This past May my mother and I spent two weeks visiting Athens, Rome, and Florence. Of the three hotels we used, the Rosary Garden in Florence was our favorite. When we arrived, we were greeted warmly, and the woman at the front desk took care to explain the bus system and to map out how to get to the major attractions in Florence.
While the hotel's not in the old city, there's a bus stop practically on its doorstep which goes directly to many of the big attractions; the buses are clean, inexpensive and convenient, and you can get anywhere in about 15-20 minutes. Coming from the packed chaos of Rome, Florentine transit was a huge relief.
The hotel's situated in a nice, suburban neighborhood with several good restaurants within walking distance, as well as the best gelato shop we found in Italy. Since we were outside the main tourist area, I liked the glimpse of how native Italians lived--there was a street fair held that weekend, and a children's birthday party was going on at one of the restaurants.
As for the room itself, it was spacious--at least by European standards--with a high, vaulted ceiling. The decoration was a little too pastel for my taste, but Mom liked it. The bathroom was clean, well-lit, and had everything we needed, though the shower stall was somewhat cramped.
Breakfast was delicious, a good mix of breads, cereals, and fresh fruit.
I would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Feeling at home: a warm sensation that the Rosary Garden is able to convey to its guests! Located just outside the hubbub of the city centre, between the Arno River, Michelangelo square and the rolling hills that surround the southern part of Florence, it is the ideal place either for a business or for a leisure trip. A boutique stylish hotel, with a charming and cozy atmosphere, elegant and friendly at the same time. Each one of the 13 bedrooms is different from the other and equipped with air conditioning, direct telephone, free Wi-Fi connection, LCD satellite TV with digital channels (Cinema and Football channels), mini-bar, safe, make-up mirror, hairdryer. A charming English style breakfast room, a Tearoom, where our guests can enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea and intimate sitting areas make the Rosary Garden be your home away from home. The friendly yet professional staff will be able to fulfill your every need, from restaurant reservations to museum tickets or arrange for tailor-made excursions or a personal trainer in a fashionable fitness club. Your pets are welcome too. Adjoining restaurant and private parking. NEW 2017: complimentary minibar! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rosary Garden Hotel
- Rosary Garden Florence