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“Well-priced pensioner's paradise”
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Hotel Nizza
Ranked #168 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Well-priced pensioner's paradise”
Reviewed June 5, 2014

There appears to be an epidemic on Tripadvisor which causes reviewers to make outlandish claims about their experiences. They'll say it was a nightmare (and that all the staff are essentially evil) or that it's by far the best hotel in the city (how can they even know that).  Although my experience of Hotel Nizza was by no means 'nightmarish', it certainly wasn't dreamy. But I'll try be objective!

- The hotel's best selling point is the relationship between location and price - both of which are attractive, with the hotel a 5 minute walk from SMN station as well as the major city attractions and the price just below its obvious competitors'.
- The guys at the front desk were super-friendly. The one guy joked about the unique spelling of my name. I appreciated the effort.
- Having said that, our room was pretty drab. It looked like it had been cut and paste from a 1990's retirement resort. 
- It even had a bright red alarm chord dangling in the shower, presumably so we could summon a nurse in the event of a fall. 
- Our bed cover completed the picture, patterned with geometric flourishes from a bygone era.  It's not the aesthetics which troubled me. It's more a case of doing the maths and realizing how many guests must've snuggled up against it since its debut as a bed-spread in the '90's.
- The least pleasant aspect of our experience was the noise from the window at night (for which one can't really blame the hotel) - and the exploits of about 4 uncatchable mosquitoes. 
- The result was that we finally fell asleep at about 3am, having finally decided that fresh air from the window was a luxury we could do without - and having come to terms with the fact that feeding our prime tourist bodies to local mozzies was nothing more than our humble role in the great circle of life (cue sweeping Lion King music).
- On the bright side, breakfast was pleasant, although basic. The focal point of the breakfast spread was an automatic Nescafe machine which promised about 8 different drinks. I selected 'cappuccino' but appreciated the machine's generosity all the same.

Overall, not a nightmare - but not exactly a good night's rest either. Not all the hotel's fault though.  But in hindsight I think an extra twenty Euros per night (in the same area) would've spared us from the feeling of being plunged into early retirement in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

Perfect location for city break. Between main station & Duomo. Uffizi gallery 10min walk away. Safe, central & very clean. Great value & highly recommended. Nice staff & decent breakfast. No frills but if your priority is enjoying florence this is a perfect base to explore the compact city centre

  • Stayed May 2014
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North Bay, Canada
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

We booked here because it was close to SMN train station, had breakfast and internet. One out of three were true.
The rooms we had was tiny, dark and depressing. The view was the scaffolding across the street (which i know they cannot control- it just added to our impression). It is terribly noisy with the windows open, and the room was quite hot. Couldn't figure out the ac. Bathroom is tiny.
The location is a quick hop from the train, so if you are in Florence for a short time, this is nice. It is a short walk to markets, SMN, the Duomo, Medici Capella and Accademia.
Breakfast was basic, but machine-made coffee- blech. Breakfast room is very gloomy.
The internet did not work. We had dinner next door at a lovely restaurant, and obtained their wifi code which we used for the next two days.
Staff were nice and speak English.

So if you need an inexpensive place to stay in Florence with no bells or whistles and spend almost no time in your hotel room, this will work for you. Not a bad stay, just not memorable.

Room Tip: We were on the main floor--- go higher for a bit more peace.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Interlaken, Switzerland
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

Location: excellent, close to train station and city center.

General: lack of light, no windows in the breakfast room, in the corridors, in the reception. Friendly staff

Room : would need a serious refreshment, electricity is old and bathroom has no ventilation. Furniture is basic but beds and mattress are comfortable.

Internet : The hotel description indicates free WIFI everywhere and it did not work once in our room and even in the corridor we had to use internet from another hotel. I think hotel management knows it is not working and does not do anything to improve its service.

Breakfast: Tasteless and poor choice.

Room Tip: Ask for room with internet....
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

We stayed in Hotel Nizza for a good few nights in March 2014 and it was a pleasant stay. It is 5mins away from the station and 10/15 mins from main sites. The room was clean and basic and breakfast was adequate. You can't ask for more in terms of location and price. We had made various trips out of Florence (Pisa and Siena) and eventually Venice, therefore location was the top of our priority.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Bunbury, Australia
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

A good hotel in a good location. Owner is friendly and welcoming - we needed to print out some pre-booked tickets and he was very obliging.

Breakfast buffet is good, just need to time it for when it is restocked rather than when there is nothing left!

Room was of a fairly good size although the bathroom was small and had some issues with drainage in the shower, particularly if you were the second one to shower!

Good wifi which is always a plus, too.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

The location of this hotel is very good. The staff is very friendly and accommodating, they almost treated us like personal friends. The room was very good and quiet. The bed was the best I had during our two week round trip. The breakfast is simple, but ok. I would definitely come back here!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Nizza
Address: Via del Giglio 5, 50123, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santa Maria Novella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Room Service
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Ranked #168 of 421 Hotels in Florence
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Nizza 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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