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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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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 …
... a few interesting people so I can't complain. We did manage to check out the view from Michaelangelo's Piazza and the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Both were impressive, though again these churches pale after seeing St Peter's. I loved the bridge which had buildings and shops protuding off it. I can't remember if I've mentioned it on here already, but I have this thing about bridges. I love walking across them ...
... that looked like the flags of countries that you have visited so you have them around your wrist. They had some impressive looking animal rings (Which were way too expensive but looked awesome). After browsing the impressive array of leather goods we left for some exploring before meeting up for the afternoons activities.
We met up in the Piazza della Signoria for the group photos. In the time before the photos we navigated around the police still in ...
... pate on bruschetta and the wild boar and tomato sauce with tagliatelli which had quite a strong flavour and was very rich. Of course we also had to eat gelato and the boys tried some waffles which were huge. I also tried the Spritz cocktail which originated in Venice and is quite refreshing. It is served in a big glass and is made from sparkling white wine, mineral water and an italian orange liquer called ...
... be glad to stop living out of our suitcases when we go home. We are on the bus now heading for Nice and I can't believe how close the end is now. We fly out Tuesday evening from London and land in Melbourne early Thursday morning. This trip has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life, but I'm starting to look forward to seeing all my people again. And consistent hot showers ...