Borgo degli Albizi 26, Florence, Italy
Doubles from: $52 to $130
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Housed in a 16th-century building designed by the famous Florentine architect Ammanati, the one-star Hotel Bavaria offers a little taste of Renaissance living. A B&B feel, great location—on a pedestrian street around the corner from the Duomo—and Cheapo rates make this hotel a fabulous find.
The Bavaria’s 17 guest rooms are echo-inducingly large. Their 18th-century frescoes and intricately painted wooden ceilings give the impression that you’re sleeping in your own personal museum. Beautiful touches like wrought iron headboards, antique wooden armoires and blown-glass coat hangers make up for the lack of amenities (no TV or A/C, but fans are provided).
The small bathrooms are mostly located outside the rooms. Some are shared, but rooms without their own bathrooms have sinks and mirrors, and some even have new stall showers cordoned off behind decorative screens.
Guests enter through a verdant courtyard, and a large stairway leads to the hotel on the second floor. Due to the importance of the building, all improvements must be historically accurate. Thus, walls in the entry were textured true-to-style, and ceilings in the breakfast room have been hand-restored.
Free Wi-Fi is available in the common areas, which are decorated (natch!) in Renaissance style, with dark red upholstery, thick wooden furniture and period Florentine artwork. The friendly and knowledgeable staff add the final pleasant gleam to this budget gem.
Breakfast is included. Note that the hotel does not have an elevator.
Reviewed by: Laura Mongillo, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
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.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
Borgo degli Albizi 26
Santa Croce, Florence, Italy
About the Bavaria neighborhood
Named for the Santa Croce cathedral, which marks the center of this neighborhood, the south end of Santa Croce borders the Duomo and swarms with tourists. The piazza itself is actually a popular spot for Florentines to meet, chat and then head elsewhere for to eat. Parallel streets behind the church are relatively quiet. Head north-east to Sant'Ambrogio, where Florence feels hipper, younger, and much more real.