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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
If the 17th-century palazzo that houses the two-star Hotel Bretagna was good enough for the King of Holland, Louis Bonaparte, then gosh darn it, it’s good enough for us Cheapos! Centrally located on the Arno River between the Ponte Vecchio and Santa Maria Novella, 18-room Bretagna offers a little bit of royal treatment, with historic charm to boot.
Get your fill of luxury in the reception hall and parlor, which boast chandeliers and river views. The Bretagna's rooms are simpler, with antique furniture and metal bed frames. Bright-colored walls and ornate headboards are a reminder of the palazzo's glory days. Bedding comes in pretty brocade, and the floors are either parquet or carpet. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, heat and satellite TV. (Ask ahead if you want a balcony). If you play your cards right and ask in advance, you might even score a room with a river view.
Some of the Bretagna's bathrooms are furnished with sand-colored marble tiles, while others are older and a bit run down.
The Hotel Bretagna wins points for its central location and royal trappings. Half of the palazzo is still intact, and you can gaze at it from the breakfast room (careful not to drool into your muesli).
Breakfast is sometimes included in the room rate (check when booking). Free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is 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
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Hotel Bretagna 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.