More about Best Western Grand Hotel Adriatico
A great stay in Florence
The Grand Hotel Adriatico is a well-located and comfortable place to stay while in Florence. Just a couple of blocks from the Arno, it is far enough away from the main attractions to be peaceful, but still close to everything you want to stay (especially convenient to the train station).
The staff is friendly, the rooms are clean and quiet, and our bathroom was well-appointed. The breakfast was very nice as well. We would definitely stay again!
If you are lucky get the Adriatico
After 2 weeks of poor and expensive hotels in Italy I finally got a terrific stay at the Adriatico , for a more than reasonable price, mostly if you get it through Best Western page in the net.
They have a lovely giardino for your breakfast; excellent air conditioning in the reception and FREE parking inside the hotel. A real hard to find gift , just a hundred meters from downtown
What a Nightmare
What a nightmare. This hotel should have never got a 4 star rating.
1.Location is great
2.Our room was large for Italy standards
1.Most rooms has view of car parking areas
2.Staff were not help full or knowledgeable
3.No in room coffee maker
4.Old and musty furniture
5.Carpet was very dirty and stained
6.Bad smell in the room
7.We start having rash and itching in the morning. It appeared the cause was the bed sheets as other guest we met in breakfast room complained of same thing
8.We were supposed to have only one English Channel (CNN) and it never worked. First time we complained they said it is due to rain and it should come back in next couple of hours. A day passed and yet no CNN, we called again and staff rudely replied “Technical problem, OK? Everybody doesn’t have CNN, OK?”, so I guess OK!
9.House Keeping did not remove our trash and left dirty glasses were it was. When we informed the concierge (there is no number to call house keeping direct) they said they send some body to check and all they did bring two clean glasses and ignoring the rest of the complaint (leaving dirty glasses and trash)
10.When we tried to open the curtain it simply came off!
11.The in room safe was complicated, and you could not operate it unless fully read its manual.
12.The breakfast was a night mare. There was only two inexperienced staff, who could not speak any English, “serving” 30 to 50 people at time. We had to stand 10 minutes, before a table was cleaned, so we can seat. It took another 20 minutes before somebody ask us what we like to drink! Unlike most hotels we stayed in Italy, the coffee was terrible and we could not finish ours. The fruits were not ripe and fruit juices were not fresh. The three choices of cereals were of cheap and low quality.
Very Comfortable Hotel
Stayed 1st week of December, 2 rooms for 2 nights rooms 113 & 115. The bedrooms were very nice and recently decorated. The beds were very comfrotable, and breakfast was quite nice. Would deffinately stay again. Ample local restaurants in the area.
Comfortable hotel, good location
I was pleasantly suprised by this hotel. It is in a good location - walking distance to many of the major Florence attractions, a few miles from both the airport and train station, with a friendly staff and a complimentary buffet breakfast (which was actually decent considering the fact that it was free). The room was somewhat plain but large compared to other European hotels I've stayed at with similar prices, and nicely equipped with a mini-fridge, safe, pants press, etc... The room itself appeared to have been recently renovated, and I had a great view of the city being on the top floor. As with the other hotels I stayed in while visiting Italy (both Westin hotels), the air conditioning was not functional this time of year, so the window (no screens) had to be left open quite often, letting in some noise from the street below, but definitely "tolerable". Also, the beds were quite "firm", which took some getting used to.
Overall, I think this hotel was a great value for the price and I'd definitely consider staying here again.
Reasonable Hotel in Florence, near Main Train Station
Booked a two-night stay at the Adriatrico in mid-April 2007 through a travel agent. The hotel turned out to be fine, although some construction was taking place outside the main entrance. I think the rating of 3.5 is about right. Good points: within walking distance to the train station, Arno river & most major sites, no street noise/quiet room, very comfortable bed and clean modern room, reasonably helpful and pleasant staff. I may consider another hotel next time in a more central location, due to some dark streets surrounding the hotel. When we walked out for dinner, some streets near the hotel did not feel as safe & well-lit as other parts of town.
A four night stay at the Grand Adriatico Hotel which we felt was a pleasant, easy comfortable place to stay with all the usual facilities of a four star city hotel. Bedroom was of a good size as was the bathroom in which were provided the usual range of toiletries. The bed was comfortable, air conditioning controls easy to operate, room safe likewise. Room was serviced regularly with fresh towels and sheets daily.
Breakfast had a varied range of items and the breakfast staff were attentive,helpful and responsive to special requests.
Reception staff helpful and pleasant.
If you are lugging suitcases etc it takes about 6 minutes to walk to the hotel from the main railway station. Don't even bother taking a taxi as it will take about 20 min !
At first we felt that the area around the hotel was a little seedy but after a day sightseeing around Florence we realised this was how much of Florence is.
The hotel is in a good location for getting around. It's just a 10 min walk to the centre whilst the River Arno is a 2 min stroll away. If you don't feel like walking to the centre then one of the inner city electric bus routes is just two minutes away. Be warned the buses are small (8 seats in some cases) and you may have to stand.
The main railway and bus stations are five mins or less away if you aren't carrying luggage. We made half-day day trips to both Pisa and Siena quite easily.
Would we use this hotel again? Yes.
Hotel safe theft
hotel was very nice as accomodations go. The room safe was programmable. We put 775 USD and our passports in the safe. After 24 hours, the safe was "dead." We reported it, and (apparently against hotel rules) returned from breakfast to find the head housekeeper with the safe open, replacing the batteries. The passports were there, but the money was missing. The manager was there immediately. He recommended we go to the Caribinieri, which I did. After 2 months, we have had no action from the hotel, the agents, or the insurance company for the hotel.
Great place to stay when seeing Florence
Located a short walk from the FSM train station, this is an excellent place if one is in Florence for the museums and the area. The room was clean and comfortable, the breakfast just fine, a nice buffet. Most importantly, the hotel staff was very helpful with directions and information. My wife had emailed ahead to get tickets to the major museums and those were waiting for us upon arrival, so no waiting in lines at the Academia, etc. The is a moderately price hotel (we got a great 3-day deal with a 21 day cancellation provision) in a good area.
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tickets for soccer/football match in Florence
I'm going to be in Florence later this month and would love to get tickets to the Fiorentina-Siena match Oct. 21. However, I can only find ticket brokers on the Internet with prices from 44 euros to 250 euros. Is it possible to buy tickets directly from the club? I have not been able to find an english version of the club's web site.
Re: tickets for soccer/football match in Florence
You have to go to some "fiorentina's club". Most famous are in the area around the stadium that is in the Campo di marte area. Just in front of the stadium there is the "Bar Marisa" where you can ask for tickets. I can say you'll not find any tickets for the "curva fiesole" that is the fiorentina's supporters home..so check for other places into the stadium but it's better u don't go close to the Siena's supporters.
The best places are "tribuna laterale" that costs about 40 euros and "maratona" that has same price but it's not covered (so if it's raining..)