San Gallo Palace Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Florence, Province of Florence, Tuscany

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Pros

  • Clean rooms with marble bathrooms and hardwood floors
  • Some rooms feature private terraces
  • Charming little garden areas with pretty plants and flowers
  • Hearty breakfast buffet served daily, with seasonal Tuscan fare
  • Liberty Bar offers drinks and snacks from afternoon until night
  • Staff can arrange day tours and airport transfers
  • Free loaner bicycles available for guests
  • Small fitness center (though with limited equipment)

Cons

  • Located outside of the city center
  • Complaints of traffic noise in rooms facing busy front street
  • Fee for Wi-Fi
  • Tube TVs
  • Beds have comforters, not duvets

Bottom Line

The San Gallo Palace is not so much a palace as it is a 56-room, mid-range hotel providing clean, spacious accommodations and some nice perks. A hearty breakfast buffet is served daily and guests have access to free loaner bicycles and a tiny fitness center. Rooms offer marble bathrooms, traditional decor, and hardwood floors, but have a somewhat generic look, as well as low-quality bedding and tube TVs. Visitors seeking a quiet stay should request a room facing the courtyard. The property's close proximity to the convention center may appeal to business travelers, but other visitors may find the location too remote.

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 Location

Located on a busy street outside of Florence's city center

Although situated on a bustling street, the San Gallo Palace Hotel is located outside of the city center and a bit far from most of Florence's most popular tourist sights. It is, however, within close proximity of some decent restaurants that specialize in Tuscan and international cuisine. The hotel also provides easy access to Florence's trade fair and convention district, including the Fortezza da Basso, Palazzo degli Affari, and Palazzo dei Congressi.

Florence is extremely pedestrian-friendly, and is one of Italy's most beautiful cities -- it's more compact, and less gritty, than Rome. The Duomo is the most iconic sight here, but other popular attractions include Michelangelo's "David" at the Galleria dell'Accademia, the works of Botticelli and da Vinci at the Uffizi, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge, which dates back to the 1300s. The Piazza della Signora is a popular tourist hub, and many hotels are located near it.

  • 16-minute drive to Peretola Airport
  • 4-minute drive to to the Galleria dell'Accademia, where Michelangelo's famous David statue is housed
  • 7-minute drive to Santa Maria Novella train station
  • 7-minute drive to Santa Croce
  • 10-minute drive to the Duomo, Florence's most famous landmark
  • 10-minute drive or 26-minute walk to Uffizi Gallery, which houses Botticelli's "Birth of Venus"
  • 10-minute drive to Ponte Vecchio
  • 14-minute drive to Boboli Gardens

 Bottom Line

The San Gallo Palace is not so much a palace as it is a 56-room, mid-range hotel providing clean, spacious accommodations and some nice perks. A hearty breakfast buffet is served daily and guests have access to free loaner bicycles and a tiny fitness center. Rooms offer marble bathrooms, traditional decor, and hardwood floors, but have a somewhat generic look, as well as low-quality bedding and tube TVs. Visitors seeking a quiet stay should request a room facing the courtyard. The property's close proximity to the convention center may appeal to business travelers, but other visitors may find the location too remote.

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Address

  • Via Lorenzo Il Magnifico 2 Florence, FI 50129

Room Types

  • Double Classic Room
  • Double Superior Room
  • Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 56
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Florence, Province of Florence
Address: Via Lorenzo Il Magnifico 2 Florence, FI 50129
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