at 10:30 instead of 12, and the fact that I could hear every time someone went in/out of their room. For budget accommodation, its pretty much as good as it gets. I highly recommend it for any solo traveler. The lady who owns it is very welcoming. I don't know why its called Japanese though...

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 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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Address: via dei Banchi 1, 50123 Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
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Ranked #290 of 461 hotels in Florence
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Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Giappone 1*
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