We would highly recommend the Hotel Ville dull"Arno, as it is a short walk to the city center, yet quiet and peaceful. We were dismayed when we checked in when we were shown to a room with a street view, as I had booked for a river view room. The staff was very apologetic and accommodating, and arranged for a upgrade to a suite. We waited quite a while for the room to be cleaned, but they were kind enough to comp our drink while we waited. The bar area, restaurant, and outdoor pool areas are lovely. Our room was better than ever imagined - huge, with a large balcony and huge rain shower with huge tub and double sinks. The furnishings were exquisite and high quality. The bed was comfortable and the linens divine.
We had dinner once at the restaurant and quite enjoyed our meal. The menu is creative and authentic. The only criticism was the way the filet was cooked. We asked for medium, and the steak arrived quite rare. When we asked if they may cook it longer, they gladly obliged, but the chef charred the outside without cooking the inside. I hated to waste this steak, but could not eat it this rare.
The breakfast every morning was amazing! great variety and quality of food. The wait staff was very welcoming and friendly, but a bit oblivious when it came to ordering a coffee. We expected that they would greet us and offer us a coffee, but we had to try to get their attention to do so. We loved the decor in the restaurant.
Bikes were available for rental as well.
The staff was excellent. The hotel is NOT located near any major tourist attractions, but the #14 city bus stop was extremely close to the hotel and very convenient. The free breakfast was wonderful and the room was clean. The elevators are a little confusing but overall I highly recommend staying here. The value for the money was good.
First you have to check in at the main hotel a couple of km away, then head over to the apartments. They do not offer a free shuttle, which is really very inconvenient. We had to spend a lot of money on taxis going to and from the hotel; and the bus system was off because of a cycling race that weekend.
The apartment itself was brand new "Ikea" modern. Looked nice, was clean.
We did feel like stepchildren of the hotel though... The staff was nice, but not particularly helpful. We asked for a taxi service, and they just gave us a number.
It is far enough from the center to be less expensive and near enough to walk down the river side to the center, if you are like a walk. The bus is a cheap option if you're tired though. Taxis may suit others. It is a bit faded and wifi is only available in the lobby. The staff were very helpful and always cheerful.
G & M from Yorkshire, UK.
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