We would like some recommendations for a family run hotel in downtown Florence Italy that have free a free breakfast. We are going to stay for 3 nights since we have never been to this city. Thanks for any suggestions.
It has been a few years, but we have stayed a number of times at Nuova Italia. Great family run hotel (the owners are Canadian). A continental breakfast was served. A short walk to the train station and to the Duomo.
We loved the Hotel Alessandra in 2014. Family-owned, centrally located, and excellent free breakfast. I checked TripAdvisor, and the current reviews are consistent with our experience.
There are steps.
We stayed at hotel Lorena in 2014. I think breakfast was an additional 5 euros, but worth it (yogurt and hard boiled eggs avsilable, not just starch.) Tiny Elevator available from the reception area up. Rt in the middle of town
Hotel Giglio, close to San Marco.
Marco and Manuela were great and we enjoyed our 5 nights here very much. It is on (what we Americans would call) the 2nd floor of an old building, and street floor entry is a little dark and has huge, creaky wooden doors but the hotel itself was fine. Tiny, period elevator or big staircase up. I'd recommended it afterwards to a older couple from NYC who wanted a small, non cookie-cutter property a bit away from the busier tourist areas and they reported back that it was just what what they'd been looking for: thumbs up for a pleasant stay.
Hotel J and J in a former convent. Out of the tourist area but a short walk away. Large, beautiful rooms.
We loved Il Salotto di Firenze, 1/2 block off the Piazza di Duomo. It's a 6-room bed and breakfast. Really spacious rooms, a delicious breakfast. The thick walls and sound-blocking shutters helped keep out the street noise that was an issue on a prior trip to Florence in a different hotel. The proprietors of this hotel are wonderful. They were so helpful with all my questions before travel (even made dinner reservations for us) and so warm and accommodating during our stay.
We highly recommend Casa Pucci, a tiny B&B on the oltrarno side of the Arno, so much that we stayed again on a return trip. It was in a quiet neighborhood but was a short walk to major sites. Breakfast in the small kitchen was very good and included home baked goodies.
We stayed here: http://www.hotelmarios.com on our first trip to Florence. It was clean, close to the train station, air conditioned and provided a nice breakfast. They also acquired our tickets for the Accademia and Uffizi and had them waiting for us.
Hotel Casci is family run, 2 blocks from the Duomo, with quiet, comfortable rooms and a great breakfast. Have stayed there 4 times. Very friendly family, helpful, desk staffed 24 hours.
You do not state your price limit and how many of you are there, nor the season.
If you are a family renting an apartment might be an option as well.
Italian breakfast is often included free in Bed and breakfast but it is mainly a juice, coffee and a small brioche with cream, jam or plain, and it would cost a maximum of 6 euros in any bar.
Going to different bars to have the morning breakfast make you see some of the Italian way of life.
However going to a B&B and discuss with the owner will surely give you tips for your stay.