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Illegal street vendors and beggars are everywhere: selling umbrellas, rain ponchos, watches, camera tripods, remote control cars, handbags, etc. They patrol the piazzi and they crowded the doorway as we left the Museum in the rain importuning tourists to buy the umbrellas they left at home. They lurk just outside of the Tower/Cathedral area in …
We arrived in Florence without major drama. That's pretty good considering our experience with air traffic controller strikes, lost luggage, three hour thunderstorms etc.
Florence is ... not as wonderful as everyone said. Maybe it is the curse of high expectations but the churches we saw in Sicily and Puglia were just as splendid. Florence …
We had an amazing day in Florence. We got up and ate a nice breakfast before heading over to Uffizi. We had reservations for 9 am. Mom read in her guide book (she had Rick Steves and I had DK Eyewitness) that if you wanted to get in to Uffizi, especially in peak travel season, you HAD to make reservations. They only let in a certain number of …
We left for Florence today. We hopped on the Eurostar with all of our luggage (note to self - when riding the rails around Europe, a backpack is so the way to go over a suitcase, especially the giant monstrosity of a suitcase that I brought) and got into Florence in the late morning. We stayed at a very nice hotel, the Adler Cavalieri, which was …
Well, hello everyone! I arrive in Italy safely. I flew from JFK to Roma, Italy. I had a layover in Roma for about 3 hours. Then flew to Florence (natives spell it Firenze). I spent the day sightseeing and walking about. Here are the photos of my first day.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Adler Cavalieri Florence
My husband and I stayed at the Adler Cavalieri for two nights in late April 2005. The hotel staff was extremely welcoming, kind and helpful. We had tried to book reservations to the Uffizi a few days before and they said they were booked until May 11! The staff at the Adler Cavalieri were able to get us immediate reservations to the Uffizi as well as the Accademia. They provided us with a city map upon check-in, pointing out the "hot spots" as well as a few of their favorite shops and restaurants.
We just returned from our stay at Adler Cavalieri, and were extremely impressed by the quality of the service, the comfortable accomodations, and the proximity of the hotel to many sites we visited. The rooms are quite nicely decorated, immaculate, roomy and comfortable. We asked for rooms facing the back of the hotel, as it's on a noisy and not very attractive street. In addition to the rooms being quiet, they had very comfortable (firm) beds, roomy armoire-type furniture to store clothes, table with two chairs, desk, and french doors that opened to the outside, overlooking a charming garden and rooftops. The grey marble bathroom was a good size, immaculate with heated towel rack, great shower, and plenty of space to lay out toiletries.
Was transferred to this hotel after the Hotel Ambascaitori had a water problem and could not honour our booking. Was aprehensive as had read many poor reviews of Florence hotels and did not know what to expect. We needn't have worried. The hotel has a grim external appearance but once inside it was quite different: well decorated and maintained and friendly staff. The room was not particularly large but enough for 2 and was spotless. The soundproofing was excellent and although we were on the first floor facing the street we never heard the traffic. Heating was terrific, it being a particularly cold spell when we stayed over, and we were warm as toats! The maid refreshed everything daily..............freshly pressed sheets & pillowcases, a whole range of towels, etc. The public rooms were attractive too........nice leather armchairs, wood panelling, etc. Breakfast was more than adequate with a generous selection of cereals, cold meats, sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs,etc. The orange juice could have been better but the fresh coffee more than made up for it..............with your choice of expresso, cappucicno or whatever you wanted. If you enjoy an afternoon cup of tea you'll end up with a generous teapot and a selection of small pastries.......well worth it! And if you are a fitness freak they also have a sauna & gym (extra charge) but we let our feet do the walking all across Florence as the Hotel is within walking distance of most of the city sights
There is nothing wrong with this hotel, but we didn't think it matched the five star experience that previous reviewers gave. If you stay here, keep in mind that it is on a VERY busy section of street, and if your room is on the street side it will be noisy until about 1:00AM. Some of the staff are very sweet and helpful, others are downright surly and unpleasant. (We watched one clerk continue to tell every patron checking in that they did not have their reservation and that it would cost an extra 50 euro. if they could even find them a room...) We had to look at many rooms until we got the one we requested, but once we were in it, we found it a very pleasant room, with an excellent bed, and a nice bathroom. The only problem with the room itself is that there is very little storage space. There is a small wardrobe with three very small drawers, which is fine for one person, but really is not enough for two people staying five days. The breakfast is very good, and there are nice spaces to sit in all around the ground floor. (It was too cold to use the outdoor spaces, but they looked lovely) If you are dependant on WIFI internet, you will be reduced to sitting on a smalll couch in the lobby most of the time, but they do have it. (If you have trouble, there is only one staff member who can help, and he's only there sporadically.) It was a convenient location for us, since we were combining sightseeing with work at the conference hall. You can walk to anywhere from the hotel within about 10 minutes (as is true from most of Florence). All in all, we would certainly recomend this hotel, but do think it more of a three or four star experience. It is indeed a good value for the money, and if you know what to expect, is a nice place to stay in a very beautiful city
Great hotel, great location!
My husband and I stayed here for three nights last month. The hotel is very close to the train station, making it central to all sites. The front desk staff was very helpful and courteous, and provided us with excellent dinner recommendations, and maps. They also happily made reservations for us at the museums. We had a quiet inside room with a window facing the small courtyard. The linens were crisp, and the room was very clean. I highly recommend a visit to Florence, and to this hotel!
First, the two month research my wife I made on the internet greatly paid off. We stayed in Italy the last weeks of July 2004 and this hotel of less than 2 years old is well-worth your stay. Minutes away from the main train station, the staff were very accomodating, the lobby, passages and our room were beautifully decorated and truly clean bathroom. Breakfast is served in a wonderful diningroom with great choices to start your day. We can sincerely recommend this hotel when you factor the price and quality in a big city like Florence. Trust me when I say that the pictures you see on their website are what you get, in fact its even nicer when you get there. (The other hotels we stayed at were Palladium in Rome, Ai Mori D'Oriente in Venice, Villa Latartana in Positano and La Minerva in Capri, all recommended).
Good hotel, nice amenities, walking distance to the river (not close enough for a view). The staff was courteous and provided good restaurant recommendations - superior food at reasonable prices. When my cousin's wallet was stolen near the train station, the hotel staff went out of their way to help her obtain the necessary phone numbers.