We arrived Florence S.M.N from Venice via an afternoon stop in Bologna. On arrival, I called the hotel to ask if it was walking distance from the train station. Her advice was to take a taxi. We took a much longer route than the map would have us believe but it turned out that we were circumnavigating a lot of one way streets - all going in the wrong direction, of course. Nonetheless, it was a Euro 11.00 cab ride with four of us and luggage.
Initially, we were put off by the entrance and dated appearance. And when we saw the ancient elevator (lift), I started wondering what was the hotel's redeeming feature(s). I had picked this hotel after reviewing Trip Advisor. But we were efficiently checked in by the young lady on duty and found our way to our rooms, which reminded me of some of the rooms I stayed in when I traveled Europe as a college student in 1966.
But it was spacious with an old wooden bedstead, a free standing armoir and a desk. The desk is cramped as it has a large flat screen TV on it and a receiver while it had a mini fridge under it, leaving very little space on the desk for a laptop and room for a chair. The bathroom is spacious enough and is updated with tiles. There is a shelf next to the sink barely large enough to hold the necessities and precariously positioned over the toilet. Be sure to keep the toilet lid down! But there is no shelf in the shower. Note to the proprietors: they make plastic corner units that can be screwed into the grout lines or with adhesive strips to apply to the tile. They are quite convenient and mitigates leaning over to retrieve shampoos and body wash from the floor and potential for falling down.
The breakfast is the usual European fare - breads, cheeses, cold cuts, cereals and fruit. Take a pass on the "red orange" juice; it's nothing but colored sugar water, or what we call in the food business "belly wash."
Quality control is probably in order here concerning the housekeeping. The floors appeared clean until walking over them with white socks.
The proprietors - Marco and his wife - are very hospitable and make this stay enjoyable. It is a 15 minute walk straight down Cavour Street to the Duomo and then on to Ponte Del Vechio.
The crowing jewel: Marco bundled us all into his van and took us to the train station on departure. There a re a gazillion hotels in Florence, but you really can't go wrong staying in the Hotel Giglio.
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