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“What a Cesspool”
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Hotel Byron
Ranked #392 of 422 Hotels in Florence
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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253 reviews
83 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“What a Cesspool”
Reviewed October 8, 2009

This hotel is located in a less than desirable part of town. My initial impression was that it was in a ghetto. In the daylight my impression was mitigated somewhat, during the day there were mostly tourists about. However the graffiti, trash strewn streets and strange characters hanging around after dark doesn't make for a pleasant setting.

My room was Awful. #211 avoid it at any cost. Small, threadbare, with a shower curtain only, no stall. Taking a shower meant the entire bathroom got wet. But that wasn't the half of it. The Stench was almost unbearable. After a shower for at least 4 hours it smelled as if the sewer system was backing up into the room.

Of course the hotel was full for there wasn't a room available for me to move to, and they were surly about my complaints!

Avoid this hotel!!!

  • Stayed September 2009
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Moscow, Russia
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2009

The hotel is very close to the train station and within a short walking distance of all the main sights. The staff was very helpful - they arranged our museum reservations for us, and even changed them several times at our request. They provided us with a map and explained where most of the sights were. The room was clean and spacious, although the furniture was old. The bathroom was spotless, no funny smells or anything. The breakfast was okay (pastries, some cold cuts and cereal), but the coffee from the machine was terrible. All in all, good value for the money we paid. We would stay there again.

Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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glasgow
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31 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2009

single traveller gets put in a big cupboard- no shock there! It all felt a bit tired and drab, despite the charming and helpful staff. Breakfast- don't bother, coffee from a self service machine- goout and have a real Italian espresso.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
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los angeles
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2009

Coming from someone who has traveled often, this has got to be the worst stay I've ever had, and this includes hostels and overnights on a rickety budget train in China.

The hotel was ancient, and smelled like mold. The bathrooms smelled like a sewer. Worst of all, the air conditioning did NOT work, which is not good for the hot muggy summer weather. It was actually cooler outside, believe it or not. We would call the front desk for assistance, but this hotel doesn't even provide phones.

To get the front desk, you have to walk downstairs to get assistance, but they only have one staff member working, and sometimes they aren't even there, so you have to wait forever just to get helped.

Basically you will be better off in the streets, where it is cooler and doesn't smell like sewage.

I guess you can argue that sleeping in the streets wouldn't be safe for your valuables, but guess what, Byron Hotel doesn't have safety deposit boxes either.

I would never come here unless you want to ruin your Florence experience.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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21 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed June 24, 2009

I was in a nearby 4* hotel, much too expensive, and decided to prolong my stay in Florence. So I looked around and got a cheap rate here by walking in and asking (60 € / night for a double-single use, breakfast included). Still, this is not what you would expect from a 3* hotel. As other travellers have stated, this is an old place, not renovated in a looong time; everything is old and dingy; breakfast is far from memorable and my TV did not have a remote. But the crucial things were OK: clean sheets and towels, and a decent bathroom. The location was ideal for my needs (1 minute walk from train station and bus to Pisa airport, 10 minutes walk from all the sightseeing in Florence). I asked for a room at the back: no views but quiet. At the rate I got, it was a decent deal but nothing to write home about. I would not recommend this hotel because I suppose some research will get you a better place for the same money or not much more. If you need to be close to the train station, look in via Faenza (on the other side of the station); the location is equivalent and there seem to be good cheap hotels there.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
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Zurich, Switzerland
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23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2009

I paid 50 EUR for this room and got what I paid for. It was clean except for some mold in the shower door. Staff was friendly and had free internet. Breakfast was quite bad, however could have been due to the family of 12 that beat me there and ate everything. GREAT LOCATION! I had a room towards the back and was quiet and slept well.

I would recommend this only to travelers who are familiar with quality of European hotels as it was probably equivalent to a 1 or 2 star US hotel, but suited my needs and budget.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
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Satellite Beach, Florida
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61 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed December 15, 2008

No amount of money is worth a stay at this hotel.

I have traveled with student groups for many years, and the
Byron Hotel is absolutely the worst hotel that I have ever visited.

Water was literally pouring in the rooms from the ceiling above.

Dank musty odors filled the rooms and hallways.

Rude female staff member was unpleasant to all.

Breakfast food was mediocre at best.

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  • Stayed April 2008
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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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