Palazzo dal Borgo Hotel Aprile
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It took us about 5 minutes t o fall in love with Florence. Although we arrived later in the evening, we found a great little spot,2 minutes from our hotel, for dinner. Our first full day we had a planned fiat tour through the country side. Our first cab ride outside of the city meant us getting dropped off at a small bed and breakfast about 2kms away from our drop off point. Few English speaking natives and a long gravel road meant we ...
... to as the “high grapes”. (Anyone who wants to ask Pop what he calls his Swiss wine may do so at a later date). Matt returns after dark with his tripod and captures postcard shots of the night lit monuments.
After a lovely meal we return in the light rain for another look after dark and the magnificent view and some more guesswork on the location of Vasari corridor (we guess the hotel must be close) then head for bed late ...
The most interesting part of packing and getting ready this morning was eating something that looked like an orange. It even smelt like an orange, and felt like an orange…but did it taste like an orange? No way! The sad thing is though, we hardly find anything healthy while we're travelling, so we just kept eating it!
The apartment is in such a central location that we could walk to the Doge’s Palace in about five minutes. The architecture was really ...
... renaissance masters.
After lunch we took to the streets again and found ourselves at the Piazza dela Signoria. Lots and lots of naked men sculptures there too. Deary me!
Then onto the Duomo. It is enormous. But for all the grandeur and decorations of the exterior, the interior of the church is very austere. Especially compared to Notre Dame or Westmister.
We then stumbled on a lindt shop, so I just had to get a hot chocolate. Very yummy.
A great day.
What a full week! We are trying to plan trips, but there is just so much to do in Florence!
On Fridays we have to leave by 10:30 so the maid can properly clean everything, so we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to do some museum hopping. We started with the Accademia, which is conveniently on my walk home from the bus stop every day! We have these awesome museum cards which get us into any state museum for free, and let us skip the line. So we waved them, ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPalazzo dal Borgo Hotel Aprile Florence
We were only there one night. Seemed very nice. Parking a little tricky
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Historical Traveler Reviews Palazzo dal Borgo Hotel Aprile Florence
One of the nicer italian 3 star hotels we stayed at and reasonable price
we stayed here based on the reviews written on this site and were not disappointed. the hotel is in a great location, rooms quite trendy, clean, neat and the evening lectures by the uni professor a unique touch.
we found florence good value for leather jackets, bags, briefcases etc so make sure you leave plenty of room in your luggage
the hotel was also relatively inexpensive for what you got. we'd stay here again
I cannot wait to go back here!
Hotel Aprile is located within walking distance of the train station and from the outside it looked pretty unappealing, but once inside we were delighted! The staff was friendly, infomative and our room was large, clean and quiet. Staff recommendations for restaurants were outstanding. We walked everywhere from this central location and Florence is such a beautiful city that it will make your eyes hurt! The hotel had internet access for guests at 5 euros per hour, a bargain.
One piece of advice: if you plan on seeing the Ufizzi or David at the Academy, call a day ahead for reservations and avoid wasting a few hours waiting in line. When you hear the cathedral bells chime to awaken you in the morning, you will be glad to be hearing them from your comfortable bed in the Aprile.
The Aprile is more than you could ask for
The Hotel Aprile in Florence is amazing. It's only two blocks from the S.M. Novella Trainstation and is surrounded by several fantastic restaurants. The outside of the Aprile may look dirty, but most hotels in Europe do. For 100 Euro a night my fiancee and I got a HUGE double room with a king sized bed, two bathrooms, a large cabinet/closet, our own little frontroom with a couch and a nice view of the street out front. THe ceilings are very high and the room very clean and comfortable. The mini bar is fairly cheap and they serve breakfast to your room at no extra charge. The concierge is extremely helpful and can give you great advice on tours to take or even going to a local opera. The only negative about this place is the noise outside. The motorcycles are especially loud. This may have been because of the location of our room individually but still the noise was not enough that it ruined the stay for us. I recommend everyone that is thinking of staying at this hotel just do it. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! And be sure to eat at one of the best restaurants we ate at in Italy called Giorgios. It's right around the corner from the hotel i'm sure the concierge can tell you where it is. ENjoy and CIAO!
When we saw the outside of the hotel, my wife saw the outside of the hotel and started getting worried. But after taking one step inside and glancing at the lobby, you immediately see that the place is tastefully decorated, clean, and well cared for.
The front desk clerk immediately pulled out a map of Florence, showed us where we were, pointed out what we should see, offered to make museum reservations, described their nightime art history lectures (given three nights a week), offered to have breakfast delivered to our room (no additional charge), and then directed us to our room. The wonderful service continued throughout the stay -- with happy assistance with train and bus schedules, location information, restaurant recommendations, ... you name it.
The room itself was huge, well-appointed, spotless... Our only complaint was that the early-morning traffic noise is rather intense.
Overall, the Aprile was our best hotel stay (and best hotel value) in Italy!
Loved the Aprile
Great Staff. Great Room - Huge! Very comfortable bed. Walking distance to everything including the train station. Cat still there. They made tour arrangements on phone for me. I wish all my hotel stays were this nice.
Don't judge Aprile from the outside
My girlfriend and I stayed here for two nights (10/16-17) and found it to be a great hotel for many reasons. You wouldn't know it by looking at it from the outside, but once inside you will be more than satisfied. The hotel is charming and very clean. The rooms are large and the beds are too. Modern and immaculate bathrooms. A good central location for sightseeing, shopping, and train travel. The staff is second to none. They were courteous, helpful, patient, funny, and absolutely fabulous. If you get a cappucino at the bar, make sure Vivian makes it. We'll definitely stay here again.
We had booked a hotel online that turned into a TOTAL DISASTER and packed our bags and started walking.....what we found was the hotel Aprile.... I will go back year after year.... WE LOVED this hotel and their willingness to go the extra mile for us. Rooms were clean and spacious...bathrooms were spotless!
We stayed at the Aprile for six nights in the height of the heat wave.
We asked for and were given a room that faced the garden. The room was totally quiet and the air conditioning was sufficient to keep the room comfortable.
The room was huge (14' by 20') with 14' ceilings. THe ceiling had a fresco on it. Otherwise the room was plain but that wasn't important to us. Some of the rooms have four poster beds. The location was great - next to the Santa Maria Novella and we could walk to all the other attractions easily and walk to the train station when we left Florence.
The staff was extremely helpful and courteous. There were lectures on the history and art of Florence that were good but hampered by not being given in an airconditioned room.
Breakfast was in the lovely garden and was ample with all sorts of good cold food. The room overlooked the upper part of the Novella so the view was wonderful.
We came back to the Aprile for our last night in Italy and we would go back there again in a heartbeat.
A fantastic hotel full of character
From the front, this hotel looks very non-descript but it changes dramatically once you walk through the door. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful, even lending us travel guides to take out during a days sightseeing. The rooms are huge, many with frescoes on the ceilings and the courtyard was a perfect place to eat breakfast.
The hotel is only a couple of minutes walk from the station and within easy walking distance to all the main sights. We were fortunate to be staying at the hotel during the summer when the hotel offers free talks on Florentine architecture and history which made our stay even more interesting. We found this hotel charming and full of character.
What a charmer!
Such a charming 3 star European hotel with the warmest of service. Hotel rooms were so full of charm and comfort. Make sure to ask for a garden or roof view. We
had a lovely breakfast with delicious rolls and buns, eggs and fruit. The coffee was a bit strong for me but loved by my family. The computer was available for checking email or online services for a small fee ($5 for 60 mins.) They also offered very interesting tours. We especially enjoyed
Sophia, the house cat. This is a great location right next to the Santa Maria Novella Farmacia, which is a good shopping experience for wonderful soaps and lotions). I will stay here again and recommend this to anyone wanting to taste the flavor of Florence!