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Today is our final day in Italy in the city of Firenze (Florence).
After an 11 hour flight to Germany, 2 hour layover, and another short 2 hour flight, we've made it safe to Italy.
Found a cab from our airport to our hotel, and after we checked in (it was like 1030pm) we walked down the street and ate the most delicious amazing italian meal ever... Like the kind I've been anticipating for the past six …
This morning we headed off from Rome but had only a short trip to Florence. We were taken in to Florence and went to a leather work outlet where various leather work things were explained to us. Tom and I bought a beautiful leather waste-paper bin! We then went and had a gelato in the square whist watching a puppeteer at work. After that we were …
... had closed. He'll leave Mum and Ally to do the bartering on his behalf tomorrow whilst the boys are on the Ferrari tour! Dad bought a Breitling watch rip-off from a seller in an alley on the way to dinner. Asking $75 and got it for $25. It even keeps time! Dinner was great. Mum had vegi lasagne, Ally had Napoli pizza with capers, LJ same without and Dad had chicken with truffle sauce. Yummy all round. Back to the apartment, cards and bed. Early rise for the boys ...
... are air conditioned while most homes and buildings are not.
The day was a relaxing one of exploring areas not yet seen by either of us, since I had spent my 2 weeks as a student rather than tourist. We shopped, and ate, shopped and ate some more, and visited a museum and part of the Boboli Gardens.
Having the car, even if just to go to the bus stop and park, was very liberating, as we did not have to depend on anyone for a ride from the bus stop and by this time, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Athenaeum Hotel Florence
Ideal weekend break hotel
An ideal hotel in terms of value, cleanliness, location and helpfulness of staff. The stylish web pictures are true to form and we didn't need a big room. There was a deal with the hotel for 3 nights for the price of 2. We stayed for a weekend while my parents stayed on for another few days. It is minutes from David, Duomo etc. but still comfortably away from the jostling of city centre Florence. We preferred the other side of Florence (across the river): Piazza de Santo Spiritu, Piazza Pitti etc. where there are restaurants which the locals seem to frequent more than those near the Duomo. This is about a pleasant 20 minute walk from the hotel.
Central and Nice!
Stayed in the hotel at the start of February '06, no complaints atall. Hotel is good and central - 5 mins to Duomo, 3 mins to David etc. Room not very large but about average for a European City hotel. Breakfast was standard croissants, ham, cheese etc with additional charge for extras (try the scrambled eggs & bacon, very tasty!) Was very late checking in on the first night but had no problems whatsoever. All staff encountered were freindly and welcoming. Would recommend this hotel without hesitation, however shop around if booking on the internet - The hotels own website were quoting €435 for 3 nights - we got it for €340 from another site.
I wanted to stay at a clean, new, and modern hotel which is why I chose to stay here.
Athenaeum is Awesomely Good
absolutely awesome hotel which is centrally located and cheap to boot!
we booked directly with the hotel online and were treated like stars from the moment we arrived to the moment we left.
all the city's main monuments are within minutes walking distance and we even popped into a local Irish pub round the corner called Finnegan's (say hello to Scottish Simon if you go there)
lovely hotel, we will definitely be back
My daughter and I spent two days at the Athenaeum and we were very glad there.
This hotel is the berries i.e. absolutely brilliant. We got a special deal by booking direct and cannot be happier with the quality of accommodation and service on offer.
I just came back from my visit to Florence. I am very selective in my taste of hotels with lots of requirements. After reading the reviews of Athenaeum on tripadvisor, I decided to book it. I was totally satisfied with what I got. The room was PERFECT. It had a wonderful modern furnishing, the bed linen was always fresh and clean, the towls are fresh and crisp, and the television screen is almost plasma.
Enjoyed my stay at the Hotel Athenaeum
I stayed at the Hotel Atenaeum for five nights in August and absolutely loved it! My mother and I was well taken care of and the hotel is immaculate. They changed the linens every day, unlike other hotels in Italy, only every three days. The hotel staff was every helpful, but my only complain was that they didn't allowed you to iron in your room and I didn't have a iron of my own (so my clothes were a little wrinkled:-).
Great Hotel with Excellent Service
My husband and I stayed at this hotel on our honeymoon last October. The staff was absolutely superb. They were very friendly and extremely helpful! We stayed in a room that had a very spacious balcony that you could view the Duomo from. Compared to the rates we paid for other hotels, this room was a bargin. The rooms were exceptionally clean and nice in size. The hotel has a very sleek and modern style. We absolutely loved it and will definitely stay there again.
We have just spent 3 very enjoyable nights at the Athenaeum. The hotel is brand new, very modern and contemporary and the bedrooms were spotless, even if not massive. We found all of the hotel staff very friendly and approachable and they were always happy to assist. We would definately return and would recommend the hotel to anyone, who doesn't mind a 5-10 minute stroll to the main 'duomo' piazza.