The hotel is less than 5 minutes from the train station and is practically in the old city center. I thought I was going to have to walk quite away from the train station, but it was only a few minutes. I actually passed the street and was at the Duomo within 5-6 minutes and had to backtrack. Everything is very close. Florence, at least the old city center, is not that big.
As for the room, the first night they put me in a room with a replacement bed. It was the smallest twin I had ever seen. I stayed out late and made do that night. It was not comfortable. I complained the next day and they immediately put me in a standard double bed in a different room. So, I can't complain, the service was very good.
The breakfast is very nice. Cold cut meats, cheeses, bread, rolls, etc, including yogurt and even honey was offered. All in all, a nice stay.
Old palazzo in need of refurbishment but has the charm of large rooms and high ceilings. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Like most hotels in Italy the room had no tea or coffee making facilities but the staff were happy to supply a thermos of boiling water and tea cups. Close enough to the S.M.N. train station to walk, and close to all the attractions in the old city.
I really like this hotel. the staff people are very nice and very professionnal. the breakfast was complete with variety of food and the service at this hotel was really outstanding. I will reccommand this hotel to any one who is going to Florence. the location of this hotel can allows you to take the train to go visit Pisa and come back in very short time
Traveller from Gatneau, Canada
Housed in the ancient and prestigious Palazzo Malaspina , the 3-star Centrale hotel is located in the very heart of …More
Really lovely hotel, staff were very good, breakfast had lots of choice. Only one thing, bed was not as comfortable as I would have liked and the pillow (one one) was very flat so this could be improved.
Everything else was great and the location was ideal.
The room itself was big. Unfortunately, our room had no tub, just a curtain separating shower from toilet. The breakfast selection was a little underwhelming. Free wifi only on the first floor. But as far as location goes, the location was great. Less than five minutes from the train station and from the Duomo. There's a BNL bank less than 3 minutes away which is great for those of us with Bank of America in the states and close to the shopping street. The location is also great for a less than 10 minute walk to the Uffizi gallery and Academic Gallery, which showcase the Birth of Venus and the statue of David. And maybe a 20-30 minute walk to the Piazzale Michelangelo, which provides an absolutely stunning view of the entire city. If you plan on using the hotel just for sleeping and getting ready in the morning, stay here. The location is pretty great.
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, or Duomo for short, is one of Italy’s largest churches, and tops the list of places to visit in Florence. The impressive Gothic architecture features an ornate exterior, stained glass windows, and a cavernous interior. Two popes are buried here, and three of the buildings are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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