11 Via Dei Calzaiuoli, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy
May 20-22, 2004
The hotel is unremarkable but just good enough to be a simple homebase......a bed and private toilet/shower -- that's all you need. I paid 85 euro a night back in 2004. Located strategically between the Piazza del Vecchio and the Santa Maria del Fiore
Blocks from it all
This hotel was perfect for a our stay in Florence. It is really in the center of all the main tourist attractions and was perfect.
We had a double room with a sink on the 4th Floor that over-looked the courtyard (which was much better than the view from Casa Gerotto in Venice). The shower room was down the hall as was the toilets. The room was a decent size and was comfortable for the few nights we were there.
As I said before this hotel is really the perfect place to stay in Florence. We were on the main street that took us either to the Ponte Vecchio or the Duomo.
Unique Quality: The taxi that we took from the train station left us off at the back of the hotel; not knowing that this was not the main entrence we carried our luggage up three flights of steps (the lobby is on the 3rd floor)
Directions: Located down the street from either the Ponte de Vicco or the Basillica
As close as you can get.....
We walked past it every time, missing it, because it is plain, unlike any hotel we experienced in Canada.
You ring the bell, and enter a very plain corridor. The elevator is at the end.
The hallway is weird, narrow, twisting, filled with art work collected over the years. The rooms are small, clean, and had a complete bath with a good strong, hot shower (with curtain) Flimsy towels, but servicable.
Thick foam mattresses, but surprisingly comfortable, and ample storage space.
Odd, but we liked it. It suited us to a T. Price was reasonable, if you can call prices reasonable in Florence, that is. We would return.
*** Just a point of interest, we have now purchased a number of those 'flimsy' towels I mentioned, because they are so easy to wash, and dry. In Italy, this is most important because very few people use dryers.
Unique Quality: Buffet style breakfast was included, consisting of cereals, yogurts, rolls, coffee, juice, and a waitress who never smiled. A typical breakfast in Italy, very seldom changed or improved upon in hotels of this price point. We have had 'much' worse.
Directions: stones throw from the Duomo
More about Hotel Maxim
Very good rate
A very nice hotel at a reasonable price. The only pro is that the location. It is out of the historic center of Verona. You have to drive to the center. We walked but it was a long walk and not through nice parts of the city. However if you take it as a base for daytrips to the Dolomites it can be good or as a business hotel it is perfect. Spacious elegant rooms, rich buffet breakfast
good location hotel
We stayed at the hotel Maxim in October you could not beat the hotel for location and price you are really in the middle of Florence and the reception staff were very helpful and friendly, the room was on the first floor the reception is on the 3rd, the room was spotless clean as was the bathroom, the breakfast was the usual fare of cheese rolls and cereal but we enjoyed it, we will stay there again, we are going in the spring and will stay there.
Great Value...Awesome location!!!
Just returned home from Italy, and our first trip to Firenze. The hotel Maxim was the awesome. Great location, big room with nice bathroom on 1st floor facing the courtyard. The desk was very helpful, making museum reservations, and restaurant recommendations. Only negative was the breakfast. After the first morning, we opted to walk across the street to a local bar (coffee shop) Be sure to ask for a courtyard room to avoid all the street noise, as hotel maxim is on a busy street. If your looking for a tour....take the all day tuscany tour offered by walking tours of florence. It was great and well worth the money. Caio
just be realistic
We chose the Hotel Maxim as it had got consistently good reviews on Trip Adviser and it was also recommended in most guide books.
It still gets top marks on the key facgtors of location and overall cleanliness. The shower was good and well tiled and very clean. Make sure you request a courtyard room in any of these hotels as the street is noisy.
The smell of damp in the building and the damp patches even in the bedroom are a bit off -putting however. The hall at the main door off the street is also dull and even shabby with dim lightling but this is a communal area until you reach hotel reception on the third floor by lift. If your room is on the first floor you have to go up to third for your key. Lastly, and a small detail, the diluted synthetic orange drink at breakfast was a poor substitute for orange juice especially when no fruit is provided. The bread rolls were hard each morning. The free internet room with two machines is well laid out and should not be overlooked as a positive.
I cannot compare the Maxim with others in the area. However, once your chosen hotel is in the historic centre you are always within a half mile of anything and can walk it easily.
Reception closes from 1 am to 6 am. I had indicated we would be in after midnight and had given the flight times. At no stage were we advised of the closing of the place and we nearly missed getting in. I don't see this important detail on the web either.
There is definitely room for improvement in the Maxim. They don't ask for customer feedback so I hope they read this and take note!
Lovely central hotel
We stayed in this lovely hotel in Florence for 4 nights in October 2005. The staff were very friendly, both on reception and in the breakfast room. It was good value as breakfast was included and there were no problems with the room or bathroom.
The location is very central being a 10 min walk from the station and a short walk away from many of the main sights such as the Uffizi. Our room faced a courtyard so none of the noise from the street outside or any other rooms affected us. We could only hear the bells of the Duomo nearby. Great for people coming to Florence to do some sightseeing.
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Address: 11 Via Dei Calzaiuoli, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy