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“nice little hotel in a good location” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Balcony
Ranked #84 of 421 Hotels in Florence
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“nice little hotel in a good location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

I recently stayed in a single room here. It was on the top floor, facing the courtyard. The room was tiny and simple. But it was clean and the bed was good. They bathroom was very tight but clean and functional. Was this a luxurious Italian hotel? No, it was like a small guest room in someone's home. Was it worth the price? Yes, in Florence, hotels are very expensive. For E65 a night, it filled the bill.

The breakfast had the necessary items- juice, coffee, yogurt, some sliced meat, bread, a piece of cake or two. Again, nothing special, but adequate.

the hosts are friendly and helpful.

I don't come to Florence to spend time in the room- just relax a little and sleep. This place fills the bill.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

Hotel Balcony has a great location. Minutes from the train station and minutes from the Duomo, museums, Ponte Veccio. The room was decent, nothing special but acceptable, a bit dark. Our one complaint was the towels which were more like bed sheets, thin and non - absorbent. The staff were very helpful and friendly. A bargain for the price. We'd stay here again, perhaps ask for a room with more light.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

The location couldn't be better for a budget hotel, it's a couple of blocks from the Duomo. We walked everywhere from there, all the way to Piazza Michelangelo and back. Very friendly and helpful reception who did their best to assist. The free breakfast is a great bonus: simple but just what you need to start the day. We were driving so our car was taken care by a valet for 25 euros a day. Room was basic but pretty spacious, shower needs updating but overall pretty clean. Free wi-fi is another bonus. Would recommend it to those who like me don't like to spend a small fortune in accommodation.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Waterdown, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

The family run Hotel Balcony is an excellent choice when staying in Florence. We arrived in Florence with the intention of staying of 4-5 nights but didnt have reservations. Although the Hotel Balcony could only put us up for a couple of nights, Guido found us other accomodations in between. Not only that but let us leave our luggage there rather than lug is around when we werent staying there. The friendly and very helpful service was a highlight of our 3 weeks in Italy. The room was comfortable and great value. Access to the nice rooftop balcony really makes this hotel unique. It was nice to be able to sit outside quietly above the street and enjoy a glass of wine and read. All said I would not hesistate to recommend the Hotel Balcony to anyone. This is truly excellent value and very well situated in Florence, close to everything. Add this hotel to yoru itinerary for sure.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

In the heart of florence 2 minute from the station
Basic but at the same time charming old fashion that makes your florence experience more genuine. Service very friendly and helpfull. If you drive there they can get a garage to collect your car and park it for 25€ day

  • Stayed October 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

Florence was the second stop on our European trip. Florence is my favorite Italian city. I could spend so much time there. I love it!! Hotel Balcony is in a perfect location. You can literally see the Duomo from the hotel's balcony, which is a lovely place to sit for breakfast or in the evening with a glass of wine. It also makes it an easy walk to any attraction you want to see, which is easy to say in Florence because it is pretty easy to walk everywhere there.

Hotel Balcony was very comfortable and clean. We appreciated all of the help and conversation we received from Dominico. He was a great host and suggested a great dinner spot where we ate a couple of our meals (Canto De'Nelli). The hotel breakfast was perfect, and just what we needed to start our days. I would recommend Hotel Balcony to anyone looking for a good place to stay in Florence. Our room did face the street, and when the windows were open - yes you could hear the cars. But once we closed the windows, it was quiet and easy to get a good nights sleep.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Erin S
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montreal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

This is a 2 star hotel, I wasn't expecting much and I was only staying for 1 night. It's run by a family and they are all very helpful and polite. The room itself was a good size but the beds weren't so comfortable. Also, our room was facing the street and it was very noisy with all the cars and sirens in the morning. If possible, ask for a room on a higgher level and not facing the street, It is very well located as it's a 5 minute walk from the train station and you can see the Duomo from the hotel balcony.
Not sure I would have been happy staying more than 1 night.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: 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:
#1 Green Hotel in Florence
#21 Best Value Hotel in Florence
#83 Family Hotel in Florence
#94 Romantic Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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