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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Perseo Florence
Ugh. I cried after the first night.
Oh man, I had such high hopes for this place. We stayed here in June 2003 for 2 nights, and we were miserable both nights. Our room faced the inner courtyard and got absolutely no breeze, so it was terribly hot. The toilet leaked on you while sitting on it, which was pretty unpleasant. It also smelled kind of weird there. My travelling companion stayed there a few weeks prior with his parents and said they'd had a better room, but it wasn't spectaculor.
The upsides were: computer with internet in the "lobby," sodas for sale in the "lobby," and the awesome location. I really think there are probably better places to stay in the area.
Again and Again
Members of my family and I have stayed at Il Perseo Many Many times--- Louise,Susan and Laura have always been very friendly and helpful !! If you want "Elegant" it might not be for you. If you want a comfortable / clean place to stay it's PERFECT.
Not terrible, but definitely not great.
You probably don't want to stay in room 30. The room was very small (just big enough for a bed), and our bathroom was scarey. The bathroom literally is a shower stall with a toilet and sink in it. It's not very pleasant. We opted to use the common bathroom which was bigger than our entire room and appeared to be newly renovated. If I stayed at Il Perseo again, I probably wouldn't bother paying extra for a room with a bathroom. The staff was very nice, and they had a common area where you could hang out and listen to music, check e-mail, etc.
Excellent location but get the right room!
Budget hotel that gets my vote as above average. I specified a double room with en suite shower or bathroom and got a very large room with enormous bed and a single in the corner for a child we didn't have. The enormous bed was ace and the shower room was small but adequate. Most of all very clean, fresh towels daily etc. Friendly staff, helped get tickets for museums and recommended terrific restaurants. Florence, being ancient, all its buildings are too and this one is centrally placed with the Duomo at the end of the street. Therefore, expect accordingly ancient doors, ancient lift but that's all part of the delight of Florence. (Who wants modern in a place like that?) The lift being old-fashioned and, inmates not caring to close the gates properly, as they seem to do, this would not help a disabled person on the ground floor who would then need a runner to go up a couple of flights to shut the door home as so as the lift could come down to collect him/her. That wouldn't matter to anyone who can do stairs if required, but certainly would to those who can't. That said, there is nothing bad to say about Il Perseo but you have to request an en suite bathroom/shower when booking. It is, though, a budget hotel and, as such, could not be bettered.
This is the best budget hotel we stayed in in Italy or France.
Wonderful location. Helpful, knowledgable staff - booked museums etc.
for us. Lovely, clean room with great views and (budget)stylish decor.
Hearty Aussie style breakfasts.
Great place to stay
Despite having to walk down the hallway to get to the bathrooms, the bathrooms were extremeley clean, and the size of our 3-person room was huge. They provided us with large comforters and the heater was working fine (was there Dec. 03). The room we stayed in was quiet, as it was away from the bathroom and in a little corner of itself. The staff was friendly and the breakfast was decent. The location is excellent as it is half a block to the Dumo. I would definitely stay here again.
My fiancee and I stayed at the Il Perseo Dec. 31-Jan. 4, 2004. The rooms are quite spacious by European standards (have been to London and Paris before) and were kept clean by the staff. We had a courtyard facing room which was nice because it prevented street noise from reaching us. The Il Perseo is on a major road so this room was good.
The room itself was soundproofed from other rooms in the hotel.
The bathroom was large and had a sink, hair dryer, toilet, bidet, and large tub with hand held shower head. They provide soap and shampoo.
Never had a problem with hot water or water pressure.
The hotel itself is ideally located. You are not even a 2 minute walk from the Duomo. It's a 5-10 minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi. Great location! You can hear the church bells ringing in the morning.
The hotel is located on the 5th and 6th floors (American floor system) and there is a tiny elevator if you want to take it-we opted for the stairs every time. Only downside is that check in and breakfast room are on a different floor than where your room is located. It's not that big of a deal though.
Breakfast is great and plentiful. Breads, yogurt, cereal, juice, and coffee. There is a library of travel books so borrow one even if you have your own travel book. This will give you more information than if you just had your own book.
The staff is friendly and speak English well as most of them speak English as their first language. The Il Perseo is a great place to stay.
Great Budget Hotel
The Hotel Perseo was a great pick in this expensive city. The staff was very nice and accomidating. A great breakfast was included in the 55 Euro price! The room was clean (not quite as nice as the pictures but definitely fine). The view over the rooftops was nice. The shared bathroom was large and well kept. The only downside was that the room smelled pretty musty (the smell was coming from the sink area). I would definitely stay here again though and just request a different room (not 24).
Loved Il Perseo
I have stayed twice at Il Perseo and have had excellent service both times. The staff at the front desk were very very warm and helpful and even helped me make reservations elsewhere in Italy. The location is perfect, right in the heart of Florence and within walking distance of all memorable sights. I am going back a third time and plan to stay there again.
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... out as a look soon turned into a purchase - the good news is you can claim the tax back when you leave Europe! On the way back towards the Duomo, the shoes in the windows were too inviting to pass up so 2 pair of those went in the shopping bag as well. It was then back to the apartment to do the washing, rest the feet (and the credit card) and wait for the boys to return.
The next 2 days ...
... outside the clubs in Poland. It's seemed like forever ago the lady in Germany thought we were asking her if it was safe to sleep in the park. We have eaten and hiked scary cliff edges of the Alps. We have literally taken thousands of pictures, and listed to lectures. We have chased trains and tried to speak Italian and French. We have hand washed our undies and line dried them in our rooms. I do think we have heard about every style of church ...
... Seattle as we had inadvertantly been travelling similar routes for nearly a week. With that it mind, we took on Florence and its night life and lost, in a good way of course. Thank you Italy for an incredible expereince, I loved eeverything you threw at me and can’t wait to one day visit again. It was off to Geneva for us and my first stop in Switzerland, hold on to your wallets becase its going to be a bumpy ride!
... the last time I ever traveled to Italy in the summer, sure it WAS the hottest summer ever, but no, no, never again. That was my 6th time, and would be my last. From then on it would be Fall, Spring, and especially Winter in Italy for me. I was happy to finally drive a car in Europe, to see parts of Spain, southern France, the Riviera (France and Italy), and of course be back in my beloved Florence, but next time would shorter and cooler !!