My girlfriend and I had a wonderful stay at this hotel. From the beginning onwards, the staff were exceedingly pleasant and helpful. We arrived at 9am asking to store our luggage (as check-in is 2pm) to find our room was already ready for us. The hotel, rooms and bathroom were very clean and the breakfast was good, if a little limited. By UK standards the hotel is not a four star hotel, much more a high two star/low 3 star hotel, in that the decor is very dated, the walls between neighbouring rooms and corridors are very thin, the garden view is more a large tree and some overgrown grass (but the hotel does neighbour some beautiful olive groves) and the corridors look like a hospital ward! But the service from the reception staff would warrant a four star rating.
The location of the hotel is not in the centre of Florence, it is approximately 30mins walk away, but there are exceedingly good bus connections (about two minutes away from the hotel) to and from the station and the centre of town, and to the neighbouring town of Fiesole .
My girlfriend and I are both students, and this hotel was great for us. It is comfortable and exactly what we wanted, but in comparison to other luxury hotels we've stayed in, in London and Vienna, this does not warrant four stars. If you're looking for luxury then perhaps the Florence Savoy would be better suited to you; if you're looking for a comfortable hotel, at a reasonable price, then book this one, but book it on lastminute.com or other last minute agencies for a much more reasonable price. If we had paid £400 for our stay we would have been disappointed, but we paid £200 which was far more reasonable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The President Hotel is a classic style hotel, with modern technology and every comfort. It’s an ancient palace of 1869 restored and turned into a hotel in 1986, located near Piazza della Libertà on so-called avenues of Florence, absolutely close to the historic city center and the congress site of Fortezza da Basso, Palazzo dei Congressi and Palazzo degli Affari. The cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is just at 15 minute walk away and the central train station Santa Maria Novella is only 3 kms far or 10 minutes by car. ... more less
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