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Hotel Byron
Ranked #392 of 422 Hotels in Florence
London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Manageable for one night only...”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Byron Hotel does a good job of selling itself online. Sadly, in reality it hardly lives up to its online persona.

Yes, the location of the Byron Hotel is great. It is only a short walk (15 mins) to the main area of interest around the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and an even shorter walk (5 mins) to the main train station.
Yes, it is comparatively cheap... no hotels in Florence are bank account friendly, but this is one of the more digestible options.
And yes, top floor rooms (4th I think) offer a pretty charming view across the Fiorentini skyline.

However, most other elements don't stack up. Rooms are small, rather unclean and certainly falling apart. The beds were not comfy at all and were clearly not made for anyone over 6ft.
Bathroom was standard at first inspection but mould, dirt and general disappointment lurk within every crevice.
Breakfast was uninspiring (croissants, yoghurt, toast and jams with drinks). Wi-fi is available but its painfully slow.
Parking ... is ... well 1. a nightmare to find as no information is provided. To access the Narnia of the parking world you must find a nondescript side road which is frustratingly located around the busiest intersection in the city AND on a one-way system. 2. Once identified, you ring the bell and begin the process of SQUEEZING in the tight spot.
Additionally, staff aren't particularly friendly but sadly that's a common trait in Florence from recent experience. They did (begrudgingly) lend us an umbrella during a downpour. Oh it was painful.

All in all, its manageable for one night.

Room Tip: Top floor rooms (roadside) have the best view of the city. Easy to spot the Cattedrale.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed November 18, 2013

I stayed at the Hotel Bryon after booking with booking.com the pictures are lovely and the hotel looked beautiful. Sadly I would advice ANYONE going to Florence to not even consider this hotel. I have had to take things further in regards as a refund. The hotel is far from clean, the breakfast is pointless, the wifi signal is only available (just) in one part of the hotel. The customer service is terrible, when I complained I was shrugged off. I was a single traveler and was put in the back of the hotel which was just disgusting, the windows looked like they would fall apart any second so didn't dare touch them to get some fresh air - as the promised air-con in the room was non-existent....and then there was the noise at all hours of the day from other guests, now technically I know this is not the hotel's fault, but it was hardly relaxing. The shower was functional only for cold water - if you wanted hot it would have been better to have had a body wash. Then there was the most disgusting thing about this hotel - the bed mites. I left with over 40 bite marks on my body. I do not know who rates Italian hotels, but how this hotel was given 3 stars is quite beyond me.

Room Tip: Choose another hotel!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Kiel
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

We chose this hotel because it is close to the heart of Florence and it was a bit cheaper than the other hotels (not that any hotel in Florence is really cheap). The receptionist was extremely helpful and even offerend us breakfast when we arrived at 10.00 am on the first day. Our room was nice and we had view of the rooftops of Florence. All in all, I would very much recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Try to find a room not facing the main street.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2013

We stayed for three nights. The temperature was 30-35C in florence..........

pros:
location!
near central train station
Near bus italia station.
Grocery store downstairs is open till late.
Has elevator
Buffet breakfast provided
The front doors are locked after midnight
Bathroom works

cons:
aircond blows hot air.
This is totally inacceptable.
We booked because the hotel features an aircond.
On the second night the ac broke down
coffee (both instant and brewed) served during breakfast is bad

recommendation:
go stay elsewhere as there plenty of better hotels nearby

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kincardine
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Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

I'm not sure why some Italy hotels aren't better? If would be so easy...a coat of paint, a new matress, maybe rip up the dirty old carpet,...
But as European hotels go this one is not too bad. The location is great. Just 5 minutes from the train station and information centre. Many of the local tours leave from the train station so it's helpful to be close by. We walked everywhere in Florence...nothing is more than a 15-20 walk.
There are some great restaurants (literally) right next store. The Garden which is more traditional Tuscan food and La Grotta di Leo which has great pizza and pasta and the prices are great...check my review for both.
Anyway...could Hotel Byron better? Of course! But it is clean, in a great location, and a good price.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Campinas, SP
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54 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Very clise ro bus station and S. Maria Novella train Station. Walking minutes from main places such as Piazza S. Maria Novella, Piazza della Republica, Castello Vecchio etc. Price is same of other 3 star hotels anywhere in Italy.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2013

I just returned from a four night trip to Florence with a group of 16 students. My school booked this hotel and I was nervous after reading the comments on Trip Advisor. Here are the pros: the staff is very kind, but not always helpful. They did not always respond to issues about the rooms, but they were helpful in all other ways. The rooms were clean, but small. If you are above average weight, you may have difficulties fitting into the shower. The AC was fine and the rooms were surprisingly quiet. There is a lift. Overall, the hotel was absolutely fine. For the money, the location is very good, with some simple restaurants right next door. The one warning I will give is that this month has been horrible for mosquitos. I wished I had a mosquito net with me. The desk did provide me with a coil, but it was only partially effective. So, don't write off this hotel. If you are on a limited budget, this hotel is fine if you want to stay close to the center. If you are looking for luxury, look somewhere else. They don't pretend to be a luxury hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Hotel Byron
Address: Via della Scala 49, 50123, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santa Maria Novella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #392 of 422 Hotels in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 45
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