My family of four, including two older teenagers, stayed at Porta Faenza for three nights in May. We could not have been more pleased.
First, the location is excellent. The hotel is close to the train station, but not too close, if you know what I mean. It is less than a 10 minute walk with luggage, but located on a relatively quiet and safe street (I agree that there can be some street noise at night, but we did not find it horrible.) The hotel felt safe and secure and it had a great “old world feel” to it.
As an aside, one of the great things about Florence is that it is small enough that you can walk almost everywhere (assuming you are in decent physical shape). We did not take a bus or taxi at all during our three day stay.
We had a three-bed, quad-room that faced the street. The room was spacious and clean. A safe and daily room service were provided. Also, my wife says she can judge the quality of a hotel by its bathroom towels. If that is true, then Porta Faenza would be a five star hotel (which obviously it isn’t quite). Needless to say…great towels.
The hotel was air conditioned (our hotel in Rome was not). They provided a computer with internet access in the lobby for free. The staff was friendly and helpful (they made museum reservations for us in advance at no charge). The breakfast buffet was about as good as a continental breakfast can get – delicious warm croissants, great coffee, free cappuccino, and a large variety of cold breakfast foods.
There are several very nice little restaurants very close to the hotel that the staff recommended. We took their advice and ate at Enzo e Piero and Antichi Cancelli. Both were small, family-run trattorias with excellent food, service, and atmosphere. We also ate at a Rick Steves’ recommended restaurant, Trattoria ZaZa, and found it a little too “touristy” for our taste. If you get a chance, eat a lunch at one of the eateries inside the Mercato Centrale. It’s a fun experience and great casual food.
In summary, there are reasons why this hotel gets such good ratings on Trip Advisor. You can reserve a room here with confidence.
- 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