Albani Hotel, Florence
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Great hotel! Good locationfrom ckovalyuk
The hotel is 3-4minutes walking distance from the main train station and because Florence is so small, its also 5-10mins walking distance away from the center, shopping and restaurants. So its great - you pay less since the hotel is techincally not 'in the center' and if you come by train, no need to get a taxi.
The hotel itself is very well maintained with a private driveway, and two separate restaurants. The free breakfast in the morning is also a great addition. The rooms are small (or normal, in European definitions), but are very well decorated, clean and comfortable. The bathroom is great, white marble from floor to ceiling. Amenities are god too
If the room was double the size, it would probably easily for for 450 euros a night.
wonderful hotel - well deserved 4 starsfrom jenialexis
Well deserved 4 stars - from location, to an impeccable service, to a great breakfast and a charming, clean and very comfortable room with an amazing bathroom - everything is perfect.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone - what a great value! and i will definitely stay there on my next trip to Florence
Nice hotel with one exceptionfrom JKaczor
Great Surprise in Florence!from A TripAdvisor Member
Finding the Hotel Albani was the most frustrating part of our trip. We wound around and around the maze of one-way "streets" (mostly, sidewalks and alleys masquerading as streets) that is Florence, performing a grand dance-of-extreme-frustration around the area we believed to be the one housing the hotel. Finally, mustering enough courage/despair to drive the wrong way down two one-way alleys, we found ourselves face to face with a tour bus - we ducked into a small driveway to avoid the bus and voila! Hotel Albani!
From that point forward, the Hotel Albani was our refuge from the madness that is Florence. The hotel is mid-sized, and retaining the old-world charm you'd expect in such a historic city. The staff is small but exceptionally helpful. All that we encountered were multi-lingual, speaking comfortably with us (english) and then turning to the German or Russian or Japanese tourists and communicating with them in their native languages.
The porter led us to our room on the third floor. The passenger elevator is modern, but retains the external trim of an old-world, ornate iron and brass trimmed shaft running up the center of the hotel. A broad staircase wraps its way up the hotel around the passenger elevator shaft. The hotel corridors are well-lit and quite open. The colors used in the hotel are strong, vivid colors that we found at first mildly shocking, but after a moment or two found to interact very richly with the significant dark wood moldings and other wood features. Despite the heavy colors and dark wood, the hotel decor did NOT seem overly dark; quite the contrary, it was open and light. This was largely due to the preponderance of french doors throughout the building - at the ends of hallways, all around the public areas, and also in each room.
Upon arrival in our room, our porter threw open the large french doors and, making a big deal of it, opened the full-length wooden shutters to reveal our modest/shared balcony, the beautiful Tuscan sky, and the sounds of one of the many cathedrals in the areas bells chiming in the distance. The room was moderate to small in size, but the lovely french doors and moderate temperatures opened up the outdoors to make the room feel plenty large enough. There was a large, built-in storage closet and a separate dresser - storing our clothes was not a problem. The bathroom was large, marble, clean and very accommodating. The bed linens were of a very high quality; the pillows were the standard hypo-allergenic, but you may request down (we did, and they were very comfortable). The bath towels were large, seemingly new, and of a high quality cotton. The bedroom floor was carpet, somewhat surprisingly - most hotels in Italy have hardwood or tile floors in my experience, but it seemed very clean (for carpet ...).
The rooms are exceptionally clean, and kept that way by a very kind and attentive housekeeping staff. You get to know the front desk, housekeeping, and porter/valet staff by name, and they get to know yours as well. We stayed for five nights, and consider this one of the highlights of our trip.
The complimentary breakfast was above-par for Italian hotels, with decent breads, meats, cheeses, cereals, juices and rolls/muffins. Eggs, bacon, coffees, and more were available for a not-so-trivial charge.
The price was, in our opinion, the best value of our entire vacation (Barcelona, Florence, Rome, and Ravello). We highly recommend this hotel and will stay there again, should we stay in Florence. Having said that, we may go the route of renting a villa in Tuscany and making day trips to Florence, just to avoid the absolutely incredible chaotic traffic of the city. Via Faenze is one block to the east, and has some of the really great trattoria's in Florence - the Medici Chapel is just three short blocks away, and the Duomo is only five. VERY easy walking, but you can walk completely across the town center in about 25 minutes anyway.
Excellent hotel, April 2006from photoenth
The staff were perfect, they could not be more helpful or considerate. Breakfast was a good selection of cold items plus one warm item (scrambled egg)
The area is just outside the old town/main tourist area. Ideal for the rail/bus station and just 5 minutes walk to San Lorenzo. The station area (but not the road the hotel is in) looks a little seedy but we never felt any concern when walking back to the hotel at night (and we are in our 50's)
There are several good restaurants within 5 minutes walk and most of these are not tourist traps, do do not always expect an English menu translation. It takes about 10 minutes to walk to the Duomo area and 20 minutes walk from hotel to Uffizi which is on the far side of the old town.
We would not hesitate to stay here again
Beautiful decor - great locationfrom Leppy
The hotel itself is very clean. The decor is beautiful and very much what you would expect from Italy. Vibrant colours and lots of mirrors. We loved it.
The room was bigger then expected but two things let it down. For us the bed was like sleeping on the floor it was that hard, but then we did so much walking during the day we would have slept on a bed of nails. The other disappointing thing, which has already been mentioned, is the noise. The walls must be made of paper as we could hear everything from the next room. The noise woke us every morning but the plus side to that was we never needed an alarm clock.
We had breakfast one morning (which was included in the price) and we thought it was fine - it's what you would expect for a continental breakfast.
This was a Christmas present from my husband and what a great present it was. If you intend to do a lot of site seeing but still want a bit of comfort then this hotel is for you.
Great hotel, little room!from VIAGGIATOREPERCASO
Maybe I didn't have one of the better rooms! It was smaller than we thought such a great hotel can have! We found a great rate on the internet for fairly decent price including breakfast: maybe such a room is reserved for the lower rate (the one we had...)on the web!
I would recommend this hotel for its location, cleanliness and good service, however....if you get a bigger room!
Nice Hotel, Okay Stayfrom deeva72
The staff were friendly and helpful at the hotel. The lobby area is eloquent and the room as well. The room was quite large as well as the washroom. However, we were disappointed by the lack of toiletries available for a 4-star hotel.
Even though the room was nice, we didn't sleep too well during our 3-night stay there as we felt that there was uneasiness in the room - it could have been us but we did not sleep well in this hotel. As well, the soundproofing was okay so we awoke to people coming and going in the mornings.
The breakfast was disappointing as the selection of food available was limited. This was the only hotel that didn't offer cheese at breakfast. We have stayed at many hotels and the major drawback with this hotel was that it seemed like it didn't offer alot in terms of extras.
However, the hotel was located in a convenient location and during the days we were able to walk back to our hotel for a break and to take catnaps. Pretty much all of Florence is walkable and if you are looking for location, this hotel would be ideal.
We enjoyed Florence but will probably look for a hotel that we feel more comfortable in the next time around.
Loved it!from A TripAdvisor Member
The area in which the hotel is located is convenient, with lots of restaurants and shops in the surrounding area. In general, I found that Florence was small enough that most things were within walking distance, and certainly from this hotel.
This was the nicest hotel we stayed in during our travels in Europe. The bathrooms were modern and fancy, and the bedroom decor was equally nice. We were extremely pleased. I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
Great place to stay in central Florencefrom inspireman
Top Local Tips for Florence
Plan your sightseeing Book for the Uffizi gallery and Academia before you leave the UK, and be aware that most of the galleries and museums are closed on a Monday.
hotel albani florence We stayed at 4 and 5 stars all through Italy, this place is like a 2 star or worse! We booked a suite, $400+ a night, we didn't sleep all night because you could hear the cars and trucks so well that it was almost like they were driving through the room! We even had our ear plug in, but when the street cleaning vehicles came through the room....that is how it sounded, we took the ear plugs out and had to laugh or we would have cried. We were exhausted the next day because we didn't sleep a wink! Now that is not all (unfortunately)....we brought our laptop so we could get online and send emails and communicate via skype. Their internet service is a router and it didn't work, we had to get online in the lobby....it didn't work and I talked to others with the same problem. While I was trying to get online, the bell man actually asked me to MOVE because I was using a table and there were people in the lobby in chairs near mine that ordered drinks and didn't have a table to put their drinks on.....I was suppose to move my laptop someplace else and give them the table, yet I was paying over $400 a night???? So rude, after the sleepless night and the experience in the lobby, we checked out early the next day. Spend your money some place else....there are plenty of other nice places to stay in Florence, don't waste your time and money!
Night Safety My sister and I didn't feel safe at night, near the train station. We didn't go out at night.
Other names for Albani Hotel
- albani hotel
- albani firenze hotel
- albani firenze florence
- Address: 12 Via Fiume - Florence - 50100 - Italy
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