Palazzo dal Borgo Hotel Aprile
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Due to the traffic problems on the Italian autostrada we were much later than expected. We had hoped to go the Uffizi for the afternoon, but realised it was too late to be worth it
Arrived in the city late afternoon. We walked from the hotel down to the Ponte Vecchio, which was probably originally a Roman …
... to be slightly funny because the church is in fact right off of our street. Our street ends because the church is there. Anyways, it was another location where I couldn't take pictures, but the downstairs had been converted into an exhibit about the Medici family (just in case you didn't know, the Medici were the most powerful family in Florence and arguably in all of what is now Italy at the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th centuries.) Two popes were of ...
... don't even bother asking for any other preparation. And it did not disappoint! After dinner it was time for fireworks! June 24 is the Festival of San Giovani, the patron saint of the city. Apparently there are a decent number of things going on during the day - I don't even know what all festivities there were, but most of the shops were closed. The day ends with fireworks over the river. We really enjoyed the fireworks display. It was as good ...
... it kinda makes life easier for the tourist but I digress........ so we found Duccati and rock star parking in front. If you have a Duccati you can park in the main yard.....BMW is spelled a lil different. So we trudged in an at the security gate they couldn't find our reservation.....that's because it didn't make it to them....I knew that....but played dumb best I could....seems to come easy......got on the phone with the gal that counts and stated the situation ...
... the Palazzo Vecchio until 1873 as a symbol of republican power. Today an exact "copy" stands in it's place.
We ate dinner at one of the restaurants in the piazza. In Italy, if two people are seated at a table for four and another couple come in to dine, they are seated at the same table. We shared such a table with a couple from Germany. It wasn't long before a conversation began about our individual vacations - where we'd been, where we were going - and then ...
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We were only there one night. Seemed very nice. Parking a little tricky
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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 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.
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.
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!