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Service impeccable; centrally located for everything including museums, shopping, restaurants, train station; cleanliness and decor wonderful; will stay there again
The staff at Helvetia Bristol could not have been warmer and more accommodating during my four night stay. Their warm welcomes and spot-on suggestions were greatly appreciated. I love this hotel and will definitely return. It is a historic boutique hotel (don't expect large rooms). The location cannot be beat in central Florence. The rooms are small and in need of a little love (new carpet).
Center of the beautiful city, nice small hotel, not very cheap, but wort to stay in it. If you come by car, ask taxi driver to go there and follow him, Almost imposible to find tha way on your own. Valet parking closed until 7 am. I had my flight earlier. Hotel helped me to deliver car to Avis and sent my belongings from car to me, but generally it is not acceptable.
Nice hotel, great staff AC not working - resulted in open window - resulted in about 15 mosquito bites!!!
Attractive and very central We thought the 50euros charge for parking was astronomical!!!!
excellent concierge and service
Cappuccino. Staff was understanding. The rooms next to the street are noisy because of the late night bars and at this time of year you can't have AC in the rooms because one system works the entire building. If you are hot or uncomfortable you have to open a window which just lets the noise in. Street cleaners, and trash service comes by at 5am which is nuts! Breakfast was blah...Single room was a closet and horrible shower. Im in shape and didn't fit in the shower.
Staff and location Breakfast buffet and some rooms noisy
Beautiful authentic Italian and very freindly helpful staff. Only downside was the room was boiling hot and there was no option to turn off the heating or turn it down, you could not have air conditioning in the winter even though the weather was really mild. When we opened the windows we got bitten by mosquitos.
Friendly staff, great room
I enjoyed the beautifully appointed room, the large bathroom and excellent shower. The staff was exceptionally helpful and went out of their way to recommend places to visit or for dinner reservations. Food at the hotel was also very good. I do not have one bad thing to say about this hotel. Would definitely go back and would recommend to a friend.
The location is perfect. 10-15 minute walk to everything, but quiet location. Service like one does not find anymore. Worth the money.
the welcome and efficiency of the staff and also the quality of the breakfast. a special mention for the sophisticated spa and treatments. The room was very comfortable and wel equipted. the lounge is welcoming. the lighting in the beautiful bathroom was deficient but I understand this will change soon.
The hotel is very well located within few blocks to major attractions and "centro storico". Be careful with the shower in the restroom because it is a step down from the floor and you can easily fell down.
Nice location, nice property Be sure not to stay in a standard room, when you pay for a deluxe room. Booking.com classifies the rooms by size, but the hotel receptionist said, size does not matter, it is the services included (spa, mini bar). The receptionist also refused to change the reservation to standard room, as it was made trough booking.com. I took us 15 minutes and some nerves to get the room we paid for as advertised on booking.com.
Very elegant, located in a perfect spot in Florence's luxury shopping area and also very close to city's center and monuments, clean rooms and good service by staff.
this one is a brand new one only opened in May 2009. The room is spacious and is very clean, with a spacious marble bathroom. It is small and cozy. I will go back if I visit Florence again.
Excellent location. Walking distance to all the main attractions of Florence. Quiet neighborhood inside the busy town center. Room service expensive for what it was.
wonderful breakfast with fresh juice, home-made bread and delicious fruit very central to the city nice staff nice room no
SPA (small but nice) and massages. I am Italian and found breakfast delicious (cappuccino) Room's temperature was too low when we first entered (18°)
It was a very beautiful hotel with an excellent staff and it was in an excellent location. We liked everything about the hotel.
the hotel is absolutly great specially its near by the river & the shopping area..the staff were amazingly adorable and helpful ...i remeber "marco" he was great and all the other but i cant recall there names now..last day i needed a late check out ..they provide it free freee freee with a wide smile...u must see this amazing beutiful castle i wished i could stayed more
It was no rain, thanks.
The location is ideal The beds were very uncomfortable.
location bathroom of the room was old and cold, not at the level of a 4 star
Hotel's position in the historical centre of Florence
Location was excellent. walked everywhere & many great restaurants & wine bars nearby. Staff was very accomodating & friendly Price was high but quality matched the price
The bubble bath was a welcome delight. The room decor was awesome! The basket of fruit was delicious. We just loved every mininute! The stay helped make our 25th wedding anniversary wonderful. Had difficulty illiminating the light fixtures in the sitting room. The light switch did not function properly. Had to ask the front desk for assistance.
They offer the best breakfast buffet in the morning, excellent selection of eggs, rolls, pastries, fruits, cheeses, cereal etc and hot american coffee. The breakfast room is nicely decorated and service prompt and friendly. A great way to start your day. The rooms are very clean, bar/lounge area looks newly decorated and a nice place to enjoy an evening cocktail. Very friendly and accommodating staff.
This is a beautiful hotel. What we liked most was it's location - very central - walk out the door and you are right where you want to be!! I can not think of anything that we didn't like about the hotel.
Great Location near the Duamo accompanied by good rooms and helpful staff
Staff were accommodating. They initially offered us a room with a view of the inside of the building (I would not call it a courtyard) and down many halls away from everything. When we requested another they gave us one on the 5th floor, street side with a bath tub. I did request these amenities beforehand, however, they tried to give us a substandard room. Is this because we booked through Booking.com?Need to be persistent. Location can't be beat. Hotel is beautiful.
Staff were excellent - helpful, and charming. Location was superb, right next to the Uffizi gallery, and on the banks of the river. I liked the charm of the foyer area and the no-nonsense but well appointed facilites. I would definitely use the hotel again. A little more attention to lighting in the room (bulb not replaced, for example), plus non-slip shower flooring would reassure.
The staff was always extremely helpful and fluent in several languages; the location on the Arno River just steps from the Ponte Vecchio was unbeatable; and the wonderful complimentary breakfast buffet every morning started my days off well. I can't wait to go back!
the staff was very helpful and pleasant and very attentive to your requests. Breakfast was very good. European style, but very good. We had a room with a river view and the view was beautiful. The room was quiet for sleeping and yet just a short distance away, there was much activity, nice restaurants and in the evening, near the Uffici and the Piazza Senioria (not sure of spelling) there was always a young musician playing music. It was very romantic. No, my experience was very positive.
Lovely hotel, great location, very helpful staff, great breakfast room small by US standards, probably average for European hotels
Hotel Balestri is conveniently located, very close to Uffizi Galleries, Ponte Vecchie, Museo Galileo, and many other attractions. It was very clean and the front desk staff were very helpful and attentive. The hotel doesn't have a bar, per se, but will serve customers from a limited alcohol menu.
Lovely hotel with helpful staff, catered to a more mature clientile
The hotel's location is excellent. You can walk to most of the popular tourist attractions. The breakfast was good and the breakfast room was pleasant. The only thing unpleasant, was the room freshner smell. Opening the windows helped temporarily.
The hotel is lovely, large, well appointed rooms with a nice bathroom. The location is great, right on the Arno. It is a great value, and more of a 4 star than a 3 star hotel. Highly recommended. It would be nice if they included boiled eggs with breakfast rather than charging for them.
The view from the room balcony over the river was breath-taking. Great location for site seeing.
The breakfast was excellent! The bathroom was poorly designed and getting out of the bathtub was downright dangerous! The bathtub was slippery and tall.
Its nearness to all the important sights of Pisa. Not much.
It is good located in sightseeing.
design, room, location, breakfast and every thing. Also I got upgrade and a bigger room. nothing
The amazingly friendly and helpful staff. There was nothing to dislike
The hotel is beautiful. Great location. Cosy. It reflects Florence at its best. The staff was great, friendly, helpful, knowledgable about the area, restaurants, shows. We had a great time. Our only complaint is Florence is a noisy city at night and that requieres windows that are soundproof. If they change this, its a 5 star for us.
The TB still retains something of its past atmosphere - a very comfortable and relaxing home from home in the middle of Florence - quite a find these days. Don't let it become spoilt or flashy. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Angelo, the major domo on Reception, knows all. Old world feel of the hotel is unique to Florence plus location close to Arno River. Heat was not working; portable radiator brought into room then knocked out electricity. Too much over-expansion on lower floors without proper maintenance. Lax to invisible security during major drug incident outside hotel's front door on 27-28 October. Disturbing sight and screaming stoned woman did not incite desk attendant to call Polizia, even in wee hours of morning.
Great hotel staff, excellent service. Great location.
The staff, the terrace, the location, the breakfast, and the furnishings. Nothing
We got a free room upgrade to a huge suite, the location is on the best street in the centre of Florence and all the staff are extremely friendly. Nothing
Breakfest on the roof garden.
Warm welcome at the front desk - being Italian, lots of excitement about the fact it was our honeymoon. Our room was good - decent size and view of Duomo - superb savings made thanks to booking.com.
Large room with AC. Very comfortable. Nice view of small piazza. High ceilings, old world charm. Pigeons are a nuisance if you have your brekfast on the otherwise wonderful terrace. Internet was not functional.
Lovely hotel. Great location. Good buffet breakfast. Pretty garden terraces and public rooms. Room was a bit noisy
Great room, excellent location, lovely roof-top terrace, very friendly and helpful staff. We should certainly return there. Nothing
Fantastic location and excellent staff. Very good value for money, clean and reasonable breakfast. nothing to dislike
Great Location, the price was deffinatly worth it concidering it is very central to everything.
The position of this is hotel must be one of the best in the whole of Florence it is so close to everything there is to see. As soon as you walk out of the door you are there. 10 steps and you are on the Ponte Vecchio a 2 minute walk to the Pitti Palace a 5 minute walk to the Uffizi (which we didnt go in as the queue waiting to go in was ridiculous if you seriously want to go book it before you travel) a 3 minute walk to the Piazza Republica and a 6 minute walk to the Duomo. The roof top terrace on the 6th floor is the reason why I origionally chose this hotel and I was not dissapointed after a tiring day of sightseeing to come back to the terrace for a drink and relax was heaven.Of a night dinner is served on the terrace and although the menu is very limited (due to the very small kitchen area) the food wes excellent. I would reccomend this hotel 100% to anyone. For best buys in Florence you should go the market stalls around San Lorenzo theare fantastic I got the most fab leather jacket for £80.One of the best city breaks I have had.
Location was the best for us, breakfast was good enough I highly recommend. Rooms are small but that's not a big deal for us
The hotel's location is its strongest point - very central and heaps to see and do and eat!!! All good.
location is perfect, near the most famous bridge of Frenze, Ponte Vecciho. You can arrive Duomo and Uffizi just by walking.
Great location, friendly reception staff and clean comofortable rooms Breakfast bufet was dismantled while we were still eating
I liked the ancient building of the hotel and its situation and also very good and friendly stuff. During our staying at the hotel we had 2 times change the room. First- because of problem with the wardrobe door in the room, the second time becase of the repairing works on our floor.
Love the location of this hotel - very close to Pitti Palace and Boboli gardens, as well as the Ufizzi. I love the area and literally seeing the Boboli garden house from the breakfast table. The breakfast is pretty nice quality and the view from the terrace is one of the nicest in Florence. The hotel has also adopted two friendly cats that laze on the terrace. The staff has always been terrific. I did not like the noise this time. I have stayed at this hotel before, but on upper floors. This time I was on the second floor and the street noise of the vendors setting up at 5 am, and people stumbling and singing back from the bars late into the night was more than I'd experienced previously. The two things that were upsetting this time, were 1) a fellow patron across the hall woke me up at 2 am on my first night there as he spoke loudly into his cell phone for 20 solid minutes, then again at 2:30 another call and again at 3 am a third. he apparently didn't want to bother the woman who was staying with him, who complained loudly, so he stepped into the hallway to take his calls right in front of my door, and proceeded to literally yell into his phone like there was a bad NASA connection to Mars. The second thing that was pretty bad this time was it seemed that the cleaning staff arrived at 5- 5:30 am every morning and proceeded to walk around directly above, sorting out their carts for the day. We really like this hotel, but if we have to endure this kind of noise, we will find another favorite place.
Location and free breakfast All good
Location, value Had to friend Hotel get into internet, every time logged in and very slow
Very close to all major galleries. Clean, upgraded at no cost. The best reception staff in Italy for assistance. Very pleased with the choice.
Myself and indeed all the members of my group enjoyed our stay at this hotel. It is a fantastic place, right at the heart of everything. No
Location, cleaness, breakfast
Location was great, close to the main tourist sites. Distance from train station but it is only a short cab ride.
Location in central Florence is perfect for exploring the city. Staff is helpful and attentive.
I loved the location, stayed with my daughter and granddaughter, since my grandson is studying in Florence and has an apartmentacross the Arno. We felt extremely safe ande pampered by yourexcellent staff,and especially loved the bar on the 5th floor. There wasnothing I did not like.
Everything!! Accommodations, location, charm, Comfort, Cleanliness & kind /helpful staff. Just perfect! Plus the amazing quality breakfast! Would stay there again & again!
The service adn the kindness of the staff. The location nothing
The hotel staff was amazing. Rachel at the front desk helped us in every way. The rest of the front desk staff were all fantastic. The upgraded room was deeply thoughtful. I would recommend hotel very highly.
Great value. Great location. Very friendly staff. Excellent breakfast. Very nice room!
The location was perfect. The rooms were great and very spacious. The staff was friendly and helpful and the rooms were very neat and clean. My only regret is that we didn't make more use of the rooftop bar and restaurant.
The location, the hotel staff, the comfort of the hotel, the breakfast, the 5th floor bar, the lobby for relaxing, the sandwich shop next door "Ino" no free wi-fi, that's it. Otherwise, it's perfect for visiting Florence.
Staff, room service, breakfast, accommodations, but ask for extra pillows. Also, elevators are super slow, but do not despair as other facilities make up for it. Do not walk with luggage to hotel is the only holdback as streets are tough for luggage. Center to sightseeing. As the saying goes, "do not judge a book by its cover", as this hotel's small corner entrance does not do the interior justice. It is truly a **** hotel. No gimmick. Elevator
hi all i stayed at the Albergotto Hotel as a hotel to the Florence Marathon.everything was perfect about it.location, rooms, staff,great hotel. i liked everything.
the promptitude and amabillity of whole personal
The staff were truly great they just couldn't do enough to help. It was a little difficult for us with our big pram but there is a lift at the top of the first flight of stairs, the staff were always willing to help though which was much appreciated.
Great location, walking distance to all the major museums. The staff was very helpful scheduling museum tours, train tickets. Would recommend this hotel in a heartbeat! This was not a problem for us however those who have difficulty climbing stairs should check with the hotel staff regarding handicap accessibility as you have to climb one full set of stairs to reach the elevator.
location! small room
The staff were friendly and the location is superb right in the middle of the city center and at a walking distance from all major attractions. The room always clean and tidy. The hotel is a bit overpriced compared to similar 4-star hotels in Rome, especially that it was not a travel season in Oct 2010.
Great location! A real big-city Italian hotel. Two flights of stairs before elevator. OK for me but maybe not others.
staff very friendly,fantastic location ,breakfast was quiet good,coffee was excellent,specious bedrooms. did not like the entrance of the hotel.,no escalator till you reach the reception.Did not like the lobby of the hotel no atmosphere at all ,no bath in the room
Staff were fantastic, Location was fantastic really helpful staff
Great location. A delightful stay.
The location plus how clean the room and bathroom.
We enjoyed the Hotel Berchielli very much. It was located right on the Arno. We literally opened our windows and could see the Ponte Veicchio Bridge. The location was fabulous. We were close to the Uffize Gallerie and the Duomo. The hotel was a little on the older side, which gave it some european charm. However, the bathrooms had recently been renovated and were modern and clean. During my stay I left behind a shawl I had purchased. We called the hotel figuring it was long gone and the hotel had it for me. We were impressed with the honesty of the staff. The hotel also provided a full breakfast buffet on their second floor dining room. Just around the corner from the hotel is the stop to catch the tour bus of the city. Try to take a day trip to Tuscany if you have the time it was wonderful. I would definitely recommend this hotel and stay here again. One last tip... remember to close the shutters on your window while in Italy it will reduce the noise level.
Florence is such a beautiful city with so much to see and do. Hotel Berchielli is a beautiful hotel, in a perfect location, with a wonderful helpful staff - a very nice place to come back to and relax after a day oftouring.
The staff are delightful and the setting is superb. The bathroom was dated and could do with being replaced sooner rather than later.
hospitality of the hotel staff...
The location is fantastic. The breakfast is very good: nice staff, quick service and good food. Some bathroom amenities were missing (empty boxes on arrival and never replaced), there was not a single free socket to plug in the computer. All in all the room felt like an OK 3-star rather than 4.
I liked the location. The hotel is beautiful and the people who work there are friendly and very helpful. The room was clean and had all I needed for the night I stayed there. The taxi for the airport was there in 3 minutes. Probably my review should say excellent rather than good. The drain in the shower was slow. I forgot to mention that to the front desk employees. I'm sure they would have fixed that if I had let them know.
The location was excellent, the room was clean, and the staff was great. Breakfast was also superb. The rooms were a bit outdated.
The luxury comfort and the old world charm overlooking the river. Very romantic with good shopping and great resturants Leaving the hotel
excellent position. Spacious room. friendly but efficient staff no
It is my fourth stay. The location of the hotel could not be bettered.The room standard is excellent for comfort. Nothing comes to mind.
We were a short walk for the sites of Florence from Ponte Vecchio to the Uffizi Museum! Restaurants and cafes were plentiful and the staff was extremely helpful.
the location the service the politness
Staff was helpful and very nice, Willing to help with anything you needed help with. Great location!
Great location , cool hotel, They had a problem with the internet which was not solved while we were there. We were there for business and therefore that was a big problem. I do not think that hotels understand how important is Internet these days. If they have a problem, they should come with alternative solutions. The internet was offered free, which was good, but............. did not work! Hopefully it was just a bad luck.
A truly contemporary experience that was refreshing after being immersed in the Renaissance architecture and art of Florence. Excellent location right on the Arno. The staff was very efficient if not overly warm and friendly. They were often understaffed (problem with management) with people lined up at the front desk w/ only one young woman trying to serve everyone. We felt well cared for by the hotel, through many email communiques, a beautiful, quiet room, and a lovely bottle of champagne to celebrate our anniversary. We are in our 50s, travel extensively, and found that the other guests were much younger; acted entitled, and rude. This is no fault of the hotel, just who their clientele attracts....we might try another Lungaro property next time.
I loved the buzz, atmosphere and staff in the fusion/ restaurant bar - I loved the double shower.- Clean sheets every night pure heaven!! Hotel too cold- breakfast poor choice - lack of info re the facilities at sister hotels without asking - waiting for water to come through system ( a bit strange)
The staff was gracious and accommadating from start to finish. Paid breakfast buffet was hot and fresh. Great stay! Will return.
It was a great location The staff were not very welcoming and informative. There was a really unpleasant smell during our entire two day stay. Hotel lacked atmosphere.
Location is excellent and staff were very helpful and nice.
Very accommodating staff. Very clean and stylish hotel. Great breakfasts and great central location.
Excellent hotel and very convenientl;y positioned in Florence. Only issue is price casued by the weakness of the pound against the Euro.
it was comfortabl
Very nice room, excellent location. Room over Ponte Vecchio was very noisy at night with drunks and football fans performing in the street below, and rubbish trucks early morning. Rooftop terrace which was main attraction was closed as soon as it started to rain, despite being fully covered.
accomodations, staffs, views, location, and etc....everything you could come up with ideas about a nice hotel nothing
The young staff was very welcoming and the location at a place like Florence was attractive. Room furniture was interestingly designed but not well looked after; one leg of the study chair was about to fall off. Wireless reception was practically unavaliable, one had to chase reception.This is not understandable at this time and age and at such a relatively highly priced hotel.
Location was excellent, close walk to all sites. Great beds and bedding. Stairs in the floor corridor could use railings.
Clean, romantic, elegance, perfect I have booked one of your hotel and the others in Vinince through online by credit card, your hotel manager asked for accomodation payment when we leave, the others aggred that we have paid on line, we booked hote online all the time, once confirmed and prepaid by credit, we will never asked for payment when we leave, if so, it should not happen in such stand hotel like you. We keep the cash recipts till our credit card statement to approve "double paid" situation.
Design and style of hotel. Very good level of staff. Location.
This hotel is great, the location is central to everything you need in Firenze. The roof top bar is a great place to have a drink and watch the sun set over the Arno. The staff made our stay even better with smiles, great english and good knowledge of the area. Our first room was small, and luckily for us the hot water did not work and we got upgraded to a room on the 2 floor. One of the best rooms i have ever stayed in.
Hotel was centrally located. Hotel did not have porter service. If they did they didn't offer it! The lobby/reception is on the first floor. You have to climb one flight of stairs to get to the elevator to go to the 1st floor reception desk. I had my 80 year old parents. a wheel chair and 4 large bags to haul up that flight of stairs. When the elevator worked it only held 3 people. I wouldn't recommend this hotel.
Convenient for all the major sight seeing venues. We were on the top floor with no lift access. It was therefore quite hot. We were disappointed with our room as it did not conform to those published on the internet. It was smaller than expected. The lift mechanism appeared to be in the bathroom, which if the door was open was quite noisy. If the door was closed we got condensation in the bathroom which dripped on the floor. On the whole we considered the top floor should have a reduced rate of charge to reflect the inconvenience.
The location and staff The breakfast
small but nice and comfortable. great location. poor breakfast, small elevator.
Location poor breakfast
cleanliness and location.
Very central to everything
It's close to everything
The location here is the best with it being around the corner from a wonderful square and a block and a half from the Duomo. The staff here weren't the friendliest.
comfort of rooms, situation
Great location. Just a few steps to Firenze's Doumo, museums, shops and nice restaurants. Helpful staff, fast laundry service!
Convenience of location. Room smaller than expected and not much natural light.
Clean, comfortable, nicely appointed rooms. Staff was efficient, straightforward and professional. Location was absolutely ideal for visiting Firenze and making the most of our stay there. Excellent breakfast buffet and accommodating restaurant staff. Even though we were on vacation, it was necessary for me to communicate via e-mail with my business colleagues from time to time. I would have appreciated wireless internet access in our room, not just in the lobby.
Very convenient location. There are different rooms in this hotel. Why, like in many others, clients that booked through internet but pay full price have a second class room?
The location was fantastic and the staff very friendly. the bed is like sleeping on a slab of concrete, the room had a perfect view of a brick wall and the breakfast was not good at all.
The staff of the hotel is not very friendly, besides the guy who operates the breakfast. Not the Italian hospitality we like so much
everything was satisfying no
The hotel has a nice location, in the heart of the old city, on the vicinity of very important and historic places and monuments. Restaurants and shops nearby. Our room was clean and spacious... ... nevertheless the bathroom was a bit small and the amenities and facilities need a upgrading. I think the breakfast is a little limited for a **** hotel.
Good location. Confortable. Room was not clean. We stayed there for 3 days and they only changed towels, did not clean the room.
Staff responded very quickly when there was a problem with heating. Great location.
Friendly staff and the location of the hotel. No - just the hairdryer.