Chosen largely for its proximity to the railway station, Hotel Merlini provided what was needed - a comfortable clean room to sleep in after a tiring day trekking around Florence. I'd call it more of a pensione than a hotel, in that it's on the fourth floor of a block that has other hotels on each floor, and it's family-run, but who cares really!
The family are very friendly and helpful, and different members appear at various times of day - gran does the day shift and lets you in, but probably best not to ask her too much about the wifi! Apart from gran, English is no problem.
The room (number 3) was quiet, though in the summer an open window might have been a prob as there was an aircon unit out in the courtyard giving off quite a drone. Beds were very firm, but we slept ok. Bathroom a bit cramped but fine, and everywhere really clean. Probably not a room you'd want to spend much time in during the day, but I guess you could always watch TV if you've had too much culture in the city.
The free wifi worked fine and is a bonus based on experiences elsewhere in Tuscany.
Breakfast was fine for 5 euros - not much choice, but fruit, pastries and cereal, and good coffee.
Hotel Merlini is in the same street as the Trattoria Nerone, which does good food at decent prices - handy to pop out to, especially if it rains.
Finally the price was reasonable - Laterooms rate was about 90 euros per night including breakfast.
I'd definitely use it again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historical Barbera Palace dates from 1700. Inside this lovely building one can find the Hotel Merlini which has been there since the end of W.W.II. The Hotel is located in the heart of the old city of Florence, a short distance from the Central Station Santa Maria Novella. It is also very close to Piazza del Duomo and the Palace of Congress. This favorable position will permit one to visit the old city on foot. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Merlini Hotel
- Albergo Merlini Florence