Hotel Consigli, April/May 2013.
We were in two minds about choosing this hotel as the reviews on TA were mixed. In addition the managers responses on T/A were reminiscent of Basil Fawlty. In short, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Our criteria for this hotel were based on location, price, parking, breakfast included, and ideally an outdoor area with views. While this hotel ticked all the boxes, it fell short in most areas. The location itself could not be faulted, fronting Arno River with great views. And although many might be put off by older character-style hotels, we were not.
We opted for a junior suite, believing that a better room in a hotel with fewer stars would make good sense. The room allegedly led on to a private outdoor terrace, which was a big draw card for us. However, some of the photos and details were ambiguous, which led us to email and phone the hotel for confirmation. On both occasions, despite the language difficulties, we were assured it had a private outdoor terrace. Suffice to say, as our attached photos show, it is only private to the extent that some dead twigs separate you from both your neighbor and the public outdoor area. Luckily, the public area was not heavily used late at night while we there, which was our biggest concern.
The room itself while reasonably spacious, was sparsely decorated, uninteresting, and not entirely clean. The bedding was also quite old and grubby. The bathroom, while huge, was very dated, with several minor but irritating faults.
The standard of the breakfast was relatively poor, with few options, and not particularly fresh. On our last morning, there were even fewer options, which we were advised was due to the public holiday the previous day. Despite the fact that this could easily be overcome with a fridge, our experience was that most shops were open that day anyway.
Overall, it was a disappointing experience, and we’d recommend you’d spend your money elsewhere.
- 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