We stayed in Porta Faenza in August 2011 for our honeymoon for a week, and then after a week in Rome, again for two days before we left. My husband saw great reivews and booked it through expedia. From the online booking all the way to the checkout, the experience was excellent. We have recommended it to others seveal times since then. This was our first trip to Italy and we didn't speak Italian, so we were nervous. The concierges were extraordinarily helpful. Every question we asked (and we had lots of them) they answered and beyond. We got great dining suggestions from them and they helped us with some tricky train, taxi and flight arrangements. The room was clean, spacious and comfortable. The only thing we will do different next time is make sure we ask for a room with a full tub. Our first room had one, but when we came back for those last two nights, we had a room with a small corner stand up shower. My husband is large so he could barely move in there. Breakfast was served every morning and there was a great spread of meats and cheeses and breads and yogurts and more! The eating area was large enough to be social and meet others if we wanted, yet had quiet corners where we could be more private honeymooners. We reeeeally like starting each day this way, included in the stay. We walked everywhere from here...just a few blocks to the train station and to one of the major markets. Yet the street of the hotel is quiet, clean, and safe. A great restuarant was just a few doors down. We loved the shop on the corner same side as the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Porta Faenza is situated in Via Faenza - one of the earliest medieval streets in Florence - near Porta Faenza, a gate in the fifteenth-century city walls. It was created in 1997 through the restoration and conversion of Palazzo Pegna, the old residence of a family of merchants, whose original structure has been kept intact. Porta Faenza was part of the city walls and was situated at the end of what is up till now called Via Faenza. It has been so called not for being placed towards the town in Emilia, but from the name of the Nuns from Faenza, who had their convent in the neighbourhood once. Between 1534 and 1537 Porta Faenza was joined to the Fortezza da Basso without being demolished: by watching attentively you can still distinguish its squared profile in the central bastion towards the city or its arch from the inside of the fortress. The Hotel will make you savour the warm atmosphere of the old-time Florentine houses: the tile floor, the exposed beams, the old tools scattered everywhere, together with all the comforts will make it your ideal home in the old Florence. The Hotel Porta Faenza is centrally located, very close to the main railway station (Santa Maria Novella), to Palazzo dei Congressi (the Conference Centre) and to the Fortezza da Basso. The most interesting monuments and museums in Florence are within easy walking distance. For being situated in a pedestrian precinct, the Hotel is a quiet and pleasant place, the ideal point of departure for you to discover Florence and its artistic and cultural life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Porta Faenza Florence
- Porta Faenza Hotel Florence