We stayed at the Athenaeum Hotel for 5 nights this past September. I was excited because it was the longest part of our trip through Italy and I had read some pretty good reviews for this place. Unfortunetly I was very disappointed and wish I had picked another hotel. First off, our room was small and very basic (unlike all the photos posted on the websites). We spent one night in their basic room and woke up the next morning with back pain from the hard and flat bed and completely covered in bug bites. The room was supposed to be smoke-free but when we opened the window we found and ashtray on the ledge filled with cigarette butts and the curtains smelled like cigarette smoke and dusty. Our allergies acted up from the smoke and we both picked up colds and couldn't breathe or sleep for the rest of the trip. After our first night my boyfriend went down stairs to complain and see about being moved to a better room.. they didnt really apologize but they did allow him to pick another "upgraded room". The only difference in size was the dirty patio that was connected. It was however, cleaner and a little more comfortable. After the room switch we didn't have any more bug problems but we were pretty upset to have them in the first place. We have NO idea what bit us, but my boyfriends bites were itchy and red for the rest of the trip and several days after we came back home. Florence is where I chose to spend my birthday on the trip and we spent a little more on this hotel then we did the other two in Venice and Rome and we both felt like we did not get our money's worth at this place. I can honestly say it was the worst part of our trip and we wont be staying there next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Design, art and business in a 4-star Hotel in Florence. The Academy of Fine Art and the David statue are just round the corner! The ideal location for business or leisure visitors, Hotel Athenaeum in Florence is where contemporary design, modern style and classic materials skillfully combine with art and culture. Hotel Athenaeum’ strategic location in the heart of Florence is the perfect starting point for visitors willing to discover the town or business people alike. The Hotel offers a top international service and a warm welcome.Hotel Athenaeum has 60 rooms, a conference room, a restaurant, a bar and a capacious private garage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Athenaeum Hotel Florence