Great hotel, i give 5 stars for what is essentially a 3 star hotel in my opinion. Negatives and positives but for the price I can't fault it.
- turn right when leaving hotel and 2nd right will take you 10min walk in a straight line through street markets right to Duomo which then again leads you on to all the other must see sights.... It's a lovely walk with such nice surprises at the end. When you walk back and have lost your bearing which happens after seeing so much just look for the Spar shop and walk up the street (san lorenzo) right next to it.
Hotel in a quiet neighbourhood so you feel like you are seeing a bit of local florence life as well as just the touristy bits
Very clean hotel and clean rooms. Furniture and decor well maintained
- good breakfast, no hot food but I would not expect it at this level hotel
- good wifi connection
- small rooms but on a par with most european hotels. decor in my room was fine, busy patterns but its not offensive to the eye at least not mine bathroom in neutral pea green looks bland and it feels neglected it should be improved. Good shower pressure which is needed after a day sightseeing
Room at the front had a nice view but the street noise are intrusive its a main through road, if you are a light sleeper choose a room at the back. It does quiet down after midnight
Mattress too firm for me but I think most people would not mind it. Little things lets the hotel down ie no towel rail only heating rail. Not good enough in my opinion to find clean towel waiting on toilet seat. Only one bath towel per person. 2 towels would be better and perhaps offer a system where guest request towel changes if needed as part of water/energy conservation if laundry is the issue for not providing more than one towel. 5star hotels offers this so i'm sure it would not be a big deal to most guests who would prefer to have more than one towel. The keycard was temperamental when i arrived which i found annoying because it caused me two trips to front desk with my luggage as they don't have concierge service. It was the most annoying part of my stay which is hardly worth mentioning but bear it in mind if you have lots of luggage, it may be that i have become to used to swipe cards. The staff were friendly and helpful. A free coffee/ tea/ complimentary glass of wine at the end of a hectic day (drinks hr at 6.30/7) would endear this hotel to a lot more people because its not quite in the location where most people want to be, it doesn't have a restaurant and it doesn't have room service. No printer attached to the computer so beware because you may not be able to print attachments if received via email. Would I stay here again. Absolutely its a little undiscovered gem that just needs a little bit more polishing.
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