4-star hotels mean completely different in Florence, Italy, than USA
Very nicely located in the heart of the central tourist district of Florence, walking distance from the major attractions, restaurants, and really walking distance from the train station (Santa Maria Novella) if your luggage is light. Taxis are about Euro 5-6 frp, SMN. Accademia gallery is closest (2.5 blocks) but the others are only a very reasonable walk away. In the heat of summer, the hotel is well air-conditioned, something that I found was a challenge in other Italian hotels that I had booked during this trip. The outside temperatures were above 40 degrees C some days. The hotel is clean, has a bar, and generally good looking lounge area w/seating. It is locked at the entrance at night and staff may be sleeping so, have patience to be buzzed in.
First of all, we were early, having arrived from Rome at 8 am, but unlike some other hotels (4 stars or higher) that we had reservations at, this site did not give us a room until AFTER the listed check-in time of 3pm. So, we had to walk around town & then sit in the lounge until 10-15 mins after check in to be let in. The rooms are T-I-N-Y. You will trip over stuff, esp. if you have large luggage. There is a mini-fridge-bar but don't plan on keeping anything in there - there is no extra room because they have it filled with stuff to buy. The bed is comfortable. The toilet in the bathroom is wierdly placed if you are of large frame and is high. It is so close to the sink that the R leg will inevitably be under the sink area if you are on the toilet. We are around 5'6" and our feet barely touched the floor. There are NO bedside power outlets. So, if you have need for medical equipment hookup then, sorry, none exists. The power outlets provided were not at convenient location to charge a phone that could serve as a bedside alarm (no actual bedside clock either), so, you have to get up and walk to a table, to shut off the alarm, or use the phone, or whatever. For a 4-star hotel, we learned that few offer in-room coffee maker in Italy. Even the lowest rated Motel 6 in the US offers a coffee maker. A prior 4-star hotel in Rome had an espresso machine in the room. This one had none. The nearest coffee place is the breakfast room in the basement that does not open until 7:00 am. If you want coffee outside of breakfast hours, you have to walk about 2 city blocks to the Piazza San Marco for a cafe. Terrible for a coffee addict. While some employees are very nice, some were a little impatient & rude. I was lectured by one about how four-star hotels did not provide coffee makers in the room.
very mediocre .basic facilities such as tea coffee provision in rooms were missing.rooms were overheated
Proximity to city & all attractions also very quiet
Excellent hotel with well equipped fitness room and several other facilities. Good breakfast.
Convenient location, friendly staff, comfortable room.
Very comfortable big room as well as bathroom! Big safety deposit box,free internet.Room very clean.Breakfast area also big and nicely organized and decorated.Very kind and helpful staff .
THe location was excellent, quiet at night
We both would have liked tea and coffe making facilities in our room. Also an iron
Very good location of the hotel, very nice hotel staff, clean and well furnished rooms
fitness was not well equiped
The hotel is modern, comfortable and the staff are extremely helpfull and friendly. The hotel staff make good recommendations for restuarants, day trips etc. The hotel is about 10-15 mins walk from most of the action. It can be a little exhausting walking the sites, then going out at night. However, I would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and family.
Good location, staff very helpful
Desighn, comfort, prices, location
Located in Florence (San Lorenzo), Hotel Athenaeum is within a 10-minute walk of Gallery of the Academy of Florence and Statue of David. This 4-star hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from San Lorenzo Church and 0.6 mi (1 km) from Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower.
Make yourself at home in one of the 61 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness center or take in the view from a terrace and a garden. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Enjoy a meal at Riflessi Restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at the bar/lounge. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, express check-in, and express check-out. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and a meeting room. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
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