Visited Florence for the first time in the middle of the snowstorm in Europe. We arrived at the train station after a 1-1/2hour train ride from Rome. The hotel was just across the train station about an 8 minute walk off the Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Check in was easy. The lobby is small but very nicely decorated with watches being the theme of the hotel.
We were given a room on the 4th floor. The room is spacious enough for 2 luggage and can still walk around. We were very impressed with the details in the room. It is very clean and modern. All taps were polished til sparkling new and they have their logo and name on all the fixtures, very detailed. Marble bathtub, overhead and hand held shower available. Their curtains were very clean and new and I loved the colours and the fabric they used. I would love to show pictures that I took of the room and details but unfortunately, I lost my SD card and whole vacation pictures in Italy :(
There were a few complains - I find the lighting in the room too dark and the wifi although free cannot be connected.
Our room on the 4th floor is on the same floor as the breakfast room but it wasn't noisy in the mornings. Breakfast was good enough and the coffee is great. There is also about 5 choices of juices to choose from, warm bread, bacon scrambled eggs etc.
The location is perfect. Very near Duomo, which we used as a guide to get back to hotel. We walked everywhere. Shopping, leather market, restaurants and Ponte Vecchio was within walking distance, let alone the rest of minor attractions.
We had drinks at the bar downstairs. Service was great, the extras they give out with drink orders were always more than enough, very generous in fact that I had to tell them we had enough. And the best part, drinks are not expensive! Staff was willing to suggest restaurants, wine to drink in Florence etc, which we find very helpful. The only minor complain we had was that they played the same jazz/blues music for the 3 nights we were there over and over again. It was as if they had only one CD.
On a scale of balance, I find the hotel a perfect stay for newcomers . I would definitely stay there again if I'm in Florence and I'd recommend it to anybody!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- After a careful renovation, HOTEL OROLOGIO**** is a Luxury Contemporary Hotel situated in the heart of one of the most important squares of the historical center of Florence, walking distance from the magnificent artistic attractions in Florence.Completely renovated, the hotel has 49 rooms of various types, some of which offer a wonderful view on the city's main attractions: Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the Medici Chapels and the Dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria ... more less
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