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“Avoid in summer”
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Ariston Hotel
Ranked #384 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Berlin, Germany
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194 reviews
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“Avoid in summer”
Reviewed 25 July 2010

No lift, no air conditioning. Room: ceiling fan switch broken; toilet seat broken; TV had only one channel, remote not working. Huge mosquito problem. Noisy building. Location good: a little off beaten tourist track, but still quite central, and close to supermarket. Breakfast OK (coffee made per individual cup).

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled solo
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Tallahassee, Florida
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Reviewed 3 June 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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perth
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 26 May 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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Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 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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New Jersey
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322 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 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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ohio
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 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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Hukvaldy, Czech Republic
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2009

I went there for the St. Valentine's day with my boyfriend and, luckily enough, we only stayed in the hotel at night. The room was fine and clean, but the view absolutely awful!!!! The bathroom was too small, and when you took shower, the water was everywhere, even outside the bathroom :( The staff doesn't speak very well Italian and at night was not even able to recommend us a good restaurant. The breakfast was very very simple. And what's more, don't go there in February!!!!! It was so cold in the room at night we had to put on extra clothes!!!! And even though they told us we can definitely park our cark in front, there was no way to find a parking lot.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ariston Hotel
Address: Via Fiesolana 40, 50121, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
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Ranked #384 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Hotel Class:2 star — Ariston Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 29
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