This was our favorite of the three hotels we stayed at in Italy. The hotel was very small, quaint, authentic and antique feeling. Our view out beautiful wooden shutters was of an alley courtyard, but it was that kind of authenticity that we loved. Our favorite part was the location-- sandwiched between staying in very remote hotels in both Rome and Venice, we could finally walk everywhere. In fact every night we would come back prior to dinner to have a hot shower and relax before going out to eat.
In addition, this was the only hotel that offered FREE in-room wifi-- honestly something that should be standard in every hotel in this day and age. It was very helpful in letting us look up reviews for restaurants and maps. The staff was also very nice. We used the laundry service and although expensive they did an impeccable job.
We only ate breakfast there once-- one day we slept in too late and the other day we arrived at the end of breakfast time and there was virtually nothing left. When we did eat there the selection was small (fitting of the small size of the hotel) but everything tasted good. However everything is so close in Florence you may not feel the need to eat in the hotel.
A couple things to note though, although this did not ruin our experience in any way:
1) The elevator is not always accessible, as the doors to the elevators have signs saying "Alarmed do not open". My friend's knee was temporarily out of commission and he had a slow time with the stairs.
2) The mattress was very firm and the staff had no extra pillows. If you have back pain like me you may want to bring an extra pillow. However my friend loved the bed and had no problem with it.
3) Watch out for that shower-- very slippery! I fell and both busted my behind and hit my head on the wall. Quite the epic 6"x3" black bruise on my butt cheek!
But all in all, we loved it and we'd stay here again!
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