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San Lorenzo: Hotel Giada

Canto De' Nelli, 2, Phone: 055.215317

Reviewed by: mac1947 from TX, review #2963

When: October 2010

If you’re looking to stay in an economy class hotel in the center of Florence, heavy on the economy, this is it. This is a NO frills hotel. {2 stars}

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We stayed at Hotel Giada (rooms #104 and #1) across the street from the San Lorenzo church in the heart of Florence. This is a NO frills hotel but the furnishings were nice enough and there was a small refrigerator to store water bottles and such.

All the staff we dealt with over our four day stay could not have been more helpful making reservations and giving directions. We think the hotel has changed hands as earlier reports on trip adviser noted problems with the staff.

The rooms are small but comfortable but the bathroom in room #1 was so small as to make it all most unusable for anyone with a weight problem. Room #104 bathroom was much better and the shower was small but usable. Downside: the parking in Florence is expensive. The train station was near the hotel but E37 to park over night!!! Parking at the Fortaza, a twenty minute walk, was more reasonable at a cost of E18 per 24 hours.

Even though we had booked our rooms at the same time, our friends were put in a room facing the street with a A/C unit standing in the room with the power cord run out the window. When the street market noise started up at 5AM there was no way to shut the window! We were put in a room on the same floor but a much nicer room with our window facing a little 15X15 ft. courtyard. Our A/C unit was built into the wall above the door.

There was a glass security door to enter our area and the name on carpet said “Hotel Corte dei Medici.” (?)

Our last two nights the A/C didn’t want to work so I went down to the office for help. The night clerk and I were able to turn our unit on through computer controlled A/C system.

On the plus side we could literally step outside and be in the center of the San Lorenzo street market. Walk out the door, make a left then another left at the corner walk to the back of the building and you are at the central market building filled with food and wine at good prices.

We were also within a five minute walk of the beautiful Duomo, and near the Museo dell ‘Opera del Duomo, open 9 am to 6:30 pm. Also nearby is the Museo Nazionale del Bargello Museum on Via del Proconsolo, 4—open 8:30 to 1:50. It has Italy’s greatest collection of Renaissance sculpture, along with majolica, tapestries, paintings, and silverware.

If you’re looking to stay in an economy class hotel in the center of Florence, heavy on the economy, this is it. Do not bother with a car as everything you want to see is in walking range or a short bus ride. Save your money for great food & wine, that’s why you put up with the strange way things are done.

Mac & Karen

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