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B4 Astoria Firenze
Ranked #131 of 410 Hotels in Florence
Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

This was the medium hotel I stayed in Florence. Standard breakfast with rather small rooms. Good location and standard service. All they give the name of Florence. Nothing else. If you talk about the location and the antique roman areas I think this is one of the best hotel you could stay in.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Let me be fair by stating that this was once a grand palace and is by any standards VERY old. This alone makes it a fun an interesting place to stay. The location is perfect, we were able to walk everywhere. The staff at the front desk were helpful and very nice. The breakfast was wonderful.
However, 4 star hotel, no way! The staircases are dark, dingy and worn. The first room we had smelled terrible and they quickly moved us to another which was fine. Our room was spacious and basically clean but this place could really use some updating. Everything felt dark and drab. However, this hotel is reasonably priced and if it truly was a 4 star it would have cost a lot more. So, not a bad deal but don't think you will be getting anything special.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank pollycolorado
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed in the Astoria for 3 nights in October 2012. The positives to this hotel was that we had a nice room that over looked the Dumno, the room size was large, the bathroom was a decent size, the location was great (close to train, the market, the square etc), the free wifi was nice, and it was very clean hotel.

My only few down sides for the hotel was the wifi was kinda of spotty in the lobby but it was free so you cant complain too much, the TV in the bedroom never worked and I told the front desk but it never got fixed (not that I really wanted to watch Italian tv), and in the shower there was this funny door that didnt prevent very much water from getting on the floor.But all of these are minor issues.
I would say all in all we would recommend this hotel for anyone visting Florence, we got it on priceline for a I think around $100 a night.

Enjoy Florence it was one of our favorite cities in Italy.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

My husband and I recently spent 3 days in Florence. We wanted a hotel within walking distance to the train station. This hotel is easy to find and just a 8 minute walk and off the main road so quieter. This is a hotel with lots of character and typical of buildings that are hundreds of years old. The area is safe and there are restaurants and stores on the same street. The bed was very comfortable. There is a safe in your room for valuables. The shower and bathroom was typical of most of the hotels that we have stayed in Italy - small and likely to get water all over. The internet is offered free in the lobby area, but was hit or miss. The leather market and farmers market is just further along the street and was a very interesting place to visit. Overall a very good, central location. We were able to walk to all of the major sites but also bought the Florence Card to get to a few outlying sites. My only wish was that breakfast had been included in the price because the breakfasts they offered started at 12 Euros per person and wasn't much.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Ideal location as per other reviewers - easy access to other transportation is a plus. Central to all is positive asset. Staff was beyond helpful and generous with their assistance. Older but quaint....similar to 4 star in Barcelona or Athens. There is a sixth floor with panoramic view which you should not miss. My room was fine, however my cousin did not have a working air conditioner. Personally, it seemed like she should have been compensated for the problem, there was no remedy. The wi fi works in the lobby, which isn't really a deal breaker in my opinion. When visiting cities with years of rich history, one would not expect remodeled/upgraded facilities as construction would be cost prohibitive, and the cost passed on to the consumer. My advise is decide which features and amenities are mandatory for you and the type of travel you have planned. Not sure the upgrade was really an upgrade, not a huge difference, so maybe save money there. Would stay there again personally because we loved the concierge service, very helpful making calls to book tours and suggesting points of interest for a short 3 day visit. Breakfast was neutral, although the dining room is magnificent.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank KerBro
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

The good: great location, good service
the bad: our first room's bathroom flooded with water, the reassigned room was barely 100 sft (10m2) small, felt like a broom room and was in bad shape (see pictures), don't waste money on the 'deluxe' version, it is the same room - no difference!

  • Stayed: September 2012
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2  Thank FlorenceTraveller2
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Perfect location when traveling by train - great access to the city and lovely sights of Firenze.

Lovely (but tired) lobby area, room just "OK" BUT the shower facilities were extremely poor. Handheld head not properly attached to wall... Water everywhere We asked them to fix it but we were simply given dry towels.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about B4 Astoria Firenze

Address: Via del Giglio 9, 50123, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > San Lorenzo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#81 Luxury Hotel in Florence
Price Range: $117 - $276 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — B4 Astoria Firenze 4*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Boscolo Astoria Firenze is the ideal choice for your stay: you'll be accommodated in the rooms of the Palazzo Gaddi and Palazzo Arrighetti, historic buildings belonging to noble Florentine families, where art recounts the passage of centuries every step of the way. Indeed, it was while living at Palazzo Gaddi that the great English author John Milton found inspiration for his masterpiece, Paradise Lost, and in these very rooms that he wrote it. The noble past of Hotel Boscolo Astoria Firenze is also reflected in its location: the church of Santa Maria Novella, abounding in great art, is right nearby (as is the convenient railway station with the same name), and a short stroll will take you directly to Florence's historic centre. An undeniable advantage that puts the most beautiful areas of the city right at your fingertips. The prestigious salons of the luxury Hotel Boscolo Astoria Firenze, decorated in original Florentine Baroque style, are the perfect backdrop for important events. The restaurant will pamper you with typical Tuscany and Mediterranean dishes. ... more   less 
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