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Hotel dei Macchiaioli 3.0

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

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Pros

  • Charming typical Florentine townhouse with artistic history
  • Located in the heart of Florence two blocks from the Duomo
  • Lavish interiors with exquisitely painted ceilings
  • Fresh, traditionally styled rooms with modern bathrooms
  • Free breakfast served in a beautiful dining room
  • Parking available (for a fee)

Cons

  • No elevator and 32 steps
  • Some rooms small

Bottom Line

The main highlight of the 15-room Hotel dei Macchiaioli is clearly its location -- just two blocks from Florence's historic center, with all of the city's main attractions easily accessible on foot. The building itself is charmingly Florentine and adorned with Renaissance-style ceiling frescoes in the common spaces. Rooms have a simple classic style and bathrooms suitably modern. There's no elevator and some may struggle with the staircase, though there is always help available for carrying luggage. A breakfast buffet is served in a lovely dining room with paintings in the coffered ceiling squares. It may not be cheap for a mid-range hotel, but rates are good for the location.

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Charming Florentine townhouse with artistic, historical interiors

Opened in 2010 after an extensive renovation, this 15-room boutique blends seamlessly into the surroundings of its charming Florentine street. Stepping inside and up a 32-step marble staircase, guests arrive at a parquet-floored reception area with tasseled drapery, gilt-framed portraiture, and a dazzling painted ceiling. The hotel is named after the Macchiaioli, a group of 19th-century painters who used to gather at the café once located on the ground floor, and some of their paintings can be seen around the lobby. Despite its bustling location, the ambience inside is peaceful and civilized, attracting largely tourists with an eye for the arts.

Location

Set in the heart of Florence, two blocks from the Duomo

The hotel is located in Via Cavour, a street in the heart of Florence that leads directly to its historic center. The famous Duomo is just two blocks away, and the hotel is within walking distance of all of central Florence's main attractions, such as the iconic Ponte Vecchio, about a 10-minute walk away.

Rooms

Fresh yet traditionally styled rooms with modern bathrooms

The hotel has just 15 rooms, which are all located on one floor and decorated in a fresh yet traditional fashion, with antique-style furnishings and (in some) striped fabrics. Flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, and well-stocked minibars come standard, while modern bathrooms include bidets, walk-in showers, and wall-mounted hairdryers. Some rooms are on the small side, but an upgrade to a more spacious room is possible.

Features

Free buffet breakfast served in a beautiful dining room

The hotel serves a free breakfast in a beautiful lounge area with a ceiling decorated with scenes from famous operas. From here a small panoramic terrace over Via Cavour has a sightline to the Duomo and Piazza San Marco. Parking in a private garage can be arranged, but is quite expensive. There is also a small bar on-site and Wi-Fi is free in the lobby.

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Address

Via Camillo Cavour 21, Florence 50129, Italy

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