2nd hotel in our Italy trip and definitely a unique and trendy experience. The hotel rooms are very trendy with lots of weird/cool quirks. Staff was very helpful. Main point to get is that this hotel is OUTSIDE the main Florence tourist attractions, hence the reduced price for such a nice and trendy hotel (more on this later).
Location: Located in a separate part of Florence. I've read that it's walkable, but we never actually tried (both myself and the wife had a cold). The hotel has a free shuttle that runs in the morning and early afternoon (about 8 runs a day), so we took that whenever possible and took the local bus at other times. The ride is about 5 - 10 min. Very close. The shuttle runs from the Firenze SMN station to the hotel (door to door) so very convenient. The bus stop to town is right in front of the hotel, however coming back is in a parallel street (one way streets), and it's about 3 min walk to the hotel. Just gotta be careful u find out where to stop (ask the front desk and tell the driver), because the bus just flys and you may miss the spot. The hotel itself located in a very local looking area and has a nice supermarket and food options around if you prefer to eat outside tourist areas.
Staff: Very friendly as well. Even though it lacks the bed and breakfast sense of warmth, all the staff was very helpful in answering all your questions and provided good advice
Rooms: Clean and funkly add ons, like LEDs on the walls, open shower concept (the shower has a glass wall to the room, meaning ppl in the room sees you shower!!)
Breakfast: Very big selection. Deli meats, cheeses, croissants, eggs etc. Even sparkling wine in the morning. Also attentive wait staff that always asks if u want coffee, and makes lovely cappuccino with nice foamed hearts!
Overall, it is a UNA hotel - a big chained hotel with lots of guests - but you can see the small touches to make the hotel special. Again have to really not mind the hotel being NOT in the tourist center, but VERY easy to get around. Friendly staff, cool hip environment. Loved it!! and loved Florence!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the historical quarter of San Frediano, near the Lungarno, new emotional expression for a hotel planned to amaze guests with its extraordinary modern design realized in the 84 rooms and in the public areas of bar, restaurant and conference rooms, evocative of the ancient Florentine spirit of hospitality. Indoor parking space. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Una Hotel Florence