accommodations in Florence,reasonable, 3 stars & good location

I am looking for accommodations in Florence in Sept. I would like a good location, nice (3 star) property and reasonable. Thanks Ann

Posted by donna
cranberry twp, PA, United States
2405 posts

The star system in Italy is not the same as in the U.S. It is an indication of amenities and not of quality. A really great hotel can have one or two stars and a really bad hotel can have three stars simply because it has a bad restaurant inside. Choose your hotel based on reviews of other travelers and not star ratings. Reasonable means different things to different people. An exact amount will get you specific suggestions. You can try the Albergo del Senato and the Hotel Smeraldo. Both are great and with different price ranges. Donna

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
3351 posts

Albergo del Senato and Hotel Smeraldo are great accommodations but the commute to Florence would be long and expensive. Both hotels are in Rome. La Scaletta, which instead is in Florence, is located in the Oltrarno, just steps from both Palazzo Pitti and Ponte Vecchio. It is also recommended by Rick Steves. I've stayed there and I liked it, especially the gorgeous views from the rooftop bar/restaurant.

Posted by Lisa
New York, USA
72 posts

The Hotel David is absolutely lovely. It is in the Oltrarno section at the beginning of the Viale Michelangiolo, about a 15 minute walk along the river to the Ponte Vecchio. Check out the website and keep in mind that, in my opinion at least, the reality is even better than the pictures. The service is impeccable, everyone speaks English and you will want for nothing during your stay. I read about it on Trip Advisor but I'm pretty sure Rick Steves recommends it too.

Posted by Zoe
Toledo, Ohio, US
2522 posts

Roberto, to second your posting, a friend once needed a hotel in Naples, Italy and used an internet booking service, to find that she had booked a hotel in Naples, Florida.

Posted by Pam S
Aurora, Il, USA
55 posts

I stayed at Hotel Europa http://www.webhoteleuropa.com/ a few years ago, which is on Via Cavour. It was very conveniently located, the people who run the place are super nice. We had a "suite" which consisted of a room with a long hallway where the bathroom was (still inside the room), and then the bedroom area. We had a view of the Duomo. Typical Italian breakfast was included. It is very highly rated on TripAdvisor.

Posted by Robert
Happy Valley, PA
156 posts

Hotel dei Macchiaiolli (www.hoteldeimacchiaioli.com), where we stayed in March 2011. It was in a great location (near the Accademia), was very reasonably priced, clean, quiet, comfortable, served an excellent breakfast, and had a very friendly and very helpful staff. It was listed in Rick's Florence and Tuscany book.

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
3351 posts

I understand it was an honest mistake, but rather than looking at my comment, which was neither nasty nor snotty, I think one would have edited or deleted the suggestion for a hotel in Venice or Rome when the thread clearly asked for a Florence suggestion. Regular posters here have a clear idea that Venice and Rome are too far from Florence, but there are people around the world geographically challenged or not too travel savvy who don't have such a clear idea and might take such suggestion at face value and actually make reservations at such hotels thinking that Florence is just a suburb of Rome.

Posted by ann
carmel, cal, usa
12 posts

Thank you all for the many suggestions of places to stay in Florence. Actually
the comments back and forth has been as interesting as the info I have gathered. How do I find Rick's favorite spots in Florence that were recently on his show on PBS. I think it had been a monastery, now a hotel. OK wise one's of the universe-more fun to chat !! CHEERS to you ALL, you are GREAT. ANN IN CARMEL, CALIF

Posted by Patty
Steilacoom, WA, USA
307 posts

I think the hotel you're referring to is the Hotel Loggiato Deigo Serviti. It's either that one or Hotel Morandi alla Crocetta. Both are former convents that he lists in his guidebooks.

Posted by Steve
Buena Park
33 posts

We stayed 3 nights at the Hotel Loggia Dei Serviti in Florence. It's a former monastery, located on Piazza dell Santissima Annunziata. The staff is very friendly and the room and bathroom we had were both large. Our room faced the piazza and there was some street noise. Also, the piazza seems to be a gathering place for the ubiquitous umbrella sellers you will find whereever the tourists gather. I didn't find the piazza to be particularly scenic, there's a huge statue and they're doing some construction on a museum across the way. It also tends to be a hangout for people who don't seem to have anything to do during the day. Never felt unsafe at all, but that might be a negative for some folks. The hotel is a short walk from the Duomo and it's a straight shot up the street. There's a laundromat close by and plenty of restaurants within walking distance. We enjoyed our stay there.

Posted by Gerard
Temora, NSW, Australia
172 posts

Hi, We just stayed in the new rooms of kattihouse', second floor, with lift, on via nationale and recommend these.regards