Great hotel near the train station an within walking distance of most of the sights of Florence. My only complaint is that WiFi wasn't strong enough to work in our room.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good location and lodging"
Short walking distance from Santa Maria Novella Station and Church of same name and of major sights in Firenze itself. Slightly more expensive than others in the area but well worth it for easy access, service, helpful front desk, and breakfast.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Old World Charm"
We loved the large room, as in Europe one can often find their hotel room to be quite small. The hotel had charm and character of old world Europe. The bathroom was updated nicely. The wi-fi signal was incredibly weak. The hotel had a quaint breakfast room with the standard European breakfast, but it was sufficient. The hotel is in a building with other […] hotels and businesses. The building has a very old fashioned elevator, which adds to the charm of the funkiness. At first, we weren't sure about the neighborhood, but it really wasn't a problem. We liked how it was convenient to the train station. The hotel staff is helpful and friendly. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"CAUTION. Do Not Book Here!"
First you much climb a flight of stairs just to get the the entrance. Then either the elevator (room for 2 - very tight) to the second floor or walk another flight of stairs. The room was large for Italy, the bed were hard as the floors. Room was clean, but needed updated (painting, items needed fixed including the walls) . The shower was barely big […] enough for a child. The location was very hard to find. A hostle close by, noise was terrible. We spent two nights. At check out their were others at the desk complaining of their rooms as well. So it is not just us. STAY AWAY! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Hotel Desirée Goodmorning, It's very difficult to accept a review like this because it has been written a lot of false things. First of all, all the bathrooms are renovated and the showers are very big. The location is just 50 metres from the main station, so we don't know why is very hard to find, it's really 1 minute walking from the station. Nobody is complainig as you can see from the review, everybody are very happy of the hotel. And last thing, very important, there isn't any hostle nearby. Thank you, Best regards, The Manager.
"Old fashioned romantic hotel"
My wife and I enjoyed our stay in this old fashioned romantic hotel. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The location is especially good if you want to explore Tuscany by train.Genuine Expedia guest review
"an excellent jump-off point to Florence"
Excellent hotel. The classiest hotel I've ever stayed at for these price points. Great service, lovely breakfast, big soft beds and very modern bathrooms. Wonderful. It's a block from the train station which is great for getting in/out, and it's only 2 blocks from Santa Maria Novella (on one side) and the Mercato Centrale (on the other). Really couldn't […] be happier. WOULD STAY AGAIN! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good hotel near the train station"
Although the hotel is not fantastic, it is not bad either. We were five and the space was too tight to fit in comfortably; however, the breakfast buffet was good, and the staff was friendly and helpful.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Convenient location and classic decoration"
I was in the conference at Palazzo dei Congressi. And this hotel is at the corner of Via Fiume and Via Bernardo Cennini, which is next to the entrance of my conference. But the sign "Hotel Desiree" is not on the entrance of the building Via Fiume 20. You can go into the building and see the sign on the door of elevator. The elevator is a cage hanged […] by a cable. I like this traditional style, but maybe it is not convenient for people with large trolley cases. The room is not very large, but very high. And there are wardrobes with beautiful carved wooden doors. The window also has wooden doors. My room is near the lobby so I can access the wifi in the room. Also, the complimentary breakfast is beyond my expectation (not as simple as I had though before). There are cookies, bread, sliced turkey/ham, juice, coffee and milk. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
nice staff, excellent breakfastGenuine Expedia guest review
"I like it!"
Well,i have no complains about the location and cleanliness of my room,staff were helpful and i have free breakfast everyday.I am very satisfied with this place.I can sleep well and breakfast is great.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice staff, great location"
Staff is really nice and helpful. Great breakfast. Great location -- 10 minute walk to the train station. Florence is really small, everything is within 30 minutes' walk.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Nice hotel, very close to the city center."
The room was cleaned every day. The breakfast was very good.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Good hotel for budget price, good location"
If you have a european style hotel in mind this was a great place to stay on a budget. We had a nice triple room for our family and it worked out well. It was very clean updated bathroom. Staff was very nice and it was quite at night. Nice hotel in an amazing city. Close to train station and short walk to all the sights.Genuine Expedia guest review
Great location. Room was small but I hear that's very common in Italy. That small bug someone mentioned was a mosquito. My daughter who's lives in Florence said no one uses screens on their windows. Staff was very nice and helpful. Would stay again.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Hotel that could be better"
Entrance to the hotel is bothersome since one has to struggle climbing up almost 10-15 stairs [ with 1-2 pieces of luggage) before getting to the elevator. The elevator is a very old cage-type where you have to close the doors manually- a problem with 2 pieces of luggage since is is very compact. While in the street: no signs indicating the place of […] the hotel at the building( problem at , there is a very tiny one in the entrance of the building which could be easily confused with other hotels in the very same building. Room is very compact, likewise the bathroom. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"ok for a 3 star"
Nice location once most of you do is from the train station. Front desk was helpful. City tax was a surprise. Facilities small but nice. Breakfast ok but taken out while I was there without asking. Disappointed with the room, not the same we see in the internet, wouldn't stay there if I new that was the room. Too noisy from the street, two beds put […] together small but with the basics you need (tv, shower ok, air conditioning). Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Location is the only plus"
Close to metro station and other attractions, but the rooms were not comfortable at all, especially the bathrooms were tiny. No Laundery or Iron boards in the entire hotel.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"good hotel close to railway station"
It was a good hotel close to railway station. Just a couple of points to note. It is not easy to find coz there are 3 hotels in the same building & you see the hotel name only by looking at the building name plates (no hotel boards or flags for easy identification). Also this hotel does have a lift, but to access the lift you first need to climb about […] 10 steps. The hotel itself (once you reach it) is great & the staff at reception is very nice & helpful Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great value and location"
We loved this place. We didn't expect much, since the rate was reasonable, and it was near the train station. We had a room for three (my partner & I, and my adult nephew), and the beds were comfortable, the towels were nice, the room had AC, and the room itself was just gorgeous. We didn't get the chance to ask, but it looks like the building was once […] a large single dwelling, now divided into several hotels. The ceilings were tall, and the windows were amazing and had the ability to be closed to shut out light or sound, or both. The bathroom was in the room, and smelled a tad musty, but was a completely enclosed room, so one expects that sort of thing. The breakfast was quite lovely, with a view of the duomo on the balcony. Most of the items were pre-packaged, but there were also fresh breads, cheese, and a small selection of meats. This was our first night in Italy out of a two-week visit, and it was one of the best places we stayed. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Well-priced, clean and convenient hotel"
We stayed here on May 19th for two nights. The first night, we were put in a small 2 person room with a tiny bathroom (room 138), because the guest before us had a bathroom accident in our room. But to rectify it, the staff gave us the best upgraded 3 person room with a balcony and bigger bathrroom the second night (room 123). The hotel was well priced, […] clean and convenient to the train station/all the city tourist sites. But, it is an older looking hotel. Like other reviews, look for the building number since the sign is hard to find. The lobby is on the 2nd floor. The rooms don't start using air conditioning until June 1st, so it can get a little stuffy without circulating air during this time of the year, but it was bearable. The internet connection in the rooms are good and free. The breakfast had a good variety of food. The staff was all very helpful, nice and spoke good English. They provided us a great sightseeing map, lots of tour brochures, mailed our postcards and even booked us advance tickets to the Uffizi Museum and a 1/2 day Accord Chianti Tour. They also watched our luggage after we checked-out while we did some more sightseeing. Overall, we'd recommend staying here, but which room you get makes a big difference. Remember there is a 3 euro city tax per person per night, which you have to pay at check-out in cash. This is common in all Italy cities. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Great location friendly staff. Great value.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Our stay was okay. The Hotel Desiree is not a luxury hotel at all, but if you are just looking for a economy hotel close to the train station, it delivers. The beds have many miles on them and the comforters are questionable. The bathroom has a fold-out shower stall and is very cramped. The staff was very accomodating, though. The breakfast is your […] typical Italian spread of pastries, yogurt, coffee, juice. Don't expect eggs and bacon. I'd give our overall stay a 6 out of 10. You get what you pay for which isn't much at the Hotel Desiree. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The hotel was reasonable priced. We stayed there Dec. 29th-30th because the price th continue staying at our B&B was more than doubled for the New Years "on-season". The Desiree was a great deal for the price. The staff was really nice, but the rooms were less cozy than I would have liked. There was always people in the hallways, I guess because there […] was better internet connection. It gave it a hostel instead of hotel feel. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice and comfortable hotel!"
Very nice place to stay in Florence, old tasteful building, near the main train station and walking distance to most attractions, helpful staffs, so sorry that we accidentally broke one of the wine glasses, but the hotel showed the Italian generousness! Only the breakfast sucks, hope that'll change.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good base for seeing all of Florence"
Excellent for close access to the railway station, airport buses and most of all, the main city centre attractions. Comfortable, friendly hotel and each morning a good value breakfast in a room with a view.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"The most spacious room I have in Italy."
The rooms were big and spacious. We request a twin bed room and got a twin bed plus a double bed. The hotel is very near to the train station, near by to the touristic places. Staff were friendly and the breakfasts were good.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice Choice for short stay"
We spent two nights at Hotel Desiree. Its proximity to the Firenze SMN station was the main reason for our choice. The room was a nice size, comfortable room. The breakfast was adequate, the breakfast room a bit crowded. There is a small, manual elevator, after you carry your luggage up the flight of entry stairs. The gentleman on reception was very […] helpful on restaurant recomendations. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Location ideal and good to have a variety continental breakfastGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great location for train station and sights"
I was travelling through Europe with my 11 year old son and having the Hotel within easy walking distance to both the train station and sights was a big bonus. Hotel staff were very helpful and friendly, the complimentary breakfast was a great way to start off a day of sight seeing. Our room was perfect for our needs, roomy enough and always clean. […] Would definitely recommend! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hotel with convenient location to central station"
Considering the room rates and the location, Hotel Desiree is a good choice for budget travelers. It is just 2-3 mins walk from Santa Maria Novella Train station, and is located on the 2nd floor of an antique building. The hotel, with its very antique setting, is surprisingly clean, we were impressed by the 5 layers antique window in our room. The room […] is quite large comparing other budget hotels. The staff are very friendly and eager to help. Almost all the main attraction sites are within 15-20 mins walkable distance. Overall we had a pleasant stay in the hotel. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
We were really pleased with this hotel. It was a great location, the room was spacious and clean, and the service was excellent. The beds were not very comfortable. Breakfast was included and there were a lot of options. The wifi was not great.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Pleasant stay at this hotel"
Hotel Desiree is situated at a very convenient location in Florence city. It takes only 5 minutes to Firenze Santa Maria Novelle station; 10 minutes to get to the Central Merchante; 15 minutes to the Duomo and the Academia and finally only 20 minutes walking to the Uffizi. The hotel staff are very helpful. They even let us leave our luggage after we […] checked out. That gave us another few hours for us to stroll down the city area without having to tow our heavy load. Breakfast is of standard continental; room size is just enough for four of us; the air-condition is very good. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Hotel Desiree, Florence"
Hotel Desiree was perfectly positioned for our needs, being close to the station and also the exhibition centre, Fortezza da Basso. It really felt authentically Italian, not at all like the generic modern hotels that can be found anywhere in the world. The staff were exceptionally helpful and our room was immaculate.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Very good hotel close to all things"
Great place, location, close to railway station for those extra excursions, ideal.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Nice and Close to the station"
Very pleasant room and helpfull staff. The sidestreet it is on is nothing to see itself but it is very close to the station and a very short walk to the central touristic areas.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Disappointing Very small hotel. The photograph of hotel very deceiving It can be improved a lot. Staff was pleasant and helpfulGenuine Expedia guest review
Response by Hotel Desirée Hi Guest, We are very sorry that you didn't understand the decoration of our hotel. Our hotel is in a great building of 1800, all our decoration in liberty stile of beginning of 1900 are ORIGINAL. Our photos shows that our hotel is not modern style as you wanted. Thank you again for your feedback, Best regards, Hotel Desirèe Staff.
"Good location & value for money"
Recommended. Right beside train station & walking distance to all major tourist sites. Hotel itself is relatively basic 3-star but good value for money. Room perhaps a little dated but the bathroom looked like it had been recently renovated. Clean & comfortable. Staff very helpful.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Close to rail station"
Excellent location. Room small but OK. Staff very friendly and helpful. Good base for seeing Florence and Tuscany.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great place.Close to all the main attractions"
Really good place. Nice large rooms with big interesting windows! Very helpful staff. Value for money. Will surely recommend it and will book here again when we visit Florence next.Genuine Expedia guest review
We stayed in Hotel Desiree for two nights in December. The hotel is walking distance from the Santa Maria Novella train station. It is located in an older building upstairs and you can take a staircase or elevator. The room was nice and colourfully decorated in Florentine colours including tiled floor and decorative windows - our window had six layers […] of panes. The whole theme including furniture is traditional and it felt great. Staff were nice and helpful, they even offered to put some breakfast for us before the regular time on the morning we were leaving. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
I was impressed with this hotel as I didn't expect much being a 3 star hotel. The staff was very friendly. Our room was clean and the bathrooms seemed new. Good location near train station and within walking distance of major attractions. The breakfast was very basic but Ok. Would stay here again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice stay, very convenient location, great staff"
We enjoyed our stay at Desiree - the location was great, staff very friendly, the breakfast was nice and the room & bathroom, while relatively basic, were comfortable and clean. The cleaning was done on a daily basis and our sheets were changed a couple of times during our stay (7 nights). The only minor complaint would be the room temperature, which […] due to the bad weather in November and general poor insulation of many old buildings in Florence, was not always most comfortable. Make sure you pack slippers, since the rooms (or at least ours) are not carpeted. The supermarket nearby proved useful. Overall, I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking to enjoy Florence on a low budget. If we go back, we will probably stay there again. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
We stayed in hotel desiree from Nov. 3-7, the hotel was just 5 mins. away from SMN station. We had a comfortable stay and the staff were very efficient.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Affordable hotel close to trains and the Duomo."
Affordable hotel. Family operated. Very friendly and helpful staff. Decent continental breakfast in pleasant room. Bedroom quite spacious, Furniture simple, but functional. Nice big window with good, heavy shutters. Good-sized bathroom with shower. Room clean and tidy --- but not luxurious. Older building. Hotel on 2nd floor. There is an elevator. Main […] hall and stairs to hotel are not too impressive. Hotel close to train station --- but no train noise could be heard. Hotel a short walk for the Duomo and other main attractions. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Nice location near of the train station and of all historic sites. Staff young and sympathic. We had like the european atmosphere of this hotel.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We were surprised to find that the hotel actually occupied only one floor of a building with other hotels on other floors.Hotel was in the perfect position for us as it is located within easy walking distance to the main train terminal in Florence. We had a very large room which was basic but adequate. Bed wasn't that comfortable. Breakfast didn't have […] a large choiuce but again was adequate. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Pleasant Central Hotel"
Very close to the station (easy walk with bags and 3 children under 10) Cosy room with beds for 5, balcony and en-suite. Staff very friendly and made us early breakfast as we had a train to catch.Genuine Expedia guest review
"ideal location for traditional well priced base"
Hotel is an old traditional pensione which is what I expected it was dated but quaint, the owner/staff member did not speak English but we got by in French which added to the atmosphere.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Staff were very pleasant and helpful with tourist info. So close to the train station, which was great! Also a great location to walk to so many downtown sights, and very reasonable pricing as well.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Five day visit"
The hotel is OK for Florence. However, I was disappointed by the response I received when I noted that the room smelled strongly of smoke. I had requested a no smoking room and when I raised this with the staff I was told I could open a window! This was not a satisfactory solution for five days in early March. The inclusion of buffet breakfast and wifi […] made it 'OK' on balance. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
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