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Conference Florentia Hotel
Ranked #356 of 410 Hotels in Florence
Reviewed 26 October 2011

I am attending a conference at the Sheraton Firenze so decided to stay here. What a mistake. It is miles from the city centre and not easy to get to (the bus takes an hour then you have to walk 20 minutes beside the highway, there is an infrequent/crowded shuttle and the taxi cost about 20 Euros). The internet connection costs 20 euros a day and crashes all the time, funny when you think this is an ICT conference. The hotel facilities although clean are tired. The air conditioner is turned off for the season although it is warm outside and the pool is the colour of some amazonnian frog.

If you want to see Florence, DO NOT STAY HERE. If you are on your way somewhere else then I suppose it is fine. A classic highway motel.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

Reasonable; commute into town not a problem with the shuttle bus (15 mins), and taxis easy to get home in the evening. Clean, spacious rooms, a bit dated. Breakfast buffet a little ropey but priced accordingly.

Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

This hotel is about 5km outside of the main city of Firenze, however, it has a free shuttle that will drop you off at one of several stops in the city close to the tourist attractions. The hotel is nicely furnished for the short-stay traveler with one of the more comfortable beds I have experienced in my travels around Italy. The breakfast is a little expensive at 12 euro per person but is the standard European fare of bread, cheese, cold meats and various sweet items. The restaurant for dinner is good and they offer a wonderful Chianti for 18 euro per bottle. Would stay here again, especially for the price!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 September 2011

This Starwood Property would normally not be our idea of a holiday hotel. It is very austere and business oriented. BUT it is extremely convenient being located at Florence South Exit of A1 Autostrade.

Rooms are tired and a little dusty, but the Front Desk Staff are extremely friendly and helpful. I would stay here on my way into/out of Florence in order to avoid the expensive costs $/Euros of downtown Florence Hotels.

The Hotel has a convenient shuttle six times (or more) per day to and from the Santa Maria Novella Trainstation so this can also be quite convenient. The Shuttle is limited to the first 16 people on board (first come/first served).

I notice lots of tour groups (Asian and otherwise) use this hotel for stopping through Florence. Also good shopping at Montevarchi (Prada Factory) and the Mall (Incisa-Regello) are nearby.

All in all, good value for a very basic business/tourist hotel for travel convenience, not for a luxurious stay.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

First a comment for travellers, just dont stay here, second a comment for the Sheraton group, please get rid of this hotel.

To eloborate on the second point, I am here for a conference. The organisers booked it sight unseen based on Sheratons reputation. Therein lies the problem, Sheraton, by having this hotel on yoour list it devalues your brand. I and the conference organisers trusted that the hotel would be good because of your brand, we can no longer do that.

OK, so it was not the worst hotel I have every stayed in, it was clean enough, the staff courteous and helpful etc. What is the issue? It was built in 1982 and has had about two Euro spent on maintenance since then. It looks like a soviet bunker. The location is terrible. The pool is a rectangle with no character, the tennis court is covered in plant matter and was last used in 1993 by the looks of it. The hotel is falling apart and, if not for the Sheraton name, it would not attract one single guest.

So if you must, OK, stay here. You wont get eaten by bed bugs and the food is OK. But there are so many better places to stay, Do yourself a favour and just don't.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Conference Florentia Hotel

Address: Via Giovanni Arcangeli 33, 50126, Florence, Italy (Formerly Sheraton Firenze Hotel)
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#125 Luxury Hotel in Florence
Price Range: $88 - $159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Conference Florentia Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 317
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Also Known As:
Sheraton Florence
Sheraton Hotel Florence Italy
Florence Sheraton

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