Boscolo Hotel Astoria
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Old, stately and delapidated. Redeeming virtues? Location and little else, unless you like living with period furnishings and frescos. Wi-Fi but no internet. Unobliging staff. The sign on the roor said our room's rack-rate was 500 euros per night, which was hilarious.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Boscolo Hotel Astoria Florence
Excellent in every respect
We've just returned from a long weekend in Florence and will certainly stay at this hotel when we return.We flew into pisa and after seeing the leaning tower took the train (easy to do) to Florence. When we arrived we found the hotel to be elegant and well located (to the main sights and the station). The room was clean and beautifully decorated (old style wood panelling), and the included breakfast just right (no hot food, which we prefer). I should say that our room (automatically upgraded through a lastminute package) was at the rear/inside of the hotel, hence absolutely free from outside noise.An important advantage this hotel had was its fantastic front desk staff. From giving (without complaint or hesitation) directions, restaurant tips and transport suggestions, to organising tickets to museums and galleries.I thought it necessary to comment on the 28 July 2003 review (2 stars out of 5). I must disagree. Yes our room too did not have much natural light, but so what? Virtually no-one spends much time inside their hotel room in the day time in florence in the summer. Plus, the light switches were easy to find - once found, these would turn multiple light bulbs on giving you more light than a reasonable person would need. Re the towels, if you had called reception i have no doubt they would have provided you with more towels with which to dry your hands. I don't really understand the complaint about the breakfast room - that it was too grand and beautiful?? Also, yes, many americans stayed at the hotel while we were there (the hotel was fully booked) but they did not get in our way nor we in theirs. In our (reasonably well travelled) experience, many americans is a sign of decent service and a hotel getting the basics right.The Boscolo Hotel Astoria was excellent, both absolutely and for value.
Overall, very nice
I stayed at the Astoria for five nights in July '03 and had great stay.
There is a rooftop bar with an excellent view of the city - you get a good view of the Duomo's dome, as well as some gorgeous sunsets. The restaurant was also a pleasant surprise. A little overpriced I think, but the food was surprisingly very good, and the service very friendly.
You can eat outside in a little patio area that is really lovely. And on one night, they had a woman singing (along with a man playing accoustic guitar) which made for a really nice atmosphere. The room I had was standard, and it was just fine. It was definitely a little drab with the older dark paneling as another reviewer mentioned. But the positives were that the air conditioning worked great (it was HOT in Florence), and the bathroom was very clean and recently updated. All the tiling, shower, fixtures, etc. looked very new. As far as the staff goes, they spoke excellent English and were very helpful - great restaurant recommendations, directions, help in obtaining tickets to Uffizi, etc. All in all, it was a nice stay.
Spectacular but expensive
I was there for 8 days, wonderful experience. A palazzo decorated with reach materials (bathroom from Valentino). The staff was not specially relevant. Very good location, near the train station, besides the Battisterio and the Mercato S Lorenzo. If you can choose one with terrazza. If there´s no offer is expensive. Compare with Hotel Globus 3*(at 30 meters), new opening at 2002-modern italian decoration.
Dark and Average
After reading all of the reviews on this website, we decided on the hotel and booked on Expedia and got the 3 for 2 deal. The website for the hotel gives the impression it is a luxury hotel. However, Boscolo is a chain in Europe. The hotel was in a good location, however, the overall feeling of the hotel was a little dark and dingy. There wasn't much sunlight in the hotel. The rooms are done in maroon, navy and dark wood. They only gave you two bath towels (no hand towels), the shower got water all of the floor and the furniture in the room wasn't attractive. The hotel was full of American tourists who booked on Expedia, so be warned. The breakfast was mediocre and served in a beautiful room, but you felt like it was in some banquet hall and not a quaint florentine room with Frescos on the ceiling. After coming from Tuscany and staying at the Locanda dell Amorosa for almost the same price, this hotel was not worth it. Nothing about it was 'luxury'. It was completely average and in desperate need of freshening up.
The hotel offered everything and more. The service was superb and the locataion was fantastic. The rooftop had a lounge that had views of the sunset and overlooked the Duomo. The food was excellent, even the free breakfast served in a room with frescos on the cieling. We got a great deal on Expedia 3 night for the price of 2 and it was well worth it.
We just spent 4 wonderful days in Florence at the Astoria. The staff was wonderful. They helped with everything from museum ticket reservations (a must to avoid hours in line) to dinner reservations.
Our room was nicely furnished, very clean, and the bathroom was large.
Not much of a view of the city from our room but the hotel has a roof terrace with a bar and the most spectacular view of the city. We spent every evening there enjoying the amazing views under the moon and stars. I wouldn't hesitate to stay at the Astoria again.
This Place is Great
We loved this place. Its perfectly positioned near the Duomo, the train station and the the river. The lobby is beautiful (the building is 400 years old), the staff is friendly and helpful (and all speak good English, which is important) and it has a rooftop patio and bar that overlooks the whole city. The bartender is great and we spent many an evening drinking Chianti and watching the sunset.I would highly recommend this place to those who want a nice Florence hotel.
We were in Florence in May 03. Had a great time. This is a fine 4 star hotel for Italy which is not the same as 4 stars in the USA. We booked this through Expedia...$225/night for a deluxe room including breafast. Breakfast was fine italian fare. Staff was exceptional in trying to please us. We had room 505 which gave you a view of the Duomo from in the room and from the terrace which was quite large. We had a bath and a half. It is located a short walk from all the main attractions. One of the highlights was a meal a Buco Mario which was suggested by the hotel. Also, we rented a car and driver for the day (about $250) to take us to Montelupo and the Prada, Gucci, Armani, etc. outlets. You can get real bargains here. Our driver was Luigi who spoke excellent English and who knew the countryside. (He's a retired state policeman). Email us if you want his phone number.
Elegant, relaxed and welcoming
We got a 3 for 2 deal via Expedia and we loved this hotel. From the web site you could think it may be a little starchy, but trust me this is one of the most welcoming hotels you could wish to find. A veritable oasis of calm in a city that can prove a little hectic. Don't go here if you want airs and graces - this is a hotel for real people, run and staffed by real people, great food great building great barman! The location is perfect - on the edge of San Lorenzo with the market at a short walk for retail therapy - but a short walk in any other direction takes you to the heart of the tourist area or out into the real city of Firenze with its Osterias and coffee bars.
Great find in Florence!
Just got back from Italy (9/24/02, and HIGHLY recommend the Astoria. Especially if you get a good deal on the room over Expedia. Excellent location (between the central market and the Duomo), really helpful, multilingual staff. Well-appointed lobby with lots of seating, fantastic old Florence Palazzo. Rooms are reasonably sized, with excellent windows that seal out the road noise. Bathroom was spacious and newly redone. Rooms were brightly lit (the only time we had this our entire trip), as well as nicely decorated in Florentine style without being overly drippy.
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This morning the breakfast room was busy, so the waiter had me sit at a large round table. Soon a British gentleman sat across from me. I was amazed how unfriendly he was, I tried to make eye contact with him & at least mumble, "good morning", but he never gave me the chance, he had angry eyes!
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I got up around 8:30am & headed to breakfast. The breakfast room was absolutely gorgeous & very ornate, a huge oil painting hung on the left wall & the ceiling had a fresco painting on it. I made myself a coffee au lait & just sat at the table for a moment, taking in the beauty of the room.
The breakfast buffet had a little …
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We strolled back to Antica Torre on terra firm to check out and say our fond farewells. Martina on reception made it all the harder to leave with her warmth and well ...