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Leaving the dodgy people still sifting around Rome train station, we boarded the train again for the second to last leg of our epic two week adventure. By mid afternoon we had reached our destination. With luggage in tow we navigated the busy streets towards our hotel. On our way, we passed one of the main reasons for our stop here. Almost directly …
Today we took the train to Florence. We slept in and had breakfast at the Hilton and enjoyed the view for a short time before boarding the shuttle for the city. I was a bit nervous about catching our train as we weren't entirely sure where to go. On the way we were held up because an idiotic woman decided to park her car in the middle of the street …
I wasn't sure I was ready to leave Venice. But, we'd bought the train tickets (€77 for 2) from a machine in the train station a few days earlier and we would have to leave eventually...and rain was coming again to Venice.
So on a gray Sunday morning, we hauled our suitcases down to the Grand Canal and boarded a water bus to the …
We've arrived and as I promised the girls - we've had gelato everyday atleast once - sometimes twice. Tonight I had the unusual combo of tiramisu and strawberry (fragole). We've seen "David" and today spent the morning at The Uffizi. The lines remind me of Disney as you have to wonder why anyone would stand in such long lines when you can "fast …
Our train ride to Pisa and Lucca were lovely. It was so easy to walk to the station and all departures left on time. What a concept. We played tourist going to Pisa just long enough to take pictures of us holding up the tower and Julia bought her friends some small souvenirs. Then we hopped back on the train for Lucca which has a wall around the …
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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.
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.
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.