Thanks to Jack for Rome hotels and now I need Florence and Venice while I am at it. Slowly planning my October trip. Looking to stay near historic centers, breakfast, and under 130 E. Any one stay at Hotel Aldini or Maxim?
We stayed at the Hotel Basilea (120 Euro/night) which is about 7 blocks from il Duomo but closer to the Accademia. We chose it because it was near the train station. It's listed in RS book. You might look at another hotel that I saw people rave about on another site. It's very near il Duomo. Here's the link. I haven't stayed there but it looks good. About 153 Euro a night.
We were in Basilea this past June 10,11,12, It was fine, breakfast was good, and it was convenient to the train station -- which is always close to our number one priority. Near a big open air market and a couple of good restaurants. Florence is small enough that you don't need to worry too much about location as look as you stay on this side (Train, Domo) side of the river.
In 2004 we stayed at Affittecamere FredaLucia on Via Zenobi. We had a room and shared a kitchen and bathroom. We felt right at home and enjoyed eating our meals on the patio. We paid about €55 .
Hi Lea, I had a wonderful experience with Hotel Il Bargellino - a short walk from the train station. Pino (Italian hunk) and Carmel (who's American from Boston) were exceptional hosts. Small place, 10 rooms, a killer roof top terrace, where you can relax and enjoy life, wine, etc.
we love the hotel sempione in florence.
sorry hit post too soon. the hotel sempione is close to everything. i believe they are charging about 130-150E per night. clean and great location.
I will be staying at De'Benci B&B in September. http://www.debencisuite.com
The rooms look nice, and it received great reviews on Trip Advisor and I think also on the Rick Steves' board.
The price for my stay is 120 euro a night. It is located between Piazza Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria.
I suggest booking whatever hotel you decide as soon as you can. Many of the places I contacted first were already booked.
I just responded to Jennifer, but here's one more.
My Favorite hotel of the 3-week stay in Italy was the one in Florence - Tourist House Ghibert. I have a webpage report on it with photos on it at http://www.pbase.com/andrys/florence3
It's in the heart of old Florence about 2 blocks
from the Duomo and I felt as if the area was my 'home' when there for 3 days. Relatively inexpensive at about 140 euros (use cash there for that pricing) for a double with twin beds. It has a computer with fast internet service in each room at no extra cost and a wall tv with digital satellite. It's in an old building in which Ghiberti had his workshop. Entrance is dark and you take an elevator up to the B&B. Very charming and meticulously maintained.
Rated extremely high for B&B's at the traveler-review sites like tripadvisor.com and venere.com
- Andrys Full Italy photo report at http://www.pbase.com/andrys/italy
You may want something fancier but you can't beat the views and location of Soggiorno Battistero. We were directly across from the Baptistery--our view of the Duomo was amazing. On the fourth floor and no elevator but we didn't mind. Simple breakfast in room, very nice owners. Clean but small rooms. We actually stayed in a single room to which they added another twin. Fine for us. 80 euro per night cash. Mention Rick Steves. I will definitely stay there again!