We had the delightful experience of spending several days in the Hotel Casci. If I were to create a hotel it could not have been more perfect than Hotel Casci. Our taxi driver had absolutely no trouble finding the hotel. None of the businesses on the street have obvious signage so you do have to look at the walls for the name of the business.
The hotel is located on the second floor of an ancient building, but there is a very reliable elevator so there are no stairs to climb. We arrived well before check-in time, but our room was quickly made ready and our luggage delivered to our room.
There were four of us and we opted to stay in the room with two twin beds and one king-sized bed. The twin beds were set off in an arched alcove giving the impression of two rooms. There was lots of room for all of our luggage, and a good sized closet unit. The bathroom was simply heavenly. There was a stylish vanity, an abundance of towels and a deep soaking tub with a shower.
The room was immaculate. The beds were comfortable. The water was hot, and the room was warm and cozy. It also featured double-pained windows so we heard no noise from the street.
Breakfast is served in a charming room off of the lobby. The ceiling is painted in delightful scenes. The breakfast is supervised by one staff member and the lady I believe is the mother of the entire operation. They immediately bring you your choice of coffee from espresso to latte', and they keep those beverages coming as long as you wish. There is a large assortment of food including croissants, breakfast breads, coffee cake, lunch meats, cereals, an assortment of fruit juices, and a clever little device that allows you to cook your own egg to your own specifications. If you are not fussy you can just take a hard-boiled egg or two. We were certainly satisfied by the breakfast selections.
They have the breakfast available from early morning until 9:30am. On one day my husband and I slept in and did not go down to breakfast. When we finally appeared at 11am, breakfast appeared and we were fed. We left very early in the morning, and again, the owner of the hotel was up and had breakfast waiting for us. She could not have been more helpful or hospitable.
Luggage is managed by several strong young men. We never touched a suitcase. Directions are offered along with a helpful map. We asked for advanced reservations to a couple of museums and when we arrived our tickets were waiting for us. There were also several recommendations for outstanding places to eat. Certainly the best food we had in Italy was at the little restaurants in Florence recommended by the owners of our hotel. The owners are clearly familiar with the best places in the city, and always managed to secure reservations for us.
Paolo was quick to respond to my emails and made sure that we had made arrangements for everything we would do in Florence. We rented a car to drive in Tuscany, and the hotel arranged for valet parking for the car.
There is a small bar at one end of the reception area where guests may enjoy an evening beverage, bottle of water or soft drink. Cappucinos are offered through out the day. There is a huge library of tour books you can borrow to make plans once you are in Florence. They were a good supplement to the guidebooks we brought with us.
This is not a fancy, luxury hotel. It is simple, but it provides everything we would want. We really enjoyed the "family" feel of the entire hotel. It is more like visiting your grandmother than staying in a hotel, and I think the owners are just as concerned for the comfort of a guest as my grandmother ever was.
The hotel is in a great location, within easy walking distance to the Duomo and the major museums. There are many great restaurants within a few blocks, and there are also lots of great stores. Some of us did a bit of shoe shopping in Florence.
My only regret is that we were not able to stay longer in this lovely hotel. We would love to return to Florence and stay again in the Hotel Casci, and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a clean, quiet, charming hotel with all the necessary amenities. It was also the best bargain of our entire trip to Italy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Casci is a small family managed hotel located in an ancient palace right in the heart of Florence, just a few steps from the Duomo and the Accademia (David), within walking distance from all museums and sights. It can be easily reached from the main railway station and by car, too, with a valet garage nearby. All rooms have private bathroom, air conditioning, flat screen TV with DVD, free WI-FI, hairdryer, fridge and safety-box. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casci Hotel Florence