Forget the fact that it's a Garden Inn. It's better than most Hilton's. It has the feel of a W hotel. The rooms are ultra modern -- wood floors, sleek furniture, adjustible bed, heated towel racks, etc. One of the cooler features was the speaker for the TV in the bathroom. The TV had a music on demand feature so you could put music on and listen to it in the bathroom while gettng ready.
The hotel threw in free breakfast because I'm a diamond Hilton member which was nice. The waffles with Nutella were very good.
The big downside to some would be the location. It is a good 10 minute drive from the center of downtown Florence. What we learned from the helpful front desk was the bus to downtown picks up right by the hotel, the #22. Simply get a bus ticket from the front desk for 1,20 euros, get on the bus, and you're at the Duomo in 15 minutes. If I return in to Florence, there's no way I'd pay a premium to stay downtown. The bus system is great and runs all day every day (until midnight I believe). The #22 also stops at the train station so it's easy to get to and from the hotel when arriving.
Also, free wifi. Love the free wifi.More
- Free Wifi