My husband and I stayed at Hotel Gioia for 3 days in early November. We booked through venere for a good rate. For the money, this hotel was a great value. The room was pretty good sized, but the bathroom was rather small. But who cares? You are 2 minutes from the Academia and 5 minutes from the Duomo and maybe 9 minutes from the Uffizi. Not kidding you, it's that close. We walked all over every day from our hotel with no problem.
Their breakfast was pretty good too. I really liked their cappuccino and croissants. Hotel staff were friendly and helpful too. No problems there.
The elevator is quite small, I believe inside it says the capacity is 3 people. But again, who cares about that? You bring your luggage in once, then out once. Besides, the hotel staff helped us bring all our bags up. One good thing to know, when they clean the room they leave the bathroom window open which is fine, unless you want to keep the mosquitos out! Just ask them to keep the windows closed.