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Hotel California Florence
Ranked #261 of 410 Hotels in Florence
Reviewed April 17, 2013

This hotel doesn't look too great outside but it is beautiful inside. The rooms are big and it's like living in an old palace. Beautiful ceilings and the beds are comfortable. We had a balcony that overlooked the Duomo. It's centrally located and you can walk to all the sights and to the train station. The price was great too. I highly recommend this hotel and would come back here.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Florence is a small compact city, so I'm sure lots of hotels have amazing locations. The breakfast was very good and the bed was comfy. The only "problem" I had was trying to leaving at 6:30 in the morning. the front doors were still locked at the street level and there was no light down there. Solid place to stay.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

We were allocated a room where there was lot of noise during the night from the street cleaning vehicles!
There was not even a single english language tv channel and even the staff were clueless whether there was one! Breakfast was average,
Otherwise location very convenient for seeing Florence!

Room Tip: Avoid room 101
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

The location is good, everything is within walking distance. The rooms however, were okay. The beds were uncomfortable and the towels were this weird fabric. Because the hotel is centralized there was a lot of noise coming from the outiside at night. The breakfast was descent but I don't think i'd stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

The location of the hotel was perfect. Easy walking distance to just about anything, including my daughter's college apartment located on the same street. The first room we had was a bit small, especially the bathroom (no storage). However when we upgraded to a larger room the bathroom had double sinks and a bathtub/shower. The breakfast was more than adequate. I don't know why others have complained about the breakfast. Hotel California offers more food than the average European breakfast. The room was clean and the staff was helpful. It is very easy to get a cab at the hotel as the cab stand (and a main bus stop) are just a block away. All in all if you are looking for a good value and a clean place to stay in a great location - I highly recommend the Hotel California.

Room Tip: Upgrade for the larger bathroom.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

Well done to California Hotel staff! The rooms and all building areas were very clean, with beautiful, inspiring architecture, the restaurant menu good, .... if I am to add the Italian wines and the central location in the historical heart of Florence, you will probably have the full picture of a place breathing beauty, style, durability, essence as I had.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the 4 star rating/price and move on. I know its just a dollar or 2 more per night compared to a 3.5 star. However what you will quickly learn is that this hotel spent all their money on the facade while skimping on the customer experience. Despite its decent location, I've found the follow unacceptable for a 4 star hotel:

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Non functioning AC
Non functioning TV
A shower faucet combo that is too small for an average American (180lbs). I ended up constantly bumping into the shower valve when washing resulted in either extremely hot or cold water bursts
A bed that is essentially a table top with a thin mattress and inadequate blankets
Flat pillows
The roughest , I mean roughest, towels I have ever encountered. I'm not even sure if it can be considered a towel. I wouldn't even use it on my car fearing for scratches. One can prob use it to sand some walls. <-- okay may not be that rough but you get the gist

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Breakfast is okay. Nothing I'd write home about but not terrible
The room is small but adequate for European travels

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Location is nice

Summary: you'll be greeted by a statue of David with paulie d ( Jersey shore) 's face. The place looks nice but you'll soon feel bamboozled by the entire experience. My advice would be to book a 3.5 star in the same area for a better relaxing stay.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Address: Via Ricasoli 30, 50122, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
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Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #261 of 410 Hotels in Florence
Price Range: $97 - $446 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel California Florence 4*
Number of rooms: 22
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