Travel Blogs from Florence
... We had really enjoyed our day in Florence and will definitely come back again to visit the museum and galleries in more detail.
The weather had been overcast, but dry for us today, but as we pulled up to “creepy house” as Ness calls it, we heard the pitter patter of rain – and low and behold, another storm was brewing and heading our way! Oh no, not another stormy night!
... the throngs of tourists so it was quite a pleasant experience. Although Sandy did talk me into buying a new umbrella featuring images of Tuscany which I'm sure I'm bound to regret.
Then we walked back down the hill and then east along the riverbank, over the Ponte S. Niccolo and back into the area of our apartment for coffee and cake in a little cafe nearby.
After a break in the apartment we ...
... some cliche leaning tower photos and enjoyed the atmosphere for a short time. We then decided we would browse our way back to the station. Walking back toward the terminal we stopped at a kebab store for lunch where I had a wonderful chicken kebab that had more chilli sauce than anticipated, however was still very much enjoyable. We discussed over lunch that we would be better off heading back to Florence and organising a hire car for the following day to explore the Tuscan ...
... mousse. In this particular moment, The waiter set down my hot chocolate. But it wasn't hot chocolate like my mommy makes for me on cold days at home. This was like legitimate hot chocolate. As in melted chocolate. As in not something you drink but something you spoon into your mouth. It was out of this world incredible. After I sadly spooned in the last morsel and all but licked my mug clean, we left to continue ...
... stations and the swiss stations, and for that matter, the UK. Huge, unbelievalbe amounts of train graffiti, like we've all seen on tv from Los Angeles. Lack of ticket machines, lack of turnstiles, you could see the dip in infrastructure - lack of signs, and staff, the Florence information desk was closed ... whereas in the UK, there were staff to assist ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Cestelli Florence
the only issue we had was no hot water in the shower the first two nights, ;but the last night it waw excellent. both hosts were very frindly, knowledgeble and helpful! the room was beautiful and quiet, and the whole establishment spotless. it's also conveniently licated near the sights and high-end shopping. would absolutely recommend to others.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cestelli Florence
Jewel Of A Hotel In Florence
Quite possibly the best kept secret ...central...reasonable prices...run by a wonderful couple....a must for the discerning traveller to florence! Great website, helpful city tips...in the heart of everything...and quiet!
Great Hotel, Great Hosts
If I return to Florence (and I hope to!) I will stay at the Hotel Cestelli again! The location is great... on a small street so it isn't on the main drag. While the street noise is noticable, I imagine that is the case in any small hotel in Florence. Just bring some earplugs, or enjoy the local sounds (church bells were my favorite).
The rooms are incredibly clean, and while they don't have AC they are still very cool so you don't need it.
I stayed in a room which shared a bath, and it was perfectly convenient and fine. I wouldn't hesistate to do that again.
Finally, the hosts were wonderful. Their restaurant recommendations and entertainment tips were perfect. I hope to return!
Great hotel - excellent value and location
We stayed at Hotel Cestelli for 4 nights in early May in room #4 (the blue room) for 80 euros per night. This hotel is a great value for just about the best location in Florence - you're a block off the Arno and a couple blocks west of the Ponte Vecchio, yet on a less main road so you feel removed from the tourist hordes. The rooms are a great value - comfortable size, nicely furnished, new bathrooms with (small!) showers. Our room overlooked the street, so it did take a little getting used to (if you're a light sleeper like me, pack earplugs or you could borrow a fan to drown out the noise).
But overall the best part about the hotel is the kindness and generosity of owners Alessio and Asumi - they're great! They'll provide you with a list of great recommendations for resturants/bars/cafes and will make you feel right at home.
I would definitely stay here again - the location, comfort, cleanliness of the rooms, friendliness of the owners, and overall value make this unbeatable for the heart of Florence.
Ultimate Florentine Experience!!!
This has to be the cleanest hotel I have ever been in, with the most comfortable bed I have ever known!! If you want to visit Florence and get the experience of being in a real Italian hotel, this is the place. The decor is so beautiful, full of antique furnishings and the real feeling of classic Italian flavor, yet very modern in the way of comfort. The couple that own the hotel are so nice, you can really feel the care that they have put into every inch of the hotel. I would recomend this hotel for anyone going to Florence, older or younger. I know I will stay there everytime I go back! Thank you Alessio and Asumi!!
A special place.
Alessio and Asumi and their charming boutique hotel made my stay in Florence very cool, extra special. You enter a classy upstairs lobby with deep colors, beautiful marble and the warm scent of candles; it is adjoined by a cosy sitting room. Each hotel room is uniquely and tastefully decorated in a mix of modern artistic sense and old world charm. I had a single room, room 6, which was only 40 Euros a night with the low season discount, normally 45E, it is worth much more! The availability of single rooms makes Cestelli a very nice money-saving option for single travelers, as does, most especially, the welcoming atmosphere that the hosts create. Room 6's high ceilings, writing desk, glass window that can be blackened with heavy wooden doors, and large wardrobe gave it a substantial feel. It is a shared bath room, but has a bidet and sink. (I think all the shared bath rooms have sinks, not all have bidets. Some rooms have private baths.) My friends stayed in room 8, which is quite large, a shared bath double that even has a couch, another excellent deal at 65 Euros. (Alessio and Asumi: raise your prices!) I also stayed in room 2, and if you have a problem blocking out noise, I would suggest room 2 because it is in the center of the hotel off the sitting room; you might hear lobby noise, which is minimal after hours, but not street noise. (Street noise is hard to avoid in Florence, bring ear plugs.) Although in the center of the hotel, Room 2 does have a window looking out on a small center area. The location of Cestelli is quite sophisticated, a block from the Arno, near both the Ponte Vecchio and designer boutiques. Check out ------------------ for photos and more info. I can't imagine a better place to stay in Florence.
The secret jewl of Florence
Hotel Cestelli is a magnificent small hotel in the heart of Florence. The rooms are clean and very charming. The atmosphere is unique. It is like being at home in a 12th Century palace.
The owners, an Italian man and an exquisite Japanese girl, are the best hosts anyone could hope for (they are also fluent in English)
My husband and I have stayed in room 3 (a really nice room with bathroom).
This is the best deal in town. An excellent value for unforgettable memories!
The best deal in Italy
My husband & I stayed here with my sister & her husband October 2004. We all absolutely loved it. It is beautifully decorated and the rooms we stayed in were quite large by European standards. My husband & I stayed in room #1 large, nice decor and quiet, however no view. My sister stayed in Room # 8 large with lovely decorations and street view, however was a bit noisy. We saw inside some of the other rooms at the hotel and while they look nice they are not nearly as big. The owners of this establishment went out of their way to help us out from drawing map to the best restaurants to calling each and everyone of our credit card companies when we lost our wallet. The location in the very heart of the city it's perfect! I would stay here again and again. I hope you do too. Enjoy, Ciao
Perfect location, romantic, couldn't be better!
This was a fabulous find. It is a small hotel with a lot of charm. The owners a husband/wife team are both so nice and accomodating. He checked us in, made lots of recommendations for eating out, and seeing the sites (including the best gelato place around). They happily made dinner reservations for us each night and arranged taxis as needed. He spoke perfect English, and it was so nice to finally be able to fully communicate with someone! Our room #8 was gorgeous - but with some street noise so definitely bring earplugs. Room #1, which my sister stayed in was also great and much quieter if that is important to you. Both were quite spacious for European standards. Highly recommended!
Quaint, Quiet and Cosy!
What a wonderful find! Having travelled to Florence many times I was thrilled to discover such a great hotel right in the heart of the city. Two minutes walk from the Ponte Vecchio, the location could not be better. A basic but beautifully decorated hotel run by a married couple - he's Italian and she's Japanese, they met in the States so have perfect English and are very helpful and accommodating. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to be in the center of Florence without paying a fortune and as a bonus you actually start to feel like a local. Thumbs up!!