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Great Location, Although not convinced about the 4* rating.
What makes this hotel a four star is the great location. Other than that I would say that this is a 3 star hotel inside.
Rooms are spacious, but the decor of the rooms are a bit outdated. The bathrooms are especially bad, cheesy blue ceramic fittings and badly laid out designs. We had to squeeze b/w the toilet and bidet to get into the shower, which has a very weird folding door to pull over the bath to stop water getting on the floor. Not pratical at all. No robes and they did not replenish the bathroom supplies either.
Breakfast can't be faulted, but lack of room service is a minus.
Service is generally very good though.
We initially had a room on the first floor overlooking the river, which had a french door and a small balcony. However the door did not shut properly so it was like sleeping on the street with all the noise. Luckily we had ear plugs! Managed to change to a room overlooking the river on the fifth floor the next day, no noise.
At 270 Euros a night, I think it is a lot for the quality of the hotel, but as I said initially, the location sells the hotel. If you can get a cheaper price than we paid and make sure you have a room high up, then the hotel is fine. I was just disappointed by the out dated decor in the rooms for it to class itself a four star.
Ideal location, nice room, great staff
Spent 4 nights at the Hotel Berchielli in early August. What a nice hotel in a great location - on the Arno, midway between the Ponte Vecchio and Santa Trinita. Spacious room, comfortably appointed. Excellent breakfast buffet. The 4th floor rooftop garden was a perfect place to while away the heat of the afternoon, listening to the sounds of Florence. Staff most helpful with reservations, train tickets, etc. After the massive scale of the Duomo, the Uffizi, Pitti Palace & Santa Croce, don't bypass Chiesa di Santi Apostoli just across the Piazza del Limbo. There are less expensive rooms in Florence, but I can't imagine a better value. The next time we visit Florence, we will return to the Berchielli.
Look No Further for a Hotel in Florence
After tiny rooms in Naples and Rome (at a substantially higher price), what a delight to stay at Hotel Berchielli! Our very large room had a fabulous view of the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio. In the early morning, the houses on the other side of the river were perfectly reflected in the water - awesome! The breakfast buffet included scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and pancakes! You can't beat the location and, except for one somewhat taciturn woman at reception, the staff was great, especially Giovanni, the bartender. There was some hallway noise and some noise from adjacent rooms but I wouldn't bother to look for another hotel in Florence. We highly recommend Ristorante Garga, Trattoria Bordino and the wine bar, Le Volpi e L'Uva.
A very pleasurable experience
The Berchielli enjoys an excellent location, directly next to the Ponte Vecchio and only minutes from the Uffizi Gallery and Piazza de la Signorina. The hotel is superbly decorated in a refreshingly different art-deco fashion and provides all amenities one could expect in a 4-star hotel. The staff are professional, business-like and competent. Room accomodation was very good and comfortable. One major plus point for Anglo-American visitors: the Berchielli is one of the very few hotels in continental Europe which actually cooks breakfast bacon in a way that corresponds to a traditional English breakfast and tastes. For this alone their kitchen staff deserve some sort of award. The hotel can be recommended unreservedly.
A romantic location in Florence
Despite very many visits to Italy this was my first visit to Florence, a city I had always wished to visit so I was anxious to select the perfect hotel for myself and my husband for a romantic break and spent much time deliberating using the internet. Although there are only a few reviews for this hotel it seemed to provide what we were looking for, particularly a fine location. So we went for it and the hotel more than lived up to expectations. We chose a standard room, deciding not to upgrade to a river view, thinking that the rooms to the rear of the hotel would be quieter. We were given a lovely room beautifully decorated in typical Italiante style overlooking a small ancient courtyard and camponile, very peaceful. Room was adequate in size but I fell in love with the huge split-level sunken marble bathroom!
Hotel location is perfect, on the Arno between the Ponte Vecchio and Ponte Santa Trinita, with wonderful views. Everything you would wish to see in Florence is within easy walking distance and it is handy to pop back to the hotel late afternoon/early evening after a busy day to sit in the beautiful and peaceful roof garden, which we loved.
Service at the hotel is the best, it appears they have a high ratio of staff to guests and everything you require is attended to straight away but with a genuine pleasing attitude which gives the impression they really care whether you enjoy your stay - and we certainly enjoyed ours. When there were problems obtaining tickets for the galleries (entirely our own fault) the reception staff pulled out all the stops to get us a booking, very definately going beyond what could be expected of them and getting a result for us.
The hotel is well placed for restaurants and trattorias - try Buca dell'Orafo nearby in an alley at the back of the Uffici. We also tried a recommendation made by the hotel which we enjoyed very much both for food and a very welcoming atmosphere. An earlier reviewer criticised the room service. I can't comment on this as we didn't need it or use it, have to say I can't really imagine why anyone would want to eat in their room in Florence with so many superb places to eat.
The breakfast is better than average, I enjoyed it very much and it is a meal I usually miss out.
When we return to Florence next year we will stay at the Berchielli again. There is no point in going anywhere else as this hotel gave us everything we wanted (I will admit we can be a bit fussy!). You could pay more for less elsewhere.
I am sorry this is such a long review but I felt the hotel deserved a full write-up as there is not much on there at present and it is truly excellent. If you have any queries re the Hotel Berchielli, you are welocme to Email me.
A fine hotel in a great location
We stayed at this splendid hotel for almost a week in April 2004, and recommend it most highly. Our first room was most comfortable and spacious; but when we had a problem with the plumbing, the desk sent a man at once, and when he could not fix things, they voluntarily moved us to an upgraded room overlooking the Arno. Service was always courteous and helpful. The breakfasts were abundant and good. The location - half a block from the Ponte Vecchio - could not be bettered. This hotel offers real value for money; one could spend two or three times as much in Florence with no serious increase in comfort, and a much less convenient location.
Excellent location, very close to the ponte vecchio and all other attractions. However, not sure that this should be classed as a 4* - the room service menu was extremely limited and very expensive, and the facilities within the room were limited. nevertheless, a pleasant hotel which served as an excellent base during our stay in Florence
Great place to stay
This is a lovely hotel. The rooms are large and clean with smart marble tiled bathroom. We had a lovely room with a balcony overlooking the river. Its very central, just round the corner from the Ponte Vecchio and a few minutes walk from the main tourist areas and the designer shops. The staff were excellent and very helpful.
Really Nice Hotel
We stayed here in May '02 for a week. The hotel is on the Arno about half a block from the Ponte Vecchio. The room was immaculate and very tastefully decorated and a big, tile bath w/shower, toilet and bidet.
The front desk, concierge, bartenders and bellhop were just wonderful with getting us cabs, train tickets (delivered to the hotel), ristorante reservations etc.
The bar was great, light meals, great drinks and great conversation with the bartender. We had two teens with us that had their own room and the bartender was always awesome to them, cooking omelets and making shirley temples. I would stay here again in a heartbeat! They made us feel right at home!
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