Travel Blogs from Florence
Since we'd reserved seats on a bus tour of the Tuscan countryside today, both of us were awake before 6 o'clock. This marathon, 12-hour tour, which leaves from the train station at 8:15 each day, is billed as "The Best of Tuscany Tour" by the local operator ("Walkabout Florence"). We were a little leery about taking a 'group' tour of this nature because of the lack of flexibility, strict timetables, and the feeling of being with a herd of sheep. However, this was the best option ...
... a little later with a drive to Orvieto but because of May Day we had to go to the Vatican Museum this morning which set our day back so any saving of time was good. Lunch in Orvieto was at a famous Italian chefs restaurant and he was doing a pasta making demonstration for us. To reach the hill town the coach had to drive to a certain point where we disembarked and went up on a series of underground escalators to come out near ...
Now that the passports are back in our possession and we have cash to spread, we're calling today a new beginning...but a rainy new beginning. We have had the most beautiful weather that we couldn't complain about a little rain....humph, must have rained 3 inches...but I digress. After breakfast we decided it was time to fill the pantry, so made the walk to San market. This is a permanent market like Findlay Market in Cincinnati...but much better. There ...
... designers wondering Florence and extravagant displays of artwork in the square.Throughout the rest of the week we spent time exploring the city and taking pictures. After having experienced only a small portion of all the food Florence has to offer we decided it would be a good idea to start saving money so we went to the market to buy some groceries for the house. I was actually really surprised that in comparison to other things around Florence, grocery's we're relatively ...
Hey all, from sunny Florence.
During the day we had a quick stop over to Pisa for a couple of hours to see the leaning tower of Pisa, we had a fun walk finding it, just following the main road, which then takes a sudden bend, we started walking straight still until I took a look to the right as Az mentioned where is it? Take a look to the left to see a massive leaning tower :-).
After taking ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Giglio Florence
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.