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“Good solid choice for Prato and Florence” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Flora
Ranked #13 of 18 Hotels in Prato
Christchurch, New Zealand
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43 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good solid choice for Prato and Florence”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

During a six night stay, this wee hotel grew on me. To start with I baulked at the cell-like room (56) with it's paucity of electric plugs (2), cathode ray TV and blistering plaster under the window. To be fair, a single was what was booked, so I'm not sure why I was surprised by a single bed.
By the end of my stay I was more focused on the wonderful view out the window, good noise control and the attentive service by reception and other staff alike.
In room: safe and hairdryer. Excellent free wifi. No tea/coffee making facilities (I took a travel kettle and didn't regret it)
Breakfast: provided. Good selection.
Positioning: Brilliantly close to Monash university campus, within walled part of city. Local restaurants great, even as a lone diner. Supermarket: 8min walk on way to central station, or several deli-style shops in old city.
Transport: Two railway stations within 10 minutes walk. Trains to Florence every 15 - 20 minutes - 2.50 euros each way for 25min journey. Reservations not required: no ticket office at Porta al Serraglio, but buy tickets from newspaper kiosk outside or use credit card in machines (took amex, no problem). Fantastically easy.
To Florence airport: When arriving, I pre-booked a transfer from Florence airport - recommended - as the Florentine driver took several passes to navigate the one-way system inside the Prato walls. Taxi back to Florence airport around 40 euros.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Australia
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45 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

This hotel does not pretend to be anything flash and as a comfortable place to stay that is clean with friendly, helpful staff it is very good. The hotel is clean, well positioned, nice breakfast. Overall it is quite comfortable. Our room was a bit like a hospital ward, I believe there are some better ones, in particular room 68, supposed to have beautiful views. If staying in Prato I easily recommend Flora for a comfortable stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Hayle, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

I suppose the start was not so good, we drove in to see a lunatic drive at speed through a flock of birds killing and wounding many, then arrived at the hotel where a staff member was beating a pidgeon to death in the foyer...
Room was packed with furniture but by then we just wanted to be on our way.{2002}

Room Tip: Not if you are an animal lover
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

We stayed in Prato for a week using it as a base for Florence and Tuscany. This hotel was perfect. Wonderful, friendly and very helpful staff. Clean, quiet, spacious room with free wifi. Excellent location. Highly recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hesdin, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

This hotel already came highly recommended and did not fail - the staff are friendly, helpful and lots of fun :-) Prato is about 30 minutes from Florence which surprised us, but the location is lovely, great shops and restaurants on the doorstep, without the touristy feel. We passed a wonderful Saturday evening sitting outside on a piazza watching a huge crowd of locals walking, chatting and eating gelato late at night :-)
The hotel provides parking, the rooms are large, big bathrooms with hot, powerful showers - much, much better than the bustle of tourists in Florence.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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31 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

We visited Prato for a conference and wanted basic and affordable accommodation with aircon. We found Hotel Flora offered a high level of cleanliness and service inside the old city area within a walkable distance of the station. The buffet breakfast offered a range of foods including fresh fruit, and we appreciated the free internet access.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Alicante, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

Welcoming receptionist, antiquely furnished hotel, clean, with wifi and a/c and free parking.
Not much to see in prato, a piazza with the duomo a shopping street and the river shots during sunset..

But the food!!! Great restaurant right across the street from the bridge across the river. Where locals eat. Pasta pizza antipatsti.

Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Flora
Address: Via Benedetto Cairoli 31, 59100, Prato, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Prato > Prato
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 18 Hotels in Prato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Flora 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the historical center of Prato, in a quiet area and close to the main monuments, museums and theaters of the city. 31 rooms with all facilities. Buffet breakfast. Easy to reach by car with private parking available, train, and bus from Florence Airport ... more   less 
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