Travel Blogs from Florence
... D&G sunglasses- gag. At first we werent too fond of Florence. Just too many people. The next morning we went on a guided walking tour of the historical part of Florence, and we started to like it more. There were a lot less people roaming about so it was much easier to enjoy Florence for itself. We walked by the Duomo, saw the Gates of Paradise made by Ghiberti, learned about Dante and stopped at the best gelato place in Florence, according ...
... on...from all the al-fresco dining, to the people wandering with the same looks of awe on their faces.... i heard music in the distance so i decided to follow it to it's source.... only to be greeted by a guitarist playing to a gathering crowd of people on the steps of the monument by one of the main squares... i decided to sit and enjoy the music and the atmosphere, and got chatting to a local artist, who told me lots of interesting things and ...
... at me like I was crazy, cuz I mean it makes sense, a 5K, walking, shouldn't take that long. But by 11:00 we had just passed the 1K marker. We made a detour into the Boboli Gardens, which again usually costs to get in, but we got in for free. We had amazing views of Florence, and took pictures of the beautiful gardens. By the time we got out, we were starving and somehow passed the 8K marker. I don't know how much we really ended up walking, but ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Globus Hotel Florence
Avoid the Ground Floor!!
Stayed at the Globus Hotel 25-27th Sept. We booked the Globus after reading reviews from tripadvisor. We enjoyed our stay, the rooms were clean and the reception staff were very helpful. The only thing that I would greatly recommended is to make sure you ask for a room that is not on the ground floor. The room we had was next to the breakfast room/reception so was extremely noisy. We paid extra for a superior room thinking we would have a view but we were told that this needs to be specified at time of booking. Our room looked over the hotel boiler.
Would I return? Probably not!
Great Location, Good Valu
We stayed at Hotel Globus for 2 nights, mid Sept 2003. We definitely liked the hotel and would stay again, however I don't know if I think it was as great as some of the other reviews. Definitely good place but not totally amazing. For the price and location it was the best place I've stayed in Florence before (been there 4 times). Hotel is updated and has very Danish-like decor --- simple, clean lines, a bit stark.
Very nice staff, clean rooms with internet access (although it wasn't working when we were there). Great location -- Near the train station, close to the Duomo and other key attractions. Hotel provided good and moderately priced options for dinners. Breakfast was average -- not a lot to offer but acceptable. Overall, I would definitely recommend this place and think it is a great value.
Loved the Globus - also a restaurant recommendation.
My husband and I spent 4 nights at the Globus and it was my favorite place we stayed. It was clean, clean, clean and the front desk staff was outstandingly helpful. The location was supurb if you are traveling by train. We got the smallest economical room, but it was fine for our needs.Make the walk to dine at Il Contadino. It was so good we ate there twice. It is more of a working class retaurant, but is excellent. For 9 euro you get a bottle of wine, 2 plates of food and a bottle of mineral water. Service is included as well, but we always left an extra tip because we enjoyed it so much! The front desk can tell you where it is, they recommended it to us. I wish I could eat like that for $9 in the states!
Great Stay At Hotel Globus
We booked this hotel based on positive reviews we read at Tripadvisor.com and are glad we did. During the first 2 weeks of September,we also visited Paris, Rome, Frankfurt and Hotel Globus was our favorite. Ideally located, it is a short walk from the train station, within walking distance to sights, and steps from San Lorenzo market - shopping galore! The hotel is a great value. CLEAN, modern and comfortable rooms. The staff is great, especially Nicolas. He made our stay more enjoyable with his hospitality and gave us great restaurant recommendations (I am a Foodie so I'm very picky about dining). We will be back at Hotel Globus next time we are in Florence.
Fab Hotel Globus
I was in Florence for unfortunately only 2 nights and chose to stay @ the Hotel Globus. What a great hotel. Nice & small. We had a free upgrade upon arrival & the room was big & super clean. The staff was very friendly & extremely helpful as well as funny. My trip to Florence was the highlight of my 3 week trip to Italy. I would return to Florence & the Hotel Globus again & again.
Newly remodeled, excellent service
Stayed 2 nights at Hotel Globus. The guys at the front desk were incredibly friendly, spoke English, and wanted to ensure we were always enjoying our stay. A laptop in the breakfast area had free high speed internet (great for keeping up with email and checking out other tourist info while abroad). This hotel used to be a 1-star and was recently remodeled to a 3-star hotel. We chose the smallest room to save money - so we knew we were getting a tiny room. It was fine for 2 people. They have bigger rooms if you're willing to pay more, but we just wanted a place to sleep. Breakfast was decent, your normal European stuff. Rooms have CNN Intl and BBC World in English. Great location. We walked everywhere. Not once did we take a taxi or bus, and we walked from the train station when we arrived (10 minute walk max).
Walked all the way up to Piazzale Michaelangelo for a gorgeous view of the city from a hilltop. If you stay here, there's a great restaurant right across the street (Palle de Oro, about 4 stores to your left when walking out the front door of the hotel). Also Za-Za is in a courtyard right past the Market area, in an area called Piazza del Mercato Centrale. We ate there twice because it was so good. Right across the square from Za-Za is the BEST gelato we ate in Italy - and we sampled about 15 different places!
Fab hotel, great location
Had a wonderful stay in Hotel Globus, perfect location, staff very pleasant & helpful.