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We selected the Hotel Universo because it is conveniently located near the train station (we took a side trip to Pisa, highly recommended) and easy walking access to the city of Florence. It is clean and modern. I would not recommend a room facing the...More
Pro - Very close to train station
- Has 3 English channels (compared to some with none)
- Value (75 Euro per night in October)
- Friendly staff.
- Breakfast was okay, pastries were pretty fresh. Breakfast room looks new and clean.
Con - Room...More
We had a really wonderful stay at this hotel. Not only were the rooms newly redone and clean, but the staff were very friendly and helpful, recommending several places to eat. We were pleasantly surprised with the extensive continental breakfast that was included with our...More
Stayed here during the winter 2009. The rooms are quite small but it was clean, the service was good and the location, just a block or so from the main train station, is OK. If on a budget it is a decent choice.
Santa Maria Novella train station welcomes the majority of the people arriving in Florence, which might explain the hectic pace. Commuters and tourists come across the constant hustle and bustle of the station before exiting, taking a few steps and stopping amazed in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It is impossible not to admire the the square, housing one of the most charming basilicas in Florence. The
area has plenty of local spots to taste Tuscan specialties, but don’t stop in the main streets alone; the narrower side streets always ensure satisfaction. The huge Parco Delle Cascine provides a solution to the need for a green area as well as a historic welcome in the form of a bronze statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II riding a horse.
Both Front Desk attendants spoke English when we were there. You will find out that it is much more likely than not that Front Desk attendants at every hotel in a major Italian city WILL speak English.