Travel Blogs from Florence
The thing about flying discount airlines in Europe is that you end up flying to places just so can fly off to another place. For example I had to visit Bucharest just so I could take a flight to Pisa so in a couple of days I could fly out to Barcelona where I could then fly into my ultimate destination of Bilbao. The good thing is that most of …
... in scale to people so I was aware it was pretty giant but other people in our group were amazed. You could only look at it from ground level, but I wish we would have been able to go to a second floor and see his face better. There wasn't much else of extreme interest inside the rest of the museum except for the "Prisoners" which were unfinished sculptures that appeared as if people were trying to escape from marble blocks. Right away when we got into Florence we went to check out ...
... is an automatic €100 fine for not validating a ticket, which she didn't get charged). At Pisa we walked towards the leaning tower. Got a little lost and found ourselves on the other side of the city wall, but eventually found our way. We decided to be brave and go up the tower (none of the three of us are keen on heights). At the top of the steps we decided that we didn't need to go further (up to the bell ...
... had lunch on the left bank at a lovely little restaurant overlooking and overhanging the Arno. After our lunch we wandered back along the Ponte Vecchio, on the other side this time. We headed home past the Uffuzi Gallery and marvelled once again at the incredible talent of the sculptors. Back home after 6hours of exploring this wonderful city. Friday 11th October 2013 We set off for the cooking academy and were met by Alfredo, who took us to San Lorenzo Market where ...
... 7am in the morning again in Florence, but because of how picturesque the sky was.
The first day in Florence we did all the tourist things: Uffizi, David, Duomo, and markets. We had a fun little lunch and ate gelato almost everyday. Dark chocolate is still my favorite.
The second day was the activity I looked forward to the most: a day trip biking around the Tuscan contryside. We rented bikes first ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Pets allowed
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cellai Florence
We have just returned from a week in the Cellai, have found it comfortable, clean, no unwelcome insects. The staff were polite freindly and helpful, all you could want from a 3 star hotel in a busy city. Can't understand all the bad reviews, but note where they came from!!!
We liked this hotel and thought it accurately priced for a fairly simple experience. It was refurbished and classy, although the room was a bit small and we did not realise it was air conditioned at first - probably why we left the window open and got bitten by the plentiful mosquitoes. The staff were perfectly courteous and helpful. The hotel is extremely well positioned halfway between the main rail station and the major sights of Florence - it's about half a mile from the Duomo, for example. The worst of the building work seems to be over (May 03) and it was quiet and easily accessible. Downsides minor - There was no chest of drawers in the room. The breakfast room filled up quickly and they ran out of food at one stage. Coffee is too watered down for our tastes. Entrance area always smoky as reception staff appeared to chain smoke.
Fine for a short city break
We spent two nights at the Cellai and found it perfectly acceptable for the price. It was nicely decorated and clean, with good pictures on the walls. The roof terrace was pretty. Breakfast was OK but the staff were rather surly. Although our bedroom overlooked the street, the double glazing kept the noise out.
Reason why this hotel is cheap...
Small rooms, Noisy. Not sure whether they were fleas or mosquitos, but something was biting us. There are much better hotels for the money.
Clean comfy and quiet
We stayed in the Cellai for two nights earlier this week (Jan 2003). I read the reviews on this site after we booked so was a bit apprehensive but was pleasantly surprised by the hotel. Our room was quite small but was clean and quiet and the bed was comfy. There wasn't much space to sit in the room but as we were there to see Florence, not sit in a hotel, this wasn't a problem. There are several communal areas in the hotel where you can lounge if required. The bathroom was spotless and breakfast was great in a pleasant dining room. The roof terrace is nice though the view of the Duomo isn't immediately apparent! Out of season the hotel was excellent value, no mosquitoes either, and the location is good. I'd go back.
Great inexpensive hotel
My mom and her friends stayed at this hotel when they came for my wedding. They got it as part of a package and so weren't sure what to expect. No mosquitos for them -- and friends who stayed at the most expensive hotel did have the mosquitos so I think that is just part of the Florence experience and bug spray is required! It is a wonderful inexpensive hotel with great art and different nooks and crannies throughout. There is a rooft terrace with roomy chairs and bar where you can see the cathedral. The rooms are not huge but very practical. The bathrooms were spotless. And, while I didn't sleep on the beds we did sit on them and they felt quite firm. My mom really enjoyed it. And it is only a few blocks to all the sites. Trattoria Guelfa one block away is great.
This hotel was disappointing. There was very major construction going on on the entire street/block in front of the hotel (we were there in Oct 2002 - but this construction looks like it will be going on awhile). The taxi had to drop us over one block away. The rooms are tiny, old, dark, not particularly clean. Honestly - kind of depressing. The bathrooms are tiny yet well maintained. The hotel was inexpensive though. And the location is relatively good.
We stayed there a in August and I agree with the first review. They weren't fleas however, they were mosquitoes. The staff was very rude.
Not Bad At All!
Quite contrary to the other review - I found the Cellai perfectly acceptable. We stayed there one night and the hotel staff was very helpful in guiding us to restaurants, details around procedures in the hotel and so forth. While the hotel is not a five star property, the price was compatible with the look, features and quality of the rooms.
The other very good thing about the Cellai is that it is perfectly located to see the sights in Florence. Blocks away from the major museums, good restaurants and the main cathedral in town.
Donīt miss the Trattoria Theatro just down the street. By the way - no fleas or anything such as this!
Don't bother staying here. Rude hotel staff. Tiny flea infested rooms. Pictures look nice but deceiving. Very noisy.