This small and cozy 3-star hotel is in my experience a tremendous midrange solution for a nice stay in Florence. A comfortable place with a double thumbs up for the homey environment and the location.
First note of merit: the homey environment. Special thanks to Marco - one of the brothers owners of the place - for the friendly attitude and for the many niceties during our stay: from walking the extra mile to make my wireless connection work, to making me use his own pc, to a free minibar consumption because "never mind, it doesn't matter". Second, the location, in a quite square by the Arno River, at just a short walk from the city center's major attractions, you get the upsides of city center staying without the crowd and the noise. Santa Maria Novella Train Station is also at less than a 10-minute walk. My room came with no frills but with everything in order. A rich continental breakfast was also included in the rate.
If your expectation is a comfortable and clean place to sleep and rest, conveniently located to explore the city, you will be perfectly fine. I have traveled to Florence many times over the years and you might easily end up in a place with more stars, comparable quality, double the price, where being treated as one of the millions of tourists who are known passing by Florence and never returning. Not here, where you are a guest and not a customer. I will definitely return here next time I'm in town.
- 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