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Hotel La Gioconda
Ranked #380 of 412 Hotels in Florence
Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Don't Bother”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

This hotel has nothing to recommend it. NO lift, we had to drag our heavy bags up 3 flights of stairs. Room okay but shabby. Bathroom okay, but shower stall had mould on ceiling and peeling paint - yuk. The breakfast room was shabby and the breakfast was awful. We even had to pay for wifi, which a lot of other places have for free.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

I was travelling with friends but we stayed at different places so I was looking for smth in the historical centre and cheap. Location and price were the main factors. I got the room on the upper floor. The guy from reception helped me with a luggage so one of the main problems I read out on tripadvisor was quickly solved. The room was small but all necessary stuff could be found there. The view from the window was very authentic Florentine. The shower experience wasn't so good. The temperature of hot water differed during the day.
The location was perfect: just a few minutes walk from railway station, it is also in walking distance from main Florence attractions. If you come to see Florence and need a place in the centre to spend a few nights it's a perfect choice.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Moscow
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

We booked this hotel because it was promoted on a booking site as a special price offer. The room was different from the pictures on the internet, significantly less cozy and beautiful although clean. What we were really happy of was the location which is perfect for those who travel by train - it is half way between Duomo and the train station.
The location is easy to find and strategic, the bed mattress is really comfortable, the room was clean, the price was Euro 50 - we had nothing to complain about. I would recommend for short and buzy stays if sold at an acceptable price.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Peak District National Park, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Hotel is short walk from station and within easy reah of all tourist spots .Our two night stay was booked by a travel companyand was not my chosen hotel ( no lift!) I emailed hotel to say my sister was 77 and was worried about having no lift! Prompt reply and got room on first floor.When we arrived early morning we were able to leave luggage and when we returned it was already in our room. OK, room was not best 3*,but it had all we needed. However, the decor is plain and in need of refreshing! But staff all friendly and helpful. Lent me an iphone charger when my mine would not work. Staff gave us useful tips and a town map. We slept like logs. May not be the best hotel, but it met our needs for our short stay. Breakfast was ok too and there was plenty to keep us going.
I note that some other reviewers say staff not helpful, but sometimes 'it takes two' and it can depend on one's own manner and approach.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Mountain Home, Idaho
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2012

The location was the best feature of this hotel (bus station, many sites). Also my wife's and my calves are stronger for climbing several flights of stairs everytime we wanted to go to our room between site seeing (lots, and lots of spiral stairs - no elevator in a six story hotel!) No gym or swimming pool in the hotel, but I would do my cardio by jogging from 0630 until 0800 around Florence, so only strength training was lacking (note jog early as sleeping

Drawback to being located so close to everything was the noise factor. Could constantly hear the crowds below until all hours of the night/morning as it was a major throughfare being so close to train/bus station and the sites.

Breakfast was very simple and the best part was the coffee. Otherwise food was bare minimum (some pastries, either one type of meat (salami or ham slices), or plastic wrapped american cheese slices, but never both on the same day! Cereal was stale. I've had better breakfasts at cheaper hotels (to call it a buffet is a stretch). We weren't expecting much as location was our primary goal but we actually skipped the breakfast near the end of our trip so we could eat brunch elsewhere.

The staff was friendly, though. We will look elsewhere and recommend the same for our friends.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

It is a very good location with a lot of shops and restaurants. It is also very close to the central station and easy to go around. The hotel is clean and quiet, but the air conditioner is not in the correct position, therefore, the room is not cold as it should be.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel La Gioconda
Address: Via Panzani 2, 50123, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > San Lorenzo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #380 of 412 Hotels in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Gioconda 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the historic heart of Florence, at a few steps from the Duomo and from Santa Maria Novella, at 3 minutes from elegant Via Tornabuoni and San Lorenzo, the refined and historic rooms of Hotel La Gioconda welcome guests with typical Florentine friendliness but also with very modern comforts and impeccable services. ... more   less 
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