I just spent 3 nights in Florence, staying at Hotel Alessandra. The location is even more convenient than I imagined. It is one short block from the Arno River, one long block from the Ponte Vecchio, and a few minutes walk to the Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. It was magical to conveniently walk around the old Renaissance streets and have ready access to most of the best sights of art and history in Florence. When I look for accommodations, I look for (1) interesting architecture and (2) wifi (free, if possible.) This hotel had my requirements and more, with very welcoming personnel as well. The room was comfortable, with a private bath and shower. The only drawback is the walk up one flight to the tiny elevator that went to the next flight where the hotel office is located. No big deal as long as you have no problems with steps. It actually lent more charm to the place. Every employee we interacted with was very friendly and accommodating, helping us with any questions and gave good advice about the rest of our trip. I would come back here in a heart beat. I have a rule that each time I visit a foreign city, I like to stay in different neighborhoods in order to learn the city better. I would have a hard time not returning to this place if I am fortunate to return to Florence.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our family run hotel is right in the heart of Florence old town - near to the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio. Without doubt, Hotel Alessandra is one of the most centrally located hotels in Florence. In this privileged position, Hotel Alessandra offers a home away from home, with our friendly team and extensive knowledge of the local area. The hotel entrance is situated on the second floor of the building. You can reach the reception floor using the lift, small but working fine (in the 1400s buildings hadn't been designed with this in mind!) But please note that there are around 30 steps from the entrance on the street level to the departure of the lift. We very much look forward to seeing you! Andrea and Anna ... more less
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