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We wanted small, clean, friendly hotels so searched for 2 and 3 star places. Focus on ratings ABOVE 8 - and uniformly high cleanliness ratings. Ratings below 8 usually mean there are disadvantages. Ignore complaints like the room was small, the lift was small, there was no kettle (unless you're a Brit and that's culturally important to you). They're from folks who's expectations are too high for 2/3 star places. Our choices were: Lon-SURTEES B&B- Warwick Way, near Victoria station, very clean, small, happy staff, good breakfast. No A/C but in London, who needs it. PARIS-VENDOME ST GERMAIN Rue d'Arras in the Left Bank -1 min walk from tube Cardinal Lemoigne. Very clean, big rooms, geranium boxes, balconies, lift. No A/C. Desk Clerk personalities variable. Breakfast 8euros but "Breakfast-in-America" diner just around the corner (cheap & bountiful)! Stay here, you'll love it ROME - HOTEL SONYA, Via Viminale (a 10 min walk from Termini) good value, A/C, Lift, big breakfast. Very clean w/lots of fresh towels. FLORENCE - Puorto Faenza, Via Faenza. Wonderful value. Huge, high rooms, A/C, breakfast. 5 min walk from Florence SMN train station and within walking distance of Duomo, Academia, Medici Chapel etc. Maybe a bus ride to Uffizi, and Pitti Palace if it's hot, but you can walk it comfortably. Definitely consider this one.

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Thanks for posting Bill. Had to laugh at your kettle observation,,I agree totally, its funny to see how it affects Brits to get a hotel room with no kettle,, its a major problem for many of them they will always mark a hotel down for that..