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“A good choice for central Prato: quaint and friendly.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Flora
B. Cairoli 31, 59100 Prato, Italy   |  
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Ranked #10 of 17 Hotels in Prato
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“A good choice for central Prato: quaint and friendly.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

If you ever need to stay in the centre of Prato, e.g. for the Monash Campus, then this must be one of the most serious choices. It is about 5-10 minutes from Prato porto seraglio station (tricky buying tickets there and no lifts) and about 200M from the Monash campus. It is beautifully located for exploring the old town of Prato, and you actually feel part of the old town.
I cannot guess when it was built converted or renovated, but it seems to have been a Palazzo converted, and then modernised in layers, with little taken out and stuff added on in layers. The decor is old fashioned and it feels like an old fashioned hotel.
The room we had on the second floor which faced inwards was huge by Italian standards, with plenty of cupboard and shelf space. There is a minibar, a key operated safe and the most modern of additions: a flat screen TV which picked up one English language channel. The room we had was dim because of little window area and inwards looking. The air conditioning was not functioning at the beginning of May, but this may have been for many reasons, probably the cost of running such a service. the bathroom was a little old fashioned, but had good hot water and a shower that worked. The peculiarity was the shower screen that seemed to have been installed by a double glazing workman, with sliding doors but with sharpish edges. I would not recommend for anyone with physical limitations. One of the peculiarities for me was the electrics. It seemed to have several generations of sockets some which worked and switches and buttons that did not. I have attached a picture of something that would not pass muster in the UK.
The staff were friendly and tried to help at all times. There was always someone on duty at the door who spoke moderate English. It is a hotel where you have to hand the key in each time you leave, and we could not convince them to produce a second key. There is free unsecured wifi, which mostly worked at a decent speed for hotel free. Breakfast is supplied Italian Buffet style. There are choices of breads, cake cheese and meat, cereal and juices, and if you ask, you can get cappuccino. The coffee in a jug was luke warm and insipid. On the whole this was a better breakfast than I have had in some 4 star hotels.
There is a bar which I never saw functioning, a meeting room if you need one, and a pleasant sitting reception area which is well maintained. Rooms were clean, and when we needed a new light bulb, it was brought very quickly. The hotel felt safe and was mostly quiet. There is a smokers gallery on the top floor if you feel the need.
The biggest attraction of the Flora has to be the location. it is simply convenient for everything in central old Prato. There are a selection of nearby places to eat, but you have to do your research first. I would definitely go back there, and would recommend it for anyone wanting a reasonably priced hotel. I spoke to several people who were staying a bit out of the old town in the 4* president hotel and they were universally disappointed in way I was not. We got five nights bed and breakfast for two for a little over 400 Euros. A bargain.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Rome, Italy
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

The Flora sits just inside the historic center of town, in a quiet street. The rooms on the back have no view but are really silent. I slept there one night and frankly it was one of my best night's sleep in a hotel in a long time. Strange, because the room had a decor unchanged since 1970, about as boring as watching grass grow, and even had linoleum on the bathroom floor. I mean, when did you last stay in a hotel with linoleum flooring ? But it was clean, comfortable and great value for money. Prato suffers from poor hotel quality in its town center and if you want to stay in town, which I recommend, this is about what you get. But if you know this and are not expecting luxury and can accept this outdated charm, then you will enjoy the town and sleep well. Oh, and the breakfast was great too !

Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Charming old hotel with a soul. Not a luxury place, rooms are old but clean. Hotel is quiet, there is a smoking terrace on the 4th floor with a nice view. Breakfast is nice. There was a TV in the room but I didn´t even turned it on. Location is great. I would recommened this over a sterile modern hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

I stayed at Hotel Flora for 5 nights whilst attending a conference at Monash University's Prato campus. The hotel has a variety of rooms, of varying sizes, shapes & hues. I chose to stay in the 'suite' because it is a little larger and still reasonably cheap. It was very comfortable and quiet with a window looking into a courtyard and a view (just) of Tuscany hills above the roof-tops. I had free wi-fi access in my room. The furnishings and fittings are dated but it is all clean and comfortable. Breakfast is a buffet-style in a ground floor dining area with a variety of Italian pastries, fresh & tinned fruits and some cereals if you want them. The highlight for me was the staff who were all friendly, helpful and happy to assist with a whole range of traveller's requests. This included booking me tickets to the Uffizi gallery in Florence and recommending local cafes and walking to local sites.
This hotel is a 2 minute walk to the Monash campus and situated inside the walls of the old town of Prato. There is a surprising amount to do and see in the old city of Prato and, of course Florence is a 20 minute fast train ride away.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ghent, Belgium
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

I spent four nights in Hotel Flora during a conference meeting and it was a nice experience.The hotel and my room were quite old. The room was clean, big, and quiet, but without any "extra luxury", just a basic hotel room. The breakfast and service were very good.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We were just now at the hotel and they were very welcomming. The rooms are fine overall, they smell a little moldy. The breakfast was very nice. A good worth for your money. There is cable tv and some of the channels can be heard in english.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

During a six night stay, this wee hotel grew on me. To start with I baulked at the cell-like room (56) with it's paucity of electric plugs (2), cathode ray TV and blistering plaster under the window. To be fair, a single was what was booked, so I'm not sure why I was surprised by a single bed.
By the end of my stay I was more focused on the wonderful view out the window, good noise control and the attentive service by reception and other staff alike.
In room: safe and hairdryer. Excellent free wifi. No tea/coffee making facilities (I took a travel kettle and didn't regret it)
Breakfast: provided. Good selection.
Positioning: Brilliantly close to Monash university campus, within walled part of city. Local restaurants great, even as a lone diner. Supermarket: 8min walk on way to central station, or several deli-style shops in old city.
Transport: Two railway stations within 10 minutes walk. Trains to Florence every 15 - 20 minutes - 2.50 euros each way for 25min journey. Reservations not required: no ticket office at Porta al Serraglio, but buy tickets from newspaper kiosk outside or use credit card in machines (took amex, no problem). Fantastically easy.
To Florence airport: When arriving, I pre-booked a transfer from Florence airport - recommended - as the Florentine driver took several passes to navigate the one-way system inside the Prato walls. Taxi back to Florence airport around 40 euros.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: B. Cairoli 31, 59100 Prato, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Prato > Prato
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 17 Hotels in Prato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the historical center of Prato, in a quiet area and close to the main monuments, museums and theaters of the city. 31 rooms with all facilities. Buffet breakfast. Easy to reach by car with private parking available, train, and bus from Florence Airport ... more   less 
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