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Hotel Cosimo de' Medici 3.0

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

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  • Well-maintained building with ancient brick and stained-glass designs
  • Good location by the train station and Piazza di Santa Maria Novella
  • Rooms have minibars and safes; one has a whirlpool tub
  • Charming breakfast room with a buffet
  • Computer corner and two PCs available on request
  • Pets allowed (for a fee)
  • Private, secured parking (for a fee)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout 


  • In a busy and congested area
  • Guests must check keys in and out at the front desk
  • Rooms near the breakfast area can be noisy
  • Elevator only goes to the second floor

Bottom Line

The Hotel Cosimo de' Medici is a modern, mid-range property with charming original brick ceilings and stained glass, a well-maintained breakfast room, and a computer corner. The 27 rooms are simple and pleasant, with minibars and safes; some also have balconies. However, they do get some external noise from corridors. The hotel suits travelers seeking a convenient location near the train station, the Duomo, and other major sights, but the area can be noisy and congested at times.

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Mid-range hotel housed in a modernly decorated historic building with original designs 

The Hotel Cosimo de' Medici is an affordable property with modern designs that stands out when compared to the typically shabbier mid-range options that are in the area. It's housed in a historic building that once served as the Alinari Brothers publishing house and is now shared with other hotels, shops, and residences. A vaulted rustic entrance leads to the reception area on the ground floor of the building. Preserved original designs remain in common areas and modernly decorated interiors give the hotel a pleasant atmosphere. Above the front desk is stained-glass window set in a brick domed design. The hallways have similar brick details and lovely wooden room doors and parquet floors. The lobby is narrow, clean, and modernly furnished, with a comfortable sofa and a flat-screen TV. A modern elevator takes guests to second-floor rooms, but doesn’t go to the top floor -- instead, guests must use the stairway, which retains its original railing. 


On a busy street, near the main train station and plenty of area attractions

The Hotel Cosimo de' Medici is located at the end of the Via Nazionale on Largo Fratelli Alinari, a busy street lined with other hotels, restaurants, and bars. It's a five-minute walk to the Santa Maria Novella Train Station, making it an appealing location for business travelers or tourists on a budget, as well as to the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. It’s a 10-minute walk to the Duomo, the Galleria dell'Accademia (site of the David statue) and the Da Basso Fortres convention center. The Uffizi Gallery is within a 15-minute walk. The Pitti Palace is a 15-minute bus ride away, on the opposite side of the Arno River. The Florence Airport can be reached in about 15 minutes by bus or car.


Clean, modern rooms with minibars and safes; many with balconies and one with whirlpool tub

This hotel’s modern and pleasantly designed rooms set it apart from other mid-range properties in the area, which tend to be shabbier. For solo travelers or couples there are Single and Double/Twin Rooms, while Triple and Quadruple Rooms suit families or groups. Furnishings are simple, with parquet wooden floors, neutral textiles, dark-wood details, and writing desks. Many also have French doors that lead to balconies.  All rooms come with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, safes, and minibars. Rollaway beds, cribs, and irons can be requested, but cost extra. Contemporary bathrooms have hairdryers and walk-in showers or shower/tub combos, and bidets; one room offers a whirlpool tub. Double-paned windows keep traffic sounds out and overlook the courtyard or street, but there have been some complaints of noise from the hallways. Small pets are permitted, for a fee.


Welcoming breakfast lounge, a computer corner, guest services, and free Wi-Fi

The Hotel Cosimo de’ Medici's welcoming breakfast lounge has a warm setting with rich tapestries, tile floors, modern furniture, and a small buffet with basic continental offerings (included in room rates). There's a business corner (really just a PC in the lobby) and two more computers are available on request. The front desk offers reservations for museums, theaters performances, and restaurants. Deals to Tuscan restaurants, luggage storage, secured private parking (for a fee), and free hotel-wide Wi-Fi are also offered.

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Largo Fratelli Alinari 15, Florence 50123, Italy


39 055 211066

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