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“Excellent hotel if you don't mind stairs”
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Hotel Giappone
Ranked #269 of 422 Hotels in Florence
Snellville, Georgia
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“Excellent hotel if you don't mind stairs”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

This hotel has an incredible location just 2 blocks from the Duomo. Our room had a private bathroom and a TV and the hotel provides free wifi and was very quiet considering it was on the front of the building. Only downside to this hotel is that it's on the 4th floor of a building with no elevator, but that just gave me a reason not to feel guilty about stuffing myself with delicious food during our stay in Italy :)

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

I stayed here for one night after my study abroad programme ended, so it was basically just a place to grab some sleep before an early flight home. That being said, I would not be opposed to staying here on another trip to Florence, even for more than one night. My room was a single with the shared bath, which was plenty enough for one person. There was a sink, a television with plenty of channels, and good, adjustable air conditioning (a rarity!). WIFI is available in the rooms, which is not something you will find in many budget hotels in Florence, and the staff is helpful even though not all of them speak very good English. They arranged for a taxi to the airport at 6am.

The only things about this hotel which are poorer than average were, as some other travellers mentioned, the stairs (3 flights of them) which would not be ideal for older travellers or people with extreme amounts of luggage. Additionally, my room was directly beside the front door to the reception area, which was sort of loud in the late evening, but quietened as the night went on. The walls and doors are also very thin, and both street noise and noise from other people staying at the hotel was louder than average.

The location of Hotel Giappone is excellent! It is in the historic center of the city and within walking distance of almost every major attraction in the city. Overall a good value for a hotel which is comparable to other, more expensive accomodations in the city!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Florence
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Very good location, well equipped for a budget place, tv, wifi, shower in room. Paper thin walls and slamming "front" door was the only minus.
Not cheap, but good price for incredibly expensive Florence.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Ankara, Turkey
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Great location. In the middle between train station and Duomo. 3rd floor, no elevator but forget it. Kindly staff, clean bathroom.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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London
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

Location: Great. Very central, walking distance to SMN.

Access: 78 winding steps to get to the reception, skip this place if you have luggage.

Comfort: Very poor. 2 small beds pushed together and sold as a double, I always subtract 2 for that stunt. Beds also awful, felt like a sheet of MDF on a few old springs. I woke up each morning feeling worse than I did before bed.

Cleanliness: Room was sold as having a private external bathroom, but no hint of this on arrival. Shared toilet rarely had TP and was always dirty. I don't like to have to trek down the corridor and clean large amounts of dried yellow urine off the seat before I can use the toilet.

Safety: Power supply for air con unit is routed through the bottom of the shower cubicle. Risk of someone getting fried one day. Probably never inspected.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Reviewed May 16, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is perfectly located! Right between the Duomo and the train station. It's on the 3rd or 4th floor- we were fine walking up the stairs but some people may struggle. The rooms were clean, and the lady that worked there was quite friendly. The biggest drawback would be the bathroom. There's only 1 toilet for the whole hotel, so essentially you had to wait fairly often to go the the toilet, slightly annoying, particularly in the middle of the night. A lot of rooms don't have showers, which means they use the shower in the same room as the toilet. Things get wet.
The rooms are also partial to noise made in the hotel (doors opening and closing etc). But, it's quite cheap for Florence and its really very good value for money. The location is unbeatable. Would stay again!

  • Stayed May 2012
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Property: Hotel Giappone
Address: Via Dei Banchi 1, 50123, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
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#25 Best Value Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Giappone 1*
Number of rooms: 179
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