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We arrived in Florence during the early afternoon, by train from Rome, and walked to our hotel about 1 km away. Our hotel was La Fortezza and it is located near the Fortezza de Basso on a relatively quiet side street. We checked in and found our room to be very lovely and comfortable. I had emailed the hotel in advance to ask them to make a …
... that didn't stop Mom, Dad, Tom and me from walking around the whole city while CJ worked on some schoolwork. We had a late start because we putzed around the apartment a bit and Mom and Dad found a cool market where they bought us some food for the next few days. When we ventured out, we walked out to Ponte Vecchio again (can't get enough of that bridge!) and over to the other side, where we had lunch, wine, and the first cannoli of the trip. We continued along the Arno River ...
... Florence. That was very pretty. We all went to lunch which was't great.
We had the whole afternoon to do whatever we wanted. My mom asked my sister and me what we wanted to do and we responded in sync: "faire du shopping!" (If you didn't understand that, it means shop) So, off we went. I found a leather bag, my dad found shoes, my mom and sister also found purses, and my sister even bought a little toy for our dog. ...
... galleria are not much to write about, but there are many. Every galleria or museum I've been to that has a sculpture exhibit has a sculpture of Hercules. I'm not even sure where the real one or the first one is! But, nonetheless, he's always in full form and standing 20 feet high. Just marvelous. ;-) After Uffizi, I walked back to my hotel, grabbing a small bite to eat and a glass of vino rosso. Nothing spectacular. The wine was good, though. Tonight there is a Concerti at ...
... line by making our purchase at a self service machine. Our travel skills are improving!
We located our hotel with ease today. It was less than a ten minute walk from the station. After dropping off our bags and getting tour tips from Nicolleta we started to explore the city of Florence. We went to Plazza SIgnoria, Plazza San Croce, and Plazza Vecchio. In Plazza San Croce there is the Basilica of San Croce which we viewed from ...
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I liked this hotel for its decent price for the above average service and room.
The staff is friendly and very helpful with info. about sights to see. The hotel though is a brisk 20 min walk from the town center (and 15 min from the train station), and not easy to find and if you have kids or hate walking then think of other places.
I recommend the la circola restuarant near the hotel (ask the front desk). Ate 3 days straight there. There is also a bar nearby.
I am not a fan of the hotel modernist decor or the shower (too small).
A wonderful place to stay
We recently spent three weeks in Europe, from September 21 through October 12. See my other reviews of the Hotel Alimandi in Rome, the Hotel Bernardi in Venice, the Libertel Austerlitz in Paris, and the Ibis Earl's Court in London. The third stop on our European trip was for three days in Florence and the La Fortezza Hotel on Via Giovanni Milton.
This hotel was a wonderful and thoroughly pleasant surprise. The rooms were flawless - great hardwood floors, funky lamps and decor, and an ultra-modern bathroom. The maid service was tip-top.
The staff was terrific, especially Marco B., and the breakfast was excellent. The young woman who serviced the breakfast room was friendly and welcoming. The breakfast was superb.
The hotel is about 10 minutes walk north of the main train station, on a street bordering what once must have been a creek. Next door is the building housing the Italian Olympic Committee. There is good bus service and shops and places to eat nearby. The great thing about the location is that you are away from the crammed main tourist area, but because Florence is not that big, all of the main attractions (the Uffizi, the Accademia, the Duomo) are within easy walking distance (about 15 - 20 minutes). As an added bonus, we had a great view of a leafy courtyard and a domed Russian church from our room window.
The La Fortezza is a clean, quiet, and comfortable hotel, well worth your stay. I would recommend it to even the fussiest of travelers.
Quiet and comfortable
I agree with all the positive reviews. This is a straightforward hotel, clean, quiet and comfortable. We slept about 10 hours each night! Staff are friendly and helpful.
I have eaten fresher food for breakfast (that seems to be the Florentine way, not this hotel), and I have used a bigger shower - but that's not important. What mattered to us was the peace and comfort to sleep off the effects of some serious gallery-walking.
There is a good, friendly restaurant-pizzeria 'Chirola' just 5 mins away (hotel staff will direct you, and give you a city map) and the city and station are within easy (and interesting) walking distance - unless you have big luggage or have already walked all day!
We would certainly stay here again.
Excellent value for money
We were more than pleasantly surprised by this hotel. It is modern, clean, classy and quiet. Although a decent walk from the main station, especially if you have luggage, this hotel is well worth the visit. We intend to stay there every time we go to Florence. Good restuarants and bars close by, and a large public garden.
La Fortezza Formidable
Stayed 2 nights here and had a lovely room on the ground level (underground from the street and traffic), backing onto a courtyard. Very helpful staff, delicious breakfast. A bit of a hike from the centre of town but nice and quiet when we got there. Very happy with our stay.
LaFortezza - Great Little Place
Spent three nights in Firenze in May with my family (wife and two adult children). LaFortezza was a great place to stay...not too expensive. Convenient location just on the outskirts of the central district. An easy walk to all that Firenze has to see, yet we could conveniently escape back to the hotel...away from all the hustle and bustle of downtown. If we ever get back to Firenze, we definately would stay at the LaFortezza again.
Clean and Friendly
We spent three nights at La Fortezza in late December. It is not a luxury hotel, but the staff is extremely helpful. The hotel has large, clean rooms, and a nice meeting area next to the reception desk. It is convenient to the train station, and Florence is an easy city to explore by foot. I would highly recommend this hotel.
This is a very new hotel, about 10/11 months old. It's the best hotel i've been to in Italy so far! The rooms were big and very comfortable, sleek & high-tec designs, card-access to rooms, even the TV reception was very clear! And it offers the best buffet breakfast i've had in italy hotels! You ask for expresso or cappucino, you'll get it! And the waitress is very warm & friendly. The lady receptionist was also very friendly and helpful. We wanted to go for a tour but was cancelled and she took the initiative to help us co-ordinate a taxi with another couple who also wanted to go so that we can cost share the fare! Only set-back is that it's not located in the city centre. It's about 15 mins. walk from the train station and 25 mins walk to the city centre.
So, if you don't mind the walking, it's worth it! Also check out the restaurant Chirola which is around the corner. Serves good italian food at affordable prices and a very friendly Romanian waitress.