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Hotel Il Bargellino 2.0

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

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Pros

  • Central location within walking distance of the train station and many attractions
  • Surrounded by many good restaurants and cafes
  • Inexpensive room rates
  • Rooms have mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and microwaves
  • Lovely patio terrace with seating
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Furniture and upholstery are old and tired
  • Some rooms have shared bathrooms
  • Air-conditioning incurs extra daily fee
  • Breakfast is not included
  • No elevator

Bottom Line

The small, 10-room Hotel Il Bargellino is run by a friendly couple and geared toward budget travelers. Situated about a five-minute walk from the main train station, this value hotel is within walking distance of most major attractions, yet slightly off the beaten path. Rooms are colorful and cozy, but dated and a little shabby, and equipped with mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers. Amenities are limited to a lovely outdoor terrace with a resident parrot and free Wi-Fi. Travelers might also want to consider Locanda dei Poeti, which is just down the street and offers a bit more amenities, including a small public kitchen and free breakfast.

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Scene

Basic budget hotel with dated, antique-laden interiors

The hotel is a basic property that's reminiscent of an Italian grandmother's house, with oil paintings on the walls and old wooden cabinets lining the narrow hallways topped with antiques, doilies, and potted plants. The vibe is homey, though dated and a bit shabby. The hotel lacks common areas like a dining room or lounge, but it does have a spacious outdoor terrace furnished with several small metal tables and chairs, which is also home to a colorful resident parrot that hangs outside on the railing. 

Location

Located on a quiet, narrow street in central Florence, within walking distance of many sights

The hotel is situated on via Guelfa, a typical narrow street connecting the city center with the main roads. The main train station, Santa Maria Novella, is less than a 10-minute walk, and several main monuments are within walking distance, such as the Duomo, which is about 10 minutes away. Florence Peretola Airport is a 20-minute drive away or 25 minutes by bus. There are several bus stops within a 10-minute walk offering easy access to surrounding cities and outlying attractions. Cafes, restaurants, and gelato shops are on every corner, but the hotel is slightly tucked away from the heavily trafficked streets. 

Rooms

Colorful rooms with old furniture and mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers

The selection of rooms range from tiny singles with shared bathrooms to spacious quadruple rooms with private bath, bidet, shower, and shared access to the hotel’s patio terrace. All rooms are colorful with vibrant walls in multiple hues and furnished with old wardrobes, desks, chairs, and small chandeliers. There are no TVs in the rooms, but Wi-Fi is free, and all are equipped with kettles, mini-fridges, microwaves, and espresso makers. Air-conditioning incurs a nightly fee. Private bathrooms are tiny, with small showers, and some units have showers directly in the room, which might pose privacy issues for some.

Features

Free Wi-Fi and outdoor terrace, but no breakfast, parking, or dining area

The Il Bargellino is a simple property run by a husband and wife duo who are helpful with tour reservations, restaurant recommendations, and luggage storage. There's free Wi-Fi access in every room, but the hotel does not offer breakfast nor does it have a bar or restaurant. There's also a lovely outdoor terrace available for guests.

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Address

Via Guelfa 87, Florence 50129, Italy

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