Palazzo dal Borgo Hotel Aprile
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... We did the walking tour and saw the Duomo, David, and more stuff but all I wanted to do was eat and nap so I spaced out a lot.
After the tour we had the rest of the day free. A group of us went and got lunch, I scarfed down some lasagna and gelato. Then crawled back to the hostel and passed out for 2 hours. I was supposed to work out with some girls from the group but slept right through. ...
Leather shops galore and gelaterias on every block….
This morning we picked up ham and cheese croissants from a local café and easily found our way to the Galleria dell'Accademia where we discovered a very long line for the "non-reserved" entrance.
As Mel noted, you wait in more lines at Disney than we have on this trip. Doug…we will compare notes later. In hindsight though, the €4 reservation fee would be worth it. We ended up ...
... of great food and wine.
We started at David, then headed off for coffee and pastries in a local cafe. Next was the food markets for early lunch, then we moved around trying different meats and cheeses, then balsamic tastings, olive oil tastings, more cheese and wine etc, etc, etc.
Our second last stop was at a local wine store for more wine tastings, and what is called the 'full immersion' test. Mario, the owner, using ...
... two windows. No fighting over the window seat! The rest of the evening was spent people-watching and relaxing in a little Tuscan rainstorm. Not a bad way to end a day, right? And we didn't even fall asleep to the sound of sirens!
Things I learned today:
- Do they make leather scented air fresheners? I would totally buy one. If you could combine that with the smell of roasting chestnuts, I would probably just hand over the entirety of my ...
Day 10 - Florence - Friday 21-09-12 Day trip to Pisa. Relaxing bus ride to Pisa, via Lucca and Chianti country, to see the tower and the Pisa Cathedral. Another wow moment, the Cathedral and Baptistry is amazing, but the bell tower is ...
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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!