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“Lovely setting, but you can not even get a glass of water” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Convitto della Calza
Ranked #331 of 653 Florence B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Lovely setting, but you can not even get a glass of water”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2011

It is a lovely place with a wonderful court yard. The rooms are spartan, but adequate and the whole place is clean. Corridors are very long and tiled, so anyone talking will echo down and could be an issue for light sleepers. Staff are lovely. Breakfast is ok, although we had a few times quite stale croissants/bread. But, and this is a big but, you can not get even a glass of water in the place and have to walk to a shop a few min away to purchase bottles or cans if you want any refreshment apart from breakfast. Not really what you want to do when you had a 12 hours journey getting there.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2008

If you are expecting a four star hotel, it should be up to you to investigate. The accommodations are a half hour walk from the Duomo, 15 minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, etc. Excellent location for exploring.

Lovely hotel transformed from a previous monastery complete with painted murals in the courtyard and throughout hotel. Rooms are basic, and very affordable and comfortable. I would definitely stay again. Room ratings in Europe are different from else where. A four star in Italy may be more of a 2 or 3. But as I said, very accomodating, comfortable.

Church next door is very interesting - statue of Jesus with crown of thorns, and a statue of the Madonna at the left of the altar in the corner.

There were families staying at the hotel as well as business travelers since it is a conference center. I have nothing negative to say about the facility. I was here to enjoy the sites!

Stayed May 2007
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2005

The travel agent said this hotel was something to see.... we are still waiting. On a family trip from Oz we were booked here for five nights, on a four star budget. I dont know how the agent got 4 star accom and Cinvitto DC mixed up. The CDC is a conference centre and student accom hotel/hostel. 1 star student accom and business traveller on a really tight budget would suit this "hotel". Staff were good, rooms clean, breakfast typically italian, but why we were booked there is beyond me. Boboli gardens and some other tourist things close by, but overwhelmingly conference centre, and student b&b based, my wife and two children seemed out of place here.
Spartan is the word for accom and facilities, but the art work in the meeting rooms were splendid.
A pity we stayed here in these circumstances as the business centre seemed well appointed and well used as there was a constant flow of suits in and out of the CDC, and the building had an aura of peace about them that was soothing as we sat and figured out how to get a refund from our agent.

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albatrax, Proprietario at Convitto della Calza, responded to this review, November 5, 2010
Unfortunately the travel agent booked erroneuosly the Convitto as a 4 stars hotel , which CDC is not, being a Holiday House- congress center, with all services compared to a 3 stars hotel. Convitto della Calza is everywhere advertised this way.
We do accomodate not only groups , but also individuals and the very large 400 s.m. open-air-spaces (courtyard) , we think, may give the opportunity to grant everybody's comfort and privacy.
What concerns the "spartan accomodations and facilities", we took in good consideration these observations, and recently improved those aspects .
Thank in any case to these guests for the suggestions.
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Additional Information about Convitto della Calza

Property: Convitto della Calza
Address: Piazza della Calza 6, 50125, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Pitti
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #331 of 653 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Convitto della Calza 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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