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“A bit tired, but okay” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel San Francesco
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Rende
Tucson AZ
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194 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“A bit tired, but okay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2011

Despite the pictures it is stuck back in a residential neighborhood, surrounded by other buildings. The rooms are neat but there is not much in the way of amenities. There is a small mini bar which is not much smaller than the shower. The room is a bit sparse but clean, well maintained and the service is cheerful. The elevators are slow and hold only 3, 4 maximum people at a time. They leave minimal toiletries, there is no clock, no iron (not unusual in this part of the world), not even stationary or pens.

There is a nice lobby bar but it seems to be empty most of the time and the bartender is there when he is there, and not when he's not.

The restaurant has excellent dinners but the buffet breakfast is weak. One day it was basically a continental breakfast with some rolls and juices (you had to request coffee), the next day there were some scrambled eggs and hot bacon.

I clicked "No business center" but there is a computer by the bar. I wouldn't exactly call it a "business center".
It's a nice enough hotel but there's not much to like, not much to dislike.

Room Tip: Both front and back rooms face parking lots so there's not a lot of choice regarding views.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Athens, Greece
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265 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2011

Stayed 1 night. This hotel was 4 stars 15-20 years ago probably. It needs renovation, that says it all. Rated very good for the value of money perspective.
POSITIVE - We got Junior-Suite instead of double room, breakfast had a machine for making fresh orange juice (this is not common).

Near to the town Cosenza. Which has a world's best pizza place, seriously. If you are by car, it's about 5km drive to the center of Cosenza. Place is called IL MORO, it is located in the old-town (pedestrian area).

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank wrc666
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2010

My wife and I travelled here because the hotel is close to the town of her grandmother. After finding very little online in the way of nearby places to eat, we decided to try the hotel's restaurant our first night. Were we hooked! We liked it so much that we came back the following evening as well, and had some of the best food we ate in Italy!

Adding to our enjoyment was the gracious help of Carlo, a waiter who spoke English (a bit of a rarity in the south of Italy) and who patiently explained the menu to us. He was a godsend. A visiting soccer team that dined across the room and wondered through the hotel for the two days we were there made our time at the hotel even more fun.

We also were helped greatly by Antonio, who appeared to be a hotel manager. He actually made two calls to my wife's cousin for us and helped translate, because our Italian is "poco" and our Italian relatives speak very little English.

Our room was clean and modern, the Internet service was free, breakfast was enjoyable with a great variety of choices, and we were able to walk around the nearby neighborhood in this suburb of Cosenza. We had an excellent time, aided greatly by Carlo and Antonio.

One note: The hallway to our room seemed a little dark, because some of the ceiling lights don't turn on until you begin walking down them. I assume they are operated by sensors.

Overall, it's a very pleasant hotel with an excellent restaurant and cordial, cooperative employees. Definitely worth a stay if you are in the Cosenza area. We hope to go back again sometime in the future.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Jim1UD
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Zuienkerke, Belgium
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370 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2010

I visited this hotel because I had to visit a customer nearby. The hotel was excellent, not expensive at all and very comfortable.
I arrived quite late, but it was no problem at all to dine in the restaurant at 22h30, food was not superb, but more than ok for me. It was also easy to find and had a free guarded parking space.
Had also a business meeting center.
Would definately stay again for business or leisure.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Tom_Ottantatre
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American Fork, Utah
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2008

We booked our stay on priceline-europe in a hurry the night before leaving for Italy, so we were a little nervous about what to expect. We were looking for something affordable in the center of Cosenza, but this is actually in Rende, a neighboring town. As we were traveling by train and nothing is close to the station, this location was probably as good as any--about 5 minutes from the train or Cosenza city center by car (train station is not in the city center). Fortunately we had a local friend picking us up and driving us around, so I'm not sure how easy it would be to find. Seemed like it was in a nice, mostly residential (appartments) area.

We had been staying in mostly 2-star b&b budget places throughout Italy, so this hotel seemed luxurious to us. We booked the cheapest double room possible at $65 euros on a Saturday night, which was an absolute bargain compaired to what we'd been paying throughout Italy for much lesser accomodations. We were surprised when we got to our room to discover that this was a full suite with a living room/work area, kitchenette, beautiful bathroom (with the usual mini shower), and comfortable bedroom. We even double checked with the front desk to make sure there hadn't been some mistake. I don't know if this was a standard room, or a free upgrade.

While not brand new, everything was modern, well maintained, clean, and comfortable. 10 years ago this hotel probably would have been pristine.

The hotel seemed fairly empty, with maybe a few business travelers. We enjoyed an abundant continental breakfast. the staff was very courteous and professional and spoke passable English. All in all, a very nice place to stay that far exceeded our expectations.

  • Liked — very nice room, great hotel, wonderful breakfast
  • Disliked — Not as close to train station as we had hoped (but nothing in area is, really)
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank chrisxinfinity
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Property: Hotel San Francesco
Address: Via Ungaretti, 2 | Commenda di Rende, 87030, Rende, Italy
Region: Italy > Calabria > Province of Cosenza > Rende
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Rende
Price range (per night): $81 - $117
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel San Francesco 4*
Number of rooms: 130
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A nice Hotel situated in a strategic location in the heart of commercial and touristic centre of Cosenza-Rende is located between Sila mountain and Tyrrhenian sea. San Francesco Hotel has a thirty year history of hospitality and professionality in the service. ... more   less 
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