Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
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The next stop on the trip is going to be Florence, where I plan to see the Renaissance art gallery of Uffizi. These buildings were once used by the Medici's themselves, and are full of beautiful artwork from the Renaissance time, which will allow me to better understand the rich history of Italy during the Renaissance period.
After the wet day yesterday we woke this morning to blue skies and the promise of a lovely warm day. Our local tour guide met us at the hotel shortly after breakfast and we all hopped on the yellow bus heading for our first stop...the Piazzale Michelangelo. From here we had magnificent views over the city and surrounds (thank god it was a sunny day …
This morning we woke to grey skies and a definite chill in the air with the promise of rain as we made our way south to Pisa. We all agreed that Cinque Terre was a beautiful spot and one most would make a return visit to. We arrived at Pisa mid-morning and the bus terminal was soon over run with African hawkers! At times it seemed like we were in …
... i was unsuccessfull at getting euros and the bank was closed so the guy was a meanie. then once i arrived in Florence i needed euros for the outside markets for food so i went to two different atms when finally i gave up. a miracle happened and my friend and i stumbled to a atm that worked! great day! it is a hoiday today, st. johns day or something like that so everything was kinda closed and stuff. the banks close and then reopen which is going to take some ...
... had had enough, or at least our stomachs seemed to think so. We were also really thirsty without our water bottles, so went outside to have our sandwiches and went in search of water. After lunch, we ended up in Santa Croce, a huge marble fronted church which contained the remains of both Michelangelo and Galileo. However, nearby also had supposedly the best gelato in all of Italy, so of course we had to try! I got the hazelnut and rice flavoured ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
A relaxing treat to go to and nicely decorated too!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Great view and location
I stayed in this hotel as part of an organised tour in October 2004.
I had a room facing the street, with a balcony. I had great views over a park opposite the hotel, which was really nice. Unlike other people who have reviewed this hotel, I did not find the street noise a problem - when the balcony doors were closed I honestly could not hear the street traffic. The room was average size and I could not really fault it.
Location wise, this hotel is right on the river and it quite literally a walk straight up the road to the Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio and centre of Florence. I think it was a fantastic location.
The dining areas left a lot to be desired... they were very cramped and quite old. Also, I was charged 2 euros for a 10 second phone call, which apart from being expensive, was expensive even compared to other hotels we stayed at in Venice, Rome, etc. So just be careful. But I would recommend this hotel for location.
Loud and hot
okay. went in oct. unusually hot weather in late oct but they turn off the a/c in early oct for the rest of the year, so it was really hot. opened the window at night to cool down but street traffic was too loud. get a room on the other side of hotel. mosquitoes got in too. ouch! bus stop too far but you have a good 20 min walk to everything. would not go again.
Good location, not so good property
On recent Italy tour, the Mediterraneo was our headquarters in Florence. Location is good because it is 10-15 minute walk to all the popular sites/museums/shopping but the property and it's people leave a lot to be desired. Granted, we were part of a tour group--but room with queen-size bed extremely cramped, shower stall was 2 feet x 2 feet, hand-held shower sprayed more water out the sides of nozzle than thru center, hair dryer fell apart in my hands. Public rooms were beautiful. Maintenance of sleeping rooms needs some work. Hotel food was adequate, but not great. Waiters were rude and/or untrained. Two nights there was more than enough.
The hotel was very close to the center of the city and all the museums and cafes. The lobby was also a great place to just sit and chit chat to end a long day out in the city. The hotel also provided computers for easy internet access within the hotel. The hotel room was fairly affordable for a triple and breakfast was included. Don't expect great things from breakfast, but hey, it's something. The only thing we really didn't like about the hotel was the room which appeared quite dorm-like. There were also a few mosquitos around and we all got bit! :-(
Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
We spent 2 days in Florence and stayed at the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo. We thought the service was incredible. The staff couldn't do enough for us. The food in the reataurant was excellent as well. It was in a central location so we could walk to all the major sights. The room was very nice and we would give this hotel and the staff 5 stars!!
Great Value For The Money
The stay in Florence was unscheduled so we booked the hotel via the Internet 3 days before we arrived in Florence. Got a great rate - 85 Euros and saw that the hotel was close to Ponte Vecchio. It was the only 3 star hotel we stayed in the entire two weeks and it far exceeded our expectations. The rooms were average in size, with a very small shower, but other than that the location was good and the hotel was very clean - Free parking for the car and an above average breakfast buffet. I would not hesitate to stay there again if I was able to keep the rate at under 100 Euros a night
We asked for a room with a view and boy did we get it. It was wonderful to wake up every morning with such a sight. The hotel is right across the street from a park and the river. We were concerned that it might be to much to walk to everything but it really wasn't. Besides after eating we needed the walk. Very nice people working there. English was no problem. Everyone was very helpful and kind. Room was clean and comfortable bed. Really enjoyed our stay.
Nice location, BUT......
Stayed at the Mediterraneo in early April 04 through a group tour. Hotel is in a nice location, across from a park right on the Arno River, and "walkable" (about 20-25 min.) to the Duomo, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, etc. Here is the BUT.....Rooms are NOT sound-proofed so you'll hear all of your neighbors noises. Our particular room was in dire need of an update, with some torn wallpaper and worn bedding. To be fair, not having seen the other rooms, they may be better and they just had not begun to renovate our floor as of yet. If you like quiet,t ry to get a room on the side facing the courtyard rather than in the front that has the view of the river and street.) Property was packed with school groups while we were there, and breakfast was VERY unorganized. Staff was friendly, and did its best under the circumstances to accomodate .
Room for improvement
Hotel has many amenities along with shortcomings. Rooms facing river on busy street and noise can be a bother. Last week of April 03 some construction and elevator not working. breakfast food boring