- Reviews: 412
Hotel Donatello: Great location- Excellent Value
Our stay here was very comfortable. We spent 4 nights and cost was 75Euros per night.
Our check in was seamless and quick, and the staff are exceptionally helpful. Decor is slightly art deco, but quaint. Our room was on the smallish side, but it had a large window which overlooked a lovely sunny tree filled cobbled courtyard where breakfast was served. Breakfasts were excellent, with a wide choice from the buffet.
There is a lift which was handy.
The bed was a good size, with spotless bedding.It was VERY hot in Florence when we visited, so the air-con was a blessing....
Bathroom- smallish but clean and adequate for our needs.
We could walk to most places, including the station SMN
The hotel faces a park, which was lovely to walk through. We spent time there sitting on a bench under the trees, watching the antics of the locals. The pigeons were especially amusing.
In this area there are also many good coffee shops and restuarants ( facing the park)
The reception desk is staffed by very helpful people......we had a problem with our onward hotel booking in Rome, and I had been trying to sort it out by phone..........the language was a problem. The gentleman at the desk offered to sort it out for me, and in Italian, sorted it out for me pronto. I was very grateful.
For me, its the small helpful things that make a hotel stay pleasant. I am not over fussed by smallish rooms and fancy decor. This hotel was good value, and I would recommend it with confidence.
There is restriced parking area outside hotel, but is a taxi is needed, they can park very close to entrance.
We booked this hotel at Venere.com
The friendly, helpful staff- nothing was too much trouble for them
The area- lovely park & surroundings
Loved the courtyard where one could sit and have a drink and relax after pounding the pavements of Florence
- Reviews: 7292
Balestri: perfect location
As usually on my Italian tours I am not booking a hotels in advance, for a very simple and practicale reason, I never know where shall I spend the night. This time I was travelling to Florence with my wife and she was in panic wheter shall we find an available accomodation. I was driving along the Arno, passing by Ponte Vecchio when my wife noticed this hotel so we stopped and tried our chances. We were lucky to get a free room but not one of those which overlooking the river.
- Reviews: 2487
Hotel Angelica: Clean, comfortable, central...
In some ways this is more of a bed & breakfast than a hotel but its cleanliness, its position and its owners make it an excellent place to stay.
Hotel Angelica is on the third floor of a solid 19th/early 20th century apartment building very near to Santa Maria Novella station (thus brilliant for exploring the city on foot and for making daytrips to surrounding places by train or bus). There's an efficient, if small, life which will effortlessly take you and your bags up to the hotel.
Rooms are sparklingly clean, with TV and air con, and perfectly comfortable (although if you are a very large person you might find the shower cubicles a bit of a squeeze). The walls are thick and this, combined with the external and internal shutters, plus double-glazing, means external sounds are minimised. the street itself is fairly quiet after the working day, with little traffic noise.
Breakfast is fine, with a choice of meats, cheese, breads, pastries, cereal, fresh orange juice, coffee, tea etc.
There is a computer with internet access available at certain times, and various cards are accepted (Visa, Mastercard etc).
The Italian owners ran a b&b in London for many years, so have good English. They are pleasant and very helpful; ideal for first-time visitors.
Best of all, imo, is the fact that entrance to the building is only by buzzer after the working day....and the hotel completely closes at 1am. So that made it feel very safe indeed, although it might not suit people who want to stay out late.
The rates (I booked through www.booking.com) are very reasonable for Florence, which is an expensive city for accommodation. The certainty of getting clean accommodation in a central position makes this place well worth consideration.
Not somewhere to stay with small children, I think...although there are a couple of armchairs in the breakfast room there isn't a great deal of space to play and rooms are quite small. But for adults who want to spend most of their time exploring, and just use the hotel as a place to sleep, it is ideal.
Turn left as you exit the railway station (facing the church of Santa Maria Novella). Cross the road (cross the bus station/taxi lanes first) then turn right along Piazza della Stazione, first left up Via Nazionale and then first left up Via Fiume. Hotel building is on the left.
- Reviews: 4
Hotel Giada: Great place in florence
Hotel Giada is a nice one, run by a lovely young couple who are very helpful...Eva and Antonio....they have security as well, even though the location is where the San Lorenzo Market is held it is very safe. They have breakfast included as well. I was there for my birthday and they surprised me when i came back from dinner with a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
- Reviews: 40
Hotel Merlini: Budget Hotel, convenient location
Hotel Merlini is a budget accomodation, very good for anyone trying to save money and needing to stay close to Santa Maria Novella train station. We arrived after check-in time but since we e-mailed them prior to arriving with notification they were expecting us late. The hotel e-mailed me a map with my confirmation which made finding the hotel very easy. It was a 5-10 minute walk from the train station. We were a little confused finding the hotel but once we figured out the street numbering system we found it in no time. There is no elevator and you have to climb to the third floor, we had backpacks, which meant it was no problem. Since it was late, the door was locked and we had to knock. I told the gentleman we had reservations and he welcomed me by name. He showed us to our room and handled the paperwork while we got settled in.
The hotel room was large enough with a double bed and a full bathroom with shower. The hotel itself was quiet, the building is old and therefore the walls are thin, but around midnight, outside and inside was completely quiet. Like all other hotels we've had in Europe there are no screens on the windows, therefore we woke up with a few bug bites. Next time we'll suffer the heat and close the windows as there was no air conditioning.
We checked out of the hotel early the next morning and the hotel kept our bags for us until evening with no problem.
We would definitely stay in this hotel again if we return to Florence.
- Reviews: 4
TENUTA SAN VITO: Stay / eat in the Chianti hills 15km from Florence
Agriturismo lodging & dining is a wonderful way to enjoy Italy. TENUTA SAN VITO is a working hill top farm with beautiful country views taking in hills and vineyards, delicious "slow" Tuscan food, home grown organic wine and olive oil. Their rooms are clean and bright and the restaunt has wonderful lunches and dinners. We ate a huge lunch with their great wines there in May 2009.
Eco-tourism can offer a window into great properties that are lovingly restored and have wonderful foods and wines. The San Vito estate is all this and more. The property has stunning views as it is up on a high hill.
It is located in the Chianti hills just 15km from Florence and 70km from Siena. The nearest town is Montelupo Fiorentina, 5km away and this town has a train station. If you arrive by train and the Tenuta can organise a taxi or a transfer. Driving is possible and I told the owner to put GPS coordinates on thier web site.
- Reviews: 3
Gli Orzali: Hotel (rooms and appartments)
Hotel Gli Orzali is situated in the Tusco-Emiliano Apennines, in Firenzuola (Florence hill), Mugello. The surrounding area is especially suited for an all-out restful holiday, as well as providing the possibility for relaxing hikes, riding horse and mountain bike, fishing and hunting. The hospitality area is comprised of: one entrance/waiting room, nine double rooms and a suite in the former stable and barn building; six 50/60sqm apartments, with independent entrance in the former farmhouse.
The hotel is in a panoramic, Firenzuola is very confortevole because is not too hot, an because is very near to Bologna (51 kilometers) to Florence (50 kilometers).
There is swiming pool, a big park of the hotel and in few minits we are in downton of Firenzuola (3 kilometers). It is inside of a hunting area for this reason you can go to hunt.
The hotel is inside of a big park.
- Reviews: 4
Alessandra Hotel: Family run, center of Florence
My wife and I stayed for four nights at the Alessandra Hotel in a river view room with a refrigerator. The lack of some modern facilities such as coffee maker in the room are compensated by service-oriented staff (they brewed us a cup of coffee). The staff of this family-run hotel were concierge-explainers who were eager to help us enjoy our stay in Florence and who followed up to see if we were satisfied. Andrea, the manager, corresponded with us by e-mail to help arrange activities. We joined an evening cooking class on the other side of the Arno that was arranged by the hotel, and the staff made sure we went to the right place at the right time.Each room is individual. The buffet breakfast, included in the price of the room, includes standard continental breakfast fare. We would recommend the hotel to anyone who is looking for a reasonable price for a very central location and excellent service.
In addition to a reasonable Internet price, it has two outstanding characteristics: friendliness and location. Location: The Alessandra really is in the middle of historical Florence. Yes, there is the Uffizi, but as I left the front door of the Alessandra, I thought often of the lines from the aria, “O Mio Babbino Caro,” from Gianni Schicchi that was supposed to have taken place in the high/late Middle Ages, Lauretta begs her father for permission to marry, “I plan to go to Porta Rossa (leave the Alessandra, turn right and take the second alley to your left to the Mercato Nuovo market on Via Porta Rossa) to buy the ring. And if you refuse, I would go to the Ponte Vecchio (Leave the Alessandra, turn right, and right again at the first large street) and throw myself in the Arno (if you are staying in room 21, open the shuttered window and see the Arno, pristine and empty except for an occasional rower).” Directly across the river is the expensive Lungarno Hotel on Via San Jacopo, built up against one of the small-windowed house-towers that survived after 85 Florentine house-towers were demolished in 1260. Before all towers were reduced to 29 meters in height, Medieval Florence must have resembled a miniature Manhattan, as did San Gimignano which once had about 72 tower-houses, and now is a major attraction and UNESCO Heritage site because all of 16 tall towers still stand. Most surviving Florentine house-towers (no higher than nearby buildings) are around the Alessandra on Via Porta Rossa, SS Apostoli, and Via San Jacopo. For shoppers, the hotel is also close to stores such as Zara and H&M, and a 10 minute walk to the famous San Lorenzo market.
- Reviews: 1
furnished apartments: Wonderful furnished apartments in S. Croce, Floren
We stayed in this wonderful furnished apartment overlooking Piazza S. Croce. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. What we liked the best was the ease of booking, the personable service and defintely the well stocked kitchen. They even gave us a cell phone (without sim card of course) to use while we were in Florence. They had three apartments and we stayed in the yellow one which was absolutely charming and reasonable. We had a great stay and hope you have the same.
great view of the piazza, walkable distance to everything, close to parking and great service
- Reviews: 2
furnished apartments: great pizza
we stayed at the HIlton garden inn...nice hotel but far from the center and all the happenings. we quickly shifted to a great apartment in the center overlooking Piazza S croce for €100 and it was worth every penny. The best pizza is also close by..pizza from Naples and is called Pizziuolo on via d macci.
- Reviews: 2
2 bed room furnished apartment: Beautiful furnished apartment in Piazza s. Croce
we stayed ina beautiful furnished apartment for €100 a night in a 1700 palace overlooking Piazza S Croce. It was way better than hotels and made our vacation an unforgettable one. They had even stocked the kitchen with wine, bread, olive oil, pasta etc to get us started. we took the wine and sat front of the beautiful church at night and watched the world. It is one vacation I will not forget. The person who rented us the apartments was, Sandy email email@example.com.
i hope u enjoy as much as we did.
very beautifully decorated, well furnished, very convinient location and of course, the view of Piazza s. Croce
- Reviews: 2
Family Angela Bussi: Comfortable 5 person apartment
A beautifully appointed , reasonable , 3rd floor apartment, with an excellent kitchen; a dining/living room across the hall and 2 large bedrooms on a quiet street about 1/3 of a mile from the Duomo. Rent by the week or by the month. Via La Farina 13 is close to the English Cemetary , on the next block is a bakery and a butcher shop, and it's about 10 minutes from an excellent open air market near the Teatre Sale. Angela Bussi has lived in Florence for many years, speaks fluent English and is a great source of knowledge about Tuscany. My family intended to stay one week but enjoyed ourselves so much it stretched to 3 weeks. We prepared excellent meals with delicious fresh produce and spent our days walking and visiting Florence's superb attractions.
Like being home, especially nice for a family on a budget.
- Reviews: 2
Family Angela Bussi: Comfortable 5 person apartment
A beautifully appointed , reasonable , 3rd floor apartment, with an excellent kitchen; a dining/living room across the hall and 2 large bedrooms on a quiet street about 1/3 of a mile from the Duomo. Rent by the week or by the month. Via La Farina 13 is close to the English Cemetery , on the next block is a bakery and a butcher shop, and it's about 10 minutes from an excellent open air market near the Teatre Sale. Angela Bussi has lived in Florence for many years, speaks fluent English and is a great source of knowledge about Tuscany. My family intended to stay one week but enjoyed ourselves so much it stretched to 3 weeks. We prepared excellent meals with delicious fresh produce and spent our days walking and visiting Florence's superb attractions.
Like being home, especially nice for a family on a budget.
- Reviews: 95
163 Fanti: Rent a Room
Florence is a very expensive place, and we're young people with not so much money in our pockets, so, we called a friend of my boyfriend's sister, a roman girl who moved to Florence somo years ago, and asked her if she knew any clean and cheap places where we could stay for a night.
She recomended us 163 Fanti - the owner is her friend, and she used his rooms a lot of times when she was moving to Florence and was still searching for a house.
The rooms had been recently renovated, and the appartment was spectacular - it has 3 rooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen, but we were the only guests so we had the appartment all for ourselves. (the pic I found o nthe internet, which I'm posting here, is before the renovation, I think)
The rooms are average sized, but I enjoyed a lot the simple, charming decoration and bright colours; all the appartment was extremely clean (even though the renovation works were not yet finished in the garden), and in the kitchen we had everyhting we needed for breakfast, and even some pasta and sauce if we wanted to cook something.
The owners were very nice and gave us maps of the city and valuable tips, and even came to pick us up in their car when we lost ourselves on the way there.
The only drawback is that it is a little far from centre - you have to catch a bus - but on the other hand, it is in front of Florentina stadium, so it may be good for football lovers like me and my boyfriend - luckily, we were there on a sunday and there was a Fiorentina game, so the streets were full of happy supporters in their violet equipments :)
I recomend this place vividly and I will surely return on my next visit to Florence.
(in August 2007, we paid 60€ for a double room, with kitchen use)
- Reviews: 58
Serristori Palace Residence: Delightful apartment on the banks of the Arno
The Serristori Palace is fully renovated hotel/apartments dating back to the 19th century situated right on the banks of the Arno River , very close to the Ponte Vecchio and Pitti Palace. It's location is perfect because it's far enough from the crowds, but close enough to the centre to make it a pleasure to stroll to the centre. (about 5-10 minutes leisurely walking to the Uffuzi). We stayed in an apartment called Bargello which consisted of a lounge room with a very comfortable queen sized sofa. This room also had a table with 4 chairs and a kitchennette running along one side of the wall. There was a large batroom and a main bedroom. Best of all there were wonderful views of the river and the Ponte Vecchio from the bedroom windows. Both the rooms were spaceous with very high ceilings and charming interior. Check out their website for great pics of the interior. I would recommend this accommodation highly for families who need a bit more space than just a hotel room. Very close by, about 100 metres, there was a lovely delicatessen with all kinds of delicious hams and cheeses, so self catering was a big plus. Street car parking is available at 8 Euro per night
The views of the River and the Ponte Vecchio at daybreak and sunset are fantastic. If I was a writter, I would have loved to have sat at the desk near the massive window and look at the view for inspiration.
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