Travel Blogs from Florence
First up... This has been a few days coming as we had no wifi in the Hotel in Florence, and it took us a day to get the password in Venice.. Sorry.
Here it is now.
My head is starting to go to mush. To many amazing things are flashing past me, it's like I'm tied to a chair and being tortured by Julie Andrews.
We started …
... I finally
found the place, hidden a few streets South of the Duomo. Inside I found a
pocket-sized little book loaded with images – food, furniture, vehicles, etc. –
with both the Italian and English words for each item emboldened below. When
purchasing it at the front desk, the saleswoman starting explaining to me how
wonderful this book was, telling me that it had helped her learn English, which
she then continued ...
Florence is one of those mega-historical sites where there is a tendency to cram too much into each day which leaves me feeling overwhelmed and confused about what I saw and what I might have missed. It's probably impossible to see all the important sites but that doesn't keep me from trying. When we were in Florence 3 weeks ago, the weather kept us from seeing the Duomo Museum, ...
... which were our new favourite flavours), and yes they were definitely worth lining up for, they were so light and creamy and absolutely full of flavour, a must try gelato for anyone travelling to Italy.
3.30pm - To David or not to David that is the Question?
Unfortunately we did not prebook tickets to see David or the Uffizi gallery so although we stood in line for 1/2 for Gelato I could not bare the thought of lining up ...
Today we make our way from Venice to our next Italian city, Florence. On the way we stop off in Piza. Take a few photo's trying to hold up the tower or push it over. Had a look for some souvenirs, some are super tacky. Then it was time to head to Florence. Our hostel ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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