Grand Hotel Cavour
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... great museums, churches, food and landscapes at a gradual pace rather than abruptly cramming Michelangelo, the Apennine Mountains, meatballs, the Duomo and gelato into my face. Slowly I have familiarized myself with the surrounding areas of my flat and have begun to understand the behavior and mannerisms that are expected when in a public sphere.
So far, I have visited several markets, made a new friend Costanza at a nearby coffee bar ...
... cost us 40 euros each, with wine. That's $50 Australian. Great value. We wandered home. The Duomo looks beautiful at night, especially with less people around it. Back into our hotel room where I had left the airconditoner on so it was a little cool. But somehow I had left a heater on in the bathroom where it was hot! It was a little blower fan over the door. (I thought I had turned on an exhaust fan). Tomorrow we start with the art ...
... and at the large food market and fashion shops, of which there are stacks in central Florence. We checked out Rinacentre, which is the Myer of Florence. Very nice clothes and perfume and leather goods. Not cheap but quality stuff. We even signed up for a discount card, which entitled us to a 20% discount on anything we bought (for today only!) and ended up buying nothing because we weren't sure. We have learned to check out what is available first before buying anything. Very easy ...
Hello readers! Naomi here and ready to inform you of our first day trip to Florence. This morning we woke up early and drove to Empoli. We boarded a commuter train to Florence. We were amazed how different the city was from our Casa Alina in the country side. The streets were wider but longer and filled with expensive brand names. Guess, Sephora and shoe stores such as PUMA, Bata and Adidas all very popular stores in Europe. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Hotel Cavour Florence
Big room and a big bathroom. The bed is very good. They clean the room everyday and very well. The location is wonderful!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Cavour Florence
So SO Visit
We stayed at the Cavour on Feb. 11-16, 2005. We were part of a tour group so I selection was prearranged. The first thing that was noticed was the scaffolding on the outside of the building. We ended up in two rooms during the stay mainly out of necessity.
We were first assigned to Room 125. This was a large room with large bath. The lighting was poor but adequate. The first problem we noted was the street noise. We also noticed a construction site next door. We requested another room due to the location but none was available. The noise was not that bad so we decided not to change rooms.
The breakfast was typically European but very good. The roof terrace was definitely an advantage and offered good views of the city.
The location of this hotel is definitely a positive. ATMs around the corner. The Duomo just minutes away as well as the other sites of city.
Unfortunately our second night was not a pleasant one. After dinner and a walk we returned to our room about 10 PM. It was then that we discovered that our room was over the bar and dance floor. We immediately went to the front desk to request a room change. Again we were told that there were no rooms due to two floors being closed for repairs. We decided to try to put up with it since the desk clerk told us that the music would be turned down by 11 PM. We spoke with our tour leader who was given the same line - no rooms. Finally we decide to request any room including 2 doubles. Suddenly we were given a room down the hall. It was smaller with a tiny bath but quieter.
Overall our stay was adequate. I would definitely not recommend any room on the first floor. As a tour group our entire group was put on the first floor. It was interesting that at breakfast the first two days we only saw our group at breakfast and on the third day the breakfast room was packed. This is interesting because they had no rooms to move us to.
The final problem happened on the third date. A note on the elevator informed everyone that the water would be turned off for 3-4 hours beginning at 10 AM. Obviously our stay corresponded to a major renovation.
One other positive aspect of the Cavour was the restarant next door - the Yellor Bar. Every night it was packed. It had great pasta at reasonable prices. They are closed on Tuesday.
We stayed at the Cavour the week of Thanksgiving 2004 and were very pleased with the hotel. The lobby is well appointed and the rooms are of a good size and in excellent shape. Our rooms were at the front of the hotel and we didn't notice very much street noise at night. Breakfast was a good continental breakfast with a reasonably good selection and included in the room rate. I agree with the previous comments of the roof terrace - be sure and go to the terrace (the stairs are just off the breakfast area on the top floor) - the view of the Duomo and the rest of the old city is excellent! Great location to take photos.
Two of the things I liked most about the hotel was it's location and the service. The hotel is very centrally located and only about a block from the Duomo - you go out the door, turn right and you're there. The other thing that impressed me about the hotel were the hotel personnel. They were very helpful and went out of their way to answer questions, provide information on the city, arrange transportation or arrange reservations at the museums. I would definitely use this hotel again!
Nice hotel, great location
We stayed at the Grand Hotel Cavour in June of 2004. The lobby was beautiful, it looked recently renovated, but the rooms could use a little work. They were larger than other hotel rooms in Italy. The breakfast was nice and the hotel has a beautiful rooftop terrace that has a great view of the Duomo. It was in a great location, centrally located to all major attractions. We would definitely stay there again!
Better Than Expected!
I recently spent four nights at the Cavour in two different rooms.
The first room, a single, was comfortable but nothing that special. Still, the beds were good, the bathroom very spacious, everything worked and was clean. And the breakfast was quite delicious.
The second room, #507, a double room, was a corner room with a view of the skyline of Florence. It was fabulous! The room was big, with big windows that opened out and allowed us to see and hear the city around us.
The service was great at the Grand Cavour. And the location is superb!! Everything you want to see is within walking distance.
Stayed at this hotel August, 2004. Staff were pleasant and competent. Rooms were adequate, although we had to change once because of inadequate air-conditioning.
Location is excellent--no more than 5 minutes to the Duomo, maybe 10 minutes to either the Accademia or Uffizi Galleries.
Breakfast was adequate and served in a nice dining room. For some reason, they didn't use their rooftop terrace at all. We wandered up to it one morning and were surprised by its lack of use because it has an outstanding view of the Duomo. It would have been wonderful to have breakfast there, but it was obviously not available. Too hot in August perhaps?
This is a superb hotel, especially for the price (which I think our travel agent may have gotten through a consolidator). We visited three days in July, 2004. Although our room didn't look like the promo pictures, it was comparatively spacious (more so than our hotels in the two other cities we visited) and comfortable and well kept. No problems with noise. The air conditioning was quite comfortable, and the shuttered windows could be opened for natural light and fresh air when desired. The breakfast is limited--mostly bread-type items--but in a very pleasant surrounding, and fully adequate with which to begin the day. The adjoining restaurant is expensive, and we did not eat there. The front desk is very gracious and helpful. A perfect location: two blocks one way to the Duomo, two blocks the other way to the Uffizi, with the Bargello in between, and plenty of eating establishments very nearby. Only one caveat (which may not be true for other rooms?)--there was no shower door or curtain of any kind, and the shower wand was a little unruly; the tile floor of the bathroom can become very slippery with water all over it, so exercise care. That notwithstanding, I can't see any reason to stay anywhere else. Look no further! We loved it.
This is a wonderful hotel. Stayed in November and the rates were great.
The staff, especially Barbara, are also great and very helpful. One thing, we still had mosquitos in November!
We stayed four nights at the Cavour during February 2004. Hotels.com had a special offer that averaged out to $97/night for a double with breakfast. The location is ideal, just a 2-minute walk to the Duomo.
The lobby and the hallways are grand. Our room, number 405, is average.
The furniture is worn. The bed is acceptable. The linens are above-average with nice sheets and large towels. The bathroom is average with a small retrofitted shower. The breakfast room and buffet are very nice. The staff is attentive. Here is an example. There were only two flat pillows on the double-bed and I was too tired to ask for extras. Unlike my husband, I prefer at least two fluffy pillows. So, I took one of the extra blankets from the armoire and folded it under my pillow. The next day while making-up the room, the maid must have noticed and she put an extra pillow on my side! When doing our research, we noticed other guests had mentioned problems with mosquitoes and screen-less windows in warm weather. We decided that during February there is little risk of mosquitoes and were right.
However, there was evidence of the problem still lingering on the walls in our room. Little smashed mosquitoes, yuk! Warm weather visitors beware! There is a nice place to eat lunch or dinner next door. The Yellow Room has nice salads and great pizzas. I feel the hotel is right for the price we paid. The standard rack-rate is over 150 Euros/night.
I must admit that I would have been disappointed if we had paid more than $100/night.
The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and eager to help us with tickets and information. The rooms (we had 2 rooms for 4 people) were spacious and comfortable. The breakfast was generous and beautifully arranged. The location was fabulous. We couldn't ask for more.