I am compiling an extensive Trip Advisor 'Trip List' for my 6 full-day visit to see the sights of Florence. Please fell free to access it via my TA Profile - I hope it is of interest and use to you and I hope all of my individual reviews/photos/videos get posted properly as I know from past experience that the Trip Advisor submission process sometimes, incorrectly, 'blocks' them despite me being a so-called 'Senior Contributor'.....
I stayed at the Hotel Jane in mid-February 2012 for 7 nights and found it to be all that I had hoped for, being well-appointed, comfortable, quiet and in a good location for accessing the wonderful cultural attractions of this compact, often busy city. I did however have a couple of fairly major misgivings about the en-suite shower room...
I had actually booked my stay via Expedia for a room in the Hotel Orcagna, but after phoning beforehand to check my booking was OK (always worth doing, just in case !) I was informed that the hotel was closed and I was re-allocated to their 'sister' hotel, the 'Jane'. I am always suspicious of events such as these as, despite never having experienced it before, I have read reviewer 'horror stories' about the substitute being a inferior and unsatisfactory. However, I was assured by the hotel staff on the phone that there was no problem and that the change was 'a good thing' as the Jane was 1-star better, provided a superior breakfast and (most important to satisfy my concerns) was directly opposite the Orcagna on the same street and my room was of the same standard.
Having no real choice I proceeded as planned and I'm happy to say that whilst I can't say if the Jane is worse/the same/better than the Orcagna, the location was indeed effectively unchanged and nothing about the Jane caused me concern...
I paid £300 via Expedia for 7-nights B&B in an 'Economy' double room - a rate that compared favourably with similarly specified/rated hotels and which increased dramatically in the few weeks closer to when I stayed.
The only 'extra' was a locally-charged city tax which was EU3 per person, per night - payable in cash.
The one-way street on which both hotels are located is narrow and relatively quiet for a busy city such as Florence. My room was at the back of the hotel and was perhaps even quieter - great for a peaceful nights sleep !
Bus access is very good, with a walk of no more than 200m from/to either stop (they run on different one-way east/west roads) for the '14' bus which gets you from/to the main railway station. A short walk of 1 block north then 100m west gets you to a 'proper' large, well-stocked 'Coop' supermarket with prices about as good as you're going to get in expensive Italy (for us non-Euro Brits !). Just as important, walk 100m further west from the supermarket and you get to the main north/south road of Viale Gramsci and the Piazza Cesare Beccaria which have a much wider range of bus options.
Yes, you can get to the city centre on foot from the hotel (it's just over 1km to Duomo for example) but as my stay was quite lengthy and I was going to be on my feet a lot during the day I preferred to rest my feet for that part of the 'journey' each day (and maximised the cost-effectiveness of my 7-day city travelcard !) - see the Public Transport section of my Trip List for more info....
The front desk staff were efficient, courteous and helpful. On arrival, you should get a comprehensive tourist 'briefing' with everything explained and then annotated on a city map.
My room was pleasingly roomy and smartly decorated, with a large double-bed (metal frame type, not dormer), 2 x bedside cabinets with drawers, integral hanging space cupboard, a drawered desk (which the modern flat-screen TV sat on in the corner) which also housed the small fridge (even in coldish February this proved useful !), a luggage shelf and (nearer to the entrance door) the shower room.
The shower room is the only thing I had an issue with. It was clean/tidy etc but too small to accommodate a basin, WC, shower cubicle AND a bidet. Worse still, the bidet actually gets 'pride of place' to the detriment of the WC and clearly also limits the size of the shower cubicle. The WC is crammed right up against the divider to the shower cubicle, making it a real squeeze to 'access' (see my photos, which I hope get posted by TA...) and the shower cubicle is long but VERY narrow, meaning it is also something of a challenge to move around in - exacerbated by the floor of it being quite slippery (no anti-slip adornments). It is so narrow that if you did slip I think most people would not actually fall to the floor, but instead get 'wedged' in some contorted way in suspended animation between the cubicle walls ! Another problem was that the cubicle door was not full-length, meaning you had to keep the spray in the far end otherwise water would escape into the rest of the shower room ! No bidet = more space for the WC and a potentially larger shower cubicle - a worthwhile sacrifice of the bidet which I never used in my opinion....
Happily, that was the only bad issue with the hotel for me. Room Wifi access was good, the heating effective (not warm enough to try the AC, but it is so-equipped) and note that the electricity sockets are of the smaller round-pin variety.
The included breakfast was quite adequate (cold meats, jams, rolls, juices, croissant, yoghurts, cereals) but fresh fruit would have been nice. Coffee is in jugs alongside the foodstuffs, but note it is the stronger, almost espresso, type - you can however get cappuccino made to-order by the attendant and friendly catering lady who uses a machine located in the adjacent bar. The dining area was roomy, well furnished and offered an outside view of sorts although you are in the basement looking up to ground level !
So, all in all I enjoyed my stay in the Hotel Jane and found it to be good value, offering a handy location for nearby facilities and city/transport access. Yes, I did not find the arrangement in the ensuite shower room to be good but the problems it presented were not insurmountable.
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