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SS Annunziata: Hotel Villa Liana

Via Alfieri, 18, Phone: 055.245304

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Reviewed by: JKW from Canada, review #2361

When: August 2008

Wonderful quaint European hotel with attractive garden courtyard area

Our hotel room for the four of us was spacious and comfortable and furnished in keeping with the character nature of the hotel.

The two twin beds were in a separate loft area. Our bedroom was on the main floor near the lobby so we didn't notice that there was no elevator. The hotel responded promptly to my email queries before we arrived. The desk clerk on duty when we arrived was very helpful and spoke excellent English. She oriented us to Florence and made dinner reservations at a nearby restaurant that we were equally pleased with. This was a huge bonus as we only had one day in Florence.

The outdoor courtyard garden area was extremely inviting and pleasant. There was parking on site for those crazy enough to drive into Florence. The hotel had one computer for guests and reasonably priced internet access.

The only blemishes (which didn't change our impression of the hotel) were that the air conditioner leaked condensed air onto the floor and we missed breakfast. When hearing that we would be leaving before the scheduled breakfast hours, the desk clerk insisted that the night clerk could get something ready for us before we left.

However, when we woke up in the morning, he said she had not left a note for him. Luckily, she did phone the taxi company.

Reviewed by: KJ from MD, review #999

When: May 2005

Great small hotel in Florence, easy walk to Duomo and other sites. Great breakfast, pretty details! {3 star}

I stayed in the Hotel Villa Liana for 2 nights, during a 'bridge' between a week-long villa stay outside of Florence and 4 nights in Siena.

The staff was very nice and spoke English exceptionally well. The desk was manned 24/7 and you left the key w/ the front desk when you left the hotel. I'm a pretty slow walker :) and I put the hotel at about a 25 minute walk from the Duomo. My friend put it at about 15 minutes! The hotel had a small area next to the welcome desk with coffee, sodas, water, and internet access (50 euro cents for 15 min., I believe). Scattered throughout the hotel, including in my room, were lovely frescos and art. It really added to the overall loveliness of the place!

No elevator from what I could see, but the stairs were manageable. A bellboy brought our luggage upstairs - I was a bit worried he'd collapse :) I was on the same floor as breakfast - American 2nd - and my single room was very spacious. It was well kept and very clean. The bed was, as best I can tell, a king size. Maybe a large queen, but definitely bigger than my queen at home. I had double doors that opened to a very narrow balcony - more of an overlook really - that overlooked the parking lot and a small garden area with a table or two.

The bathroom had an odd configuration, with the toilet in the corner, but it was certainly useable. Bathtub had a handheld shower and a strange glass door that covered 1/2 the tub. But it kept the water in fine.

My friends had a double room another floor up. They were prepared to share a bed, but got a room w/ 2 single beds and a double. It was also very well furnished and well kept. They had a shower rather than a bath.

Parking was very convenient. We had a station wagon for our time outside the city, and it was no problem to park in the nice sized lot. No hills, a slightly tight squeeze to get in from the main road - but not that tight compared to some of the curves we encountered elsewhere!

Breakfast was very good. 4 or 5 cereal choices, a plethora of breads and rolls, cold meats, juices, coffee, water. A toaster was available, and various jams, butters, and spreads. We really enjoyed our breakfasts here - gave us a little taste of home halfway through our trip.

All and all, a pretty nice B&B. The only issue I had was after we left: one of my friends thought she had left shoes in her room. Tried to call a few times, and no one seemed to be able to check for us! We would have stopped by to get the shoes on our way out of town had someone been able to tell us if the staff had found them or not. I got somewhat wishy-washy answers, so we just left it alone. Other than that, we had a great experience! I recommend Hotel Villa Liana for someone who wants a very nice B&B, and is willing to pay a bit more. It was the most expensive place (per night) that I stayed in Italy - 115 per night for the single room and 145 per night for the double room.

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