Stayed at this excellent hotel for three nights. It's located a stones throw from Duomo, the view from our room was fantastic.
It's within walking distance from the central train station with luggage (we travelled from Pisa).
The staff were very friendly and informative. Three of us were traveling together so decided to take a triple room to avoid a single supplement for one of us. We were expecting a cramped stay at a reasonable price looking at the photos of the triple room on the hotel website, but were in fact surprised with how spacious the room was. It had a mezzanine with two single beds and a day bed on the lower floor. We didn't find it cramped at all! The rooms were immaculately cleaned. There was an empty fridge you could use in the room for drinks which was handy.
Breakfast was a buffet which was fine with a selection of pastries, bread, cereal, yoghurts, cheeses and cold cuts.
In the evening it gets very rowdy in the street outside, I found it OK when the double glazing was shut and the aircon on, but my friends found it a little distracting. I was only woken up by the bells of campanille starting ringing at 05:30!!
The hotel is above a set of residential flats. There were 8 flights of stairs to climb to get to the receptiion. There was a tiny lift to use. Certainly no good, for disabled access, the elderly or claustrophobic people.
A really good restaurant for the evening was Boccadama on the piazza santa croce. We had gone the day before for lunch which was very busy with a tour group. We decided to go back in the evening the next day and it was a far more relaxed intimate atmosphere. The staff remembered us and what we ate before and recommended some superb dishes!
A less pleasant experience was La Bussola recommended in the AA guide and Time Out (via porta rossa) Initially it looked like we were going to have a great meal. The seafood soup I had as a starter was excellent. Then the recommended woodfire pizza my friend had was the wrong one which came back suspiciously quickly with correct topping on (we reckon the same pizza) swimming in salty water so much that the base was sodden, we were then fobbed off as this was due to the mozzarella?? We weren't offered dessert menus or coffee, were cleared up around at 10pm on Friday night. Then a 15% service charge was added...hmmm. But the luckily this was the only downer of a fantastic city break.
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