The place is a neat, unique boutique bed&breakfast but we didn't have the best time there. We checked in for a one-night stay with a staff member that could speak some English and spoke NO ITALIAN so we couldn't get any advice from a seasoned local to find the less-touristy gems in Florence! He also forgot to put the tourist tax on the credit card charge, but didn't have any cash to exchange our €20 bill?? We were given a room with a horn sculpture, that looks neat but is scary to have over your head as you sleep. Upon request, they moved us into another room thankfully. Unfortunately, both of the rooms smelt of something unbearable! I assume something nasty is coming up from the sewage system because it was coming mostly from the bathrooms. We didn't have the possibility to find another place to stay (and I would have left!) since it was only a one-night stay, but I am glad it was. We didn't even take a shower because the smell was so bad in the bathroom. The smell aside, the welcome wine was delicious. The bed was comfortable. The windows do a pretty good job of blocking out the noise from the street below, but it is still pretty noisy. The woven-straw carpet is uncomfortable to walk around on, and I think contributes to the overall bad smell of this place. We set the heat to warm, but the place never got warm. However, you cannot beat the location. You can walk to the hotel from the train station, and can walk all over Florence from here. Please do something about the smell and it won't be a bad place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Handily placed in the heart of Florence amidst world famous attractions, the Hotel Il Porcellino is the perfect base from which to explore the city and its rich artistic heritage. Set in Piazza del Porcellino, an attractive square featuring a wild boar fountain, this small yet welcoming property is within easy reach of the Uffizi Gallery, the Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti and Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral. The hotel offers finely appointed bedrooms, a superb location and above all a homely atmosphere coupled with friendly and attentive service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Porcellino Florence
- Il Porcellino Hotel Florence