Via Dei Banchi, 1, Florence, Italy
Doubles from: $52 to $97
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Bruno, the one-star Hotel Abaco's big, boisterous owner, may look like a rugby forward, but he's got a tender spot for 17th-century Florentine baroque style and a gorgeous eye for detail. Occupying a 15th-century palazzo on a quiet street, just off the heavily-trafficked Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the Abaco has seven rooms, all named for the great artists of Florence.
Take the “Botticelli” room. The birth of Venus crowns a plush corona-style bed, dripping with red velvet and outfitted with polished dark wood, gilding and parquet floors. “Giotto,” “Fiorentino,” “Leonardo,” “Caravaggio” and “Rafael” follow suit, in shades of deep red or blue, parquet or marble floors, gold-painted cherubs, ornate nightstands and plush brocades. “Michelangelo” even sports a miniature version of David, who Bruno jokingly warns, watches what his patrons do at night. (Wink.) Whichever classic artist you get, he’s updated with modern comforts like air conditioning, television and free Wi-Fi Bathrooms are small and basic.
Enjoy breakfast (included in the room rate) or lounge about in the dimly-lit hall—also ravishing—with wood-beamed ceilings and red carpet.
The one-star rating of this small, central gem is a serious understatement.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
About the Hotel Abaco neighborhood
Across the street from the train station, the area around Piazza Santa Maria Novella is perhaps the most varied neighborhood in the city. The dingier urban streets leading to the station get a lot of traffic while the other side of the grassy Piazza is quiet. Bordered by the river, the train station and the shopping street Via Tornabuoni, one thing is for sure: once you're here, you're no more than ten-minutes away from anything else.