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Hotel Bavaria - Florence

1 star Hotel Florence

Borgo Albizi 26 - Florence

1-877-662-6988
Price starting from 73 .00
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Hotel Bavaria is situated in a strategic position in the heart of Florence, inside the Montalvo Ramirez palace.

Close to Piazza del Duomo, Dante's House, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, and many other famous artistic and historical attractions of the city, the hotel is housed in a 16th century palazzo and preserves a friendly, quiet, and comfortable atmosphere.

Guests can easily reach traditional restaurants or trattorie, pubs, stores, and the post office, within 3 or 4 minutes' walk. Complimentary wireless (high-speed) Internet access is provided for guests’ convenience.
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Guest Rating 8.4 Very Good
Based on 695 hotel reviews © 2014 Venere.com

For a relatively cheap hotel right in the centre of Florence you could hardly ask ...

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Breakfast at Hotel Bavaria

A free buffet breakfast is available between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM.

Hotel Facilities at Bavaria

  • Pets accepted
  • Dogs allowed
  • City tour
  • Multilingual staff
  • Front desk - 24 hour
  • Luggage room
  • TV Lounge
  • Internet/Email services

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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.

Check-in: between noon and midnight.

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.

  • Rollaway bed fee: EUR 21.00 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 1 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 Bavaria is also known as

Hotel Bavaria
Bavaria Hotel Florence

8.4

Clean

9.0

Location

7.6

Quiet

8.8

Spacious

8.2

Service

Bavaria Hotel reviews

7.4 Good
  • January 2014
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • France

The only bemol we can underlign is the commun toilets, except that was a great journey. And the breakfast was very good.

8.1 Very Good
  • October 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

The hotel is located in the heart of everything we needed. We were able to walk to all the attractions and able to get on the bus a few blocks down the street for anything outside of walking distance. The shared common area and bathroom was nicely kept but one bathroom for 6 or 7 hotel rooms was unrealistic. Although we were in one of the busiest areas (walk out of the hotel and people are flooding the streets) the room wasn't noisy at all. There was no elevator which made the 4 flights of stairs long with luggage, but I would definitely stay here again.

7.9 Good
  • September 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

The breakfast room is small, and we had to wait a bit that the tables were set free. About something else: Location: central, amazing, 300 metres from the cathedral (saturday night the street is a bit noisy, as it is normal) The reception staff is to much nice and pleasent The room: immense, high ceiling, with shower and sink. The shared bathroom was clean and big. Cheap but very satisfactory. Recomended for young people

8.3 Very Good
  • September 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

The hotel is very near the Florence Duomo, it is quite convenient to start from here to every viewpoint. The host is very nice. Every thing is quite good, excepting the breakfast coffee.

7.8 Good
  • May 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • GB

Unbeatable location but sadly no view from our room. Perhaps a few too many steps for older people like us, but we would definitely recommend to younger and fitter people.

7.0 Good
  • January 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Canada

The living room is very old and we don't have internet access, TV, small fridge in my room. We have to go to the public areas to use internet. However the location of this hotel is very good and their staffs are quite nice. I hope that they can fix the internet problems soon. In addition, the bathroom is small and not dry and clean.

7.1 Good
  • January 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Brazil

Big room, average breakfast, but the stairs are terrible! The hotel is in the 3 floor, there's no lift.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • September 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Japan

We loved this place and our comfy, clean, and spacious room. The staff members were friendly and welcoming, breakfast was yummy, wifi was great etc. The only problem is that our room was so HOT! The fan was ok but really needed air conditioning as it was around 40 degrees in Florence. We had trouble sleeping because of this. Other than that, we liked this place. Also very gay friendly! :)

9.2 Wonderful!
  • August 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Russia

Really close to the town center (5 min to piazza del Duomo) - that is really amazing! In the room was a little bit warm at night, maybe bacause our window was closed. Anyway, service is good and breakfast was tasty!

7.8 Good
  • August 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Mexico

The bad point was that in the building there is no elevator and it was a hard to deal with the luggage. However the location of the hotel was good and also the breakfast.

7.1 Good
  • June 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Pakistan

It was difficult for first time to find out the location as there was no hotel signboard available in the street,

6.6 Fair
  • June 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Australia

Hotel location is truly excellent but as a lot of people have said it's a little hard to find and up a lot of stairs. Our room wasn't as nice as those in the pictures but I think we happened to get one of the smallest. I notice none of the photos show the wash basins in the rooms. The basin itself was fine but the tiles and mirror around it looked straight out of a prison! This rather spoilt the look of the room. Because of the shared bathrooms you get a lot of traffic in the corridor and something about the floor makes the footsteps echo really loudly, something like a small elephant stomping its way past. Room cleanliness is fine. We didn't bother with the breakfast after the first day even though it was included, the bread roll was dry and tasteless and if you don't want jam and honey the only option was pate. A toaster and some sliced bread would have done wonders. But there's plenty of great places to get breakfast right next to the hotel.

10 Outstanding!
  • June 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

To be clear - there are four sets of stairs to climb every time you go in or out. They are wide stairs.... We had a very large room with a shower - I peeked into some other rooms and they were much smaller than ours. It's a fine place but maybe not quite as elegant as the photos. Breakfast was good but not the most complete that I've had in Italy - it was good, though. There are two communal restrooms and we never had any wait longer than a minute or so. Maybe we were lucky that way or maybe not. The place is spotlessly clean, the staff is great in every way, and it's right in the middle of everything in Florence. We had a fine stay, enjoyed it very much and will certainly look to return there. Just get your legs in shape, the stairs are a reality.

7.7 Good
  • May 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Italy

The Hotel is on the third and fourth floor, and there is not an escalator. The free wireless connection is availabel only in certain areas of the third floor, but not on the fourth, were our room was. There is only one shared toiled on the fourth floor, if all the rooms are occupied, it is really unconfortable. The rooms, while basic are spaciaous and clean. Staff is helpful and kind. Overall a good value for money, but with some drawback.

8.9 Excellent
  • April 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

Note that wi-fi is not available throughout the hotel -- just in the breakfast room and nearby. I enjoyed my stay. Great location, a buikding with a lot of character, a comfortable and spacious room, and friendly people. The facilities get a bit overwhelmed when it is busy -- e.g., difficult to get into shared bath or breakfast room sometimes.

8.9 Excellent
  • March 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Germany

We enjoyed our stay at this hotel. It was my husband, parents, and I. It was our first time in Florence. This hotel was clean, spacious, and the staff was very helpful and kind. Breakfast was included and very good! They gave us a map of the area, which was wonderful and we were very close to the Duomo and other neat finds. The only thing is the hotel had lots of steps, so if you can't do steps this is not the place for you. Also, the bathroom was weird, because the shower had no walls...just the water spout and a floor, so water got all over the floor even around the toilet, which we did not like at all. Overall, a great hotel!!

7.9 Good
  • March 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Japan

This hotel's staff are so kindness. Location is good.

7.1 Good
  • December 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Mexico

NEEDS MORE BATHROOMS! And silence!

7.2 Good
  • December 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • GB

Travelling with my missus, Hotel Bavaria was a unique experience. Somehow it gave an authentic classic feeling. Most importantly was it's location which was in the city centre and close to the tourist attractions.

6.2 Fair
  • November 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Australia

We had trouble finding the hotel as it had no street frontage a small sign indicated it was behind a large door. Up two very steep flights of stairs to reception, then another steep flight to a large room the back of which lead to more steps another room and more steep steps to our door.The room was huge with a king size bed and two singles basic furniture but the bed was clean and comfortable.The shower had little hot water and very low pressure.Breakfast was not very good with a very limited choice of food it was the worst we encountered on our trip. On the plus side our room had a view of the Duomo and the hotel was near the main Duomo area with it's shops and restaurants.

10 Outstanding!
  • September 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Gay Couple
  • USA

The rooms and the building itself are stunning and immaculately kept. The location could not be better—two blocks from the Duomo! Waking up each morning in our glorious room to the sounds of ancient church bells was an unforgettable experience. The modern bathrooms were clean and in good working order. We were prepared for a meager breakfast of a croissant and a cup of instant coffee on a tray at our door. We were pleasantly surprised that the charming dining room was set with a lovely breakfast spread of yogurt, fruit, assorted cereals, bread and butter, coffee, tea and juice. It was a great way to start our day and plan our activities. My elderly father was with us and had a medical scare. The staff were so concerned and helpful. Everything turned out alright, but I won't forget the kindness of the staff in helping us get in touch with my father's doctor in the States, when our phones had not yet been activated. You should be aware that the Bavaria is located on the third and fourth floors of a 16th century palazzo, so there is no elevator, and since the ceilings are very high on each floor, there are a LOT of stairs. This was not a problem for us, but it was difficult for my 80-year-old father at the end of a long day of sightseeing. I highly recommend the Hotel Bavaria, and would stay here again!

8.2 Very Good
  • August 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • United Kingdom

Great Location, friendly & helpful staff,good value for money.Very large rooms great for a family. We were only staying for a night so the inconvienience of a shared bathroom and basic facilities was not a problem. There's a small supermarket nearby to get drinks and snacks if needed.If you're looking for a reasonable no frills place to stay in central Florence at a good price it's fits the bill.

8.5 Excellent
  • August 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Hungary

It was not a Hotel, It was a historical house with beautiful rooms, so quite and nice with helpful stuff but there were 2 main problems: 1)The stairs which there were 64 and its hard if you travel with luggage and you are not so young! 2) It was share bathroom and there were 2 of them and at mornings they were usually occupied. on of them was in the breakfast room which we didn't like. but it is placed in the best part of the city and I think with out these problems you have to pay so much more for the same accommodation.

8.0 Very Good
  • July 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

There are many mosquitoes in my room. My wife and I got bites on several spots. I think they should install screens on the windows. Beside this, this hotel is good to stay. Their staff is very friendly and helpful.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • July 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Australia

We really enjoyed our stay here. The room was great and the location was close to everything.

10 Outstanding!
  • May 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

Awesome hotel and location

10 Outstanding!
  • May 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • France

We stayed 2 nights in Bavaria and honestly, it was great! The hotel is in the heart of Florence (and I am not exaggerating, it is actually 3 min away from the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore). The building dates back to the 16th century and you feel the history in every room. Wireless internet is available only on the first floor because of the very thick walls (personally I didn't find that problematic). On the second floor, there is one bathroom/toilet for all the rooms, but well it was always clean, and despite the wait at some moments it was quite OK. The double I stayed at was great, very simply but nicely decorated. The staff was great! Everyone was very nice and helpful, they do know great places to eat, bars, places to walk around, they helped us with booking some museums. Plus the price of the rooms is great!

8.3 Very Good
  • March 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • GB

Perhaps it should be noted that the rooms overlooking the street are rather noisy. I haven't walked around the hotel to ascertain the type and number of rooms available. I think this question should be removed.

10 Outstanding!
  • February 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Sweden

We absolutely loved this hotel with its old charm! Thick walls, high wooden ceilings, extremely spacious rooms. We chose a room with a private nice bathroom and a wonderful view over the rooftops to the cathedral. We felt like the city was our home walking out of the heavy gates to the small cozy street in the very center with lots of affordable shops and eateries. The service was personal and very pleasant and the included breakfast was very good. I truly recommend it to everyone, except for people having a hard time with stairs as there is no elevator and the hotel starts at the third floor. Would love to come back to stay at this hotel again.

8.8 Excellent
  • February 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

such a lovely place to stay - full of characheter and brilliant location - will definatly come back when in Florence again. Staff all very friendly and welcoming. breakfasts fine, although coffee poor. only difficulty was finding the adress when arrived - explanation of the colour of the road number would have ben helpful and would have saved quite a bit of trapsing up and down the road - although shopping was incorporated obviously :)

10 Outstanding!
  • December 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Lovely place, thanks for your help in finding it!

10 Outstanding!
  • October 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

I can't say enough about Hotel Bavaria, except stay here when in Florence! We could almost reach out and touch the Duomo, the room and bathroom was clean, large and really nice. The staff were friendly, the breakfast was good, and the location can't be beat. Make sure you go to Grom for your Gelato.

8.4 Very Good
  • September 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • France

The only & major problem with this hotel is not the fault of the people at the hotel: it is EXTREMELY difficult to park anywhere near the hotel, and finding the parking and finding one's way back to the hotel from the parking are extremely difficult. Staff is marvellous & friendly, atmosphere great. I think backpackers and train travellers would be most happy with this hotel.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • August 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • United Kingdom

We had a wonderful stay at the Hotel Bavaria. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The palace itself was amazing - our room was huge with a wonderful ceiling. We can't wait to go back there one day. We got used to climbing the stairs up to it, so it got us into shape for climbing up the Duomo at the end of our stay. Only disappointment was the poor coffee for breakfast!! Otherwise, no complaints at all.

7.5 Good
  • August 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Canada

For 41 Euro, it was a good bargain, even with shared bathroom. There is a sink in the room, so at least you can wash and have water. Breakfast is good. 3rd floor is very high, is hard for some people to get there, especially with luggage. Had some problems with mosquitoes.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • August 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Room was spacious and shared area was also large. Breakfast was nice and staff provided even when we had to leave early. Staff was knowledgeable and helpful with planning activities and trips. Enjoyed an easy walk to Duomo and Uffizi from the hotel. The only downsides were lack of air conditioning, but fan made room comfortable, and like most old Florentine buildings, no elevator makes lugging baggage a pain, street was secluded, which was both nice and a little creepy. I would not let these detract me and would use this hotel again.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • August 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Room was spacious and shared area was also large. Breakfast was nice and staff provided even when we had to leave early. Staff was knowledgeable and helpful with planning activities and trips. Enjoyed an easy walk to Duomo and Uffizi from the hotel. The only downsides were lack of air conditioning, but fan made room comfortable, and like most old Florentine buildings, no elevator makes lugging baggage a pain, street was secluded, which was both nice and a little creepy. I would not let these detract me and would use this hotel again.

10 Outstanding!
  • July 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

Great, great hotel! Provides a light Italian breakfast right alongside 16th century frescoes (they were on the ceiling of our huge room, which also had big picture windows out onto the street). Also, the woman at the reception desk gave us a map and tips for where to eat, and everyone at the hotel spoke English (along with a few other languages, I think...) They let us leave our bags after we checked out and helped us look up information about bus reservations in Italian. Highly recommend it! Just consider whether you might want an in-room bathroom; the one shared toilet, even with the shower in our room, made for an occasional awkward wait in the morning.

2.6
  • May 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Very expensive for the service. No TV sets ! Bare floors.No carpets. No phonic isolation, can hear other's people conversation. Breakfast very spartan, no meat. Many stairs to climb.Floor vibrating when walk, induce vibration on doors , that rattle and make noise. Very weird. Good location.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • April 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • GB

Lovely hotel and staff. The location was perfect - right in the centre of Florence and close to the Duomo. Look out for the bridal shop opposite the hotel entrance and you can't go wrong! We will definitley be returning here again in the future

8.1 Very Good
  • April 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • United Kingdom

Very good hotel, well located (closed to the Duomo, campanille, batistero, Palacio Vechio...)

9.1 Wonderful!
  • April 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Switzerland

Very nice hotel just behind the dome. Very friendly and helpful staff.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • March 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Italy

Location of the hotel is really excellent. We had full sight of the dome from our windows. The age of the building (1600 more or less...) implies some possible complications: the hotel is at the II floor with no lift; our room was excellent but in a renovated (without particular aesthetic sense) part of the building .

5.9 Ordinary
  • March 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • United Kingdom

I don't know if its the fact that I don't speak Italian (only English) or if its my look (Asian) but I find the guy in the front desk very rude when I arrived. Apart from that, the hotel is good, the room is not so spacious but hey, you get what you pay. The location is excellent too!

8.0 Very Good
  • February 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Netherlands

I made a good choice to book a room at Bavaria. The price/quality relation is very good - at least in the low-season - especially considering the wonderful location of the hotel. The staff was very helpful and friendly.

7.3 Good
  • February 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Finland

For a first timer it was difficult to find the place. I understand, that in a historical building you cannot place large signs indicating the place. Instead, on web pages you should warn on the invisibility, and locate the place using landmarks visible easily.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • January 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Italy

WOW!!! This was our first impression as soon as we walked in our room... We stayed in a huuuuge room with private bathroom (for italian guests - non c'è il bidet)with a double bed (matress was still confortable, though not that stiff anymore)and 2 single beds, a family room. It had a view on the Duomo!!! And it was incredibly quiet as it is separeted from the other rooms of the second floor, which all have access from the common hall. It was cold outside and the room was not very hot, thing that made us very happy but maybe the average of people would have found it a bit cold. The breakfast was excellent compared to the price (amazing for Firenze!!)and the one-star standard of the hotel. We expected the classic milk and coffee with one small bread roll and a bit of jam, but it was a buffet bfast, with cereals,yougurt,fresh rolls, different kind of dry biscuits, butter, jam, marmelade, liver patè, honey, fruit juice, coffee, milk, tea and perhaps something I am forgetting. Probably Northern European and American guests would find it poor, but please remember this is a ONE STAR HOTEL, for that price you CAN'T find anything better, nowhere. The price of the room amounts to the price of an English breakfast we have paid in a low standard hotel in London... We think that the pics of the website genuinely represent the hotel. Staff veeeeery friendly. Three floors to climb are good for your hearth and legs! but if you have difficulties ambulating this is not for you (nor is the Duomo and other momuments, unfortunately) For us it has been a dream-come-true stay in Florence and we'll recommend this hotel to all our acquaintances. Thank you Bavaria :-)

2.9
  • January 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Italy

that hotel is none: toilets are outside i knew it but not so far away from my room and so rarely,breakfast is for babies,in the evening you can enjoy of the noise from breakfast room where people gathers if you stay among the adjacent rooms,no lift off course...and so on...to forget...

9.9 Outstanding!
  • January 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Italy

I think as this hotel as the best solution for a quick visit of the city. First of all for the location: 2 minutes walk from the Dome, the Piazza della Signoria and from the incredible restaurant Il Sasso di Dante (my personal suggest) :) Our room was quite and beautiful, the shared bathroom comfortable and clean ... how can I ask for more?

9.8 Outstanding!
  • December 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Italy

Exceptional stay! Definitely I would recommend this hotel.

8.3 Very Good
  • December 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

i have already recommended hotel bavaria to one of my friends who wants to visit Florence with her boyfriend

8.5 Excellent
  • October 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

The room was huge and exactly what we expected. The only disconcerting note was that the floor flexed when one walked across it, but that was the case at the Uffizi too. The steps weren't too much for us, both in our mid-60s, but I certainly didn't look forward to them at the end of a long day.

5.4 Ordinary
  • October 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • South Korea

cold, little bit noisy, but great breakfast.

8.9 Excellent
  • October 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Canada

Lenny was a gracious host and very helpful. Climbing the stairs with our luggage was difficult but we found that in most every place we stayed in Italy. The hotel was perfectly located and within walking distance of all main attractions. The street had shopping, a mercado, restaurants close by, but at the same time the street was quiet at night. Breakfast was a typical European breakfast and just enough to get you on your way. This is a converted palace so every sound echoed and voices carried. The guests tended to be quiet at night though. And....the best shower in Florence and possibly Italy for that matter. We would return again and were very happy with the Bavaria.

8.4 Very Good
  • September 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

After our splendid cycle-tour of Tuscany, we decided to end the adventure in Florence. And what a delightful welcome the "Hotel Bavaria" gave us courtesy of Lenny. For a start they had an ideal spot to leave the bikes.[If you can cycle round Tuscany, you can carry the bikes up a few flights of stairs!!]This enabled us to relax and enjoy the amazing city. The staff were all pleasant and not too heavy with the hospitality training if you know what I mean.[Relaxed but attentive where required]. This manner kind of pervades ones stay at "Bavaria". Does it have German owners we asked ourselves? Who cares? Great place in a brilliant location.

4.4 Ordinary
  • September 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

It was really nice to stay in an old palace, however the location is the hotel's good and bad point in one - excellent as very central to major attractions, horrible due to the noise outside. Breakfasts were very basic, not enough for my fiance:) The hotel was very clean, shared bathrooms were not a problem. Overall, it was a really nice and enjoyable stay (apart from the noise outside!), but you can find a 3-star hotel with own bathroom at the same price.

7.9 Good
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Netherlands

This hotel is on short distance of the railway station, in the center of the city. You can reach all important historical buildings and all shops and restaurants with a small walk, the location is perfect! Only disadvantage is that there's no elevator and the hotel is located on the 3rd floor! The building itself is great, a 15th-century palazzo, we had a nice stay!

6.7 Fair
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Spain

The experience has been satisfactory in general, but the problem is that there were a lot of mosquits and it was terrible hot in the room, since there's no air conditioning. The best is the location and the treatment of the staff.

5.1 Ordinary
  • July 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

Having stayed in Florence nearly a dozen times over the past two decades, the greeting at the Bavaria was exceptional. We were warmly greeted and given maps of the city with helpful information of what to do and where to eat which we really appreciated. However, the water turning off in mid-shower then up to a cup at a time with a head full of shampoo was not fun which happened on the first morning. Nor were the 94 steps to our room in Florence's heat but that's typical. Our room was easily in the 90s at night, no A/C but they did have a foil packet to plug in and retard mosquitos if we kept the window open. In that kind of heat you want to take an extra shower but the amenities are sparse, only a thin packet of soap. Breakfast is fair, nothing exceptional and they are strict about when it is served, nothing hot (caffe) before 7:30. For 80 euros a night I expected a little more comfort and a dependable shower, instead it is a fairly bare bones accomodation.Great location.

5.9 Ordinary
  • July 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • France

Very well location but the room are so munch noisy.

9.2 Wonderful!
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Excellent hotel. Description is very accurate. Only problem is it is difficult to find as very small signage and as hotel is on second flor no frontage.

8.5 Excellent
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • France

the shower room could be better (old but clean one) perhaps some fresh fruits at breakfast would be offered. the room was very clean quiet and spacious and the situation in the center of the town, paintings on the wall were very beautiful

9.0 Wonderful!
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

the hotel was very good for the money, however there's no air conditioning available and it was 90 degrees every day, making it a bit uncomfortable at night. if you're looking for a neat, interesting place to stay for a good price, this place works.

8.8 Excellent
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Gay Couple
  • Australia

The room was huge. The staff were excellent. The location was brilliant. Just note that there are no lifts and it is up 3 flights of stairs but it was well worth it.

4.5 Ordinary
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • USA

We had a 4 person room with one shower no toilet. the shower was displayed in the middle up against a wall and was not private at all!!! some forwarning of this situation would have been nice. There is no elevator so lugging up all our stuff three flights of stairs was not fun. overall the staff was friendly with the exception of the guy with the french bulldog....what a rude person he was! he did warn us that we were staying in a 1-star hotel!!! with an attitude like his one might question why he has chosen to work in the service industry.

8.8 Excellent
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Canada

Very simple room, appropriate to the price. Staff was very helpful and pleasant. Super central location. On third floor of old building. No elevators. Shared washrooms shared among several rooms, but we didn't have any real problems in the mornings. WiFi is a pretty weak signal. We were the closest room to the office and got only spotty coverage in our room. But could get access in the breakfast room, which was next to the office. The included breakfast was the best out of our European trip--not anything fancy, but the yogurt, cereal, and brown bread and cheese were a welcome supplement to the usual coffee and white bread (occasional croissant) with butter and jam and orange juice that seemed to be the standard everywhere else.

8.8 Excellent
  • May 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Ireland

A very good location in the centre of Florence in an historic building. Good for independent travellers on a budget but not for people with lots of bags because its up a few flights of stairs. Liked everything about it except the breakfast.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • May 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Sweden

Spacious room with shower. In the middle of shopping and culture though very calm and quiet room.Good breakfast, very nice, helpful people - lots of strairs - toilet shared with others

9.1 Wonderful!
  • April 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Switzerland

Seulement le breakfast. Rien de spécial. Le café est meilleur dans les petits bars dans les environs. Il y a beaucoup de bons restaurant autour de l'hôtel. Nous étions 3 adultes et 2 enfants (dans 2 chambres). Point négatif: pas d'ascenseur, mais ce n'est pas si grave.

8.3 Very Good
  • April 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Canada

This hotel was in a great location, right near the Duommo and the market. The room was a bit dark and it was difficult to find the check in desk. When we got there the door was closed and locked, make sure to ring the bell beside the door for service. The shared washroom was clean and not too busy although we were there in April. The internet was only really available in the downstairs commonroom. Overall a good hotel for a couple traveling on a tight budget.

7.5 Good
  • April 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

Florence hotels are generally poor value for money in comparison to other European cities, but they cannot be beaten on character- this hotel is absolutely full of it. An old palace, with remains of old frescoes everywhere, the biggest rooms we've ever stayed in, a view of the Duomo, a balcony and roof patio... more than we ever expected. Spitting distance to the main shopping and tourist areas, right next to a supermarket too which is very useful for drinks and picnics. Yes the rooms are basic but the staff are helpful and will lend you anything you need like hairdryers, plug converters etc. Highly recommended.

6.9 Fair
  • April 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Switzerland

The biggest plus point of the Hotel is the location, 500mts. from all the major tourist sites, so it was really nice to be able to be back to relax incase need be. However, it was extremely noisy at night, the room was street facing and the streets were extremely busy with pedestrians at night ...it seemed like people were talking jst outside the room. Breakfast was mediocre.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • April 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • United Kingdom

Very convenient location near to everything we needed. Staff very friendly and lovely breakfasts. This hotel has a very charming ambience and unique charm and atmosphere, of all the hotels we stayed in April 09 (three) the Bavaria was the least expensive but our favourite. The only downside is the number of stairs to the second floor but that is beyond their control.

10 Outstanding!
  • April 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • United Kingdom

Enchanting - I could not believe the charm of my little room and the patch of a fresco on the ceiing. Will definitely come again and have recommended to lots of my friends. Marione restaurant just off Via Tornebuoni has delicious rustic Tuscan food and is full of Italians. Brilliant stay although I'd always recommend going south over the Arno (Oltrarno) to the churches, piazzas and gardens rather the more crowded north of the Arno

7.9 Good
  • March 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

Loved the Bavaria, small and charming, with good service. The stairs may be an issue but after a month stay in Florence, I found many stairs as typical in most locations. I would recommend this hotel.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • March 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

We were looking for a cheap week in Italy with the pound at an all-time low against the euro. We've stayed here twice before, and we'll stay again. Location is great, just off the centre of the old city, a great gelateria a stone's throw from the door - don't miss it. About 1km walk from station, fine to wheel suitcases. Breakfast is more than adequate to set one up for the day. Rooms are huge, high ceiling, warm in cold weather. Staff friendly and helpful. Only problem was noise in the street at around 3.00am (English bar down the road throwing out...?) but given that you are on a main artery it was a price worth paying for us. Excellent value for money, we'll come back.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • March 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

Very good indeed, recomended for all.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • March 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

Only problem was my confusion upon arriving. I wasn't aware that they were located on the 3rd floor and I had to buzz for entry from the street. I would suggest clarifying this for future guests.

8.9 Excellent
  • February 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • United Kingdom

At the price of 31 euros that I paid (in February), I would have classified this as a great bargain if the exchange rate hadn't meant that everything in the Eurozone is expensive for British people at the moment! I may have misread the much higher price on the notice on the back of the door, presumably a maximum rate that they can charge in high season, but if I'm correct it would be rather expensive at that price and I'd have looked for somewhere less central rather than pay it. Although this hotel wouldn't do for those who want elaborate facilities, have difficulty with stairs, or insist on a wide view over the city (I had a view of the courtyard), for anyone else wanting simple but adequate accommodation in a historic building in a very convenient and central location I can, if the price is reasonable, recommend it. You get more breakfast than in other places I stayed, too. One warning to anyone trying to find the place: at street level there is only one small sign, so you have to look very carefully.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • February 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Taiwan

The host is really kind. I felt welcome in the city. The neighborhood is really safe. Room is large and clean. Even though we have to share tolet with others but it always neat and clean. Really nice place.

8.0 Very Good
  • January 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

The Hotel was as expected and the breakfast was really good! For the amount of money I paid the place was amazing!

7.9 Good
  • January 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

Lovely place and we would definitely stay again. Breakfast lacked imagination(more variety and better coffee would have been nice) and noise travels in the hallways but the character of the hotel and location at the heart of Florence more than made up for it.

8.0 Very Good
  • January 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

it's fine!

8.8 Excellent
  • January 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

Great hotel. Only comment would be that you do have to sometimes wait for the shared bathroom. But it was always clean and in good working order.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • January 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Russia

Hotel is in a real enciant bulding. Interiors are very interesting and nice. Location is fine. But it is very noise from street at night becouse there are many people and cars. Cofee and tea at breacfast are not good.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • December 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

Bathroom not so well furnished, shower not the best. The room is by the way very comfortable and spacious.In the heart of the citycenter, once you exit the door you can reach everything by walk.Excellent for one star hotel.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • December 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

Very nice place to spend some days in Florence. At the very center of the city,between Duomo and Piazza della Signoria,ideal for week end,either for young couple for a romantic week end,or for a family.

9.1 Wonderful!
  • November 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Brazil

Extremely convenient central location. Very impressive building - a former palace which the hotel shares with several other businesses. Be forewarned - you must negotiate serious Renaissance-palace flights of stairs - no elevator. Room very large and extremely quiet. Everything very clean, beds comfortable. Layout of bathroom not very convenient but acceptable. Breakfast was simple but good quality. Corridors and stairs in public areas of the building extremely dark at night - there are light switches but it took us a night or two to locate them - fine after that.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • November 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Australia

This place was beautiful. It had so much charm. It was central to everything. The hotel manager who checked us in was very welcoming. The rooms are massive. The building is gorgeous. I loved this place. They have a sink in the room, but shared bathrooms which were always kept very clean.

8.1 Very Good
  • November 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

This is a GREAT budget hotel especially for its location! The price was great, the room was clean and spacious, there was a convenient sink in the room and the location is unbeatable - two minutes from the Duomo! There are only two bathrooms with one shower each so I could see it getting a little tight during peak season but I had no problem whatsoever getting in. Would recommend this hotel to anyone!

6.5 Fair
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

It is a climb to get get up to the hotel and even futher to the rooms. 75 steeps stairs is too much. We left after one night. Breckfast was the least appealing of any of the hotels we stayed in during our Italy trip.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

The room was very spacious and clean, no problems. The only drawback was that you had to walk two flights to get to the actual hotel in a building that is shared by other offices. But I would definitely go back.

8.1 Very Good
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Ireland

Very pleasant visit to accommodation in central Florence. Would have preferred room with bath but not available In terms of value excellent. For the mature visitors an elevator would be a plus - better than 80 steps!!

8.3 Very Good
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Spain

We loved the building, the beautiful 15th Century Palazzo Ramirez da Montalvo, built by Bartolomeo Ammannati for the Spanish noble Don Antonio Rámirez de Montalvo. The only problem was that the room we got overlooked the street,the Borgo degli Albizzi, and it was terribly noisy during the weakend nights. The next time in Florence we will book again in this hotel but we'll ask for a room overlooking the quiet couryard. The room was spacious, spartan, spotless clean; the bed was very comfortable and we even had linen hand towels. The shared wc was very clean too. No lift in the premises, what is a problem for elderly turists and for those traveling with heavy lugagge. The hotel is at a walking distance of the Duomo, Uffizi, Bargello Museum, Capella medicea, Palazzo Vecchio, Accademia... For a reasonable priced place to eat in an expensive place such as Florence, not far from the hotel, try "Self-Service Leonardo" in the Via de' Pecori 5, located just around the corner from the Duomo: very nice staff. Don't miss the icecreams from Grom, Via del Campanile, close to the hotel. The church in the same street of the hotel, Chiesa di Santa Maria de' Ricci, offers fre concerts, a nice way to end up a day in Florence listening to music by Vivaldi, Bach, Marcello, Händel...

8.9 Excellent
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

Hotel Bavaria was an excellent place to stay in the heart of Florence. As referenced by others, it is a bit hard to find, but if you know it's only 1 block from the Duomo and turn left and look for the small Hotel Bavaria sign you'll have no troubles! The owner was very helpful in providing us a map of the city and a few great suggestions for restaurants that were as non-touristy as they get in Florence. We highly recommend Casa Lingua by Pitti Palace for dinner, but be prepared to wait! The food and the price were well worth the wait though.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Russia

Not expensive. Nice location, close to museums, galleries, churches. If you don"t need something extraordinary good simple hotel to stay, quite, clean.

8.3 Very Good
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Japan

The warmest welcome I have ever got from an hotel, ever. The manager is a great guy, with excellent English. The hotel is wonderful too, with its centuries-old ambience. Two gripes: the lack of a lift can be a problem - there were 85 (I counted them) steps to our room. With heavy bags, this is not as much fun as it sounds. And while the walls are wonderfully thick, the rooms are linked by connecting doors, blocked by wardrobes. This means that you can hear the neighbours rather too well. Aside from these, and the lack of a detachable shower head, the room was lovely and the location ideal.

9.1 Wonderful!
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • New Zealand

Highly recommend. Great location. 10 minute walk from the train station. Walking distance to shops and sightseeing. Clean facilities. Friendly, helpful staff. Good breakfast. The only 'downer' is that there are two flights of steps to get to the hotel. But once we got our bags there we were grateful for the excercise :) Staff were very helpful recommending good restaurants in the area.

8.1 Very Good
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • United Kingdom

I only stayed at the Bavaria for one night; it is my first experience of a shared bathroom, which wasn't as awkward as I might have feared. The room I was in was overlooking a street with late night entertainment which meant things were a bit loud (on a Saturday night). The hotel is in a beautiful Palazzo and the interiors are impressive. No TV in the room and no air conditioning was not a problem this time of year, but a longer stay in the warmer weather would not have been as acceptable, for me.

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Room Details

Book your pet-friendly accommodation at the 9-room Bavaria. Business travelers visiting the Duomo area will have access to desks and safes.

Bathrooms are outfitted with hair dryers. Rooms also include coffee/tea makers and blackout drapes/curtains.

Irons/ironing boards can be provided on request.

Accommodation Services

  • Coffee and tea maker
  • Hairdryer in each room
  • Safe
  • Desk
  • Ironing facilities on request

How to reach Bavaria Hotel

By car
The hotel is easily reachable from the highway A1. Take the Firenze Nord exit and follow the indications to the centro and Piazza della Signoria.

By train
The Santa Maria Novella railway station is about 1 km from the hotel.

By airplane
The Florence airport is about 7 km from the hotel.

Distances from Hotel Bavaria

Bargello Museum - 0.1 km / 0.1 mi
Badia Fiorentina - 0.1 km / 0.1 mi
Dante's House - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Piazza San Firenze - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Piazza del Duomo - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Teatro Verdi - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Duomo Museum - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
La Pergola Theater - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Gucci Museum - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Giotto's Campanile - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Orsanmichele - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Piazza della Signoria - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
The preferred airport for Bavaria is Florence (FLR-Peretola) - 5.8 km / 3.6 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.