My wife and I visited Florence for three mid-week, mid-winter days. After consulting Tripadvisor, we booked a standard double at the Cosimo de’ Medici through Orbitz. Our average nightly rate, including all taxes and fees, was about $121 a night. Overall, we were pleased with the hotel and would recommend it. A detailed review follows.
Location was key. We wanted something very near the train station, and this hotel was only about a five minute walk from the station. Convenient and easy to find.
After a long overnight flight (9 hour time zone change) into Rome, and a couple of hours on the train, my wife and I arrived at the hotel at noon on a Monday. Needless to say, we were hoping for an early check-in, and we got it. We greeted the friendly receptionist in Italian, but she immediately switched over to passable English, which was nice. She went with us up to our room to show it to us and to demonstrate the use of the in-room safe. Also nice.
We were in room 112. It was of good size for a European hotel room, with plenty of floor space and very high ceilings, I am guessing maybe fifteen feet high. It had a huge window that let in a lot of light even though there was no view to speak of. And the room had a couple of pretty and functional stand-alone wardrobes.
The room had a small flat screen TV, maybe 15 inches in size. The satellite reception was great, and there were a lot of channels, including several English language channels. The room had an easy to use safe (mentioned above). There was a minibar in the room with plenty of space to refrigerate the meat and cheese we bought for “carpet picnics.” Our internet needs are basic, and the hotel’s WiFi (included in the price) worked fine for us.
The bathroom was small but nicely done, with pretty tiles and a nice assortment of toiletries. I was very happy with the shower. Although it was small, it functioned well (i.e, a high showerhead, good water pressure, and plenty of hot water). It also had a real shower door. This maybe seems like a minor thing, but we have stayed in several European hotels over the years where we put water all over the bathroom floor due to lousy shower enclosure/door design. The hairdryer in the bathroom was old, and my wife said it worked, but just minimally.
The room did have issues with soundproofing. It was immediately adjacent to the breakfast area, and we could occasionally hear the conversations – including individual discussions – of those eating breakfast. This did not bother us much, as the hotel was nearly empty at the time of our stay. But if you are a late riser, and visiting when there are lots of guests, this would not be good. The breakfast itself, though (also included in the price), was quite good. A nice assortment of cold foods, cappuccinos made to order, and also some hot foods (bacon, sausages, and scrambled eggs). One day, though, when we got to breakfast after 9AM the hot items had gone cold, and there was no more bacon.
Florence is a beautiful and compact city. Everything is walkable. Within a hundred yards of the hotel were dozens of cafes, restaurants, and small shops. Via Faenza, a cross street just a few yards down, was particularly nice: a pedestrian-only street that had all of the above and also a couple of small, reasonably priced grocery stores. Then, a bit further away to the south and east - but well within a mile - are all the major sites of Florence.
Finally, if you use Tripadvisor to locate some of the restaurants on Via Faenza, be aware that a few of the establishments are mismarked on the Tripadvisor map. For example, both Cono Gelato and Ete Bistro (highly rated eating establishments) are actually south of the hotel on Via Faenza, not north as indicated by the Tripadvisor map. Part of this confusion is likely caused by the Italian practice of giving different street numbers to businesses and residences on the same street . . . .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Cosimo de' Medici is ideally located in the heart of the historic center of Florence, in front of the Santa Maria Novella train station, a few minutes' walk from the Duomo and from all the most important museums and churches of the city, and from the most famous boutique and fashion stores. The Cosimo de' Medici offers 26 rooms decorated with tastefull furnitures, all recently restaured, that will accommodate our guest in a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Each room has a private, internal bathroom, and is equipped with: frigobar, safety box, air conditioning, telephone, TV with satellite and free Wifi access. The Hotel is located inside the restricted area to traffic (ZTL), thus, we shall communicate Your plate number to the police in order to let You have a free access by car. Besides this, we are pleased to offer parking spots for € 16 per day, on request, inside out courtyard. Our Reception, open 24 h a day, is at Your full assistance before, during and after Your stay for any need You may have. In particular, we will be pleased to arrange for You tours, to book museums and restaurants, to provide a babysitter for Your kids, and to store Your luggage (free of charge). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Cosimo De Medici
- Cosimo De Medici Hotel