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NH Anglo American Florence Reviews
Nov 03, 2007
As usual we were a bit late booking a hotel before our travel. In the end we decided to try something called Top Secret hotels on the Norwegian online travel agent Reisefeber.no. It is the same concept as lastminute.com/hotwire.com where you book a hotel based on price, location and stars but you don’t know exactly what hotel you will end up with until you’ve handed over your payment details. We ended up at Hotel Anglo American on Via Garibaldi 9 and we paid about 3500 Norwegian kroner for 4 nights including breakfast (about 110€ per night). You can see the location of the hotel on this interactive Google map: gardkarlsen.com/Florence_Italy_google_map.htm .The hotel is marked with a yellow marker.
We arrived in Firenze on July 17th 2007 and took the airport bus to Santa Maria Novella railway station. It is a short trip as the airport is only about 4 km out of town. The airport bus stops at a station right next to the train station. From there it was only a 10 minute walk to the hotel so we just dragged our suitcases there based on a map we had with us. The room was not ready when we came but they stored our luggage while we went out for lunch. When we came back to the hotel the suitcases where taken up to room 331 which turned out to be a surprisingly large deluxe room.
Room 331 located on the 3rd floor was much larger than expected. In places like Paris, Milan etc we’ve had tiny rooms and I have gotten the impression that this is the standard in European city hotels. The other difference was the bed in the room: it was HUGE with a beautiful headboard and it was also pretty comfortable :-) The room was quite nice with light wall paper, dark wooden floor, dark wooden furniture, a small TV on a table, a small table with two chairs and a small desk with a chair. They offered mostly Italian TV channels and the only English ones where CNN and MTV. In the end I was fed up about hearing about the Harry Potter book release on CNN (and no, I did not watch TV that much). The small entrance led into the bedroom and the bathroom. In this entrance there was also a wardrobe with a few hangers, a small safe and a minibar. We didn’t get much for the minibar as the prices where quite steep. A Coke was about 4€ and that should give you an idea of the price level. The small bathroom was partially tiled and included a bathtub with two shower heads and a shower curtain to prevent the water from splashing everywhere. There were quite a lot of amenities (another surprise for me) and it included shampoo, shower gel (both didn’t smell any good), tooth brush, razor, shower cap etc.
The breakfast was served next to the reception on the ground floor. It included bread, rolls, pastries, cereal, eggs, bacon, Italian sausages etc. There was also a nice selection of fruit, yogurt, various juice etc. There was a big pot of American coffee which most people went for but it was also possible to get the “real” thing straight from the kitchen - espresso, macchiato, cappuccino etc. We used the opportunity to get some real coffee of course :-)
The hotel is located about 10 minutes walk from Santa Maria Novella railway station (about 800 meters) and from there it is another 10-15 minutes to the Duomo. But we found out that it was also possible to take the small mini buses B and D nearby and from there you can get to e.g. Ponte Vecchio. There are several buses that stop in the area and most of them go to the train station. We took a taxi home to the hotel one night and it cost us 10€ from the Duomo. If you want to walk it is about 1.5 km to walk to Ponte Vecchio. But getting a taxi was actually quite difficult that late - which surprised us seeing as it’s a main tourist area.
If you are picking up a rental car from AVIS like we did it is also useful to know that it is a fairly short walk to the local AVIS office on Via Borgognissanti.
I was positively surprised by the size of the room and the size of the bed at the hotel. The bed was comfortable; we didn’t hear any noise from the neighboring rooms or traffic on the outside. The only things I can complain about was the air-con fan that was a bit noisy at night and the wireless inter access rates that were ridiculously high. The location is not ideal but it is not a problem unless you have a problem walking a bit - or are afraid of taking a chance with local bus transportation :-) I would not hesitate to stay at Hotel Anglo American again but it would have to be in a similar big room
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NH Anglo American Overview
NH Anglo American is set in a quiet yet central location in Florence, between the Lungarno area and Borgo Ognissanti. The classically-styled hotel preserves all of its unique original features and reflects a fascinating age of the city. The hotel's decor boasts antique furniture and impressive paintings of the Florentine school of 1800, creating an upscale, elegant atmosphere for our clients. The hotel is the ideal starting point for discovering the city, as it is within walking distance of Santa Maria Novella Railway Station and the airport bus terminal. Florence seduces and fascinates visitors with its many wonders: palaces, art galleries, historic buildings, and artistic and architectural masterpieces. Just a short distance from the hotel are the Piazza della Signoria, which houses the Palazzo Vecchio (the ancient residence of the Medici) and the Fountain of Neptun, the Duomo (Cupola del Brunelleschi) and Baptistery, museums (Galleria degli Uffizi), and Ponte Vecchio, as well as art galleries and exclusive and renowned shopping streets. The staff at the hotel is friendly and helpful, and will gladly offer information and suggestions on nearby attractions. Our rooms and suites feature a gentle, refined atmosphere, where careful attention has been paid to creating optimum comfort. These light-filled and elegant spaces are finely appointed with classic furniture in addition to the latest comforts, including satellite TV, air conditioning, mini bars, and Wi-Fi access, with plenty of room to relax. Intimate and distinguished, Il Granduca offers a varied breakfast buffet in addition to traditional selections from Tuscan and Mediterranean cuisine. Start the day with a generous buffet breakfast, typical Florentine pastries, or Tuscan savories in the charming breakfast room. NH Anglo American is an ideal setting for business meetings. Our conference center is equipped with wireless Internet connectivity and features three function rooms, the largest with a capacity of up to 90 people. We also offer the perfect location for informal events such as cocktail parties. Spend time in the enclosed garden. a relaxing area where you can experience tranquility as you step back in time in this turn-of-the-century hotel with old-fashioned comfort and elegance. City tax 4 euros per person per night. Tax will be billed directly to the guest.
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