Travel Blogs from Florence
... lucky, you might get to see someone making something interesting. We did get to see the artist at work, and we also stopped in to a store where they make gorgeous etchings, also on site. I really liked the etchings, but they were understandably pretty expensive, so I did not buy anything. My jet lagged brain was very tired trying to keep up with the Italian language. It's exhausting. Jake announced that he wants to learn Italian and live in Italy. I have no problem ...
... you are a little child) or put you feet on the wall. We of course were perfectly behaved. We walked past the Uffizi Gallery and down to the Arno River. Florence has the most beautiful architecture that I think rivals even Paris. We walked down to the Ponte Vecchio and avoided getting run down by vespas and taxis. Once we made our mandatory stop on the bridge and wondered if anyone really buys all the jewelry, we walked down the side of ...
... noticed the stained glass windows. Amazing detail and rich colours. I tried to take photos but I don't think they've turned out. I wandered around the church until I made it to the alter which is under the cupola. There is a beautiful painting of the last judgement on the ceiling of the cupola painted by Brunelleschi. I'm gonna call it...I think it was more impressive than Michelangelo's last judgement in the Sistine chapel.
... small Aussie group decided we would have lunch first then do photos and shopping afterwards as we had 3 ― hours here. We found a restaurant which served wonderful pasta and drinks as we celebrated Michael’s birthday in Pisa! A lovely lunch with lovely company.
Once our bellies were full, we then wandered the ‘main drag’ taking picture after picture, checking out the shopping as well as taking in the sight of this ...
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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.
Wonderful Hotel- Loved it so much
I wanted to stay at a clean, new, and modern hotel which is why I chose to stay here.
It was wonderful. I stayed with my family, we had two rooms. They were extremely clean and neat. Very good size room for Europe. The decor is beautiful. All the decor including the lighting is contemporary and modern. The bathroom is large and clean. One of our rooms had a view of the courtyard, the other faced the street.
The whole hotel has contemporary design, chich and highly stylish. The lobby is so comfortable with leather coaches and chairs.
The lounge/bar is very relaxing with red leather seating. The lighting in the hotel changes from pink/blue/purple which gives off a calm atmosphere.
The restaurant was excellant. Very beautiful decor again. The food was very good and reasonably priced. The waiter was excellant and so professional. He made everything perfect. While you eat, there is an amazing view of the courtyard. The courtyard has a beautiful Japanese inspired waterfall with a garden. It illuminates in the evening. In the summer you can eat right outside.
I preferred to have breakfast in our rooms rather than the breakfast room since you didn't miss much at the breakfast buffet, not a big selection.
The staff were very friendly, helpful, and professional.
I didn't get to use the mini golf because it was snowing while I was there but it looked very nice.
The hotel reminded me alot of Ian Schrager's hotels in NYC like The Hudson and The Royalton.
Also very similar to the Standard in Hollywood, CA.
I can't wait to go back next time I'm in Florence.
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
Very nice stay at Athenaeum!
My daughter and I spent two days at the Athenaeum and we were very glad there.
Everything is modern and clean. The furniture is wooden and leather. The bath is on marble, with a good variety of toileteries and two robes and slippers. The room has a plasma TV.
There is a free business center.
Check in and check out was quick and exactly the stipulated price.
The staff is very efficient and polite.
The buffet breakfast was excellent and the staff there couldnīt be better, asking if we needed something else; they served not chilled juice specially from the kitchen to me, as I wanted.
The location is great because itīs walking distance from every place in Florence. But, in a hurry, thereīs a taxi stop two blocks from the hotel.
Donīt miss the Ufizzi Gallery (buying the tickets in advance), the Accademia and the Mediciīs Chappel. The view from the Duomo is incredible; but after climbing more than 400 steps. Itīs worth the effort!
And take a bus to San Gimignano, a wonderful place near Florence.
Athenaeum is Excellent Hotel
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.
It is brand spanking new as I think it only opened last year or at the earliest in 2003. All of the hotel's public areas are immaculate, spacious and the staff are all young and friendly.
Although we never ate at the restaurant it looks great although a little pricey. We preferred to go local and eat in the many trattorias and restaurants round the hotel. There is also a lovely Greek restaurant and an Irish pub called Finegans in the adjacent street called via san gallo. One evening we went to the pub to watch Manchester United in the Champions League with English commentary.
All the major attractions are only minutes walk away.
Perfect place to stay in Florence
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.
The breakfast is just typical nice itlaina and you get a wide range of cakes and cheeses.Their coffee is wonderful!
The only issue about the hotel is noise related. If you don't mind the street noise, then you can go for any room, however, if you are like me can't sleep with lots of noise then ask for a room at the back. I asked for that the second night and was immediately accomodated. My stay was just peacful.
Finally, the hotel location is great. it is 5-10 minutes walk from EVERYTHING. i didn't used a taxi except from and to the airport.
I would defintely go there again.
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.