Travel Blogs from Florence
Good morning...this post didn't happen yesterday (it's really 9/11) but was too tired to type last night. We started the day late...perhaps them younguns found the jet lag ;). Our first mission was to find Ann some shoes...score! We then walked to the Sant' Ambrogio market. This is our favorite...they have a smaller inside than the Centrale, but far more farmer-vendors outside. We visited our favorite shop and ...
... our trip to Cinque Terre. After about a 4 hour ride we made it....and it was BEAUTIFUL!!! Ocean was just what we needed after a crazy 24 hours of travel. We found our bed and breakfast which was about 2 minutes from the train station, checked in, changed, and went down to the water to watch the sun set. There was a pizza place right by the water and of course we were in Italy so we sat down and enjoyed! We got a good nights rest and had another spectacular breakfast, including ...
... was late afternoon, so I headed back towards the new town to say “Hi” to owners of Cantina di Miky. I told them I’d be back for dinner. While walking about, I went to the far end of town and found an exclusive yacht club there, Circolo Ventiro (or something like that). The gate was locked so I couldn’t get in to have a look. It’s in a “hidden” harbour, and not visible from town. There’s a large stone tower ...
... can't figure out how to make the silly thing show me thumbnails. I click hopefully on random number codes from the camera and get a grab-bag of photos up, but without the order to give context I'm not always totally sure which Greek Island I'm looking at, for example. Looking through all the photos of Greece makes me long for the beach again, and I take another look at hostels in Nice (France). One of them suggests surfing lessons and promises to ...
... and pay the 10 euros to see it. We took turns waiting in the long line in the rain while part of the group went to explore a little bit. During this time I went to check out the Duomo some more. The huge structure was started in the 13th century and wasn’t finished until the 1400s. The outside is made of white marble, and decorated with pinks and greens. The main entrance consists of three huge bronze doors intricately carved and covered with religious ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Olimpia Florence
We just returned from 4 nights at Hotel Olimpia, and we loved it! As other reviewers have mentioned, the location is GREAT! Right on the Piazza, within a 10-15 minute walk of nearly everything you want to see in Florence. The room was typically European: not overly fancy, but clean and comfortable, AC pumped cool air, and the bed was pushed together twin beds--which didn't seem to effect our sleep at all. Staff is very friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was nice, perhaps a bit boring, but had all the standard breakfast needs. And for a free breakfast it gave us all the chow we needed for a morning of sight-seeing. And they always made fresh coffee and steamed milk when we awoke.
Ok hotel, great location
The hotel is in a great location, and the staff was friendly. The rooms were clean, breakfast decent. But you really must prepare yourself for the shower. My first room (I switched after spending a sleepless night in the noisy room right behind reception) had a shower head in the middle of the bathroom with no curtain. The bathroom got soaked. My second room had a curtain that you pulled around you, but it was impossible to move around in such a small space. Bring flip flops so you don't slip after you've showered. There literally is just a drain in the middle of the bathroom. If you can deal with that, the hotel is fine for the price
Great Location, Horrible Bathroom
The other writers are right, the location of this hotel can not be beat. There is no way to prepare anyone for the bathroom. It is small, but most are in Italian hotels, but this one takes the cake. The entire bathroom is tiled, and the shower comes out of one of the walls with a very small, maybe 18" square. Everything in the bathroom gets wet because you can not turn around without touching the shower curtain if you try.
One the good side, the bed was very comfortable.
I stayed here in late March and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a great value in a fabulous location. We had a room with a large (perhaps king size) bed and a lovely view of the piazza. The service was awesome - the staff really took care of us. The bathrooms are a little small but that didn't make a bit of difference to me. A good find!
Great Location, April 2004
Hotel Olimpia is in a wonderful location; right on the Piazza De Repubblica. The staff was very friendly and helpful; they made reservations for us at the museums and gave us directions to anything we wanted to see. Breakfast buffet was good (typical European continental) and there was plenty to eat. It is reasonably priced based on its location.
Great location for an okay hotel
The location is great: right on the Piazza del Repubblica, in the center of everything, everthing is pretty much within walking distance.
The hotel itself is a disappointment. It's an older hotel, only twin-sized beds in stark rooms, and the elevator is very small. The bathroom is also very small, and there's no tub, only a shower curtain you pull around you in the bathroom to make up a shower 'stall' in the middle of the bathroom. The staff was very friendly though, and the continental breakfast was a plus.
We loved it
My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Olympia for 4 nights and loved it. Hotel is on the 4th floor (and yes there is an elevator!). Our room was wonderfully large and had a GREAT view of the piazza Republica, not to mention that hotel located right in the center of everything. Service was really good, room was clean, bath was spotless (little on the small side), breakfast was reasonable and coffee was delicious. Staff was very helpful and made us feel at home. No doubts we would stay there again