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Ariston Hotel
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Reviewed June 3, 2010

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Hotel Ariston. It is a quaint, comfortable hotel with a price that can't be beat. Even better, it is in close walking distance to many major attractions in the city of Florence! From the hotel, it is about a five minute walk to Santa Croce, about ten minutes to the River Arno, ten minutes to Il Duomo, and about fifteen-twenty minutes to the Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio. Additionally, the cab ride from the airport was only about 20 euros, and the staff at the hotel was available for me 24 hours. There are numerous shops and restaurants close to the hotel, and (if you look off the beaten path) you can find several authentic restaurants and experiences that aren't too "touristy." I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone who is visiting Florence for the first time, or who is looking for a great bargain and doesn't want to stay in a hostel. I would also like to include that I have traveled through most of Western Europe, and this was probably one of the best hotels overall in which I have had the pleasure of staying.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled on business
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Thank JJWalker424
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Reviewed May 26, 2010

Very Reasonable deal...
Good price, Best location, Reasonable service.
It is in the heart of beautiful florence steps away from centro.
Would stay again....

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank moseny
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Reviewed September 25, 2009

I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in the spring and I did read the reviews before I booked. I decided to take a chance, making the good location a priority. It is in "walking" distance from the train station, but it is a good 20 minutes walk, mostly on cobblestone streets and it is not practical if you have luggage. It is tricky to find as it is down a narrow side street.

Once you find the hotel and orient yourself, it is a good location from which to explore Florence and most attarcations are within walking distance.

The hotel itself is quite basic. Our room was huge by European standards. I was with my mom and our room had a double bed and a twin bed and could have easily fit another full-size bed. There was a large armoire, a desk and a couple of chairs. The room was clean enough and quite bright. But the bathroom....! I fully understand the generally smaller washrooms and I know that we were lucky to have a room with a private bath, but in a huge spacious room, the bathroom was little more than a narrow closet. There was a small shower with a curtain that left an inch of water over the whole washroom floor after each use (this could have easliy been rectified with some corner seals) and it was not one of those washrooms with open showers that are sometimes found in Europe. The toilet faced the wall and the space was so narrow that we had to sit on it sideways. I hate to think what someone taller than 5'7" would do! The lighting was terrible and there was zero counter or ledge to put anything.

But the worst aspect of this hotel was the breakfast! I have always viewed a free breakfast as a bonus and don't expect anything elaborate. This was advertised as a cold buffet and consisted of cold, dry sliced white bread toast, "juice" that was coloured sugar water at best, processed cheese spread and jam and what tasted like instant espresso coffee. There is no excuse for this spread in Italy!

This hotel is certainly not the worst. It serves its purpose as a decent base from which to explore a beautiful city, but having stayed at similar calibre and similarly priced hotels throught Europe, there is certainly much better.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed June 23, 2009

We arrived by car and finding this hotel was like finding a needle in a haystack. It is on a very narrow cobblestone road. There is a parking lot across the street, but it is quite expensive. Once settled in, It was in a great location. Only a few blocks from L'Accademia and a short walk to the Ufizzi and Duomo. Walking distance to San Lorenzo markets and Ponte vecchio. The room was large, but no air conditioning. No elevator; had to lug the luggage up the stairs. Bathroom had a curtain around the shower area in which the water poured into the whole bathroom. The breakfast was very slim pickings. If you were not there early, they almost ran out of food. Only toast/cereal/juice/coffee. But we enjoyed ourselves and had a great time.

Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed June 9, 2009

We checked out after one night though we had paid for two. The internet picutres are a joke. This does not look anything like the real place. There were holes in the walls, the beds were crap. The shower hardly existed and it sprayed over the toilet. The window opened to somebody's patio and they looked right in the room. We could not open the windows or curtians as the person would see all. The desk clerk was rude.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank indigo00
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