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Hotel La Selva
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Calenzano
Reviewed November 3, 2011

We had seen this hotel on the internet and by the sound and look of it , we really wanted this to be the hotel to stay in Florence. We did not book but just turned up. It was booked out but we were allowed to have a quadruple room for 5 people and it was very comfortable. The hotel did not disappoint our expectations. It was in the hinterland which was absolutely beautiful. It really felt like we were in Tuscany. Everything was great from the rooms to the service and the breakfast. When we left we were also given little sample packs of olive oil products which was a lovely gesture. This hotel is really only suitable if you are driving because otherwise it would be difficult to get to but very worth considering it as your hotel if going to Florence by car. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 10, 2011

After a very long evening drive from Venice to La Selva, getting rather lost as soon as we left the motorway. Had some terrifying driving around the hills to get to the hotel at night where although the speed limit is 70km/h there are extremely sharp bends which are not seen at night. No cats eyes anywhere needed it seems in Italy! I recommend that you get to the hotel during the day, or that you go at the very maximum 40km/h to get there from the motorway. Long straights followed by extremely sharp bends without warning.

Arriving just before midnight local time, we were glad to find the hotel still open and waiting for our arrival. The lady at the desk was very pleasant and very polite. Seemed very happy to welcome us to La Selva, with big smiles despite the late hour. We were even offered food, and drinks. The room was spacious, clean and simply decorated. We had a rather nice balcony and a very clean bathroom. As we were quite exhausted we collapsed in bed to awake to beautiful weather and stunning views of the mountains.

Breakfast was really lovely, with cakes, croissants, pain au chocolat, tea, coffee & hot chocolate made on demand, a series of cereals, toasts and cold meats buffet were lovely. Many fresh fruit and fruit salads. All the food seemed fresh and tasted very good. The only demand would have been freshly pressed orange juice, and cold milk for the cereals.

The restaurant downstairs was absolutely delicious, filled with all local dishes and meats cooked to perfection, had a lovely pasta dish followed by a delicious beef salad. So fresh, so well cooked, such great aromas. Desert menu was a little short, but very good nonetheless.

Although the website states that the hotel is 30 minutes from Florence, it actually is closer to 45 minutes away - going on to an hour depending on traffic. Although reception was very good at letting us know where to park for free and which roads to take to get there quickest.

The only downside to the hotel was the noise insulation from other rooms, we could hear other people having showers and using the toilet. The fan in the bathroom was quite loud. And the lack of air conditioning - although a fan is provided, it doesn't quite do the same as air conditioning. A swimming pool would be a fantastic addition - it seemed as though part of the back of the hotel was made to host a swimming pool although never actually constructed which is a real shame.

Amenities were provided to expectations and replaced gladly by the management. Very simple hotel, decoration was extremely simple, but made the room feel bigger.

All in all, very pleased with our stay - very good value for money and just plainly lovely.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2011

Not os easy to find this hotel. But its located in the nice place. Very quiet...Room not very big, but clean. There's balcony with beautiful view. Breakfast was good. They cooked three tipes of cakes every morning ))
So if you have car its nice place to stay for weekends. And very low price...

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2008

I actually found this hotel on line and had my travel agent add it to my itinerary. The website said at the time that there was an attached restaurant, but it had closed. Not that big of a deal though because there are some fantastic restaurants that are less than 10 minutes by car. The hotel was being renovated and from what I saw they were doing it right. Our room had a nice balcony that was pleasant with the evening breeze. The furnishings were old Ikea if I had to guess. The manager was very helpful and assisted me in putting together a fan that I bought at the local home improvement store. It's basically a budget hotel and ok for what it is. I'd stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2007

Not a "bio-hotel", as advertised. We thought breakfast would be wholesome, but it just consisted of ordinary hotel/hostel breakfast food (conventional butter, coffee, conventional milk, NO vegan options). The place is housed in an old 1960's-70's hotel, which is cool, and it looked like the owners were in the process of remodeling--but our room was simply a dark and shabby hotel room with some new lamps and faux-beech furniture.

Staff was not helpful and they scoffed when we said we didn't have a car, even though "arriving by bus" directions are given on their website. In reality, the hotel was not really accessible from Florence by bus, since the bus ride took about 50 minutes, very few buses ran each day, and the last bus left from Florence before 7 PM every night.

If you want to see Florence, you should spend your money on a hotel in the center. If you want to enjoy a natural setting away from the dim of the city, then spend your money somewhere with a better atmosphere.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2007

First: Very hard to find a taxi at the train station i Calenzano. Even if you have the phone number you get from the turist info in Firenze the people does not understand you if you speak english(not enougth anyway)

Taxi is expensive . For the 6 km from the train station in Calenzano to the hotel I paid about 20 euro.

I booked via wwte.com via Norwegian and paid by visa. The hotel had not any reservation in my name and did not even know they had a deal with wwte to book rooms via them. (also wwte`s fault because they had the wrong phone number etc. Not recommended to book via wwte in norway. Lots of problems, and they have poor rutine on fixing problems. I can tolerate problems, but not caos, exuses, more caos and more exuses. Lots of time before I got my money back)

Back to the hotel:

Some of the staff(the women) are very nice and helpful, the men are not very friendly nor helpful. They do not speak very good english.

Breakfast is mostly cakes/croissants and coffee or juice. You eat by the reception desk. No resaurant.

There is a bus but the info you get about price and time tables are not accurate. Ps. The bus driver does not change, have lots of coins(about 3 euro to Firenze, I cant remember the exact amount)

The location is between dark hills. I found it to be a lot darker and less sunny than the picture.

Its very noisy and when people come back from late dinners you will not be able to sleep if you go to bed early(as I did, woman, travelling alone, you dont want to walk around after dark:))

All in all I will probably not stay here again. Even if the hotel is cheap, it is better to pay the 20 euros the taxi cost more a night to stay closer to train stations etc.

Stayed: February 2007
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Reviewed June 10, 2007

The Hotel la Selva accomplishes its room photos by taking a photograph of bedroom furniture in its lobby. The actual rooms resemble not so much Florentine elegance as the locker room in the YMCA - in decor and smell. Furthermore, unless you have rented a car, it will be impossible and even dangerous for you to explore Florence - which is a 50 Euro, 1-hour trip away by taxi, not the short walk promised on the website. The only inexpensive option is a bus that comes about five times a day, and to catch it you must wait in a road and risk getting hit by cars. There is no restaurant, no vineyard, nothing, excepting a sometimes-open restaurant down the street. They don't pick up their phone, and nobody speaks English (I speak Italian fine, but it may be a problem for some). I've never seen a business misrepresent itself to the extent the hotel has. Travelocity asked them about everything, they denied it (even the walk to Florence bit, easily verifiable by map), I had pictures to back it up. I've noticed Travelocity has since taken it off of their hotel list. You're much better off contacting a hotel in Florence proper - plenty of them list as being in Florence when in fact they are in the region and not the city. There are plenty of cheap, safe accomodations right by the Arno. Or - stay in Prato or Pistoia, both charming, and take the train in to Florence.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled with friends
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Address: Via di Barberino 221 | Località Pontenuovo, 50041, Calenzano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Calenzano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Calenzano
Price Range: $49 - $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Selva 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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