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Travel Blogs from Florence
Arrived at the birthplace of the renaissance today: Florence. Easy train from siena and an easy walk to my hostel in the middle of town. Dropped off my bag and went out to explore.
I hadn't realised but the two big galleries here often have huge queues and my guidebook advised booking ahead to get in without too much waiting. So that changed my plans for the afternoon slightly. Took a stroll around the duomo after getting some takeaway pasta ...
... reservations at La Buca di Sant'Antonio and had a very nice lunch. The gnocchi redeemed the country for one of my favorite dishes and one of the kids had a simply awesome farrow and bean soup. Overall a very yummy meal.
Post lunch we bused it over to Pisa, a very small little industrial town with a block of the most stunning architecture. The tower is amazing to see. The duomo ...
... hadn’t seen yet. We headed back to the traino to get the hire bikes and book tickets to Florence for Sunday. We got the bikes and started cruising around town, it’s a pretty town. We headed over to the non touristy side of town to visit a series of gardens that Michelangelo was meant to have designed. The gardens were very peaceful, we chilled out walking through them for an hour or two. Next destination was up to Michelangelo piazza. The piazza isn’t impressive at ...
The days have been starting earlier and earlier, 8:30 am from now on! After our art history class we headed over to Santa Maria Novella. It was beautiful from the outside and inside. I loved the patterning on the ceilings through out the whole church. We spent much of the time sketching inside this church.
Next we headed over to the Church of San Lorenzo, it looks rather plain from them the outside- apparently Michaelangelo ...
... long. Took photos of the statues in the nearby piazza and made our way to piazza del duomo. The exterior of this impressive cathedral is by far the biggest and best we have see to date. We did not go in due the long line of people. Lunch was in the shadow of this magnificent cathedral. Meandered our way home after being out and about for 5 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Diplomat Hotel Florence
We booked the Diplomat after reading previous reviews, so we were fully aware there was no cocktail lounge or piano bar on the premises. I can understand the disappointment of people who chose the hotel based on such misleading information, but still we found the Diplomat a very good 3* modern hotel, perfectly located by the train station, and within walking distance to everywhere in the historic centre of Florence. We also found the area perfectly safe, if hardly Florence's prettiest. Even the hotel seemed rather shabby from the outside, but once inside the whole place looked like it had just been renovated, absolutely immaculate, simply but tastefully decorated all throughout.
Room was big and bathroom was a wide open space
Among the 4 hotels we stayed in Italy, Diplomat Hotel had the most spacious room. The bathroom was huge with no shower or bathroom enclosure. Once we took a shower the entire bathroom was wet. Looking back I think they gave us a room for disabled people. The breakfast was okay. The hotel is located across from the train and bus station and is walking distance to the city proper. I would stay in this hotel again in the future.
My friend and I stayed at the Diplomat for 5 nights. While the hotel is very convenient for the train station, it is located in a seedy area where we were hesitant to walk at night (we were two women travelling together). The room was clean and fairly modern; however, the air conditioning is locked and monitored from the front desk, and is basically useless. If this is important to you, do not stay here. Our toilet ran (loudly!) for 4 of the 5 days, until one kind night desk man went up and fixed it for us. The others ignored our request. Breakfast was very nice, in a clean room overlooking the city. It appeared to us that much of the hotel's business comes from tour groups, changing out daily, so I think this left them with little time for concern about indivdual travelers.
Good hotel, good location
We stayed here one night in August 2005. This hotel is super convenient to the train station, and felt very safe. The room was spotlessly clean, fresh, good bed and linens, storage space, and airconditioning. We even had a patio off our room. The bathroom was also quite large, especially for Europe. Staff was very helpful, getting us reservations for David and holding our bags for us after checkout. They do serve breakfast, although it was not good; however, this should not deter you from this great value hotel. We would definitely stay here again.
This hotel was right in town, we loved it. Resturants, bars, Ponte Vecchio, churches, shops, Post office, all within walking distance. The rooms were tiny, but very clean. The breakfast room had a lovely view, where we enjoyed our pasteries, meats and cheeses. We were part of the Cosmos tour, so we were not expecting too much, we were very pleased with this hotel.
Best Value In Italy
The hotel Diplomat was the best value we found during our 3 week stay in Europe. It was very clean, quiet, & had great AC. It was located just across the street from the train station so it was easy to find, especially while carrying bags. Although this wasn't exactly the best location in Florence, it was easy to get to. The many attraction were about a 10 minute walk. During the hottest parts of the day it was a nice place to go & rest. It wasn't the greatest hotel we have seen, but it definatly had everything we wanted.
The hotel is literally across the street for the train station, and this is not a negative in any way. Do not be worried about noise, as you can't hear the trains. Maybe some average traffic noise is the worst of it.
Piano Bar?... Lounge???
The brochure of the Diplomat, available right there on its lobby, list a "Piano Bar" and a "Cocktail Lounge" among its amenities. But neither exists. I asked the personnel at the reception desk, and they told me - puzzled by my question - that there is no "piano Bar" nor a "Lounge"..... Interesting imagination of its marketing advisor!
I recommend Hotel Diplomat
The interior is much nicer than the exterior/lobby of this hotel. The location is great for train travellers - it's right across the street from the station. The rooms are lovely and modern with marble bathroom, towel warmer and new-looking furniture, bedding, carpet, etc. Our room even had a large balcony (not much use this cold winter). The breakfast room had a million dollar view of the Duomo. The breakfast of meat, cheese, hardboiled eggs, rolls, cereal and sweets was good - the only negative is the coffee machine/juice. The location is a bit far from the city center (20 min. walk). There are several good budget restaurants on Via Palazzuolo after a long day of touring.
This hotel is great value. It is right across the road from the Santa Maria Novell Station and easy to access all the sites.
Breakfast is a buffet with lots of pastries and its on the 5th Floor of the hotel with views over the city. The hotel has just been renovated and is very clean and modern. Friendly staff, very clean. I shall certainly be staying there again on my next shopping expedition to florence.