What a great choice for a hotel in Florence. It was just 10 minutes walk from railway station and Punta Vecchio - still in its own quiet environment. Florence can be pretty packed in summer season and for this area was like a "non-touristic oasis".
There are only 10 rooms in this hotel. I had reserved one person room and it was pretty small (but I checked from the room map that it was really half of the size than the other rooms). The rooms locate in the first floor and there is no lift. Staff helps gladly with the luggage if needed. Also otherwise staff was friendly and polite. My room had very effective air-conditioning. There was very good wifi that was fast (many hotels say that they have free wifi but it's so crappy that you have to wait for ages something to happen) and free safety box in the room. There are even slippers available.
The breakfast is served in the lobby and it includes rolls, jam, yoghurt, cereals, juice, coffee, tea, croissant and other pastries.
Borgo San Frediano street in the back of the hotel has mini market, great trattorias, cafes, shop that sells pizzaslices and beautiful pastries, fruit store, other small shops.
I would certainly select this hotel again. If you want to see souvenir shops and tourist herds around your hotel, this wouldn't be your best choice.
There are bus stops nearby for several lines, you can check them here http://www.ataf.net/en/timetables-and-routes/timetables-and-routes/route-list.aspx?idC=180&LN=en-US. The information kiosk opposite the railway station has the map of public transportation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Relais il Cestello is an old structure used in the past as a post office that worked with horses and carrozze. The hotel looks on piazza di Cestello and from the windows you can see the beautiful church Cestello, the San frediano surroundings, Ognissanti church and the river Arno.San frediano is a very typical old florentine suburb where you may still find wood, leather, glass and jewelery shops. Close to the hotel you can visit piazza del Carmine, piazza Santo Spirito and not so far Pitti Palace.In fact Hotel Relais il Cestello is situated in the heart of Florence in a few minutes you can walk tO the central railway station, the Ponte Vecchio bridge, Piazza della Signoria and the beautiful streets such as via della Vigna Nuova, Via Tornabuoni, Via Strozzi piazza della Repubblica where you may shop in all the high fashion and antique stores ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Relais Il Cestello Florence