Set just off the main square, you couldn't hope for a better location. Despite that, it is very hard to find; and once you've found it, you have to climb 3 flights of stairs to get there (with luggage). They desperately need a big sign out the front; and, failing an elevator, a intercom system so you can ask for a hand with your bags when you first arrive.
Also, for the communal accom, they need a toilet that is separated from the showers (to avoid obvious problems). And, given the Italian summers get well up into the 30s -- air conditioning!!!
That said, the building itself is a gem. A historic beauty with high ceilings, beautiful furniture and decor, and friendly service to top it off. It's lovely that the main area has not been spoilt by a television or computer area - and instead just has a simple wooden writing desk and long dining table. You feel like you've gone back in time. It is the sort of history and style that you would only expect from a more expensive hotel....if only they'd fix up the mod cons.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WELCOME TO HOTEL BAVARIA, History and charm in Renaissance FlorenceA few steps from the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore (alias Florence's Duomo), immersed in the artistic treasures of Florence, on the third floor of the Palazzo Ramirez-Montalvo, Hotel Bavaria will frame your unforgettable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bavaria Hotel Florence