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“View of Duomo from balcony, clean, large rooms, short walk to train station, Duomo, Uffizi”
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Hotel Balcony
Ranked #95 of 411 Hotels in Florence
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, the room was large and the air conditioning was cool. 10 min walk to train station and pretty much anywhere else you'd want to go. The coolest part is that it has its' own balcony and you can sit out there at night and listen to the street below while drinking wine and looking at the Duomo. I would definitely go there again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

5 minutes walking distance from the train station, and within site of the Duomo, Hotel Balcony is very convenient. The father and son managers were warm, friendly and really helpful. The room was clean and comfortable. The air con wasn't the best but was ok. Good to have wi-fi and a breakfast. Good value, all you need for a short city break.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

If you are looking for an clean hotel with friendly staff in a great location, you should definitely check out Hotel Balcony. Its right by the Duomo and the train station, so the location is perfect. The rooms aren't anything to call home about, but in Florence, who wants to spend all day in a hotel room. The room was clean and not huge but definitely spacey enough for my husband and me. The beds aren't the most comfortable but I have found that to be true in European cities all together. Also, the bathroom was average European style (small). The continental breakfast was average which was fine for our tastes. The balcony is a wonderful place to retreat with a bottle of wine after a nice dinner. The best part of the hotel was by far the staff. They were friendly and extremely helpful in everything from booking museum reservations to recommendations on restaurants and directions around town. To me, friendly and helpful staff are one of the most important things when staying at a small hotel. For the price point, I would definitely recommend Hotel Balcony to Florence travelers.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

The location was perfect! the room was clean, the AC wasn't as cold as we would have liked it, and we were told in the morning that the power had gone in the middle of the night. The breakfast was good. Didn't like the towels they looked like tablecloth which we also found the same type in other hotels. Overall a nice hotel if you're on a budget and are not looking for anything fancy.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Sandra C
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

We just returned home from our amazing trip to Italy. Such a beautiful country with beautiful people. Hotel Balcony is in an ideal location, walking distance from everything and in a safe area. It is not a fancy place, but it is clean with a/c and includes a simple breakfast each day. We stayed at more expensive hotels on this trip, but our stay at Hotel Balcony will always be etched in our memories. Justino and his son Guido are both so friendly and charming. They helped arrange day tours (Cinque Terra and Chianti Tuscany both highly recommended) and gave us directions daily and laughed with us later because we always managed to get lost! Restaurants, ATM, beautiful sights, great shopping, all just out the door. We would love to stay here again if we are ever fortunate to return to Florence. This was the only place where we gave out hugs when we left!

Room Tip: Our room was top floor. No view but very quiet with windows closed.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank TerLem
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

Great location - on a tiny street, minutes from the train station, minutes from the Dome.
Clean, free good breakfast that can be taken on a nice patio or inside, free wifi. The receptionist was very friendly.
The only thing that I would change would be towels. White and clean but very thin, made of cotton cloth. Almost like the tea towels. They have their charm, my grandma who'd be 100 years old now used them, but not everyone appreciates that. I would replace them with the regular towels.
Other than that, great. I would certainly go back to this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

We just returne home for Italy. One stop was in Florence for six days where we stayed at the Hotel Balcony. For the money it was a great stay. The room was clean, there was a free breakfast, they had wifi, and the owners were very hospitable. The owners went out of thier way to help us. We purchased wine from them, got directions, and allowed us to go through the check out process the night before we left because we were leaving very early the next morning.
Looking of the balcony at the hotel you can see the Dumo one way and Santa Maria Novella the other. There was an ATM just outside of the hotel door in one direction and a very nice resteraunt right next to the hotel in the other.
We would stay here again if we ever have the chance to make it back to Florence.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Balcony

Address: Via Dei Banchi 3/29r, 50123, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santa Maria Novella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Florence
#32 Best Value Hotel in Florence
#60 Family Hotel in Florence
#94 Romantic Hotel in Florence
Price Range: $55 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Balcony 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Balcony is located in the historical centre of Florence, very close to the Church of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Loggia dei Lanzi. The hotel occupies the entire first floor of an elegant and typically Florentine building, furnished in simple and sophisticated style. The common spaces available to guests include a large terrace with a panoramic view, from which it is possible to enjoy views of the spectacular Brunelleschi Dome. Our staff is available to help guests book tickets for museums, exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events, and to help guests organise tours through the Renaissance city and excursions to discover Tuscany and its surrounds. A rich sweet and savoury buffet breakfast, an internet point and a nearby garage with parking agreements, complete the broad range of services offered by Hotel Balcony in Florence. ... more   less 
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