The hotel is situated directly outside Santa Maria Novella train station and also where the main airport bus services drop off. The short 5-10 minute walk to the cities main attractions make this an ideal location for a stay in Florence.
Originally we were located in the hotel's annexe which is located around the corner on the street behind the hotel. The street it is located on is a bit dodgy. The rooms here were a fair size and there was a large terrace outside, which I felt was excellent value considering the cheap price which we had paid to stay there. However, the light switch in our bathroom was not working, I then went to the reception and they immediately offered to upgrade our room to a 'Delluxe' room in the main building for our 6 night stay at no extra cost.
The Deluxe room was situated on the third floor of the main building, it was a lot bigger and spotlessly tidy clean. The bathroom was nice and spacious. If I were to stay at the hotel again, I would definitely pay the extra to stay in a Deluxe room. Although the Annexe rooms certainly are adequate for those of us travelling on a budget, the Deluxe rooms are much nicer and worth the extra few euro's per night.
The breakfast was served between 7.30 and 10pm and was very nice. It contained the usual croissants, bread rolls, ham, cheese, tea, coffee, cereals:- the ideal preparation for a hard days sightseeing.
The hotel was undergoing renovation works during our stay which meant there was a bit of noise when on the odd occasion we were in the hotel during the day time, but by the looks of what the builders are doing it will look very nice once they have finished.
All in all I found our stay at the hotel a very pleasent experience, If we ever return to Florence we would most defonitely consider staying there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel Aurora is situated in an ideal position in Florence, in front of the Santa Maria Novella railway station, close to Palazzo dei Congressi, Fortezza da Basso and only 5 minutes by walk from the Dome. Internet is free, and all rooms offer air conditioning and a private bathroom.The hotel is situated in a neoclassical building from the beginning of the 20th century, completely renew WITH LIFT, and is overlooking with wide windows the historical centre and the romantic hills of Florence. Some room, superior level, are available with views of garden.The hotel is elegantly furnished and offers all the modern comforts, rooms include a minibar and an LCD TV, and buffet breakfast is available from 07:00 until 10:00. The hotel has a pleasant garden, a small oasis of relaxation in the city center.Hotel Aurora features a paid private parking and a large garage in agreement with the hotel. An experienced and professional staff will provide guests a personalised service and all kinds of tourist and travel info. ... more less
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