Via dei Calzaiuoli 11, Florence, 50122, Italy
Location, location, location...
We stayed four nights in Hotel Axial while we were in Florence. It is located on Via dei Calzaiuoli, the main street that links the Duomo to the Uffizi Gallery and Piazza Signori. It is just 150 meters away from the Duomo, and near many restaurants and shops.
The hotel is located on the first floor of a plain building with only the sign on the wall to let you know it is there. Inside however, the hotel is extremely pleasant. Walking through the door, you enter a small lobby where the reception desk is located. We were always greeted by friendly staff who were extremely helpful. Their suggestions for dinners were spot on, and they even helped with the reservations.
The rooms were a decent size, very clean and comfortable. The bathrooms and showers were also spotless. There was a beverage center where you could get wine, water or other beverages, a small courtyard to sit and relax, and also a sitting room with two computers and free internet access.
Breakfast was included and was available in a pleasant dining room. The breakfasts were typical of what we have seen in Italy, juice, coffee, pastries, rolls and croissants, cereals, hard boiled eggs and yogurt. Plenty to get your day started.
We would definitely recommend the hotel to anyone looking for a good, centrally located hotel in Florence.
Directions: 10 minutes from the Train station, just up the street from the Duomo.
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Terrific Location Minutes from the Duomo
We booked at the Hotel Axial after we had to cancel our reservation at Hotel Ungherese (as it was closing). I'm glad it worked-out this way as the Hotel Axial is very centrally located and we only had two days in Florence.
The Hotel Axial is a 15 minute walk from the train station and is 5 minutes from the Duomo. The hotel is located on a very busy street full of shops and restaurants.
The front desk staff was very helpful and accommodating. We were booked in room 6. Unfortunately, the room was right near the front desk, so it was a bit noisy. We heard people coming in late at night and then heard the staff and other people talking in the lobby area very early in the morning. Although the church bells at 7:00 am will wake you any way....
Of the hotels we stayed in Italy, the Hotel Axial was the only one that had an actual breakfast room. Breakfast was help yourself and consisted of cornetto, breakfast pastry, yogurt, cheese, cereal and juice.
The Hotel Axial also had a room with two computers with free Internet access. This was a great bonus if we wanted to do some research, etc.
As we didn't spend as much time at the Hotel Axial, I don't have too much to say. Although the furnishings were simple and somewhat dates, the room was spacious and clean. The shower in the bathroom was large and always had plenty of hot water.
The front desk recommended two restaurants Il Marione and Il Latini. Of the two, I liked Il Marione. Their ribollita was the best of all the versions I had in Florence. Their Bisteca Fiorentina was also the best bargin - the 600 g minimum for one person is more than plenty for two people to share. Il Latini was more of an experience. There will invariably be a huge crowd waiting to get in, but somehow everyone is seated and satisfied. No menus, just lots of food - meat, meat and more meat!
I'd recommend the Hotel Axial to anyone looking for a very reasonablly priced (I think our room was 70 Euros per night) comfortable, centrally located hotel in Florence.
Our new base in Firenze!
Our experience at the Hotel Axial in early December was wonderful! The staff was always going out of their way to be pleasant and helpful with whatever we needed. The hotel layout all on the first floor (second floor American) was ideal--a handy elevator when we needed it for the luggage but just one easy flight of stairs to get in or out the rest of the time. Our room was ready well before the usual check in time. Our spotless double room was simply furnished but had plenty of space and was full of the little details that make the vacation just that much more memorable. We looked out onto the busy Via Calzaiuoli, filled day and evening with busy Christmas shoppers but when we wanted quiet the updated windows kept out most of the noises all night. If you need NO noise at night, ask for a room on the internal courtyard. Our bed was really comfortable. The shower had great water pressure and we always had plenty of hot hot water--and full size towels. A roomy armoire with plenty of hangers, a safe and handy hooks on the wall by the entrance for overcoats.
The location is central to just about anywhere you want to go--and makes it easy to pop back up to the room to drop off purchases, (this IS Florence--you must have purchases!), make a change of clothes or shoes, or even catch a quick nap before heading back out to enjoy the evening.
The standard Italian breakfast was set up nicely and was always fresh, with the friendly staff available, if needed. The comfortably furnished "reading room" was always open, stocked with daily newspapers, travel magazines, and with free internet we could easily stay in touch with home.
Thanks to the staff at Hotel Axial for a perfect stay in beautiful Firenze! Best of luck with your beautiful hotel. We'll be back (but not soon enough for us!)
Just what we wanted
We have just had three sunny days in Florence staying at the excellent hotel Axial. We booked after tripadvisor research which was spot on.
We travelled ba from Gatwick on planes that were pleasantly uncrowded, left on time and arrived early! Train to Florence was cheap and easy and then 10 minute walk to the hotel in time for a late lunch round the corner, the first of all the good meals we ate.
The hotel is small but just perfectly situated on the main shopping street a few steps from the Duomo. As others have mentioned, the staff are really helpful. They will mark out the routes to recommended restaurants on the free map they supply. We had a bit of trouble from time to time with internet connection in the rooms but were able to sort this out which was fortunate as my husband had some business to do while we were there.
We visited quite a few of the main sites including the Uffizi and Accademia and although we had prebooked entry through the florence musei website, this wasn't necessary at this time of year and we were able to enjoy the treasures at leisure.
We walked everywhere and I could have done with a spare pair of trainers as your feet do get tired. On the last day we compromised and took a taxi to the piazza Michelangelo, then walked down the path on the right through the trees and back along the Arno. The view of Florence is stunning - it must be where lots of the postcard photos are taken from.
There is so much to see in Florence that we knew we couldn't do it all and plan to return. We were perhaps lucky with the weather, but preferring peace to heat and crowds I would recommend this time of year and anyway this hotel.
Loved the Axial and Florence
We stayed for two nights. The room was brand new, clean and well serviced daily. The location of the hotel was wonderful, steps away fom all the major attractions which made it easy to make quick stops back at the room. The staff was friendly and helpful. Their restaurant recommendations were great. My wife and daughter had stayed at their affiliated hotel (Maxim) ten years ago and were so impressed we came to the same place. If anything it was better the second time.
Ideal hotel for a short break
Small hotel in the centre of the city. The entrance door arrangement is a little strange and the shared hallway is rather shabby, but once out of the lift, the hotel itself is very well appointed. It provides reasonably priced accommodation with excellent staff. Internet connection is avilable. Rooms are comfy and showers quite adequate. The breafast is the usual conntinental style. Coffee was very good and the milk tasted fresh.
Extremely central, but very noisy
extremely central hotel, just next to the Duomo. Nice big room - much nicer than the dirty hallway. 2 computers with free internet available! Only downside: lots of noise: cars, road sweepers and pedestrians outside. A loud door bell waking us up twice at 6:30, and the bells from the Duomo around 7 and 7:30.
Not recommended if you arrive by car as it is a nightmare to navigate the small central roads and parking is very expensive.
location, location, location
What a great location right in the heart of Florence close to the Duomo only a few blocks from the Ufizzi and close to all the shopping. The room was surprisngly large for Europe and the hotel even offered free internet service either on a hotel computer or through wireless in your room. Staff was very friendly.
So what was wrong? The room while large and comfortable was a bit generic; it could have been anywhere. Also the breakfast was disappointing and pretty minimal.
Overall a very good value in a great location
We stayed here having found details on the web and in TripAdvisor reviews and found it wonderful. Quiet, comfortable, very central and extremely friendly. Nicely decorated (with excellent prints on the walls) and as helpful as they could possibly be. We'll be back and hope you will too.
Little charm but otherwise nice
We booked this hotel based on the reviews here. Not bad I guess. Certainly lived up to expectations. Large, clean room right in the middel of the action, helpful staff. My main complaint was that the hotel has almost no charm: extremely sterile lobby, hallways, rooms. If I had to do it again I might pick a hotel a little further away from the center on a quieter street with more ambience.
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Address: Via dei Calzaiuoli 11, Florence, 50122, Italy