In December 2006, I returned to Florence for 3rd time, this time with my sister.
I was looking for a reasonably priced hotel and I was initially quite nervous booking this hotel on the internet due to a few bad reviews I've read. Anyway, I booked it because of the good location and good offer at the time (after X-mas but before New Year); i.e. Euro 140 for a superior double bedroom. However, as it turned out, none of those fears were realized.
Hotel Domus Florentiae is a 3-star hotel and it is a very nice boutique hotel. It was renovated in 2002 - it shows because all its interiors and its 14 bedrooms looked new and are tastefully furnished. I really liked the hotel's location because it is both centrally located and extremely close to the train station. I only saw my own room, but it was a good size, clean, the mattress was comfortable (much better than those at any other 3-star hotels that I've stayed in Italy), bathroom was clean and the staffs polite and friendly.
Overall, we had an excellent stay and we would definitely stay in this hotel again.
Unique Quality: This hotel - located on the 1st floor - has a small lift, big enough to fit both of us and our luggages.
Our double bedroom was a superior room (as requested) and is equipped with air-cond., refrigerator, satellite TV, a small safe and a large wardrobe. Our room was large enough to fit 3 persons as there was a single bed in the corner. The wooden shutters and the lovely drapes covering the tall windows gave the room a charming, romantic old-country feel. The mattress and pillows were also comfortable. The bathroom, complete with hair-dryer, looked new and was clean.
Our room was facing the inner courtyard of the Church and there was not much noise during the night. During the day, it can get noisy - we could see tourists passing by and street vendors selling their wares along the street next to the Church.
The breakfast was really good. It was a buffet that served warm bread rolls and croissants, delicious salami, hams and cheeses, cornflakes and cereals, creamy milk, fruit juices, mineral water, and plenty of strong excellent coffee and espresso (could be too much for those not used to real italian coffee, but I loved it!)
The hotel has a terrace next to the breakfast room, which is on the 1st floor of the building: perhaps when it gets warm, it would have been nice to sit outside and do some people-watching.
Directions: The train station is 100 metres from the hotel. Walk out of train station to piazza dell'Unità Italiana. Take Via degli Avelli, walk along the left side of Santa Maria Novella. The hotel is located on the left-hand side of the street.
The Domus Florentiae Hotel has a great location for its price, just 5-min walk from the train station and you can get to most of Florence's major attractions within 15 min on foot. My stay was a pleasant one because the room I got (deluxe) was quite spacious for an Italian hotel. There were 2 single beds + a day bed in the room and the bathroom had room to stand & walk without knocking stuff off the sink.
Since it was away from the main square, it was quiet & less crowded. Breakfast was simple (Italian style), bread, cheese, fruits & espresso drinks, which is great for me.
Unique Quality: I had a semi view of the Santa Maria Novella because the window shutter hid most of the view. There is an internet cafe just beside the hotel which is great when you need to send emails or check your VT page!
Getting to most attractions is fast & easy on foot, the Duomo, Piazza del Signora & Ponte Vecchio are minutes away. There are also a couple of restaurants & pizzerias close to the hotel so you won't be denied of food.
Directions: From the train station, walk towards Santa Maria Novella cathedral, make a right to the square & the hotel is on the left next to the internet cafe
We are first time international travelers and are heading to Florence the last week of October. Has anyone stayed at the Domus Florentiae Hotel? If so, is it in a "good" area of Florence? Also, is it possible to get to Rome via eurorail?
Can't help you on the hotel . .. but, getting from Florence to Rome is very easy by Eurorail.
It is no problem getting to Rome. Trains leave and arrive almost hourly. The Eurostar gets you there fastest.
I have not stayed at the Domus Florentiae Hotel, but I have stayed near it. It's in a very convenient location: near the train station, Duomo, museums, lots of things within walking distance, lots of good restuarants, etc.
I have been to Florence in October and it was a wonderful time to go!
Enjoy your trip!
My wife and I are planning a trip to Italy this May including 4-5 days in Florence - we have been using a great hotel web page w.venere.com to find places to stay -
Good ratings on the hotel you are asking about.
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Address: Via degli Avelli 2, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy