My husband and I met my parents and aunt in Florence in Thanksgiving 2016. We stayed 10 days at Hotel Calzaiuoli and used Florence as our hub to explore Tuscany and Rome. This hotel is on a mainly pedestrian street. Vehicles are permitted, but they are restricted. Its very nice to exit the hotel and be in the pedestrian bustle rather than dodging vehicular traffic. It also happens to be smack between the Duomo and Piazza de Signoria. We loved this central location for exploring Florence - you cant get any closer to everything. Its literally a 5 minute stroll to the major sights.
You may be concerned about street noise. The hotel has sound reducing windows, so if you are facing Via dei Calzaiuoli, they help block it out. We experienced some busy and loud weekends, but closing the windows really cut the noise to a minimum. If you are concerned, bring a white noise machine or ask for a room facing away from Via dei Calzaiuoli.
The inclusive breakfast was one of the most varied I've had in Europe. They served coffee, tea, juice, fruit, toast, eggs, ham, sausage, salmon, cheeses, yogurt, and an entire table dedicated to pastries. Even my steak-and-potatoes husband was pleased with the options. The wait staff in the breakfast room was very attentive and never let any item run empty. They even served cappuccinos to guests on request, which my father enjoyed daily.
Front desk staff were all wonderfully helpful and pleasant. We had luggage arrive late, my father required a doctor, and our homebound flight cancelled. Each time, the staff was there to assist in moments that could have been really stressful.
Notes for those with mobility issues: If you take a cab to/from the airport, it will pick up/drop off at the front door of the hotel. This hotel has 1 elevator, so don't expect it to arrive on your floor immediately. My father has knee problems and relied on the elevator instead of using the stairs. He had to wait for the elevator for a minute or so - especially on the weekends. Be patient, it will stop on your floor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Calzaiuoli is a 4 stars hotel in the historical centre of Florence, 2 minutes walk from Uffizi Gallery and from Cathedral and 10 minutes walk from train station.53 Rooms, wifi connection free, continental buffett breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Calzaiuoli Hotel Florence