We flew into Firenze Airport (not a good idea) and it took over an hour to get to SMN railway station so we were a little frazzled when we got to Hotel Alba. It's easy to find and only a few minutes walk to from SMN for our one night stay.
Check in was easy and friendly. The single room I had was clean and small but perfectly acceptable for a few nights and had free wifi, plenty of storage and shelf space, decent bathroom, TV, minibar; all you needed if you're going to spend most time exploring the fabulous city.
There is a pleasant sitting and lounge area, I thought the atrium/courtyard area had been done really well and made a great breakfast area. Breakfast was typical continental in style and more than adequate.
The staff were all very helpful, I needed an e-mail printed out which the receptionist kindly did with no hassle.
My only slight concern was leaving the bags in an apparently quite open area, but in hindsight it was in view of the reception area so probably better than being in a cupboard hidden away.
I would certainly stay here again if staying in Firenze.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adjacent to the cloisters of Santa Maria Novella in the historical center of Florence, the three antique buildings surrounding the covered courtyard, now our breakfast room, offer you a welcoming corner in typical Florentine style. Florence Hotel Alba Palace has united comfort in an antique Florentine dwelling and the care for detail by its attentive staff with the aim of making this hotel an authentic angle of hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alba Palace Hotel
- Alba Palace Florence