I'm looking to book in May, 2014. Any favorite three stars?
My daughter and I stayed at the Hotel La Scaletta in December 2012. It is located in the Oltrarno, close to the Pitti Palace. The hotel staff was friendly and our room was charming. A good size room for an Italian hotel. We were cold one night and called the desk the next morning and had a heater in our room by the time we returned. It was clean and well maintained There is a rooftop restaurant which was closed for the season but we did go up to see the view. It is a 5 minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio and close to the Uffizi as well as pretty close to all the sites. There are around 90 steps but they have a very small elevator if you don't want to walk up. ( Check Trip Advisor to see all the positive reviews; there are some negative reviews but far more positive ones.) Good Luck and enjoy.
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You are welcome.
Also, if you enjoy museums and are going to be in Florence at least a week or so, I highly recommend joining the Uffizi; it gives you unlimited admission to many of the museums and sites in Florence. You can also skip the line at some places with this card. It's called Amici degli Uffizi and can be purchased online as well as in the Uffizi. Well worth it.
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Oh, La Martellina! It's a little out of town (maybe 20 mins by bus) in Fiesole, but it's right on the bank of the Arno, as it used to be a mill. I believe the original building is around 6-700 years old. The host, Claudio is extremely kind and helpful, also supplying his guests with beautiful breakfasts each morning. And the place was SPOTLESS. There were a few animals there when we stayed (if that bothers you), but they didn't go into the guest wing. In the 6 weeks my husband stayed in Europe, this was by far our favourite accommodation. Can't recommend it highly enough.