Review for the ‘Classic Rooms’. We booked this hotel based on the great reviews on Tripadvisor. It seems the great reviews are about the larger rooms on the upper floors-of which none were available during our stay to be able to upgrade. I have to say we were pretty disappointed and can’t say we had the same experience as others.
Our classic room #3 on the ground floor (All Classic Rooms are on ground floor) was very average. The bed was comfortable and had great pillows and the room was large enough. There was a small TV mounted on the wall but unfortunately no English channels (We checked at recept) and no safe in room. The window faced the street and the footpath is right outside. So at night even though it is a ‘no through’ road for traffic, there are people coming and going from their cars parked out front sometimes late at night and being quite loud in their farewells to each other. The bathroom was small which is ok, but the floor was really grubby. I made mention of this when we arrived to Alessandro giving her the opportunity to address the problem, but it was not rectified. Cleanliness is imperative and this was not of an acceptable standard at all. There are other small issues like no handles on the wardrobe making it very difficult to open, no hooks in the bathroom or place to hang a towel except over a chair in the room and sachet shampoo-(have you ever tried to open them with wet hands).
The local area is generally quiet and free of busy traffic however on three consecutive nights we were woken by ongoing noise by other guests from within the hotel. Whoever is on at reception at night needs to manage this.
As the room is in a small hall next to the reception, any loud speaking guests entering and leaving at night echoes through the foyer and central staircase area disturbing other guests- even on the upper floors, as when we brought this issue up with reception other guests there at the time from upstairs had the same problem.
Unfortunately the rooftop terrace was in a pretty sad old state, with dead plants and weeds growing in the pots, not very attractive. The view was nice and sunsets pleasant and colourful until the mosquitoes arrived sending us back to our den.
On the plus side there is free WIFI which was good, and the breakfast room is very nice, the breakfast is ok.
The Hotel Consigli has potential however needs to address the noise issues by soundproofing doors etc, and to have a notice made to put in the entry at night requesting guests to be quiet when entering late at night for the consideration of other guests. This also needs to be managed by night staff. They also need to look into the upkeep of the premises such as the dirty bathroom floors and the state of the rooftop terrace.
Location is a 15 minute walk along the Arno River to reach the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, so a bit of extra walking required each day when you venture out and return from exploring Florence.
If I was in Florence again and only there for a couple of days I would try for something more central.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 3 star Hotel Consigli has everything you need for a pleasant, authentic stay in Florence. Located on Lungarno Vespucci in an elegant Renaissance home, the building includes a convenient private paying car park, a true privilege for hotels in Florence's historic center.The panoramic terrace with roof garden overlooking the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio will make your stay memorable. In addition, the familiar hospitality at Hotel Consigli will go along with your every desire. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Consigli Hotel Florence