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Just a quick post today...we have free internet at the hotel but there's a 15 minute limit...plus it's breakfast time and I needs my coffee!! ;) Mom and I are in Florence now, and it is as wonderful as we both remembered it. We have plans to visit the Medici chapels (designed by my new favorite dude, Michelangelo) and the Medici palace today, then …
Today Mom and I leave Florence for Venice. We are getting packed up and ready to head to Florence's train station now, then will be on a 3 hour train to Venice. We have had a great time while here in Florence. On Tuesday we saw the Medici-Riccardi palace where Lorenzo the Magnificent and his family lived, including Michelangelo who lived there …
Arrived in Florence and it rained all day the first day, though that did not stop me from walking all over town for hours. There's so much shopping here.... for those of you who shop at Fendi, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Prada, etc. etc. I was actually hoping to buy something authentically Italian to wear as I'm getting a bit tired of my selection of 5 …
Having made the (relatively uneventful) journey from Venice to Florence, we swarmed out of the fascist Ferrovia to our hotel on Via Calzaiuoli. About 50 metres from the Duomo and 200m from the Uffizi, the location is insurpassable for an Art Historian's point of view.
The first evening saw us squawk like chickens across Piazza Santa Croce …
It has been a very long eight days, but once so full of the unspeakably beautiful that it has passed in the flash of an eye.
As I sit I can hear the ubiquitous chatter, almost cricket-like, that rushes through the streets of Florence from its spine on Via Calzaiuoli.
The magic of Italy sadly does not extend to its clubs. Last …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Maxim Florence
Terrific location near everything. Pleasant, accommodating staff. A bit rough around the edges, but overall excellent value for the price.
Great location, value for money hotel
The Hotel Maxim is a block from the Duomo, two minutes from the Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi gallery and just round the corner from the Plaza Republica - you couldn't get a better location in Florence. It's on the third floor of an old building and has a typical four person max. elevator. The staff were welcoming and always friendly. Our room had a wooden beamed ceiling, wooden floor and very comfortable bed. Like the rest of the hotel, our room was very clean. Plenty of hot water and the heating was excellent (it was snowing when we arrived). For the price, the hotel was a real bargain and we're already making plans to return. If you want a clean, inexpensive "no frills" hotel in central Florence, you should consider the Hotel Maxim.
The location cannot be beat!
We will never stay anywhere else when we visit Florence again! Though the hotel itself is not the best, the location cannot be beat. We found our room and bathroom very clean. The towels are very thin and the shower is strange because it's not separated from the rest of the restroom. However, the staff is friendly and the breakfast was OK. We really did not spend very much time in our room at all. Why would you? You are in the most beautiful and romantic city in the world! The location of this hotel makes up for all its drawbacks. I would definitely recommend it!
This hotel is not only dirty, it smells like it is over the city sewer line, sheets have holes in them, dust is an inch thick on the furniture, blankets contain more hairs (of other people) than most have on their heads, walls are in need of a paint job, etc... None of this makes up for its location!!
Full Access to Florence
Besides the obvious prime location; next to the Duomo, on the busy Via Dei Calzaiuoli and minutes from the Accademia, Uffizi and the train station, this hotel was welcoming and comfortable. Our room was air conditioned, the breakfast was okay, and the lack of a television in the rooms brought guests to the hotel lobby to sit around the coffee table and talk about restaurants they loved and sights they have seen. For those on a day trip from Siena and are looking to spend the night, this hotel is 10 minutes away from the SITA bus station, where it only takes 30 minutes to get from city to city. Personal suggestions for eating nearby; Osteria Vini e Vecchi Sapori north of Palazzo Vecchio for dinner and the Gelateria Carrozze for the best gelato in town. Enjoy!
I ended up at Hotel Maxim after reading reviews on TripAdvisor.com. The first room I was given had a bathroom with a shower (ensuite). However, the shower was the entire bathroom - like a cruise ship. The drain was in the center of the bathroom and the toilet, sink, etc. would have gotten wet had I used it. I was terribly disappointed by this because no reviews had mentioned this messy shower situation. After my first night I inquired if all the room's shower situations were like this and was quickly moved to another, much more comfortable room with bathroom that had a separate shower with shower curtain.
Maxim, great find
Hotel Maxim, this is in a fabulous location and great value,would stay there again, also the staff are very helpful and friendly, rooms are very clean & have a separate bathroom, there is a new and old section we stayed in the older section and this was great, but we have been told that the newer section is even better, cheers
The location of the hotel is superb, it is close to everything you want to see in Florence. Our room was facing via del Calzaiuoli, a very busy street during the day and night, but the room (with the window and shutter closed) was reasonably quiet at night. The quality of the facility inside the room was not that great but sufficient to meet minimum needs for a hotel stay. The lobby of the building and the elevator look a bit scary (kind of shabby). The location of this hotel is the best thing I found. (I went to Florence last year staying in a nice hotel but way too far from everyting.) Most of the sights are within walking distance, except for Piazzale Michelangelo. I found that very helpful for my visit, I just walked to all major sights I wanted to visit. The Uffizi, Accademia, Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Bargello, San Lorenzo street market, and even the train station are all within 5 - 15 minutes walking distance. The price is reasonable, a double room costed 103 euro per night when I visited in May.
Good and bad
The room was cramped and only moderately clean. The promised view did not exist. The price was too much. The saving grace of hotel maxim is location, location, location. After 3 days, we were glad to leave.
Great Value, Awesome Location!
Great clean hotel steps from the Duomo! It should definitely have more than a 1 star rating. I stayed at the Hotel Medici right across the street on the first night and inquired into prices at Maxim when walking by the next morning. The price was almost 1/2 of that I was paying and the room was even nicer. Looks like they did a lot of recent renovations because the bathrooms, furniture, etc. all look pretty new. Definitely a bargain and a perfect location...minutes from the Uffizi, seconds from the Duomo, a couple of blocks from the Piazza Republica. Strongly recommend. I would definitely go back.