San Gallo Palace Hotel

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San Gallo Palace Hotel

, Florence
4 star

Rooms: 56

2 Via Lorenzo Il Magnifico - Florence - 50129 - Italy Hotel Website | | 055 463871
531 Traveller

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Great value; Not quite perfect

from gamogirl
Room: Double Classic for 4 nights

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 Florence

from QueenM
We loved this hotel! And, looking back at our 12 day vacation, it was probably our favorite we stayed at in Italy. It takes about 15 minutes to walk into the center of town, but we didn't mind that at all. You walk everywhere in Florence, so this is no different. The amenities were updated and modern. Nice marble tops in the bathroom. I will definitely stay here again if I go to Florence again. Would recommend this place to anyone.

Top Notch!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I just wanted to tell anyone that is planning a trip to Florence to check out San Gallo Palace. It is a bit out of the city center (which we loved, not so touristy). Besides the stroll into the city center was a great way to discover local shops, bakeries etc...We also found a great neighborhood family run restaurant nearby and it was one of the best meals we had on our trip.

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
My husband and I spent 2 nights at the San Gallo Palace and we loved it! Our room was very nice with a small balcony. The staff were extermely friendly and helpful. The location was a little far from the center of town, but it was a short cab ride away and is in a nice area. We would definitely stay here again.

Excellent Place to Stay in Florence

from SJFK
This was a great hotel. I read the reviews on Trip Advisor and was hoping it would be as nice as the people claimed in their reviews. It was better. I would have no hesitation to stay here again for pleasure or business. The hotel was very clean, great showers, comfortable beds and everyone was very accomodating. The walk into Florence was not bad at all. The Accademia is maybe a 10 minute walk and the Duomo was about 15 to 20 minute walk. Easy and enjoyable since there is so much to see.

Loved the San Gallo Palace

from sdc1127
Stayed her with my husband and teenage daughter for 3 nights. Had booked a triple which ended up being a 2 room suite with a huge bathroom and balcony overlooking the front of the hotel. This arrangement essentially provided our daughter with her own room and we had a huge king bed not two twins pushed together. We thought this was an excellent value at 150E/night which included a substantial american style breakfast and taxes and they even through in a welcome drink. Even though we were in the front of the hotel facing the steet we were not affected by any street noise do to the insulated windows. The hotel provided excellent towels actually bath sheets in addition to the normal complement. The staff was very helpful and their english was excellent. The only drawback some may feel is it being removed from the "center" of town but we found this a plus considering the hordes of tourist in Florence. If you like to walk its only 20 to 30 minutes to the Uffizzi so don't let the location deter you from trying the San Gallo plus think of the money you'll save.

A little gem of a hotel

from iainwhg
This is a fantastic hotel with lovely rooms and friendly staff. Extended our stay there because of the hospitality. The breakfasts are superb and all the staff made us feel welcome. A special mention to the bar staff who were a fountain of knowledge. We will be back before too long.
If you stay in the city try Latinis Restaurant as it is superb.

What a relief!

from PeterboroughMary
Having stayed the previous night at the Terminus and Plaza in Pisa, en route for Florence, we were more than relieved to find the San Gallo Palace everything that we had read on Tripadvisor before we booked. The hotel was spotlessly clean and the staff extremely helpful. We booked a superior room which had all the facilities we expected. Although not situated in the main centre, it is easy to walk to all of the main attractions and a taxi back to the hotel when we had been walking all day and our feet were blistered only cost 7 euros. We had a great restaurant recommendation - The Perseus - from the excellent barman who attended to our every need. He also warned us that the Bistecca Florentina would be huge - which it was! so only order it if you can handle eating a huge rib of roast beef between two.

Great Deal

from MaritaJ
The hotel is not close to the center of Florence, but the distance is very walkable. Expedia had a special deal in March, so we got a good price (and locked in the $$$). We walked back after dark a few nights and felt perfectly safe doing so. The hotel room was very clean with all amenities, plus we had a beautiful little balcony overlooking a courtyard. The breakfast included eggs, sausage, several fruit dishes, and sliced cheese and meats, along with typical cereals and bread rolls. The people at the front desk, the waiters during breakfast and the bartender at the bar were all very nice. We had one problem the last day - the heavy sliding door between the bathroom and the bedroom got stuck. We told them of the problem as we were checking out.

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 VFM

from A TripAdvisor Member
As seasoned travellers to Italy, we find it extremely difficult to find good quality comfortable hotels that don't fit into either the rather dowdy traditional Italian mode or the chintzy OTT Italian 'style' - so this was a bit of a find. We had a suite, which proved good value for money, although the sitting-room was a little redundant, given the layout, and the location of the TV in the bedroom, but it gave a good feeling of space, and the balcony was an added bonus.

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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