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“run down n more of a B&B but warm staff”
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Hotel Maxim
Ranked #186 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Kolkata, India
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64 reviews
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“run down n more of a B&B but warm staff”
Reviewed 21 October 2011

This is less of a hotel and more of B&B really although they do have a reception facility till 1am. We have booked a quad room meant for 4 people for just us 2 so cant complain on the space although I wonder what it would be like if 4 people actually stayed in the room, perhaps a little crowded. There are no porters you can have to carry your own luggage first up the foyer steps to the elevator and then if like us you are give the top floor then another flight of stairs from there as there are no elevators till there. This being done, you walk and walk through narrow corridors to reach your room.
The room is dimly lit and for all accounts it is quite run down and dingy although clean. The bathroom is clean and spacious but again a little run down. A tiny TV runs just one channel and there are of course no tea/coffee ingredients in room but neither were we expecting the same from an establishment of this kind. They did not have free wi fi but had 2 free internet points in the reception which were very useful. The reception area with books and dining table was cosy and gave the feeling of being in someone’s living room rather than a hotel which we really liked. The front desk staff were always polite and smilingly answered our questions, they also reserved us tickets to the Uffizi and Academia with just an email from us before we arrived.
The breakfast however was not even basic, they did not even have toast. Just croissants, 2 cereals and normal coffee, no cappuccino. Given its Italy they may consider investing in a cappuccino machine as I was really not expecting to have a bad coffee in Italy. Even the fresh fruits with 2 or 3 in selection (a bowl of canned chopped fruits was available). They really need to upgrade their breakfast.
The hotel is full of paintings and charming furniture and has a cozy feeling and best part of the stay here is the location. Located really beside the Duomo on a busy street its near Uffizi and the Old Bridge and good restaurants and shops (ask the hotel for recommendations on where to eat, its also full of awful tourist traps). Although Florence is small and really you can walk everywhere, if your trip is short like ours was, it helps to stay somewhere so well located. If you want to avoid street noise you can always ask for a room at the back of the hotel. The bed was okay as were the sheets, the cover was a bit dirty so we just put it aside.
Although there were several major cons we liked Maxim primarily due to its location and courteous staff. You can walk back from a good meal without worrying about getting a taxi and a smiling face at the front desk really does make a difference.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 21 October 2011

I would definatley reccomend anyone to stay at Hotel Maxim! It is extremely good value for staying right in the center of Florence. It is clean, well run by helpful staff. A continental breakfast is also included in the price. Florence is full of fabulous shopping, so spend the money you save on finding that special leather item!!

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Delta, Canada
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

The location was excellent, the room clean and comfortable.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, the breakfast good. A room that faces onto the street can be noisy an interior room would be quieter. Very good value.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

This is a two-star hotel, so don't expect posh ... but our experience was great. Terrific location (in the heart of all the attractions, outstanding staff (very welcoming and extremely helpful), and well-kept rooms. And the hotel is filled with art ... in the rooms, in the hallways, in the breakfast room. We had a delightful time. We originally had reservations for only one night ... instead came back later in our trip to stay 3 more nights. Very good value.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

Upon entering the hotel from a busy street, more crowded with pedestrians than cars, we walked down a long hallway to a tiny elevator which barely fit two people and their luggage. The hotel is on the second floor of the building with a lovely but small lobby. Helpfulness of the desk staff varied. The room was so tiny that there was nowhere to open the luggage except for on the bed. The bathroom was long and narrow with a shower stall I cringed to use as there was mold on the tile and the shower curtain. I found myself wishing I had some flipflops to wear in there. The breakfast was fairly good by European standards, a selection of yogurt, cereal, juices and breads. They also had 3 computers in the lobby with free internet access, which was nice.

What this hotel had going for it most was the location; central and close to all major attractions, which was great. However after staying in Venice in a 3 star hotel (which is basically like 2 stars American), we could really tell the difference between that hotel and the Maxim which is 2 stars (1 star American - does that exist?) Basic it was, which is ok, but the room should have enough space to move and accomodate living out of luggage, and the bathroom should be clean.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Maxim
Address: Via Dei Calzaiuoli 11, 50122, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #186 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Price range (per night): $129 - $242
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Maxim 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Maxim is located in Florence historical city centre, between the Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery.All major sights and monuments are a few steps from our hotel.The Maxim has, single, double, triple and quadruple rooms, all have bathroom; all equipped with airconditioning in summer, telephone; satellite tv, Wi-Fi internet connection, safe and hairdryers.The hotel staff will be at your disposal to advise you and make your stay unforgettable.L'hotel Maxim, categoria 2 stelle, si trova a 50 metri dal Duomo e dal Museo degli Ufizzi. L'hotel all'apparenza introvabile, si trova invece al terzo piano dell'immobile dove sta il Disney Store.La reception è al terzo piano con ascensore. L'albergo offre il trattamnento della prima colazione incluso nel prezzo ed ha solo camere con bagno.Singole, doppie, triple e quadruple con aria condizionata d'estate. ... more   less 
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