Hilton Florence Metropole
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Hello! We are currently in Florence - we have been here for 2 days and today we will be leaving for Rome.
On Saturday we woke up in Mestre and took one last trip into Venice and ended up walking around until 2 in the afternoon before we got on the road and started heading our way here. It was about a 3 hour drive and again, beautiful scenery. …
Originally we had not planned a stay in Florence. We intended to visit Prague and Berlin instead. However, one day of driving through France with Missy Moo Moo and we quickly developed alternate plans. "Feral Cheryl"` told us that driving from Belgium to Berlin then onwards to Prague was way too much driving. It was enough to drag her to the other …
... the Boboli gardens, which had a great view of the city and were very relaxing. Relaxing being the key word for Florence. This morning we went to the history of science museum, where there were many artifacts from Galileo, and also from other physicists and scientists. It was really fantastic with old globes, astrolabes and old maps, then telescopes, microscopes, and old electricity measuring equipment. After this we had lunch, and we head back to ...
... and understand this region’s traditional art.
With bargains and bustle, the city’s markets are a great place to hang out. Grab a gelato and enjoy this gorgeous city.
Tonight, there’s a choice of a group dinner – an authentic Tuscan feast. Try regional dishes in a fantastic Tuscan country setting. Then keep it moving with a night out and get your groove on at Florence’s biggest nightclub - Space Electronic Disco yay was fun lol...
... was ridiculous. We also went and visited the Museum of Torture, which displays a whole array of torture devices from the Inquisitions, describes how and why they were used, etc. It was a little unnerving to see all the historically creative ways in which you can kill a person.
Anyway, today we leave for Rome, after we make a quick stop at the Duomo. It was closed the other day, so we are hoping to go inside and up to the top of the dome today. =)
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHilton Florence Metropole
This is on par with most other Hiltons. It is beautiful, with a great staff, and one of the best breakfasts I've ever had. It is about 25 minutes from Florence's city center, but the hotel offer a free shuttle to and from the city throughout the day. Very very nice, and I would definitely stay here again.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Florence Metropole
We stayed 4 days during August 2006. I am a bit surprised from the other reviews, because this is a true 4 star hotel. If the rooms were a bit more spacious, this could qualify for a 5 star hotel.
This is a very new, modern and high end hotel, which is the positive side to my review. The worst part about this hotel is that their website states there is a bus that will take you to the center of town every 15 minutes. The van (not bus), comes every hour and holds only 15 passengers. Not the best plan, as the hotel is very far away from the center of town and the cab's/taxi's charge $30-$50. each way. So, if you dont push and shove to get on the van, you will find yourself stuck at the hotel for another hour. (This happened to us 2 days in a row and we were waiting 15 mintes early before the top of the hour and still did not get on the van.) Also, the van does not drop you off in the "center of town", it drops off at the train station, which is a 10-15 minute walk to the center of town (the Dumo). We spoke to the front desk and asked why they would only have 1 van for all the hotel guests, obvioulsy being that we all cant fit.. they were not concered and didnt really care. They told us to take the public bus instead, so we did, and it ended up being almost an hour bus ride to the center of town, as the bus drove all over town before we got to the Dumo. Also, the van provided by the hotel stops running after 7 or 8 pm, so there is no way to get back to the hotel, unless you use a taxi or the public bus that takes an hour.
We just got back and I wanted to share the information while it was still fresh in my head! First, the hotel is in the middle of no where. There is a shuttle that will pick you up at the train station behind the cab stand on the half-hour. It is a coral color and has Hilton on it. It will save you the $20 Euro taxi ride. The hotel itself is kind of empty. We felt like we were the only ones there. The rooms are very modern; hard wood floors, plasma tv, amazing shower/bath that has a glass door to the bedroom, and blinds that block out the sun! Internet acess is available on the plasma tv so you can do it from bed and it wasn't that expensive. We had to 2 false fire alarms go off after we were already in bed which was kind of freaky especially with jet lag. Elevators are very small(max. 4 people w/o luggage) You need to get to the shuttle early it is crowd and if you don't get a seat you are out of luck. The last shuttle pick up in town is at 7:30pm so be prepared to pay some crazy taxi fares if you want to eat dinner out. There really is nothing around so we ended up eating in the restaurant two nights in a row. The food was nothing special and choices were limited, it was also pretty empty only about 5 other people eating there at 8:00 at night! The staff was as helpful as they could be, but I had a feeling were pretty new and didn't know that much. We had trouble trying to get an outside line and nobody knew what to do. The main problem with this hotel is location, we loved the modern room but this hotel still seemed in the development phase, no pool, no gym, not hot kitchen in restaurant etc...
Great hotel, far outside the city
The bad: 20 Euro cab ride from anywhere in Florence. They do offer a free shuttle to the train station (basically city center) that leaves the hotel on the hour and returns at half past the hour. The shuttle stops running at 8pm I think, so it wasn't of much use to me.
The good: modern, clean hotel with friendly staff and great rooms. The on-site amenities were good, although the hotel's guide mentioned a fitness facility was coming in, but was not finished when I stayed.
Modern and clean...if you have a hire car - perfect!
While very modern with all the conveniences of a room you desire...plasma, large bath, ample power plugs, great bed etc this hotel is not central to downtown Florence and the hotel shuttle service stops around 8.30pm daily!! It's aok if you have a hire car otherwise if you want to get back into town for a bite to eat at night do it early or forget about it. There is a bus service into town outside the hotel however in the evenings it's infrequent. Also only other thing is to pray you don't have too much luggage ~ the lifts are tiny!!
Great hotel for Florence business
We stayed at the Florence Metropole at the midway point on our honeymoon. First the good, it is clean modern and if you want to stay away from the tourist area of Florence than this is the place for you. Hotel has all the typical amenities of a Hilton family hotel however as a HHonors gold member I was a little disappointed at the service levels. Room was nice, clean, well appointed, furniture, internet, etc.
The Bad, a little bit out of the way for local restaurants and services, didnt have a separate concierge desk and the front desk staff seemed to know less about Florence than we did. Breakfast buffet and room service was average. All in all for the price it's hard to say anything negative.
My husband and I stayed at the Hilton Metropole in Florence from 28 to 31 May 2006. We found the staff very friendly - check in was smooth. Our room was not ready and we were offered a complimentary drink at the bar - a bellini - which was lovely.
The Hilton hotel in Florence is a great find for the money!
Stayed here for just one night, but could easily see the hotel is top notch! It has a friendly staff, modern snazzy rooms and a free bus that takes you to the Florence Central Station every hour (and also brings you back!).
The location is a bit of middle of nowhere, but the centrally placed hotels are expensive and mostly run down as they have been in business for ages. This hotel is modern and has a airy fresh feel to it.
The room size aint huge, but is well laid out and still feels nice and not at all claustrophobic.
I would stay here any other time I am in Florence!
Stayed April 15, 16, 17th...Very modern and new...stylish...We stayed three nights and found the service very good, the restaurant FABULOUS...one of the best we ate at during our stay...breakfast (not in the restaurant but in the breakfast room was a wide array of meats, veggies, fruits, breads galore all plentiful and fresh...my favorite was the five kinds of fresh squeezed fruit juices...ask for special waffles/french toast, etc)....Internet access was not working in any of the rooms but you could access for a small charge from the 2 internet points in the lobby. We stayed in a deluxe room on the corner of the hotel with views in two directions. Loved the blackout shades because they kept out light and heat...found the hotel clean and comfortable with an ultramodern style. Go to the top of the hotel for great 360 degree views of the area...it is the only highrise around so great viewing.
As a Hilton Honors Diamond member I have lost track of the number of Hilton properties I have stayed in. Some have been good, average or just OK but all have one thing in common; ""Character"". This hotel is as sterile as a hospital & is just not nice to spend any time in & yes completely without any "character".