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Tuesday, June 22 Florence, Italy
Today we had a short ride back to Florence. We woke up and the sun was shining and looked to be a beautiful day. The first thing we did in Florence was visit Michelangelo's "David" at the Accademia, a museum. Originally “David” was outdoors in front of the castle/palace in Florence but it was …
The start of our trip to Florence was filled with drama. Arriving at Liverpool Street station we discovered the ticket machines weren’t working and had 10mins to make our train. A line 20 deep at the ticket office, two arguments with a staff member (first me and then Justin), 1 blatant pull down of the blinds at the ticket window, some …
After leaving Vienna, it took 3 connecting flights to get to Florence. Unfortunately, we were greeted by big, fat rain drops, but after we checked in our hotel and got settled the rain subsided. I had picked our hotel based on ratings from tripadvisor.com(great site by the way). It definitely was not a 4-star hotel, but it was right downtown in the …
... that didn't stop Mom, Dad, Tom and me from walking around the whole city while CJ worked on some schoolwork. We had a late start because we putzed around the apartment a bit and Mom and Dad found a cool market where they bought us some food for the next few days. When we ventured out, we walked out to Ponte Vecchio again (can't get enough of that bridge!) and over to the other side, where we had lunch, wine, and the first cannoli of the trip. We continued along the Arno River ...
... del Campo which is a sea-shell shaped town center that is a cobblestone courtyard facing the historical town hall & infamous tower. We wandered the streets where we saw the worlds oldest operating bank (apparently Sienna became rich from banking). Next we were able to tour the Duomo, the towns dome cathedral and were able to appreciate some art by Michelangelo & Donatello (Who knew that the ninja turtles had such artistic talent.... I'm totally ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Giglio Florence
Overpriced, nice staff
We ended up staying at the Giglio rather unexpectedly when a reservation at another hotel fell though. It's not a bad place, I've stayed in worse, but I would echo other sentiments that for the price you can do a lot better. The only reason we stayed here was it was a last minute sort of a thing. If given the choice and more time to look around Florence, I'm sure we would have picked somewhere else. I must say the staff was very nice. The breakfast was only so-so. Our room was spacious and we thought the bathroom was fairly large compared to what we experienced in other parts of Italy. The biggest negative against the Giglio is the price, it's just too expensive for what you get. Also, I tend to judge places by what they charge for Internet connection for guests. The best hotels, in my opinion, offer it for free. Let's face it, in this day and age Internet connections are dirt cheap virtually everywhere. We ended up with $25.00 tacked on to our bill for the luxury of checking e-mail a few times and writing a few e-mails home. The Giglio is obviously trying to make a profit by offering Internet to their guests, that's a big no-no in my book and enough reason for me not to go back.
Average hotel just out of the hectic centre
stayed 2 nights
20 mins walk from the train station, easy to find, not many local bars / eateries etc in the immediate area. 15 min walk to the duomo.
on a busy road so some noise (we stayed at the front of the hotel) nice to get away from the crowds though.
basic breakfast - get there before the bread runs out!
very small room, but clean and comfy.
kids running aroud the coridoors making loud noise at 7am, not ideal!
If you are going to Florence to enjoy the ambience of a historical city then this small hotel will suit you. As previously mentioned the hotel is 10-15 mins walk to the Duomo so would not suit the less fit, but the staff will phone for taxis which arrive within 2-3 mins. I was happy with the room which had lovely parquet flooring, high ceilings, comfy beds and old style Italian furniture. The shower room was fully tiled and very clean. Two sets of shutters and double glazing keep out any noise from passing Vespas. Breakfast included cereal, fruit, coissants, toast, cheese and yoghurt selection, Plenty to keep you going till lunch.
My friends and I also booked a table at the sister restaurant Il Cinghiale bianco and were very well looked after. The food is rustic with plenty of garlic!!
I was with a party of seven women (aged 35 - 45) and we all enjoyed our stay.
We had a wonderful experience in this Hotel and stayed there two nights. As there were four of us, we reserved the large family room (#20). It has 16 ' high ceilings and parquet floors. Beds were comfortable and the shower was great. This hotel is part of a building constructed in about the 1600's, which adds to its charm, but the rooms are well-kept and maintained. The breakfast was great and we were not charged extra for it. Our daughters wanted to sleep in, so the manager made up a breakfast for them to eat in our room.
The location is near the museum housing the original David statue. It is a minor walk to the other museums and train station.
No regrets. A nice room to discover for 4 travelers in Europe, where it is really hard to find even a dinky room for more than 1 or two people.
Nice hotel, but a little far out
We stayed at the Hotel Giglio last spring in their quad room. The hotel is located on the second floor, but there is a small elevator that could fit several suitcases and one person at a time. I chose to carry my suitcase up the stairs, as it was nice and wide, with not too steep of an incline.
We were met at the top by Luca, who was manning the desk at the time. He admonished us for not ringing for assistance and was very pleasant and charming.
Our quad room consisted of one very large room with 4 twin beds at the 4 corners. There was a desk with a tv, chairs, nightstand and armoire. The room was very spacious with high ceilings.
The bathroom was larger than any bathroom we encountered during our entire trip through Europe. It done in marble and was very modern. Only problem (typical to what we encountered everywhere else in Italy) was the shower curtain not being as large as we are accustomed to. After flooding the bathroom the first couple times, we figured out how to precisely place the shower curtain to catch most of the water spray. Towels were nice and thick, and not the bedsheet/tablecloth variety.
Breakfast was very good and the desk help were always extremely helpful and friendly. They gave us a very good dining recommendation one night and even drew us additional directions on our map. Internet access is also available at a very reasonable rate.
The only downside to this hotel is that there is a little bit of a walk from the main tourist areas. It took us about 10 minutes each way, and while it's fine in the morning, it's a bit far in the evening if you've been walking all day. Our room faced the street, but it was very quiet. I did not notice any restaurants in the immediate area, but once we left our room in the morning, we didn't return until after we ate dinner, anyway.
I enjoyed our stay at this hotel very much, though the location was not extremely convenient. I would stay here again.
The hotel is on the second floor in an old building far away from the heart of Florence. Walking from the train station will take you 20-30 mins and there are no good resteraunts close by.
The room was old and we could hear noise from the lobby. The staff appeared to be friendly but we felt they were not giving us great advice on restaurants etc. The elevator is tiny and there is a long flight of stairs to reach the lobby.
Not what we expected!
My husband and I just returned from Florence. We were booked at the Giglio for 4 nights at 155 euros per night. We picked the Giglio based on the reviews here as well as the advice of our travel agent. When we arrived at the Giglio, we were very disappointed. The hotel is on the second floor of a building...our bags were too big to fit in the tiny elevator, so we had to lug them up the steps to the lobby of the hotel. There is only one person working at the desk so no one was available to assist us. However, I have to say that the staff at the Giglio are very friendly and helpful, that is not the problem. When we got to our room (we had to take the bags up another flight of stairs) we were surprised. The room was relatively clean, but very old fashioned and worn down. For 155 euros, we expected much more. In our opinion, the room was more like an upscale hostel than a 3 star hotel room. The room was very dark and musty. The bed was so old that it creaked loudly every time we rolled over. The bathroom was ok but very small. The towels were teeny tiny. When we woke up in the morning, we both had itchy bites all over our stomachs and backs...needless to say, for the amount of money we were paying, we were not happy. The next morning, we checked out of the Giglio and checked into a wonderful hotel in a much better location - Hotel De La Ville. For 30 euros more per night, we got a spacious room with a wonderful bed and marble bathrooms with a double vanity...no more bites, either! We would not stay at the Giglio again nor would we recommend it to anyone. With all of the hotels in Florence at that price range, there is no reason to stay in the Giglio when there are hotels that are so much nicer.
We loved Hotel Giglio. It is a small "boutique" hotel in a wonderful location - a five minute walk to "David" and a bit further to the Duoma. We walked all over Florence from here. Marco, the owner, is totally interested in making his guests happy. He chats with everyone during breakfast - and by the way, breakfast is simple but adequate, and enhanced by the wonderful woman who makes your coffee to order. The room we had was on the small side, but to be expected in a 3-star hotel. It was immaculately clean, had lovely linens, and three English language TV channels. If you need to park a car, make sure to let the hotel know. They have an arrangement with a nearby gated lot, for a reasonable additional charge. The family also owns a fantastic restaurant in Florence, Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco. Yum!
Liked this hotel!
Just returned from Italy. Our group of 5 travelers liked this hotel! My room had a balcony overlooking a quite spot and even though the hotel is on a rather busy street - the rooms were quite and relaxing. Bathrooms were quite tiny compared to other Italian accomodations but clean and adequate. The staff was very friendly and helpful - they bent over backwards to help us with every facet of our stay. They had wonderful recommendations for dining, sights, etc. We would definately stay here again.
A nice place
A nice affordable place inside the centro storico. Clean quiet with an exellent front desk staff. Its about 5 blocks from the Academy and a ten minute walk to the Duomo.