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.