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Hotel La Gioconda
Ranked #380 of 411 Hotels in Florence
Reviewed October 12, 2013

The carpet and bed spread stained. The bathroom was dirty, the room smelled of sewage. No elevator and no help getting suitcases up and down stairs. Could not bring myself to even try breakfast. Stayed one night to be woken up by a load noise made by sewage removal truck.

Room Tip: Hotel over priced. Would not recommend.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Greg902
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

After booking this as a secret hotel we dreaded our arrival after reading reviews but we were pleasantly surprised. The staff at the reception were very friendly and approachable. Our room was on the top floor and there are a lot of stairs to walk up but it was fine. When we walked into our room we had no complaints. The room was massive and we booked a double, but in fact had a double bed and then another single bed. The shower look dated but was perfect.

Wifi does have to be paid for but I did not go to Florence to spend time on the internet.

The best part of the hotel, even though we had no complaints, was the location. We only had to walk two minutes down the road and we were standing outside the Duomo. The price was very cheap and with what we paid we could not have asked for more. If I was to go back to Florence I would definitely stay in this hotel again.

Room Tip: If you do have trouble walking up stairs I would ask for a room on the first floor.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Emma H
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

We only stayed here one night and honestly that was one night too many. Definitely not 3 stars, wifi wasn't even available in the room after having to pay 3 euro for half an hour. Our air con didnt even have an on button, pillows were thinner than paper, no elevator and were staying in the top floor with a months worth of luggage, some if the staff were rude and breakfast was abismal we left without eating, our sink wouldn't drain and the lights were broken in our bathroom, water pressure in the shower was about as strong as a broken tap and the bed felt like sleeping on cardboard. Not sure what constitutes a 3 star hotel but we stayed in plenty of nice 3 stars across our trip and even better hostels. Don't stay here it's worth a few extra bucks to find somewhere else. Boo!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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4  Thank emmadillemma
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Before going any further you need to know the cost of our room for 2 nights was 153 euros. This hotel has a great location about 2 blocks from the train station, about 2 blocks from the Duomo (which is fantastic),1 block from the touring busses, about a 15 minute walk to the Birdge of Gold (Ponte Vecchio), and a short walk to the Da Vinci museum. This hotel is a great value if you are not looking for much and just need a place to sleep. The room was clean but very poorly appointed. There was a tub with a shower in it but no shower curtain and we had to borrow a hair dryer from the front desk. It did have a TV, the breakfast was terrible so we ate breakfast out both mornings and had to pay extra for wi-fi, plus schlepping our own bags up 2 flights of stairs. The staff was courteous and helpful with directions, but it is hard to overcome the first inpression of the dingy, dirty lobby, carpet and stairs unless you want a very inexpensive place to sleep.

Room Tip: choose a room on the first floor as you have to carry your bags up about 20 steps to get to the room...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Doug C
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

I booked the hotel through "hotelscombined.com" Olotels. It's no way 3 star but 1.5 star hotel. When I did my selection, it was WiFi free of charge included in the room and to find out on arrival WiFi is charged additional and quite pricey for it too. So maybe hotels combined need to fix this up on their website details. The room was OK, clean and so was the bathroom but the hotel and especially the bathroom felt like and smelt like OLD peoples home. We didn't expect too much for what we paid! Being in Florence mid JULY is crazy hot and the AC was just LOUD and not cooling the room down at all. You can't sleep with windows open because the main street is full of trucks, cars and late night partiers! Lucky it was only 2nights in Florence! Great location! Central and walking distance to the train station and pretty much everywhere! However, I would stay else where on the next trip to Florence.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Sothavy
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Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

Client service is not good, beds are not comfortable at all (aged mattresses), there is no elevator and building has a lot of chairs, WiFi is not included and charged at a high price.

Location is good (between train station and main touristic places).

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank santiecheverri
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Booked this hotel on a last minute deal! Location was very good, our was on the top floor, with NO elavator! When we opened the door the smell of citronella was overwhelming, NEVER a good sign! We didn't even sleep under the covers for fear of being eaten alive!! The bathroom was average and the bed was NOT comfortable with a very loud and out dated air con machine which was so loud we could hardly sleep! My best advise would be to pick a hostel over this hotel! The breakfast didn't even have orange juice, a basic in ANY hotel! I am not a picky tourist and most places don't bother me but this is by no means a three star hotel and doesn't deserve the recognition!! Don't get caught like us!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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2  Thank Mcleanf2
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Additional Information about 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 411 Hotels in Florence
Price Range: $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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