Travel Blogs from Florence
... the same street in fact. We were all impressed with our meals, I had mushroom risotto, Zarah had gnocchi ragu and the boys both had ravioli ragu. The red was also fantastic - Ruffno Il Ducale.
We agreed on sight seeing the next day (today) via bicycles...
But when we woke this morning Denham was not well at all... He has a ...
Tuesday 20 May Robyn:
Florence... and another Italian hotel-finding saga of the Fawlty Towers type. No amount of GPS-ing, map-consulting, stopping-to-ask-the-locals, PHONING THE HOTEL for instructions, and parking illegally to walk the multitude of one-way streets was going to find this place. God finally took pity on us and gave us divine inspiration to look in a different street and there we found 'a sign', not to mention a hotel, only two and a half hours after the GPS told us ...
... or familiarity! On the train we I made vegemite sandwiches for the next day and then we had out ham and cheese sandwiches. Once at Florence (Firenze) we made our way to he hostel. This place was cool it was only €10 and the walls were pink and glittery (my kind of place!) We then took to the streets of Florence stopping to gork at the amazing pink white and green Duomo that towered over our heads, we also saw the door made out of gold, meg pointing out that the sculpture had ...
... an opera house, piazzas, and the Uffizi. I can't really tell you all the places I've been. All I know is I saw some impressive architecture, arches, statues, street performers, and paintings. I entered the Uffizi and saw some impressive Renaissance paintings. My favorite one was The Birth of Venus. It was amazing to think that it was right there in front of me!
Today was started with a walking tour by a really knowledgeable local tour guide who not only told us about the buildings and statues and who designed each piece but also how these people interacted and their personalities as well.
Following that we were allowed free time so I hung out with Ray and Lisa and we went SHOPPING!! :-) Florence is well known for its leather products and part of the tour was a demonstration of how to spot a fake ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Londra Florence
Very Nice Stay At The Londra
Nice hotel. VERY helpful staff. Great little lounge...try the Londra Special. Rooms were nice. Clean. Location could have been a little better but it is a safe area. Convenient to visting the historic district by foot. Great dinner suggestions.
This hotel is NOT safe. They still use actual keys for their rooms - not magnetic cards, etc. While we were sleeping, someone broke into our room and stole all of our money. Oh, and the room was disgusting to begin with, but that would have been tolerable had the hotel been safe, at least.
Not a bad location, lavish appearance, service can be better
I got a pretty good deal for this hotel, paid $150/night for a 3 person room. The location is not bad, 3 blocks from the S.M. Novella train station, although the area is quite scary to walk alone, kind of like most train stations i've seen - 42nd Street in NY, the Termini in Rome, and this one in Florence. But with luggages coming out of the train station, it's convenient to be able to walk and not have to cab to the hotel. The hotel looks very lavish from teh outside, the lobby is nice with revolving doors, free internet access downstairs, that's a great plus, the rooms are pretty big for european standards. The one complaint I have which is not major is when i asked for a late checkout, the man was being very difficult, first he said he can't give me an extra hour instead he gave me half hour (what's an extra half hour difference?), then when i told him we have two parties in two rooms, he was difficult and didn't want to give us late checkout for both rooms. I know this is very minor, not a major issue to decide to stay in the hotel, but it's the fact that he's being difficult to the customer.
If I were to go to Florence again, i would still choose to stay at Hotel Londra if i am able to get a good rate, b/c the location is not bad, if you're young and love to walk, many of the sites are walkable, like a 15 minute walk. and I loved it that there is internet access. and the breakfast is good, there is sausages and eggs.
A Jewel in the Crown of Florence
I booked 3 rooms for our family of 6 for 10 nights over Christmas and New Years. This was a fabulous hotel for its location (Florence is small enough to walk everywhere but big enough that you can never see and do everything) and for its facilities and staff. Being close to the train and bus stations allowed us to take day trips to Siena, Pisa and Venice with no problems whatever. The full buffet breakfast that was included with the price of the rooms saved me a bundle of money in starting off every day right by feeding my hungry hoard with a huge selection of foods and beverages. The staff was very friendly and helpful and made reservations for us at the various galleries and museums and provided us with great recommendations for restaurants and nightlife activities. The rooms were clean and confortable and very quiet. For the price I paid and the quality of the experience, the Hotel Londra is a fantastic deal.
This hotel was the worst! During our recent trip to Italy, we stayed in numerous cities, and this was by far the worst! The Londra was dirty, and smelled like a convalescent home. I didn't even want to take my shoes off in the room. It was all I could do to get out of this place. It is close to the train station, so the sounds of trains and busses will keep you awake all night long. The area is less than desirable, and I did not feel safe. While talking to locals, the Londra was said to be a nice hotel 20 years ago, but has gone down hill. I would say it has fallen off a cliff! Do not stay here!
Nice Place to Stay
Nice place to stay, close to the train station and not a bad walk from the main tourist sites. Rooms were clean and triple was large with a large bathroom. Free internet point was a plus. Staff was helpful and able to make reservations for l'academia.
Good place to stay
Hotel is a short walk from the main railway station, but far enough not to suffer from any noise. Main tourist sights within walking distance, as are many restaurants. Staff friendly. Rooms clean and well tended. Good breakfast. Easy parking in hotel garage. Would stay again
Very Good Hotel
This was a very good hotel within walking distance from the Florence Santa Maria Novella train station and relatively close to the histroric Florence center. The rooms were very clean and roomy (by European standards) and the breakfast was more than adequate.
My only caution is to verify your room rates when you check in. They tried to tell us that our rooms were more because we asked for a corporate discount and that rate was higher than the special "tourist" rate. After much haggling, they relented and gave us the tourist rate. Slightly soured our stay, but otherwise I would recommend it.
Excellent rooms and location
The hotel Londra is located right next to the train station which is very convenient if you've arrived by train. The exterior doesn't offer much, but the interior is great. The room was spacious and very clean. The breakfast had the most variety of any hotel we were at. It's less than 1/2 mile to the duomo and all of the sites. I would definitely be willing to stay there again.
Say hi to Dino!
We stayed at the Hotel Londra last year and found it to be comfortable, clean and very convenient. If you stay there be sure to say hi to Dino in the lounge ... he's been the bartender there for more than 20 years ... speaks 4 or 5 languages and is one of the best reasons to chose this hotel. While the exterior doesn't offer the picturesque charm one might hope for, the rooms were above average and the breakfast daily outstanding. This is typical of hotels in bigger cities...don't judge a book by its cover. This is one of the few hotels in the city that has its own parking too.