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Hotel Basilea - Florence

3 star Hotel Florence

Via Guelfa 41 - Florence

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Price starting from 63 .90
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Hotel Basilea, housed in a converted ex-convent built by Augustinian friars in the 1300’s, is situated in Florence’s historic San Lorenzo district, just a stone’s throw from the famous San Lorenzo Market and within walking distance of such major attractions as the Accademia Museum, which houses Michelangelo’s famous David statue, the Medici Chapel, the Duomo and the San Marco Museum.
Offering a comfortable and welcoming destination for business and leisure travellers alike, the hotel is easy to reach from the Santa Maria Novella railway station and the convention center, and offers an ideal base for a convenient visit of the city on foot. Guests looking for pampering and relaxation can find a full-service health spa nearby.
A friendly and knowledgeable team is always on hand to give terrific advice or provide great suggestions and all kinds of useful information. All guests are provided with a detailed map of the city highlighting major points of interest and recommended restaurants upon their arrival. Front desk staff can also arrange bookings for museum tickets, permitting guests to avoid long queues. Complimentary luggage storage is available to guests. A lovely terrace is provided for guest relaxation.
Complimentary wireless Internet access is provided throughout the hotel. Self-parking is available onsite for a surcharge.
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Guest Rating 7.5 Good
Based on 189 hotel reviews © 2014 Venere.com

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Facilities at Hotel Basilea

  • Bar
  • Lift/elevator
  • Room service - limited hour
  • Pets accepted
  • Laundry service
  • Personal newspapers
  • Front desk - safety deposit box
  • Multilingual staff
  • Front desk - 24 hour
  • City tour
  • Luggage room
  • Internet/Email services
  • Valet service

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  • Cash transactions at this property cannot exceed EUR 999.99, due to national regulations. For further details, please contact the property using information in the booking confirmation.
  • Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
  • Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

Check-in: after 2 PM.

Check-out: before 11 AM.

Policy

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

City tax and/or any other fees charged by the hotel

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self parking fee: EUR 25 per day
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: EUR 20 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.


Unless otherwise indicated, the charges below are not included in the overall room price. If not included in the overall room price, they will be charged by the property at check-in or check-out. Charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book. This property told us they will charge you for the following:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 3 per person, per night, up to 7 nights. This tax does not apply to children under 12 years of age.
 

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Hotel Basilea is also known as

Hotel Basilea
Basilea Hotel Florence

7.3

Clean

7.4

Location

7.0

Quiet

7.4

Spacious

7.4

Service

Hotel Basilea reviews

2.3
  • May 2014
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Czech Republic

The hotel needs management and maintenance - the regrigerator does not work, the shower cabine has lost one door, the room is worn out, etc. But the breakfast was a decent medium level and the hotel is located within 7 minutes walk from the Dome. The advertising photoes does not correspond to reality, probable they were taken when the hotel was bulit (1330 A.C., as they put it).

4.6 Ordinary
  • December 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • China

very old and cold hotel.should improve Wi-Fi and breakfast which was the worst I have had in the whole Europe.pool facilities not value for money.

7.9 Good
  • October 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Australia

On arrival the booking was not in the register. The gentleman in reception did not speak english so took a while to sort this issue out. Breakfast was included in out price but not available until 7.15am. As we had to leave by 7am we did not have breakfast so can not comment. The room was very spacious and clean. Not very sound proof - people upstairs were quite loud into the early hours of the morning!! Location was fantastic - close to shops, attractions and a short walk to Central Station.

7.7 Good
  • October 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Turkey

I was travelling with my friend, the hotel was clean and the easy to reach from train station. We almost walked to public places which are so close to hotel. It was't perfect but clean and good. We enjoyed.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • August 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Germany

The single room is small but clean. The staff is friendly, helpful and competent. There are many good restaurants nearby and a supermarket. Also, just around the corner, you find a beautiful small park. In about ten minutes you can reach the main attractions area. In about ten minutes you can reach the main station. It is really a good place to stay.

7.9 Good
  • November 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Ireland

Satisfied with my stay in Florence with this hotel. Hotel was very conveniently located, very close to the train station and all of the sights of Florence were just a walk away. Also, the staff were helpful and attentive to the needs of customers with a good service and a decent breakfast in the mornings. So would recommend this hotel for a convenient stay the centre of Florence at a good price.

6.9 Fair
  • August 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Greece

The staff has been partly helpfull partly not very willing to assist in simple things. The room could and should have been cleaner. In general it was a very convenient place to stay in due to the fact that the hotel is located in the centre of Florence.

1.5
  • July 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Switzerland

The room was so small that I am 5ft 9in and I could lay on the floor and my head touched one wall and my feet touched the other wall. There was no internet in the rooms so you had to sit in the lobby to access WiFi, If more than 4 people were online at once, the WiFi shut down.

9.1 Wonderful!
  • June 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Canada

terrific location....close to the train station and only minutes from all the sites.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • March 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

Had a great stay and felt at home the entire stay! It was a bit loud at times, but that seems to be a theme around Italy.

6.8 Fair
  • April 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Italy

The hotel is plenty of school classes, so that it is very noisy at night.

7.5 Good
  • March 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Canada

This hotel has a lot of character and is right in the middle of many desired sites, which is a huge plus! We were able to walk everywhere and wandered into several interesting places that we might have missed otherwise. The staff is excellent! Quiet it is not, however. One can hear all the goings on of the other guests at whatever hour of the day or night. But, small price to pay for the location and the service.

8.6 Excellent
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Quiet, clean & welcoming. Recommended as a value for money basic hotel.

5.1 Ordinary
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Turkey

Reception employees of the hotel was good and helpfull.Rooms of the hotel was big and not clean enough.Also breakfast was poor.But the hotel was center of the city and near train station.Althuogh I have been to Florence first time I liked this city and people.

6.6 Fair
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Switzerland

The Hotel surroundings are very dirty. The bathroom was very small.

6.4 Fair
  • July 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • USA

We only stayed here one night. The room was quite spacious, as was the bathroom. It was clean, and the air conditioner worked. The beds were quite firm, and one was lumpy. The hotel is located on a somewhat busy street, and there was fairly loud street noise late into the night, and then again VERY early the next morning.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • July 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Canada

Great location, walking distance to museums, most attractions. Hotel clean, staff friendly and helpful. Only negative parking extra and not on site. Would highly recommend.

8.4 Very Good
  • May 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Germany

Hotel is to recommend very much. Quietness can only be quoted for rooms to the backside garden (it's a quiet dream for a city like Florence), only little noise from nighbour room and staircase Service and breakfast are very good in relation to other Italien hotels. Shower cabin is very small and uncomfortable for big persons.

7.8 Good
  • December 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Austria

very nice little hotel in center of florence.

5.3 Ordinary
  • December 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Spain

The hotel is old and not well conserved. The employees are helpful but not very nice. The room was quite clean. The breakfast was horrible, with artificial orange juice and industrial pastries. The location is fine, and it is a cheap place to stay, but we would not stay there again.

4.1 Ordinary
  • December 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Switzerland

Tell the Hotel when you arrive, so that the room is ready... our wasn't!

5.6 Ordinary
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Australia

The hotel is very old and tired. whilst the shower was hot and the bed comfortable, that was about it. It is conveniently located and competitively priced, but it is very much in need of renovation

8.7 Excellent
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Netherlands

Breakfast was excellent,more than enough. In Via Guelfa are some excellent restaurants,like Toscana and Cafaggi with typicel Toscana kitchen. The hotel lies on a very good location to visit Firenze.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

I found Mr Patrizio and Mr Simone very agreeable in arranging tickets for museums, helping with directions and the use of the computer for internet. Mr Simone also helped with additional info on nearby places like Fiesole, and Mr Patrizio was particularly sympathetic and considerate with finding lost items. I felt welcomed by them, something valuable to a traveler. Also, I liked the location of the hotel. I found all the museums easy to walk to. I look forward to staying here again and hope the prices can continue to be reasonable to make a longer trip in Firenze possible.

5.8 Ordinary
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Italy

Bathroom old, cleanliness very poor, generally services poor, rather good welcome and kindness

5.6 Ordinary
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Australia

Florence was an experience, very great architecture and the Ufizi was great. Very busy and a bit dirty. Hotel was not in a great area and parking was not easy, also lots of one way streets or no vehicle access zones close to the Hotel. Room was a bit small and smelly, lots of noise from road and area was a bit "rough"

2.2
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

We were in a so called suite with our 3 children. It consisted of 2 adjoining rooms with 5 twin beds. The beds in our room were so poor that we could feel the springs in our backs. Also, our room was so narrow my Husband could extend his arms from one side of the room to the other and still have his elbows bent. It was ridiculous. The pictures looked completely different. The common areas were nice and the breakfast was nice as well.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Colombia

Excelente hotel.Nos gusto mucho muy buena eleccion.

8.5 Excellent
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

Hotel Basilea was a great value for the money. It was a perfect location, walking distance to the train station and all attractions. Staff was very professional and courteous. I would stay there again.

8.2 Very Good
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

A great overall hotel.

6.5 Fair
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Norway

Staff was friendly! But too much noice from the car, moped trafic on the street outside the hotel. A big minus! Will return to this hotel, but will ask for a room away from the main street.

7.4 Good
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Spain

estuve hospedada durante tres dias, las habitaciones eran antiguas pero limpias, el desayuno bien, muy centrico cerca de la estacion de trenes y del centro donde esta todo lo que hay que ver.

8.1 Very Good
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Venezuela

Great Hotel, near everything and excellent service!

7.0 Good
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • United Kingdom

As hotels in Florence are generally expensive this was reasonably priced.The room was quite noisey possibly beacause some building work is in prograss at the rear of the hotel. Air conditioning is primative so it might be uncomfortable in the hot season.The man running the breakfast room was a bit 'heavy'

2.0
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Location was good, room was fairly clean, in need of updates and repairs. Balcony was dirty, littered and in need of attention. Staff was not very friendly. We would give two stars for the value, location. I would suggest shopping around for a nicer hotel.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

Nice room, excellent location

9.8 Outstanding!
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Sweden

Nice clean little hotel with friendly staff and good breakfast. Some noice from traffic but what do You expect in a city? The hotel seems a little bit "off" when You look at the map and haven´t been to Florence before, but everything is in short walking distance.

5.6 Ordinary
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Hotel overall had a dirty appearance. Bed uncomfortable, had to ask manager to turn the heat on. Too much money for the room.

8.8 Excellent
  • February 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • USA

excellent. very spaciour, clean rooms. execellent location.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • January 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Russia

Very nice hotel with good location (5 minuts walking to most places), spacious rooms, excellent stuff and very reasonable price.

8.0 Very Good
  • January 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

Room was very spacious and quiet. Staff were friendly and helpful. Hotel was about 5 minutes walk from open air market and 15 minutes from the Duomo. Great hotel for the price!

8.1 Very Good
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

The Hotel Basilea was in an extremely convenient location to the train station and to the Accademia. All of the other sites were easily within walking distance. The staff was extremely helpful and fluent in English. I would recommend the Hotel Basilea to anyone staying in Florence.

7.2 Good
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Spain

La relació qualitat-preu es correcte, tot i que no estaria de mes tenir cura de petits detalls com seria el manteniment de les habitacions en aspectes tant simples com que es tanquin correctament les portes dels armaris, el flexo de la dutxa, les cortines .. i tenir mes cura de la neteja diaria dels banys,també es molt just la viarietat de l'esmorzar i el menjador massa petit, ja que hi havien problemes per col.locar la gent.

6.7 Fair
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Puerto Rico

Grupo de 8 adultos en 4 cuartos dobles. 3 dias de estadia. Precio adecuado. Podrian ser mejor las facilidades. Nuestras senoras no se sintieron comodas. Ruidos en las habitaciones frente a la calle Guelfa. Desayuno muy bueno, pero encargada del mismo muy antipatica. Buena localizacion, cerca de la Galeria della Academia, Mercado Central, San Lorenzo, Duomo y otros importantes. Restaurantes, Trattorias y pizzerias cercanas satisfactorias por demas. Empleados de recepcion muy cooperadores y amables. Facilidades anticuadas. Sistema electrico pobre. Pluvial con buena presion pero aseos pequenos e incomodos. Olores objetables en los pasillos y otras areas comunes y privadas.

8.4 Very Good
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Brazil

The key point of Basilea Hotel is its location, near of everything. It was my 3th staying at Florence but I would say that was the first time I really saw Florencethis. If you go there, and stay in Basilea, try to walk by the city early in the morning, before the crowds. You will see the wonderfull museum city of Florence. (My staying was in the last days of September 07)

8.1 Very Good
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

TV has to have at least 2 english chanels. This hotel has no one.

10 Outstanding!
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

My wife, son and I stayed at Basilea during an over-night vacation trip to Florence in August. Our room was quiet, clean and spaceous. The staff was extremely helpful and glad to answer all our questions. They kept our bags in storage while we enjoyed our second day in Florence. We took advantage of Basilea's valet parking - the convenience was well worth the additional charge. I highly recommend Basilea.

8.2 Very Good
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Spain

En general muy bien, cerca de todo, con una sala de desayunos y una terraza muy agradables. Lo único, que no todas las habitaciones son como las que se muestran en la web y necesita una reforma. Habitaciones muy tranquilas.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Good location,short walk into Florence, friendly staff.Had only one problem and that was that the bath/shower was too small and dangerous in our opinion,other than that a nice hotel.

8.3 Very Good
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Australia

Close to SMN station but probably not walking distance if you have more than the lightest bag. Being close to the station means it is a good 10-15 mins walk to most of the things you will want to see in Florence but good reason to take it slowly and enjoy a gelato on the way. Hotel provided value for money but this means the rooms have seen better days. Eg while the room we (parents) took had a refurbished/modern bathroom the other two rooms did not. That said the airconditioning was quiet and worked well - essential when the temperature is above 35 degrees day after day - and it was comfortable and quiet. We welcomed the balconies (even without views) as a place where we could enjoy an economical lunch which we had bought ourselves. Bring your own bottle opener/corkscrew as it was tiresome having to go to the front desk to borrow one. Staff were a little reserved but once engaged only to willing to make reservations at the museums (to avoid the queues)and provide advice.

10 Outstanding!
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

Fantastic for the welcoming for the parking for car, for the rooms i will came back when i can.

8.9 Excellent
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Ireland

The staff at reception were very helpful and even booked us places for the opera ( when we enquiered about about the need to reserve seats)Our bedroom was very clean, the shower was tiny but good ( wouldn't want to be a big person having a shower!)But the room was very quiet with lovely views of rooftops. Breadfast was great with good variety of food on offer. The hotel was right in the middle of the city centre and we could walk everywhere from the hotel.Would certainly go back to hotel Basilica.

8.1 Very Good
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • United Kingdom

We only stayed in Florence for 1 night but the lady at reception was very helpful in getting reservations for the museum to see 'David' & ideas for max sightseeing in the time allowed. Fairly basic facilities but good value for money. Easily walkable from the train station & good location for sightseeing by bus

9.2 Wonderful!
  • June 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Our walk from the bus station was hot and confusing because Florence economizes on street signs and doesn't seem to use many. Once at the hotel we were welcomed gracefully, however and a bellman took our bags -- a welcome assistance, actually. Like many in Italy, our double room featured two small beds pushed together. The bathroom shower was a handheld wand which worked fine and there was plenty of water pressure. Staff was very pleasant and directed us to a restaurant a block away, where we had one of our finer meals. Internet use is isnformal -- a Mac is set up to the left of the reception and guests are asked to sign a log with name, room and time used.

8.0 Very Good
  • May 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Italy

Hotel Basilea is nice and very close to the centre of Florence and to the central station.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • May 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Mexico

This hotel is excellent, service offered by the hotel is very good, is very well located from all interesting places and the Rail station, is not neccesary to take taxi or bus to go to any interesting place from the hotel. In my next trip to Firenze I will stay again at this hotel.

7.6 Good
  • May 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Great location. Helpful and friendly staff.

10 Outstanding!
  • April 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

My Hotel stay was excellent. The owner greeted you in the morning for breakfast and made sure you had everything you wanted...just like your own Italian grandmother. The rooms were spacious,clean and quite comfortable. There were plenty of restaurants near by as well as laundromats and grocery stores if you needed.Everything was within walking distance including the train station. I would stay here again if ever I return to Florence.

6.3 Fair
  • April 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

This was our third trip to Florence and we booked the Basilea online after being unable to get into the hotel where we stayed before -- the Castri. We were travelling as family and stayed in three rooms -- parents, two sons and their wives. The rooms were small and the hotel was scattered among three buildings reached by long, meandering hallways that worried us about fire escape. The elevator was miniscule. The front desk personnel were very cordial and helpful. The location was convenient to the central train station and to main tourist sites. This would not be our first choice if returning to Florence -- we would seek a higher-scale property.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • April 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

While the room was tiny, it was all I needed for my stay, and I was very comfortable. The room was clean and well kept, the shower warm and the mattress firm. The common areas of this Old World Hotel were beautifully maintained, especially the lovely dining room. The hotel was within walking distance of all the hot spots (Uffizi, l'Accademie, Ponte Vecchio, Duomo) and especially the train station (about a 5 block walk). There was internet access in the lobby, which was helpful. The front desk was friendly, competent and happy to be of assistance. They put in a wake up call and got me a taxi to the airport at 4:00 a.m. The dining room was charming and the breakfast delicious. Servers added to the pleasure of the simple, elegantly provided meal. I would not hesitate to stay at this hotel again and highly recommend it.

5.2 Ordinary
  • April 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • France

Very noisy, we were able to listen to the TV of the next room !

9.2 Wonderful!
  • December 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • United Kingdom

I had to leave very early in the morning having arrived late. I wish I had the occasion to spend more time. A good hotel.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Israel

We stayed 5 nights in Florence,had a room in back off the street with small balcony,lovely view of rooftops & Duomo,quiet (but noisy neighbors upstairs 2 nights),wonderful breakfast,fantastic capuccino, very friendly & helpful front desk staff and dining room, great location, easy walk from train and to all sites.We felt happy to be there, and would go back!

2.0
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

The only good thing about this hotel was it location, close to train station, and the breakfast. It was by far the worst hotel we stayed in. There was no toilet paper in the bathroom when we arrived, had to go down and get it. There were loose tiles under a rug that moved every time you walked on it. The bedspread looked dirty. The bathroom was so small, you had to step outside to dry off. The drain in the shower was slow so the floor flooded. The light was so dim you couldn't see in the mirror. Overall, I would NOT recommend. Front desk was not overly helpful. Had to ask where places were to go to. Breakfast had nice cappuccino.

5.8 Ordinary
  • September 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

The hotel was a dissappointment, however the concierge made up for most of that by being extremely welcoming and helpful. The hotel doesn't appear to have had a refurb since 1972, and the breakfast was pathetic.

6.8 Fair
  • September 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

The hotel was in a good position for visiting Florence - 7 min walk to train station and 10 min walk to Duomo. The hotel is well kept, clean and fairly good for a 3*,although it will need modernising in the near future. Staff were helpful and the old dear serving breakfast was a scream (even though she didn't speak a word of English).

8.7 Excellent
  • September 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

The location to the train station is well within walking distance so no worries there. All the major sites are very accessible via the streets (David, Medici, Duomo) and it's a real pleasure to head to these destinations because there's just so much to take in and see. The bed isn't the most comfortable, but this is pretty typical of any hotel in this price range across Italy so no complaints. The bathroom was on the smaller side (again, typical), but overall, the room was clean and the air conditioning is a must for summer time stays. Don't hesitate to make a reservation at this place. Thx to the other Venere users for helping me make the decision to stay at Basilea.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

It is the sweetest place I think I have ever been. The front desk people are charming, the hotel was hard to find but WELL worth it, the rooms nice, the breakfasts yummy. A really enjoyable experience.

7.7 Good
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • USA

The rooms were spacious, but the air conditioning in one of the rooms we reserved was not working and they did not fix it or switch us to another room. The breakfast was not satisfying; orange juice was watered down and croissant was stale. The hotel was located next to several good restaurants.

7.8 Good
  • July 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Canada

Yhe Basilea is located 10 minutes from de l'Academie and 15 minutes from Piazza de la Signora. It is located in the center of the City. The breakfast was excellent and generous. Very clean and the services offered were rerpesentative of the inscription on the Internet site of the hotel.

7.6 Good
  • July 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

The nice lady at the desk was simply outstanding. She helped us with ideas for lunch, dinner, and shopping. Her knowledge of Florence was very helpful. She saved us alot of time and energy. The hotel location made it easy to get around and was convenient to the rail station.

6.7 Fair
  • July 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • USA

We were a family of 5 (3 kids)looking for accomodations that were close to downtown. Basilea did not disappoint. The hotel is very conviently located. It is a quick walk from the train station pulling a suitcase. It is an easy walk to all of the of the tourist sites. Just a quick walk to Academia and Duomo. The breakfast was ample and they offer either cappicino or regular brewed coffee. There is free internet in the hotel foyer which is very nice. The AC was great during the recent June 95 degree heat. We were very happy with this hotel and would recommend it for a stay in Florence.

5.0 Ordinary
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple with children
  • USA

Hotel is pretty run down and some rooms look depressing. Bath room had half shower glass so taking a bath and keeping the bath water in the tub was extremenly challenging. The hotel needs remodeling and upgrades desperately. Location is cental.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • April 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

A most enjoyable experience, the location was very quiet (our room was at rear of hotel away from street), the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I would have no hesitation in going back to this hotel.

8.1 Very Good
  • March 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

I really like the close proximity to Certral Mercato, San Lorenzo, while Santa Maria Novella (my favorite after the Duomo) and the Duomo are still about a ten minute walk. I do wish the hotel would include at least BBC or CNN on their cable tv lineup, something in English other than MTV to watch just before going to sleep.

8.4 Very Good
  • February 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Italy

El personal fue realmente muy simpatico y atento en este hotel, particularmente la Sra. Manola. El hotel está cerca del centro y de la terminal de trenes, con precios adecuados. El desayuno es algo modesto, pero suficiente para comenzar el día.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • February 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

This hotel is very conviently located. It is only a 7 minute from the train station pulling a suitcase. It is an easy walk to all of the of the tourist sites. Just 5 minutes to the Duomo. The room we had was on the back of the hotel and very quiet. The rooms on the street side are very roomy and quiet if you keep the windows closed (they have sound proof windows). The breakfast was ample and the coffee was great. They offer either cappicino or regular brewed coffee. There is free internet in the hotel foyer which is very nice. We were very happy with this hotel and would recommend it for a stay in Florence.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • February 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

did not stay in the basilea, but in one of its sister hotels the "bernini". this was because on the night of arrival we were informed that due to an illness someone had stayed on in our room. Although worried to beging with, our fears were quashed when we arrived in the replacement room!!!!! We were given a triple room facing the piazza de la republica and a splendid view of the duomo. All for the same price as our previous booking!!!! Was a lovely room and the staff were really accomodating. I would stay there again!!!!!

7.6 Good
  • January 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Italy

For the price, it was an average Italian 3 star hotel. The hotel was close to the train station and 10 min walk to the duomo and other sites. the bed was actually two twin beds put together, but you dont notice it unless you look under the bed. the front desk staff are very knowledgable and speak very good english. Overall this hotel was pretty good and i would probably stay here again

6.8 Fair
  • January 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family Group
  • USA

When hotels do not reinvest money into things like cable TV with English stations or updated bathrooms, they seem shoddy. Of the three hotels I visited in Italy in December, this was the most threadbare -- and what's that smell?

9.3 Wonderful!
  • January 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

The concierge desk was so helpful; Basilea helped make our stay in Florence fantastic!

8.2 Very Good
  • December 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Italy

The room was a little cold, and the heat fan was too noisy to keep it on during the night. Every other thing was OK (just 3 minutes walking from the railway station!)

10 Outstanding!
  • November 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple with children
  • USA

I was very pleased with this hotel. It was the best of all the stays I had in Europe. Good location, excellent, helpful staff and clean, quiet rooms. Nice breakfast. A good value for the money. I would stay there again.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • November 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • USA

This is the third time I have stayed at this hotel. The location and price are great. It is very close to the train station and the streets with the luxury shops, if that is an interest of your, and the marketplace is just a few blocks away. Very comfortable and safe for walking at night. I chose a room on the street because of the spaciousness and bathtub. I always take earplugs so any traffic noise was not a problem. The street it faces is not so noisey but the street behind is. I am sure a room on the back of the hotel would be quieter. The staff is very friendly and speak excellent english. They have a more extensive breakfast that when I first stayed there. It is very adequate.

10 Outstanding!
  • October 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Family Group
  • USA

The hotel was very easy to find and the front desk people are very nice. It was nice to have free internet access too. The hotel is located in a good area and its easy to walk to all the sights. Also we found a lot of good restaurants on the same street.

8.8 Excellent
  • September 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

We booked 2 rooms, one for ourselves and one for friends. All thought room was very adequate. It looks like a balcony is offered with each room on the photos, but there is only one per floor. We didn't need, so that was not an issue. Breakfast was fine (capuccino excellent!) Convenient to area attractions. We would stay there again.

8.1 Very Good
  • September 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • USA

Clean, quiet, but smaller rooms. Comfortable if all you need is a place to sleep. Very close to all major attractions

9.1 Wonderful!
  • September 2003
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

I would like to stay in this hotel again.

7.8 Good
  • July 2003
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

The room was a bit over priced. The staff were very helpful.

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5.1 Ordinary
  • March 2014
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Argentina

8.2 Very Good
  • February 2014
  • Venere Guest
  • Argentina

6.3 Fair
  • July 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Spain

7.8 Good
  • April 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Spain

8.6 Excellent
  • July 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Argentina

3.1
  • July 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Spain

9.0 Wonderful!
  • March 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Argentina

6.0 Fair
  • April 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Spain

7.9 Good
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Mexico

7.9 Good
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

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Room Details

Book your family-friendly accommodation at Hotel Basilea, offering 40 guest rooms with climate control. Guests can unwind at the end of a long day and enjoy LCD televisions with premium digital channels. Business travelers will have access to free wired and wireless high-speed Internet access as well as desks and complimentary newspapers during their San Lorenzo visit.

Private bathrooms are outfitted with bidets and hair dryers. Additional guest comforts include minibars, soundproofing and air conditioning.

Irons/ironing boards can be provided on request.

Accommodation Services

  • Air conditioning
  • Mini bar
  • Hairdryer in each room
  • Safe
  • Desk
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Ironing facilities on request
  • TV
  • Wireless Internet access
  • High speed Internet access
  • LCD flat screen TV

How to reach Hotel Basilea

By car
From the north:
From either the A1 or A11 highway, exit at Firenze Nord and follow indications towards the Centro (city centre) until you reach the viale di circonvallazione (ring-road). Head onto viale Fratelli Rosselli (which becomes viale Filippo Strozzi), and follow this boulevard around the outside of the Fortezza da Basso (exhibition grounds), then continue along viale Spartaco Lavagnini. Halfway down this boulevard, turn right at the traffic lights into via S.C. D'Alessandria. Continue through piazza Indipendenza then turn left at the flashing amber traffic light into via Guelfa, where the hotel is located.

From the South:
Take the A1 highway, exit at Firenze Sud and proceed along the raccordo autostradale (connecting road) for approximately 7 km until you reach the river. Follow the river towards the Centro (city centre), then turn right into Viale G. Amendola and follow the ring road which starts at piazza Beccaria and changes names several times (viale Antonio Gramsci, piazzale Donatello, viale Matteotti) before it reaches piazza della Libertà. Drive three quarters of the way around the triumphal arch in the middle of the square and keep right so as to take via Lorenzo il Magnifico at the traffic lights, instead of continuing along the ring road. Turn left at the traffic lights into via Poliziano and cross over a major boulevard onto via S.C. D'Alessandria. Continue through piazza Indipendenza then turn left at the flashing amber traffic light into via Guelfa, where the hotel is located.

By train
From Santa Maria Novella railway station, the hotel can be reached on foot in around seven minutes (not recommended for those with heavy luggage). Alternatively, a taxi ride will only take three minutes and cost approximately €7,00.

By airplane
From the airport, either take a taxi directly to the hotel (approximately 15-20 minutes/€17,00) or take the Vola in bus shuttle service which takes only 20 minutes to reach the Santa Maria Novella railway station. From there, follow the above-said indications.

Distances from Hotel Basilea

San Lorenzo Market - 0.1 km / 0.1 mi
Saint Apollonia Last Supper - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Palazzo degli Affari - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Medici Chapels - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
San Lorenzo Church - 0.4 km / 0.2 mi
Laurentian Library - 0.4 km / 0.2 mi
Palazzo dei Congressi - 0.4 km / 0.2 mi
Palazzo Medici Riccardi - 0.4 km / 0.2 mi
Academy Gallery - 0.4 km / 0.3 mi
Academy of Fine Arts - 0.4 km / 0.3 mi
San Marco Convent and Museum - 0.4 km / 0.3 mi
Fortezza da Basso - 0.4 km / 0.3 mi
Opificio delle Pietre Dure - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
University of Florence - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
Casa Martelli Museum - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
The preferred airport for Hotel Basilea is Florence (FLR-Peretola) - 5 km / 3.1 mi.

Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance.

Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.

Transportation services Hotel Basilea

  • Valet service