We just returned from a budget whirlwind tour of Italy which included my personal favorite city, Florence, starting on 4/22. We ended up spending 2 nights total at Sette Angeli. Here is our breakdown:
Service: Friendly service from the staff we encountered, one of which was the owner who was quite helpful. We did not need much during our stay so rarely needed to reach out to the staff for anything, but the WiFi did cut out once during our stay and upon resetting the router, all was good again. I also had the opportunity to watch the staff engage other non-Italian travelers on two separate occasions, which I think they handled very well and courteously. 4 stars here.
Value: For those on a budget (like my wife and I were), this was a solid value. Free WiFi was a godsend, and the hotel supplied the basic towels and soaps. Watch out for: Still a basic room though, so note there are no toothpaste or toothbrushes, no hairdryer, no ironing equipment and certainly no mini-bar . As with any city you plan on walking around, you certainly want to keep hydrated so get your water elsewhere. For EUR80 a night, we were hardpressed to find a better combo of location and price in Florence. I'd give value 4 stars.
Sleep Quality: Super comfortable low-bed with down pillows and comforter, the weather was perfect so we needed neither the A/C nor thicker blankets than what was provided, the walls were rock solid and we heard no activity from the neighboring rooms, and not much racket from the streets below. Watch out for: mosquitoes. Stupidly, we left the window open after we checked in, set down our stuff and went out to see the city. When we returned for the night, the mosquitoes started almost immediately. Upon closer examination of the room, we noted dead mosquito spots scattered throughout from previous visitors. I ended up killing 6 the first night, 5 the next. After closing the windows, we were fairly certain that no new ones came in (eg. from under the doors or other drafty areas). The hotel does not stock or provide any sort of mosquito repellent such as plugins for the room. Also, the doors are solid but do not seal off sound well. Conversation from the lobby could be heard crystal clear from our bed, and I suspect vice-versa. If not for the mosquitoes (not the hotels fault of course), this was a 4-star sleep.
Cleanliness: Pretty clean room, no complaints here. We did not walk around barefoot and don't think we'd have been comfortable doing so, but that's not to say it appeared dirty. TP was re-filled as needed, towels were clean and bed was always fresh. 4 stars.
Location: GREAT location. Longest trek we made was from the hotel to Piazzale Michelangelo, which was probably a 40 minute / 3km walk but we wandered. Getting to the other major landmarks was easy, roaming the city at night taking pictures was also simple. We did not ever feel unsafe in any of the areas we visited, including the area around the hotel. And it was a 7-9 minute walk to the main train station too. Because we didn't mind the walking, were on a budget and valued proximity to the train station, this was a 5-star location for us.
Rooms: Our room (to the right of the main entrance, left of the desk int he lobby) was the largest of all we stayed at during our trip to Rome. Very spacious feeling, good sunlight and the window actually expanded to being a full-on swing open double door to a small balcony (that we never used due to mosquitoes). You had some pseudo-modern decorations, otherwise it was simply laid out and very usable. You got one long desk, a chair, two low nightstands to match the low bed. Also had a roomy cabinet/wardrobe to hang up clothes. There was a safe for valuables, a TV with all Italian channels, and the Wi-Fi functioned very well. The bathroom was small but very clean. Water pressure was solid, and hot water got very hot and stayed hot as long as we needed. Nice. Overall, I'd give the rooms a 4.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Sette Angeli Rooms"offers to his friends/guests a comfortable, cozy and location to base their visit to Florence. From there your can walk Florence every where. Located in the historical center of Florencenext to the "Le fonticine" fountain, facing theSan Lorenzo open air market. Sette Angeli Rooms Guest Houseis really central located. During the renaissance, the center of Florence was the part of the town that was inside the old medieval Wall that were destroyed in 1869 to leave place to the new avenues that actually surround the city center. We are deeply inside the avenue area. Your shoes and a map will be the only think you need. ... more less
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