Hotel Morandi Alla Crocetta
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I employed Sylvia’s recommendations at lunchtime when I
wandered just outside the city center to the Piazza della Passera, a miniature
and smartly hidden opening behind a series of white buildings. Here I stepped
up into Il Magazzino (translation: The Warehouse), as I was told to do.
Immediately the vibe was unlike a standard restaurant a traveler would expect
to find inside the ...
... to transfer and up-size the dimensions to their big block of marble. Another interesting room in the Academia contained a Renaissance musical instrument collection (the earliest pianos and some strange stringed and horned instruments).
Next stop: the Duomo (Cathedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore). The outside had a makeover in the 1700's in the Baroque style, so the word 'excess' comes to mind. It is massive (has the longest nave in Christendom) with an amazing ...
... due to lack of funds. Michelangelo was so upset he left in a huff and went to Rome. It became evident, while looking at the tombs and statues on top of them, that the Medici's did not embrace Christian beliefs. The art work on and around the tombs did not point to life after death but rather to life here on earth. All the statues memorialized the life and portrayed the ...
... was much less impressive internally. Unless you are into jewellery (and I'm not) every single shop on the bridge was just laden with gold, silver, and diamonds so there was nothing really of interest to us. It was quite entertaining though watching the gypsies trying to sell their replica Rolexes or big brand hand bags to gullible looking tourist. Lucky for me I had Waz with me who just tried to make jokes with them and told them ...
... One of the things I thought was really interesting was they had a whole tour set up for the visually impaired. They had all signs in braille, and for the more famous works they had tactile recreations in front of the work itself. I've never seen that in a museum, so I was impressed.
After a lovely dinner Saturday night, Sunday we were off to see the David. The real one! I got us to the front of the line with my handy dandy museum ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Morandi Alla Crocetta Florence
Best find in our travels
When searching for a hotel in Florence I hoped I could find the sort of place full of romance and atmosphere one can only dream of , but this is exactly what the Hotel Morandi alla Crocetta is. It is on an apparently unimpressing street which at arrival made us wonder, but we soon realized it is close or very close indeed to all points of interest. The street itself has it fascinating history, it is off the commercial chaos and tourist catches and it is where the local professionals live, which added interest to our trip. The hotel itself is an absolute find. It takes you back in time to when affluent travellers did not stay in hotels, but in private residences where the very discrete attention of the caring staff made sure you were properly taken care of. Our bedrooms were of a reasonable size, specially for European standards, quiet (though facing the street) and couldn't be better equipped.. We even had internet access. Lovely bathrooms, good plumbing, plenty of hot water and excellent air conditioning. Courtesy items and attentions one seldom gets even in luxury hotels (a short story book to read in bed and take away). Original antiques constantly caught our attention. As we asked, the gracious concierge gave us a tour of all the 10 rooms of this small ex convent and we really felt like shown through the guest rooms (no numbers on the doors) of a private home of such a refined taste that made us feel so relaxed and comfortable. I think I never took so many pictures of hotel rooms. If needed, I would certainly plan my nest trip to Florence around availability at the Morandi alla Crocetta.
Comfortable digs near the Duomo
Old style charm is evident in this small boutique hotel in a restored old convent just minutes from the Duomo. The location is wonderful and as previous reviews attest, the hotel is located on a disarmingly rundown appearing small side street which is nonetheless quiet and like most areas in Italy, actually quite safe. Our room was of average size but featured nice exposed beams, scattered antiques and a high ceiling. There was a faint odor of must especially about the sofa but also throughout the room and lobby which gave a vague feeling of a visit to grandmother's just before the spring airing-out. Our shower also flooded the bathroom with any use of over 45 seconds. The hotel still was a reasonable value for the price, especially considering the quiet room, great location and generally helpful staff. Of note in Florence a great inexpensive dinner can be had with the locals at La Mossace, just a few blocks from the Duomo.
Quiet Hotel with great classic feel
After considering some of the larger hotels, we read about the Morandi in a book entitled "Charming Small Hotels in Tuscany and Umbria". We were orginally a little concernced about it being such a small hotel, however after reading many positive reviews on TripAdvisor.com and Venere.com we decided to go for it. The Morandi was an excellent value, and really conveyed the feeling of staying in an "old" (old by italian standards not US) hotel without being too rustic. We had room #29 with several partial frescoes remaining on the walls and a few exposed beams. It was a very large room by Italian standards, with plenty of storage for our clothing and luggage. Immediately upon entering, there was a small seating area with a couch, followed by 3 steps down to the main room area. The main bedroom has a vanity with mirror and chair, desk with chair and double bed. There were two large windows with shutters that open to a small inner courtyard, which we often left open and were undisturbed by any noise. Bath was nice, but small with plenty of water pressure and a nice solid frosted door enclosed corner shower (to me nothing is worse than a small shower with a curtain where water gets everywhere and the curtain clings to you). It is on a relatively un-attractive street, however it is only a 4 minute walk to the Duomo, and within 10 minutes you can walk to the majority of the sights (Pza Signoria, Pza Republica, Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, San Lorenzo, Palazzo Pitti). Even if the street is not that attractive, you have a very secure feeling at night going through the locked street level front door, then the locked second floor door to the actual hotel, then further to your room (our room had two doors, one that did not lock, then an inner locking door, the two doors spanning the 15 or so inch wall thickness). It is as described a "Charming" and "Small" hotel, and if you are looking for a great value, great location and a hotel with a "story", this is a excellent selection, I would not hesitate to stay here on our next trip to Florence.
One caveat, we used their parking garage, which is a bit misleading as there is room for only one car. The hotel is on a pedestrian only street, (which of course really means nothing in Italy) and is very narrow. Be warned if you have large car, you may have problems pulling in and out depedning on how generous the folks parking across from the garage have been in leaving you room to pull out.
We stayed here on honeymoon in September and loved the Hotel Morandi. It was on a quiet side street and from the outside did not look like much - but wait till you get inside! It's lovely, very quaint and our room was great. We even had a terrace to sit outside. It is only 3 star but we have stayed in 4 and 5 stars which are not a patch on it. The staff were so friendly and helpful and what we really liked was that when we checked in, they took 10 minutes to give us a map and show us what was what on it and also recommended some places to eat - all of which were fabulous! Thank you Hotel Morandi, it was a great start to our honeymoon. It's one of the nicest places we've stayed and we will definately be back..
Pleasant and clean
Morandi is a good, fairly-priced hotel well-placed for walking into the centre of Florence (although to be honest I felt the Ponte Vecchio / San Spirito areas have a little more in the way of vibrancy and restaurants than the area around the duomo). The staff are courteous ad helpful, my room (a single) was fine although the fact that it was directly off the lobby was slightly disconcerting.
I didn't feel the hotel represented spectacular value, nor would I necessarily rush to stay there again, but for July it certainly wasn't overpriced, my stay was problem-free and the rooms certainly have more character than a chain hotel.
Don't be fooled by the shabby street that it is on - this hotel is a gem - extremely charming. We had a large, fantastic room that had a fresco (room #29). The room was very quiet and the air conditioning was powerful - important as we were there in the middle of a heat wave. The staff was exceptionally helpful, particularly the young man who checked us in - Donatello - great recommendations and superb service. My only complaint about our room was that our tiny bathroom was a bit stinky (some sort of sewage smell) and contained not one single hook (which would have been helpful for my hanging my toiletry kit and doing laundry. Otherwise - I give it 2 thumbs up.
Everything You've Read So Far is True
I want to add my voice to the prior reviewers, all of whom have been dead-on in their assessments of the Morandi alla Crocetta. It's a wonderful place and great value in a prime location. I particularly enjoyed seeing the reference to the nearby Ristorante Maximillian - make sure you ask the innkeeper for directions and go - it was one of the most memorable dining experinces we have had, especially due to the talents of the owner, who greeted and seated us, took our order, cooked the food and served it. The hotel is charming - that's evident as soon as you enter the ground floor hallway and make your way up to the first floor lobby - and the room and bath were beyond our expectations given the price we were paying. I had the misfortune of being sick for a day so stayed in the room while my wife went out and toured, and it was comfortable and quiet, and I wasn't bothered by housekeeping staff. We will definitely stay again when we are lucky enough to get back to Florence.
Love Tuscan Style
I love this hotel. I've stayed here 3 times and each time I arrive I feel like I'm home. A warmth rushes over me and I've feel totally delighted to be there. The hotel is well located, about a 5-10 minute walk from the Duomo. There are restaurants nearby. The staff is extremely helpful and the hotel is just really neat. It has a long and interesting history. One of the rooms has a 15th century fresco and yet the plumbing is totally up to date. I just love this hotel and recommend it to all of my friends.
The one place I really want to go back to
I was at the Morandi alla Crocetta in December 2002 and found the atmosphere and help provided the best ever experienced. The hotel is small and on a quiet pedestrian street just off the hussle and bussle of the tourist crowds. Extremely well appointed and clean. More like an elegant home.
Great little hotel filled with atmosphere and refinement
Wonderful little hotel on an old Roman road, near "the David", the archaeological museum, etc. A quick 10-15 minute walk to the Duomo. This was a dream come true. You can taste the goodies at the local Vino around the corner or dine at Maximillians for the best food in town! Enjoy