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“Excellent location in sunny Prato” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Giardino
Ranked #7 of 18 Hotels in Prato
NewZealand
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76 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Excellent location in sunny Prato”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Brilliant location, especially if you are attending meetings at the Monash University Centre. Only a few minutes away. Hotel staff were friendly and very helpful. Charming and warm. Giardino is right next the the lovley duomo and there are many other beautiful churches and museums. While Prato is a small city, the old town is very compact.
The hotel is a few minutes walk from the station- if you are coming from Florence get off the train at Porta Di Seraglio station not Prato Central. 5 Euro return train ticket to Florence. I would stay here rather than in Florence next time. Cafes and bars were excellent and cheaper than Florence and it is so easy to go into Florence on the train.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the back the front of the hotel is very close to the piazza and can be very noisy...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Warsaw - Poland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

very welcoming and friendly atmosphere, close to the station and in the center of Prato. Clean and comfortable room. Good breakfast and friendly staff. When we arrived they could not find our reservation because they misspelled our name but then they carefully checked and found the hotel reservation, they are very nice. I highly recommend it

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Spent 4 nights or so here - hotel seemed a little bit tired, but then again, Prato is probably a bit overshadowed by Florence in terms of tourism. The price wasn't exorbitant for what you got, and the room was actually quite spacious, with a window that opened fully to overlook the street and town square. Location is great for exploring Prato, with the square and restaurants all within close walking distance - however, it can be noisy at night with people carrying on in the streets outside. Staff don't speak much English, but speak enough and are very friendly and helpful. Very enjoyable stay here, would recommend it if you're looking for a cute, tradtional Italian place away from the madness of Florence.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne
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129 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I have repeatedly either stayed at Hotel Giardino or had groups of university students stay here. The location is second to none with Prato Porta al Serraglio train station a 2 minute walk from the doorstop offering a 20 minute train trip to Florence. Prato is a sane alternative to the tourist trodden capital of Tuscany. Hotel Giardino is right on the main piazza and offers good accommodation, a quality breakfast and family hospitality. Definitely worth the trip.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Vancouver
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71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012 via mobile

This hotel has seen better days.

The dated decor did not bother me as much as the "mineral" smell that came from the bathroom.

In addition, I asked to change rooms because my room smelled like stale cigarettes, and this change was a big deal for the desk staff who require a note expressly requiring so if you are booking from Expedia.

The included breakfast was good though, and seemed more varied than other similar hotels.

The good thing about this place is the location. You could not be more downtown.

The restaurant across the street was a breath of fresh air. If you stay here, don't miss it.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Basildon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We stayed in this delightful family hotel for 5 nights in mid October. It was very clean, rooms basic but comfortable. The hotel's location was one of the best things about it. Very conveniently situated. The station only a few minutes walk, and its right in the middle of Prato. The very impressive Prato Cathedral is a stone's throw. A lovely experience.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Adelaide, Australia
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314 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This is a lovely friendly family-run hotel in the quiet historic centre of Prato, more with the personal feel of a guesthouse. I was impressed even before leaving Australia - they dealt promptly with my email queries in English and gave helpful advice. I arrived early and got into my room within 15mins. My room was clean, spacious, warm, with double-glazed windows opening to the street; shutters and curtains made it nice and dark for a good sleep. Rooms have own heat/cool control. Super hot strong shower and bidet. Very quiet small fridge in room, but no kettle (bring flask or travel mug). Wifi in room (EU2 for 1 hr, up to EU25 for 7 days). Lovely filling continental breakfast and hot creamy cappucino. Lots of small places to eat nearby, and fruit&veg shop opposite; 15 min walk to Co-op supermarket (sells Twinings tea). All food in Prato seemed very reasonably priced (eg 3 course meals for EU10-15). Streets around hotel felt safe (female travelling alone) but was told to wear handbag on front for safety. Hotel is excellent base to walk to all historic sites in town, and 14th century frescoes were only 2 buildings away in the Cathedral! Lots to see but few tourists and no cheapy souvenir shops. Was also a good location for attending my conference at the Monash Uni Centre. In this lovely medieval walled town the Giardino would be a good base to visit Pisa, Rome, Florence etc; train station and buses nearby. Taxi to/from airport about EU30-35.

Room Tip: All rooms seem to open onto the street. Was very quiet even with many locals strolling until 9pm or...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Hotel Giardino
Address: G. Magnolfi Street, 2/4/6, 59100, Prato, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Prato > Prato
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 18 Hotels in Prato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Giardino 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Giardino is a small, comfortable Bouquet Budget Hotel located in the historical center of Prato, next to the Cathedral in the central square of Prato and offers 28 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and safes. Rooms feature city views. 28-Inch flat-screen televisions come with 100 digital channels and free movie channels. Bathrooms include bathtubs with deep soaking bathtubs, or showers (handheld shower heads, and rainfall shower heads). Bathrooms are also outfitted with makeup/shaving mirrors, bidets, and complimentary toiletries. In-room wireless high-speed Internet access is available for a surcharge - 6 euro / day (can also be used in public areas of the hotel). Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include hair dryers and windows that open. Irons/ironing boards and wake-up calls can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily. The Hotel offers room service, elevator, express check-in/out, soundproof no-smoking rooms, luggage storage, safe, and a meeting room. Pets are welcome. During your stay, staff is pleased to give you restaurant recommendations and information about places/museums to visit, or trains/buses. The hotel reception is open 24 hours and the lobby features a wine bar with a flat-screen TV and sofas where customers can sit down to talk. Breakfast buffet is served from 7am to 10am. The Hotel is a no smoking place. The 'Prato Porta al Serraglio' Train Station, along the line that goes, in one direction to Florence (20 minutes) and in the other to Lucca (40 minutes), - Viareggio and Cinque Terre, is less than 5 minutes walking distance. Parking is available nearby (the hotel staff will provide you with a parking permit at no cost). If you need indoor parking, fee (to be paid directly to the garage staff) is Eur 10,00 until 10am, Eur 15,00 until 12am, Eur 20,00 for the day. Founded toward the end of 1800, Hotel Giardino welcomes you with its genuinely cozy atmosphere, its warm hospitality and its friendly and helpful staff. A Customer review: 'Hotel Giardino is the center's most modern hotel, with good sized rooms for the price and location, quality built-in furniture and large, firm beds. Another plus is the Risaliti family who run it: an extremely friendly bunch who have kept their little hotel in great shape since the 1930s'. Wonderful location, as the Hotel is placed at the corner of Duomo Square (with 12th century Dome - St.Stephen Cathedral with frescoes of Filippo and Filippino Lippi), in the historical center of Prato (with medieval walls and buildings), full of art, museums, historical buildings, shops, as well as fine/traditional Tuscan restaurants. Moreover, it is 5 minutes walk from the Monash Centre and about 3km from the business area of Macrolotto. The city and its surrounding area offer interesting and prestigious artistic itineraries, nature and gastronomy. An ideal base for exploring the Tuscany region. ... more   less 
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