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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Olimpia Florence
Great stay in 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, the down side? the bathroom. More specifically, the shower. Although calling it a shower is a bit generous. It's just a curtain you pull around yourself, so the whole room ends up pretty swampy. But it was always clean and dry when we returned. Bottom line: great location and hotel for an excellent price (70 Euro through Expedia).
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
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... and to go and enjoy the Statue. It took us over 2 hours at the laundromat to finish 7 people's laundry and all we were doing was sitting down watching the people! An American couple in the laundrymat said happily "you can't buy this sort of experience" .... so true! Haha I don't even want it for free! We return to the room exhausted; freshened up and went for a walk to The Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore which is very impressive and so big! There are people everywhere ...
... city. At the entrance to the Palazzo there are statues which include a reproduction of David and Hercules and Cacus. Loggia del Lanzi is an open air sculpture gallery of antique and Renaissance art located to the right of the Palazzo.
Within the square is the Fountain of Neptune and a Bronze equestrian statue of the Grand Duke of Cosimo. Most of the statues are copies as the originals have been moved inside the various museums to preserve them.
... to see the Statue of David. It was a beautiful view of the city from there but it was pretty windy that evening. I thought Italy would not be that cold and decided to wear just a jumper. I also forgot my camera and cursed myself for having left it at home. The pics I took on my phone were not all that great. Nevertheless, I could capture some at least and the memories are etched in me forever. I also got to view Santa Maria Del Fiore from ...
... girls had entered as well. One of their daughters, who looked like she could be my daughter, had a giant pink crown on her head but I didn't really read the lettering on it and took my food to my table outside.
Shortly after I started eating my birthday dinner they came and sat at the table diagonally across from me and I noticed the little girl's crown said "Buon Compleanno". She immediately looked over at me and said "ciao!". She repeatedly did this over the next ...
... glass door. There is a sign on the
door saying "Please Be Quiet." If you are the first ones there just give
a little knock and peek your head inside the door.
2. The Family Bakery - Santa Croce
-Via de' Macci. This bakery door is covered by caged bars, so just wave
your hand and they will let you in to order these amazing confections.
3. II Re della Foresta - Outside of the City Center