Up three flights of stairs in an older building on Via del Sole, this recently renovated hotel has an elevator(!), a very helpful and friendly staff, spotless rooms, excellently functioning bathrooms, and air conditioning that worked perfectly throughout the five days we were in Florence during a heatwave in August 2013. So what the elevator's tiny, there's no parking or breakfast --- you've got a comfortable place to rest in the center of one of the world's great cities --- and at 58.90 euro per night for a double room (from the hotel's website)!
The Sole is in a great location between Santa Maria Novella train station and the major attractions around the Piazza della Signoria. We had coffee and pastries every morning at Caffe Megara a few steps away on the next corner and gelato each evening at Gelateria Lorenzo right there too. We had dinner twice at Birreria, downstairs from the Sole, which serves great beer along with Italian and quasi-Mexican style dishes --- not bad at all. Also, lots of other excellent dinner places right in the neighborhood.
We will definitely stay at the Sole when we next return to Florence.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Sole, recently re-opened under a new management, is a one-star hotel located in the heart of the historical center of Florence. The hotel is in fact situated on Via del Sole, inside the district of Piazza Santa Maria Novella, in a strategic point to visit on foot all the attractions and cultural and artistic treasures which have made Florence one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The location of Hotel Sole is simply perfect: it’s at only 300 m from the railway station of Firenze Santa Maria Novella and it allows you to reach by walk the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Santa Croce, Via Tornabuoni, the Accademia Gallery and Boboli Gardens, as well as the new Parco della Musica in Parco delle Cascine. The hotel is also close to the Fortezza da Basso, the major trade fair center of the city, and the Palace of Congresses. ... more less
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