San Gallo Palace Hotel, Florence
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Great value; Not quite perfectfrom gamogirl
Pros: Super clean, "sofitel style" decor (dark wood). Bathrooms vary, but generally adequate size. Nice details- built in wardrobe with ample room and safe; most rooms seemed light filled with views of garden, courtyard or street; semi-firm beds with crisp sheets.
Cons: Overall, staff are professional, but exasperated. Examples: Requested double bed on reservation (had actually called hotel directly)- only twins available at check-in; response from staff was akin to "take it or leave it". The next day they did put beds together, which was surprisingly comfortable- did not really feel any gap. Shower alternated between scalding hot and cold water- staff response was that was "not a problem", but when pressed, admitted there may be issue with whole building's water system. They did reduce our room rate for "inconvenience". Felt we were bothering staff with these concerns, but requested room type and functioning facilities should be basic in any level of hotel, in my opinion. Hotel also recommended 2 "late night" pharmacies, which actually were not open at night. Other minor issues: Poorly stocked mini-bar; dated, dark, musty towels. Location is outside historic city center, which may be issue for some, but preferred by us.
Overall: Great value for money, but don't expect staff to be sympathetic to every concern. If no issues with room and you don't encounter any unexpected needs, would be excellent choice. Would stay again for short layovers and good price (sub 150 euros).
The best hotel in Florencefrom QueenM
Top Notch!from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel and staff were the best; the room was large and clean, with a real sized bed! Breakfast is included in the rate and it did not consist of juice and a pastry.
I cannot even begin to express how wonderful our stay was there and when we do return to Florence, we WILL, without question be retuning to San Gallo Palace!
It was great!from AvalonJC
Excellent Place to Stay in Florencefrom SJFK
Loved the San Gallo Palacefrom sdc1127
A little gem of a hotelfrom iainwhg
If you stay in the city try Latinis Restaurant as it is superb.
What a relief!from PeterboroughMary
Great Dealfrom MaritaJ
We walked back from the train station one evening at approximately 8 pm, taking the street where I saw many of the other hotels I had looked into (mostly 2* and 3* hotels), and I was really glad we had chosen the San Gallo. This street was very busy and noisy, with construction in the middle of the road. It was nice to walk through all of that and get to the peace and quiet of the San Gallo.
Restaurants recommended by the staff were all good. The pizza place (can't remember the name) nearby was inexpensive and the pizza was delicious. We had the house white wine, which was kind of bubbly (asti?) delicious and cheap! Ristorante da Mimmo was worth the 10 minute walk, and they had an English menu, which helped. We splurged there with appetizers, pasta, prima piatti and dessert - all excellent. Third place was Perseus which seemed to specialize in steak. At each of these restaurants, we were very well taken care of; everyone was very solicitous. At Perseus, one waiter who knew some English switched tables so he could help us. It was nice being a little bit away from the central tourist area!
Comfortable, Clean and Good VFMfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Shower could have been better, but did the job; bed was extremely comfortable; breakfast was good standard fare; staff were friendly and helpful. Could have done with a better stocked mini bar - a limit of 2 beers and a wee packet of nuts a night was a bit frustrating!
The hotel is certainly a bit of a walk from the main sites, but there are some interesting shops en route (we loved the old kitchen supplies shop with old original butchers' blocks and a choice of 150 kitchen knives for sale). Its location may well be a bonus in the busier months, allowing you to escape the crowds and the noise of an evening.
Would certainly recommend.
Top Local Tips for Florence
Florence in the Summer I don’t recommend visiting Florence or the rest of Tuscany during the summer time. I went at the end of July. It was unbearably hot and too packed with tourist groups from all over the world making it difficult to visit the main tourist attractions. I stayed 5 nights in Florence, every morning I got up early to go see Il Duomo and was met but a crowd already in line reaching 2 blocks down. However, I was able to go to the museums because of reservations made prior from my trip through the hotel. I would definitely recommend making reservations ahead of time.
Take the Number 7 bus to Fiesole take the No.7 bus from near the hotel upto Fiesole and enjoy the views and tranquility of this ancient town and to unwind from the bustle and crowds of Florence. Enjoy a drink in the square or a light lunch or evening meal at the Blu Bar as the sun goes down.
Some tips for first-timers to Florence Don't forget to go into the Baptistry once you have done the Duomo & Cathedral. I found the Uffizi a strange one - daily queues say it should be spectacular, but I was very disappointed. €6 is not a lot, so it isn't overpriced, but I would spend my money on a day trip (CAF Tours) to Siena which has a much finer cathedral and some truly awesome works of art - particularly the Piccolomini Library. You can book this at the station or a lot of local hotels. Also the Pitti Palace is worthwhile. Don't forget to buy a €20 ticket for the Firenze Tourist Bus which gives you 24 hour hop on-hop off access to two fabulous routes around Florence and includes a 9km trip to Fiesole in the price as well as photo opps at the spectacular Piazzale de Michelangelo overlooking the city. Trattoria Za-Za near the market is a fabulous restaurant and definitely worth a visit. Find great leather at the Leather School in Santa Croce.
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- Address: 2 Via Lorenzo Il Magnifico - Florence - 50129 - Italy
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