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“You have to imaginative to call this hotel a three star”
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Hotel Alinari
Ranked #325 of 411 Hotels in Florence
Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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“You have to imaginative to call this hotel a three star”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

The room we had was not at all like any of the photos. The room was clean but very scruffy. No curtains the fridge and the aircon did not work. There were holes in the plaster walls and the furniture was of the sort you would find in a junk shop. The downstairs entrance was dark and dangerous at night with a lift that came straight from a 1920 Chicago movie. The only good point was the staff who made every effort to offset the worst elements of this hotel

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

We chose this hotel because it was close to the train station and we were only staying for one night. The reviews we read were mixed but sometimes that's because of different priced rooms or a particularly bad experience.

The entrance of the Alinari is difficult to find. You have to locate a small old style lift (it won't fit two people with BIG suitcases) inside what appears to be a walkway. The reception is on the fourth floor, is a welcoming enough area and the staff spoke English and were helpful.

The room was acceptable. It was large enough, with all the usual amenities and the bed was of the Italian hard-but-not-uncomfortable variety with crisp linen. Overall the room looked tired with older furniture and dated walls and prints. The window view was of the back of a building. The bathroom was clean enough and surprisingly large. The included breakfast was pretty much standard - not great, not bad.

The Alinari would just meet the quality standards for three stars although other hotels in the same area appeared to be of a similar standard from the outside. There did seem to be a couple of better quality hotels nearby but make sure you do your research.

If you're on a tight budget the Alinari is fine for a short stay but we would look elsewhere if we were to return to Florence.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights at Hotel Alinari in July 2012. The hotel is extremely close to the train station ( basically across the road.. 1 minute walking) which is convenient. It is also very close to the beautiful leather market of Florence (about 2-5 mins walking). For location, i would give the hotel a 4.5/5.. However, the hotel itself was not great. Our room was small and dingy. Stunk of a musty basement...sometimes had a sewage smell that was hard to manage. There appeared to be some moldy substance on the light fixtures and a bit of water damage as well. There was very little light as we had 1 tiny window. Additionally, the hotel staff were strange and sometimes very rude. They would grunt and stare rather than replying to our hello's, and they definitely didnt make you feel welcome. The inclusive breakfast is OK, they give you fresh coffee and there are croissants and such.

Overall, i think you could find a nicer hotel that isnt so run down, dingy (and smelly!) for the price.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 3, 2012 via mobile

One of the few hotels we could find in our budget who could fit all 4 of us. Gave us a nice, very clean 2 room "suite" with a view of the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Easy walking distance of the train station. Very friendly staff. We would go back if in Florence again.

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

We booked a couple of rooms here for our family and some friends visiting from the states, and it was exactly what we've come to expect from a hotel in Italy - we had a halfway decent sized room, and a private bathroom (they still do communal bathrooms in some hotels here!) and a complimentary breakfast.

We got a quad room, our friends got a triple. Both rooms had a king sized bed (well, 2 twins pushed together, but it's the thought that counts, right?) and two individual twin beds. Our room (134) had all the beds one next to the other, with a decent amount of space between them. Our friends room (139) had 2 individual rooms, one with a king size bed, and a smaller 'sun room' with two twins. The 'sun room' (in 139) had heavy curtains, but they didn't block all of the light, so that may be an issue for very light sleepers. Our room (134) stayed pretty dark.

The air conditioning in our room worked, but couldn't quite get the room temp under control. I set the thermostat for its lowest value and manually turned the fan to its highest speed, and it never got below the high 70's in our room (even though the a/c was blowing out cool air). It was manageable, but it would probably be uncomfortable in the heat of summer.

Our bathroom was fine; the window had to be jostled just right to lock, but it did lock. The shower was incredibly powerful, and we had plenty of piping hot water. The towels (all sizes) resembled sheets or thick tablecloths, more than any terry material you may think of. Not my favorite, but they worked.

Italy is known for the wonderful evening meals, the wines, the art, the architecture... at no time has anyone anywhere boasted about Italian breakfast. Overall, our experience in Italy has been that Italians are happy with a croissant and a cup of coffee. Americans (and other foreigners) insist that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Italian hotel owners gamely try to provide what they can to satisfy their customers. At this hotel, they do what they can. There are plenty of breads and danishes, yogurts, sliced meats and cheeses, cereals, fruit juices, milk; they'll bring you a fresh cappuccino or cafe, and everything was fine. Italians in general don't "do" breakfast, and this is the equivalent of what they think we're expecting.

Would I go back to this hotel? Sure. Do I have any reason to recommend that no one stay here? Nope, not at all. Do I have any reason to recommend that people should stay here? Not really. The location was convenient to the train station, but that was it.

Decent price, decent location, no big pluses or minuses.

Room Tip: 134 stayed very dark, but the a/c didn't cool the room off much. 139 has a separate sun-room for...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

I stayed in two different rooms at the hotel. I found the hotel to be just okay overall. Maybe like a 2 star hotel. The 2nd room had a large mildew spot on the ceiling and the shower splashed all over the floor. I don't think the air conditioner was very efficient either.

The best thing I can say for the hotel is that they had a decent breakfast in the morning and a cheerful, accommodating server, which some places do not. They are located close to the train station. They also had an elevator, which was a good thing since they are on the 4th floor. However, most of the rooms are down a floor and we took the staircase there.

Two out of the three reception hosts were harried and grumpy. Also, the website is not updated and confusing.

Room Tip: Look at a couple of rooms before you make your choice. Interior rooms have less street noise.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Alinari
Address: Largo Fratelli Alinari 15, 50123, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > San Lorenzo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #325 of 411 Hotels in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Alinari 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the hotel Alinari you have the pleasure of waking up in a charming room with a high standard of confort, enjoying a good buffet-breakfast , whilst admiring the panoramic view of Florence. Hotel Alinari is located in a historical Florentine Palace, convenientely situated in the heart of Florence at 300 mt. from the train station , from the Congress Centre and a few minutes from the Duomo and from museums. All the rooms have private bathroom, air-conditioning, colour tv (cable and satellite stations), mini bar, hair dryer, and direct dial phone. The best location for your business trip and your personal holiday. ... more   less 
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