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Hotel Casci 2.0

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

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Pros

  • Fantastic, central location near Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Short walk to most major museums and sights plus restaurants and shops
  • Free buffet breakfast with eggs and hot chocolate for the kids
  • Family-friendly small hotel with personal customer service
  • Two quintuple rooms available for families
  • Lobby coffee shop with a library of travel guides and maps to borrow
  • Pets allowed

Cons

  • Located on the second floor of a building without a street level lobby
  • Decor is dated

Bottom Line

The 24-room budget Hotel Casci is located on the second floor in two fifteenth century palaces and a former convent in central Florence, within easy walking distance of all the major tourist attractions. Simple and very clean, the family-run Casci feels like a bed and breakfast, with free buffet breakfast daily, and plenty of personal attention. Rooms are spacious, but the decor is quite basic, and the bathrooms are small, but the family atmosphere and ideal tourist location are definite upsides.

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Scene

Small and informal value hotel, with a cozy breakfast lounge

The Hotel Casci is in a fifteenth century building, and fantastic original frescoed ceilings remain in many of the public areas, including the pretty breakfast lounge. The breakfast lounge decor is homey, with a pink and white checkerboard tile floor, pink tablecloths, and fresh flowers. The bar lacks atmosphere, but a look up at the elaborate ceiling fresco says pure Florence. The building has history -- the composer Rossini lived there for four years, late in his life. Located one floor above the street, the lobby is reached via a small, worn-looking elevator, or a wide but unremarkable stairway. Once arrived, however, guests will find an informal, cozy, welcoming inn that could not be better located, with a library of travel books, and an attentive staff who take pride in their business and are invested in giving their guests a great stay in Florence.

Location

In central Florence, within easy walking distance to all the major sights

The Hotel Casci is located on Via Cavour, a pretty old street in central Florence, a two-minute walk from the Duomo. The Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio are less than 10 minutes away on foot. The spot couldn't be better for tourists wanting to be near everything, but is still quiet enough for a good night's sleep. The railway station is 500 yards away, and the hotel has arrangements with several parking garages for those who drive.

Rooms

Basic and clean rooms, with free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and hair dryers

Rooms at the Hotel Casci are basic, simply decorated, and spotlessly clean. Single rooms are available for solo travelers, and quintuple rooms for families traveling together. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, electronic charging stations, and DVD players. Soundproofing keeps noise from the streets from disturbing guests, but some noise can be heard from the hallways. Non-smoking rooms are available upon request. Bathrooms are smallish, and some have showers only. The decor is plain, with homey printed bedspreads and functional wood furniture.

Features

Free breakfast, library, bar/lounge, and use of nearby fitness center

The Hotel Casci offers guests a free buffet breakfast each morning, served in a homey breakfast lounge. There is a bar on the premises, and a coffee shop with a collection of travel guides and maps for guests to borrow as they plan their visit. Passes are available to a nearby fitness center. Free Wi-Fi is offered in the lobby and in the rooms.

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Address

Via Camillo Cavour, 13, Florence 50129, Italy

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