My two teenaged daughters and I were on a holiday to Europe from our home in Western Canada. We stayed at the Hotel Bavaria for 3 nights.
I had requested a room for four persons in spite of there being three in our party as we (especially the girls) wanted a private bathroom. That is what we got. The room was large, with the beds distributed quite a ways apart. The bathroom was perfectly adequate for our needs. I don't recall seeing an air conditioner but as we were there in March it wasn't much of an issue. The windows opened widely and looked onto the courtyard far below.
The layout of this hotel was kind of strange, and the phrase "rabbit warren" actually came to mind. Our room was at the end of a long hallway that was not straight and had uneven floors. Not surprising given the reported age of the building (late 16th century). However, those with uncertain footing had best think carefully about such a place. The more concerning point to me was egress in the event of fire. There was no exit besides the main entrance, and we were as far away from that as we could get. It is true that one could exit via the windows, but the height was such that a jump would likely result in serious injury at the very least. The hotel had made no allowances for that, and seemed surprised that I would even ask the question. For the reader's benefit, the issue matters to me because I suffered life-threatening burns in the past and I have no intention of doing so again.
The hotel did offer complimentary WiFi, but it was not accessible in our room. Instead, we had to head into the small common area to get a signal. On one evening I found myself sitting at one of the tables in the breakfast area in order to go online but was asked (politely, mind you) to move elsewhere as the tables were set up for the morning.
The breakfast was adequate but nothing special. That being said, my demands aren't too great so it worked for me. But it was not as good as we had in other places in Italy. A strange note about breakfast: there is a bathroom located right off the eating area. No margin of separation that's for sure! Again, I suspect this was a function of the design constraints imposed by the old building.
With respect to the surrounding area, the location was great. The Duomo is just minutes away by foot, and everything else isn't much further. Have a good map 'cause Florence can be a bit confusing at times. No issues at all with the locale, it was fun! For a great, great pizza turn left as you exit the hotel's big swinging doors and head for ristorante pizzeria I Ghibellini, outstanding.
We arrived via train, pulling in at Santa Maria Novella (SMN). If this is your first stop in Italy and you're shopping for a SIM card for your unlocked cell, I strongly suggest you consider visiting the "Tre" outlet located right at SMN. They spoke great English there and the package offered was excellent.
It took us about 20 minutes to walk to the hotel dragging our suitcases. It's a noisy walk, because the streets are primarily cobbled. If you're in doubt about which way to turn, head for the Duomo. Once you get there, you're close. Be aware that the hotel itself is not particularly well marked, in fact we walked right past it initially. Find the correct street and then look for a small sign mounted high up on the wall. It's more or less across the street from a wedding dress shop. What you will encounter is a set of giant doors that must be 12 feet high, shaped like a church entrance. The building is actually the home of several other businesses besides the hotel (eg a real estate office just inside the main doors). Go in there, and keep climbing the stairs, the first flight of which is straight ahead. Again, if you're unable/unwilling to lug your luggage you may want to consider another place as there is no elevator. Eventually you'll come to a small almost "trapdoorish" entrance to the hotel and that's where you want to go. We had to ring a couple of times to get entrance.
On a couple of occasions I used the local transit bus service to get to a war cemetery east of town, and it wasn't much of a problem. If you have questions re use of buses etc, there is an excellent transit information office located at SMN. You'll find it if you walk around the outside of the station.
It was OK staying here, and the rate was very good, but I'm not sure I would do so again. There are lots of things this hotel could do, some of them very inexpensive, that would greatly enhance the experience. Having said that, it was an interesting experience staying in such an old building. The location was perfect...accessible to most things.
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