We needed to find a hotel in Florence, and based on the other two reviews posted here at that time, we chose the Hotel Ivy. Apparently it has been called other things in the past, but it is currently the Hotel Ivy. It is not the easiest thing to find, even though I had the directions from the website. Once you turn up into a shopping area (and in fairness, it was already dark when we arrived) it was hard to tell exactly how to find it. They must get quite a bit of airline employee stays because someone asked me if I worked for an airline before I even got to the front desk. We were given a room on the first floor (they do not have elevators, so keep that in mind if you don't want to haul luggage up the stairs) and a key that we could not get to work. I finally took it back to the front desk and they said, "Oh, that room is kind of hard--pull the door toward you at the same time you are trying to turn the handle down and see if that works." Well, if the room is famous for being hard to get into, change the mechanism. The halls, the wall paper, the doors, etc., all look like they have seen better days. The room, actually, was fairly clean. It's just the wear and tear of the years. Breakfast is also OK. If you book 30 days or more ahead of time through their website, you get the best rate. For us, that was $45.00. Two things bothered me--the back door where we parked had a rusted and mostly unrecognizable key slot for access after hours, which meant anyone could get in that door any time with no effort. I doubt their eyes are glued to security cameras to see if someone has entered the hotel through that door. Also, when I was checking in, a pizza delivery guy came and gave them a room number, so they just sent him up the stairs and told him which hallway to take. We've ordered pizza in hotels before and the front desk always called us to come down to get it. It seems like they are not too concerned with security issues.
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Hotel Florence
- Florence Clarion