Stayed here for three nights and was so glad I did. Location is excellent. Near most major attractions. Easy walking distance from the Santa Maria Novella Station. Streets are very narrow in Florence, so the smaller amount of luggage you can bring, the better. This is also helpful when you arrive at the hotel. You have to go up many steps before getting to a small elevator. I only used the elevator upon arrival and departure. There is a reception area immediately after you enter the hotel. The owner and his staff were amazing. All speak excellent English and really knew how to provide great service. They went beyond the call of duty to assist.
I booked a room with a separate private bath. They were great. The room was large, though a bit dark. The window opened. There was a king bed and a desk & chair, a good sized closet and a sink in the room. Next door was a separate, large bathroom that was solely my own. Inside a large tub with shower, another sink and toilet. It took me awhile to master the keys going from my room to the bathroom, but it was no problem.
Each morning a good breakfast was served in a sunny room near reception. Excellent warm croissants and a good choice of other foods. The breakfast staff was always helpful.
The hotel also recently added a terrace that provides a nice view of the Arno. I sat there one day as the sun went down enjoying the weather and the view.
This hotel was charming, a great value and provided a very friendly, helpful staff. I would highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our family run hotel is right in the heart of Florence old town - near to the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio. Without doubt, Hotel Alessandra is one of the most centrally located hotels in Florence. In this privileged position, Hotel Alessandra offers a home away from home, with our friendly team and extensive knowledge of the local area. The hotel entrance is situated on the second floor of the building. You can reach the reception floor using the lift, small but working fine (in the 1400s buildings hadn't been designed with this in mind!) But please note that there are around 30 steps from the entrance on the street level to the departure of the lift. We very much look forward to seeing you! Andrea and Anna ... more less
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