Central location close to many of the city’s attractions
Beautiful frescoes in the main meeting room
Buffet breakfast sometimes included in room rate
Many rooms have city views
Rooftop terrace and bar with views of the city
Good value for basic accommodations
Some guests have complained about rooms being musty and worn
Some complaints about faulty air conditioners
No coffeemakers or tea kettles in the rooms
Free Wi-Fi only in the lobby
This former medieval palace has a classic look and some historic artwork, but is beginning to show its age. Part of a subset of business hotels by the Boscolo chain, the hotel is in a central location close to attractions and also offers meeting rooms and beautiful views from a rooftop terrace. It’s a good value for basic accommodations in an historic building, but many guests say it is not a true four-pearl property.
This hotel, once the medieval Palazzo Gaddi, certainly looks like a classic Florentine building with an arched ceiling in the lobby and antique artwork throughout. The Luca Giordano Hall features beautiful frescoes made by this famous 17th-century Italian painter. The rest of the hotel decor is a bit bland in comparison.
On a quiet street, central to many tourist attractions
The hotel is located on a narrow street and is a convenient four-minute walk from the main train station. It’s a three-minute walk to the Duomo and the Medici Chapel and about a four-minute walk to the Market of San Lorenzo.
The 98 rooms do not live up to four-pearl expectations, with dated blue carpeting and basic wooden furniture. Some rooms have nice views of the city. Amenities include small flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges, but no coffeemakers or tea kettles. The marble bathrooms are a bit narrow, and some have little space between the toilet and the sink or tub.
The rooftop terrace (which is closed in the winter) offers views of the Duomo and the main sights of the city center, with drinks available from the Arrighetti Lounge Bar. The Palazzo Gaddi restaurant serves Mediterranean fare, while the adjoining wine bar also offers antipasti. The hotel’s Luca Giordano Hall meeting room features 17th-century frescoes, while the Milton Room is named for the poet John Milton, who is said to have written Paradise Lost there.
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