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Hotel California - Florence

4 star Hotel Florence

Via Ricasoli 30 - Florence

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Hotel California is situated on the second floor of a historic building in central Florence. It is located on via Ricasoli, down the street from Galleria dell'Accademia, which hosts Michelangelo's David.

The hotel has recently been refurbished and offers a peaceful and comfortable environment in the heart of the Renaissance Florence. Many original ornaments and frescoes have been maintained in the hotel interiors. This air-condtioned hotel offers dry cleaning/laundry service, a meeting/conference room, patio, express check-in and check-out, a rooftop terrace and bar, a restaurant, and a front-desk safe-deposit box. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The roundtrip airport shuttle is available with advance notice. Off-site parking can be found nearby (surcharge). No pets or service animals are allowed.

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Guest Rating 7.9 Good
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Breakfast at Hotel California

A free continental breakfast is served each morning.

Facilities at Hotel California

  • Bar
  • Restaurant/Dining
  • Lift/elevator
  • Air conditioning
  • Room service - 24 hour
  • Laundry service
  • Shuttle service from and/or to the airport
  • Front desk - safety deposit box
  • Front desk - 24 hour
  • Internet/Email services
  • Meeting Room

Know before you go

  • 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.
  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property.

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.
  • No onsite parking is available.

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.

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: EUR 10 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: EUR 10 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Spring Break deposit: EUR 30 per night (for guests under 12 years old)

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 4 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.

8.4

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8.3

Location

7.6

Quiet

7.6

Spacious

7.9

Service

Hotel California reviews

9.9 Outstanding!
  • May 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Mexico

excellent location!!! cathedral just 2 Blocks away

1.0
  • October 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Morocco

Very bad night !! I could not sleep because of bed. I changed the hotel after 1 night, i couldn't stay.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • January 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Ireland

We left our passports at the previous hotel in Rome, the staff arranged everything for us and had them couriered to us, had them the next morning. They were very helpful.

7.0 Good
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Room was like in photo. Good bathroom. Great view of Durmo. Staff was welcoming and very helpful. Very close to museum with David statue. Also close to the Durmo. Close to location to wash/dry clothes and grocery store. Quiet location, but rooms were not sound-proof from other rooms and hallway. Good continental breakfast.

3.1
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Canada

The entrance is not appealing at all. The staff were not friendly at all. My room was clean and well air conditioned, but the shower leaked terribly. The breakfasts were average (yoghurt, croissants, same fruit every day). However, for the price, it is located centrally, if you factor in that you don't stay in your room very much of the time. I, however, would not return.

8.7 Excellent
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Vietnam

excellent location. Staffs are professional and very helpful. We booked 2 hotels for our trip to Italy, this California and one in Rome. Both cost the same price but California was way more professional, with friendly staffs and more services. We even purchased a tour through the hotel. Room are tiny but clean and well furnished.

8.2 Very Good
  • July 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

Serious & business-like staff at front desk but not outwardly friendly or offering any extra services or advice like some other hotels in Italy. Awkward entry but nice once you enter hotel lobby & public areas, which are on 2nd floor, it is fine with large, clean & attractive areas. Regarding entry: it is difficult to get to main floor(there is a lift but then you have to walk either up or down 1 flight anyway with your bags) There are 2 outdoor patio areas that are nice to relax on and the rooms were quiet except that the building next door was having construction done so the vibrations of their drilling woke us up and made it impossible to take a mid afternoon rest, so you might want to make sure your room is away from this area. We only stayed 1 night & were out most of time so it didn't matter too much. Without the construction, it was actually extremely quiet & could not hear other guests or outside activity even though it is in a central area. Great location with walking distance to all centrally located major sites. Should spend a minimum of 2 nights in Florence proper.

7.4 Good
  • July 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Spain

it is very close to the dome, it is a very nice hotel, but employees aren´t too nice, in fact they are a bit rude, anyways it is a cheap hotel with nice furniture and good location

4.4 Ordinary
  • May 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

Stanza pulita ma la posizione lasciava desiderare tanto!Tubature ataccate alla finestra ,tra quale rotta e nn si chudeva.il personale gentile, la colazione il punto positivo, molto abbondante e varia.lo consiglio se si deve stare per 1-2 notti!

7.8 Good
  • May 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

On the website they state that wi-fi connection is free. However, when you get there it turns out you have to pay for any type of internet connection. On a positive note room service was not expensive.

4.6 Ordinary
  • April 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Israel

We stayed for one night at the hotel, and were very surprised to find out that it's is being renovated, so we had the view of wooden and iron sticks. The hotel is on the first floor of a building without an elevator so if you have a lot of luggage it might be a problem. The room has a jacuzzi which leaks all over the bathroom. There is no private parking and the garage is almost half of the room price, so take this in mind. A good thing that it's very close to the historical center and relatively cheap.

7.9 Good
  • January 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • France

hotel itself very quiet; noise due to renovation work next door during the day. Off season rates for quality as compared to other hotels in Florence very good especially in my "double single occupancy" room, but I would have been disappointed had I paid full price. I would say not quite 3 stars (and the breakfast definitely not) but then this is Florence. Quality of contact with staff depends on who is on duty at reception desk and in breakfast room.

7.7 Good
  • January 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Brazil

The location of Hotel California is excellent (just behind the Duomo). Also excellent is the breakfast. A coffee machine w/many options, breads, cakes, juice, FRESH FRUITS!!!!Staff is nice and on top of everything. We stayed in the renovated area, in a room w/jacuzzi, but since there was no shower curtain or anything, taking a shower made the (enourmous) bathroom wet- I had to sacrifice one of the bath towels to put on the floor...The room is crowded with furniture and we couldn´t move in there very comfortably. This is one of the reasons I couldnt give it a 10. The other problem is that to go to this renovated area there is no elevator/lift so we had to carry the luggages down the stairs.(Hotel/breakfast) is on the 2nd floor and the new area on the 1st but no lift. I liked staying in there and would come back.P.S.Venere has a picture of the lobby that does not correspond to the real one, which is crowded w/furniture and other stuff and the lobby is small, almost no room for checkin in/out with the entrance/exit door right behind you.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • November 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

This Hotel exceeded our expectations. It was in a great location - though you had to really look for the sign on the door and we almost walked past it. On arrival the front was very decieving and we had our doubts, the entrance too was a concern with a dark stairway and very old and dank elevator. But reaching the front desk it was clean, bright and airy. The staff was pleasant if a bit reserved, the room was a welcome surprise with comfortable beds, lovely redone bathrooms, quite with a large roof top garden right outside. It was a welcome haven to come back to after a busy day of sight seeing. We were told we were in the newer part of the hotel and I'm sure it made a big differance. The included breakfast was very good.

6.1 Fair
  • November 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • South Africa

The hotel was difficult to find. on the website its indicated as being off a side street of via ricassoli on the left? the hotel is not on a side street and its on the right! The signage is not very clear at night so i passed it twice until they switched on the neon lights. 20 min from train station is a much more realistic estimate, unless there's a specific route that takes 5-10 min in which case they should provide the directions! The hotel was very clean, staff were friendly, room was not very spacious.

8.3 Very Good
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

This was our second stay at Hotel California. The owners are the sweetest people in the world. The hotel was a little noisy during the day due to construction surrounding the hotel, but overall our stay was pleasant. Rooms are spacious & clean. Two years ago we stayed there with our family of 15 people. The owners were very accommodating considering our group of adults & children. That is why we went there again this year. The breakfast on the roof was most enjoyable.

1.2
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • USA

the worst hotel i ever stayed.. the worst service ever.

8.2 Very Good
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Austria

The hotel is pretty basic, but centrally-located and clean. The prices are fine considering that Florence is a quite expensive city altogether. I would recommend this hotel for people looking for a simple quiet affordable room close to many attractions. The staff is helpful and friendly. The breakfast buffet is mediocre. The rooms are big enough (most time will be spent wandering the streets of Florence anyways). Don't let the entrance scare you away! When you enter the building, you must walk some dark ugly-looking stairs to get to the hotel. Extra tip: request a room with a direct view of the Duomo.

6.8 Fair
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Norway

Very central, just about 300m from the Doume. The room was fine, but you hear your neighbour talk in the romm nextdoor. The breakfast was terrible, bring your own or eat on a resturant nearby!

4.7 Ordinary
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

entrance was far from desk,breakfast was'nt appealing,very small room, receptionists were not attentive, were on the phone for a long time while we were tired waiting for her to finish transaction first.

7.6 Good
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Italy

If you're simply looking for a place to sleep and plan on spending your time outside the hotel, this is a great place.

8.5 Excellent
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Philippines

Other than the entrance (which doesn't let you know that you are in a hotel) it was a very good experience for us. The hotel is excellently located, rooms were clean, and the staff were friendly and provided very helpful information. Suggest that the check out time should be at least 12:00 noon as is the practice in other places.

6.2 Fair
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Spain

Quality of internet service offered was very poor: one PC in front of the welcoming door and expensive tarif available. There are 2 public tarifs but when we asked for the "cheapest" (3 euros=30minuntes) there were not cards so we had to pay for the expensive one (6 euros=1hour) to check the fly. Bath was large and new but Jacuzzi did not work.

7.3 Good
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Peru

The Hotel is very good ubicated , rooms are small but clean. Personal are competented.

8.0 Very Good
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Greece

The hotel was VERY near everything! It's ideal if you want to see the important sights in the center of Florence. The last day check out was a bit early (11am).. There was no wireless internet.

8.1 Very Good
  • May 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

Our issue was that due to the construction and a strong rainstorm the floor of our room was very wet when we awoke. The water soaked into the bedspread hems and our luggage. I was not impressed by the lack of concern from the management. They did render us new bedspreads and cleaned up the water. We had to ask for more "bathmats" which the hotel had used to attempt to prevent the water from coming in under the window/doors. The hotel is in a very convenient section of town and seemed safe and quiet. The first floor entrance is a bit off putting but upon arrival via the lift the hotel was fine. It is hard to find any rooms in Florence for that price so that is a plus.

7.8 Good
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

We liked the hotel, and the breakfasts were good. Only seemed like one person spoke English, but they were on top of things, like a burned out bulb. We liked the location, up the street from the Duomo and on the same street as the Ufizzi musuem.

9.1 Wonderful!
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Hotel California is located halfway between the Duomo and the Accademia (about 1.5 blocks from each). There's an elevator if you want, but it's only on the second floor (3rd floor American). The people running the hotel are very helpful and serve a nice continental breakfast. The public space is rather limited, but you don't go to Florence to hang around in the public space at the hotel!! We had a very nice experience.

8.9 Excellent
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

Hotel California was excellent value for money - we stayed a week. Staff polite and helpful. Twin room quiet with good view of Duomo from balcony. Breakfast was good with plenty of cereals, yoghurts, cheese & ham with bread rolls, toast, jams, croissants and always a very large attractive bowl of fresh fruit. Terrace is being renovated by builders at present but not warm enough yet to sit outside in early a.m. Our room was large, bathroom a little cramped but very clean. Lockable safe in wardrobe. When arriving look for blue No. 30 Via Ricasoli. Streets are dual numbered - red nos. are for shops. Hotel north of Via Pucci on rt. Situation for sightseeing fantastic. Half way between Duomo and Accademia Gallery. Exceeded our expectations - would certainly go back to Hotel California again. PS You get used to the lift- not a problem!

4.6 Ordinary
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • USA

The hotel location is excellent and the rooms were clean. However, the rooms were somewhat lacking. We were traveling with another couple and we were booked into adjacent rooms 111 and 112. The wall between the rooms was so thin we could talk to each other in a normal voice and easily understand each other. Infact our friends could even hear me dial out on my cell phone. Our shower was also very small (about 2 ft x 2.5 ft). I'm average size and could not even turn around in the shower. The hotel is OK for a short stay, but try not to get rooms 111 or 112 if you want privacy.

9.3 Wonderful!
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

Ideal location in Florence; easy walking to major sites; nice room with up to date bathroom facilities; Management very helpful for parking and reservations for Uffizi and Academia. HIghly recommended

8.4 Very Good
  • April 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • USA

Small, family run hotel very close to Duomo and other attractions. Staff was very responsive and helpful. Although the rooms are small, as are many Italian hotels, they were most accomodating to put our group (3 rooms)together. Rooms were cleaned each day very well. Breakfast good and they allowed our group to use the breakfast room for dinner one night. We had a rental car for a few days and they were most helpful to have the garage deliver and pick up our vehicle. Overall a most enjoyable stay.

8.4 Very Good
  • March 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

We had a beautiful room with a view of the Duomo. The hotel was well located, within walking distance of both the train station and city center. Breakfast was good. The only negative was the thin walls which allowed noises, compounded by the construction work at the front of the hotel.

4.5 Ordinary
  • March 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Italy

We did not receive the room as requested and confirmed. Upon check-out, the bill was double the confirmation. We refused to pay the new amount and said we would only pay according to the written confirmation. Their website says internet access in rooms. It's dial-up. Breakfast was fine. They were attentive to requests. Location was superb. It was okay, but won't stay here again.

8.0 Very Good
  • February 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Italy

The location is nice, very close to the Duomo. However, the room is lacking a strong person to suggest.

5.6 Ordinary
  • February 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Switzerland

The hotel is well situated in the heard of the city, room clean and spacious enough for one person. Staff at the welcome desk not realy nice, very poor quality of the breakfast, I would not recommend this hotel for more than one night.

2.4
  • January 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Russia

We was in this hotel in January 2008. It was very cold in hotel. Heater in room is not working. Reseptionist saw to us that air condition can work only in summer. In the evening we can hear discution of Italian couple from another room :)) The walls is from paper, I think. Internet on reception is not working. One plus - location of hotel. But it's not 3 star, and not for this price. It's awful hotel!!!

9.2 Wonderful!
  • January 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • United Kingdom

New and good facilities in the room. The price (off-season) is quite reasonable for the quality of stay.

7.5 Good
  • January 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Italy

All was fine...the location excellent, the cleanliness, quiteness...since the momente when my girlfriend in lingerie, while she goes to bathroom, see the door opens without someone knocking...a member of the staff entered without asking!!! Unbelievable! I was furious...as you can imagine...

6.5 Fair
  • December 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

Great location, only 5-10 minute walk from Firenze SMN, you don't need to take a cab. And the hotel was more than accommodating when we had to change our check-in due to train delay. The Accademia is to the right of the hotel and to the left is the Duomo. You can't beat the location. The free continental breakfast is nice and an added bonus is the small bar in the lobby. For the price it is a good hotel.

7.5 Good
  • December 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • France

Nice hotel, very well located in the middle of the historical center, very close to the dome, close to restaurants, close to museums. Only bad point about the hotel : the breakfast was really not very good the first morning. It is possible to have much better coffee and pastries in Italy. So we just went somewhere else after that first bad experience.

8.6 Excellent
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

Nice hotel, great location. Our room had brocken tile! Nice bathroom but awkward shower. Walking distance from train station and Doumo!

8.5 Excellent
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Spain

Perfecta ubicación, servicio excelente.

5.0 Ordinary
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

the woman who was there at night and cooked breakfast was very unfriendly and rude. the room and location were fine.

6.8 Fair
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Italy

e' situato a due passi dal centro, ma l'albergo è molto deludente e decadente. Personalemnte non amo gli alberghi nei condomini e questo è situato al primo piano di un condominio fatiscente. Per chi vuole stare al centro ed ha poche pretese. PS. Attenzione il garage costa 23/25 euro al giorno!

8.7 Excellent
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Israel

Excellent location,Right near the duomo,jacuzzi,comfortable beds, thin towels

8.1 Very Good
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • China

Good location. Easy to reach the main tourist points. Employee are polite and pleasant. The service and information they provided is helpful and in good quality. If I go Florence again, I will choose this hotel.

8.3 Very Good
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Singapore

Hotel's location was great. When you first see this hotel, you might be in a surprise, but the people are warm, friendly and very helpfull. Rooms are clean and spacious, we were lucky to have the triple room for double.

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

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hotel California - the rooms were clean & spacious and the staff, particularly Gabriella, was very kind and helpful. The location is fantastic - only steps away from the Duomo & Accademia! And the rest of Firenze is a pleasant walk away as well. The only downside to this stay is that there were lots of very loud noises outside our window that made sleep in the morning very difficult. In addition to loud trash pickups, there was also construction going on and a cafe right below us. Overall, we would recommend this hotel to people on a budget who are looking for a clean hotel in a great location.

8.8 Excellent
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Australia

As noted by other patrons the key difficulty is finding the actual location. Better and more prominent signage would help greatly as would better and correct street signage and numbering. However once found what a great location and professional service.

8.6 Excellent
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Italy

Qualche difficoltà per raggiungere l'hotel con l'auto, ma una volta arrivati tutto è filato liscio. La posizione è centralissima, lo staff cortese e disponibile, buona la colazione, camera e bagno puliti. C'è un ottimo ristorante nelle vicinanze, lasciatevi consigliare dallo staff. Il parcheggio dell'auto è a pagamento in un garage privato nelle vicinanze.(1,5 €/h) Struttura sicuramente da consigliare per una visita a scopo culturale di Firenze.

8.8 Excellent
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Italy

nice clean hotel situated at the second floor of an old house; it's very close to the centre, at a walking distance from the Duomo and from the Railway Station; very good the relationship between price and quality.

7.9 Good
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Italy

Camera accogliente e silenziosa con bagno pulito e facilmente accessibile (non il solito angusto angolino). Buona colazione. Da notare una deliziosa terrazza nel cortile interno: un angolo di pace a due passi dal Duomo. Ci torneremo di sicuro.

7.8 Good
  • September 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

The location could not be better, but the second floor lobby is a little hard to find. The staff was helpful, and the deck was pleasant, albeit without a view.

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

It was as the reviews said: clean, tidy, welcoming and right in the heart of Florence. It doesn't have a classic entrance, but it does have sneaky views of the Duomo and a lovely cool terrace. It's scarily difficult to drive to, no map can help you round the one way system - only satnav! But once there, it's right at the heart of the Florence with all the sights on the doorstep. It was our first trip to the city, but it won't be our last!

7.8 Good
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

We requested a room with a view of the duomo and it was fabulous.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • France

Petit Hotel symphatique idéalement situé au coeur du centre historique. Accueil correct et serviable. Chambres propres, accueillantes et sdb en marbre plutôt classe. Service de parking pour la voiture payant mais pratique. Votre voiture est prise en charge à l'arrivée - pensez à prévenir. En principe l'accés du centre historique est interdit.

6.4 Fair
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Italy

The best thing about this property is its location; just 2 minutes walk to the Piazza Duomo. Our room was quite small (probably 'coz we got a quadruple type). Seems we got a room that's not yet really ready for occupancy because there were unpainted parts visible. Well, enough that we had a place to spend a night..as long as it has functioning a/c and private bathroom(w/c is hard to find at a reasonable price in the center of Firenze). The beds were quite hard though. Breakfast was ok but not sumptuous. All in all, our stay was ok, if it was not great. Tip: When you stroll around Piazza Duomo or even in the buses, always pay attention and take care of your bags or belongings. There are a lot of pick pockets..men..and some dress well and mix w/ the tourists.

7.3 Good
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Italy

Tutto bene prezzo più che buono.Se vogliamo trovare per forza qualcosa che non va, la doccia è troppo piccola.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

Great centrally located hotel. We walked from the train station to the California. We did have packs which made it a bit easier. The sign made it easy to spot, and it does have a fairly large lift. Accommodations were very comfortable. Their ontinental breakfast was the only one out of our Italy stay that offered cooked eggs. Would definitely stay there again.

7.5 Good
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Canada

Very well situated hotel when you have small children. The DUOMO is 5 minutes(walk) away and other attractions very close. Clean hotel and quiet rooms. Would go back anytime...You don't pay for parking on weekends, you can park in the street for free. What a clean city...

8.9 Excellent
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Ireland

The hotel is perfectly located in the centre of Florence, approx 300yds from the Academia museum and the Duomo in the opposite direction. The room we were given was very spacious with a balcony as well. The breakfast was entirely sufficient with a wide selection available. The lobby is quite small and located on the first floor but who stays in the lobby! This hotel is great value for its location, facilities and rooms. I would certainly stay here again.

8.9 Excellent
  • August 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Belgium

quiet hotel in the centre of Firenze. Well located between Museo dell'Accademia and the Duomo. Correct breakfast. I recommend this hotel.

9.2 Wonderful!
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Canada

Once you find the hotel the location is excellent. You can walk to all major attractions. We drove there and as in most old European cities it is challenging getting to the center of town due to many one way streets. There is no street parking and no easily accessible parking garages. They offered a parking service where the car was picked up and delivered to us which worked well for 1 euro per hour. Upon arrival you may find the entrance a little intimidating, you have to go up several flights of stairs or a really old elevator to get to the reception. Once there everything is very nice including the rooms and a very nice breakfast area. Very good value overall.

7.8 Good
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

everything was good except the shower did not drain properly.

6.4 Fair
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Belgium

Well, very noisy rooms: I could hear people from the next room taking their shower. Don't try to sleep if you don't bring hearplugs: you hear people walking in the corridor as if they were in your room. The breakfast was everything but impressive, and the terrace doesn't save it all. I booked a single room, I got a double, so I had enough space. The location is a good point, 3min from the Duomo. Overall not the greatest hotel I've ever seen, I'm pretty sure you can find other places with the same central location.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

You'll love it!

9.0 Wonderful!
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • China

Exterior of hotel was disappointing but the interior was a pleasant surprise. Reception was friendly and recommended some good restaurants nearby. Breakfast service could be more friendly.

7.4 Good
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

You are paying for the location. Hotel is okay - no complaints, breakfast good, staff friendly, accommodations fair, location GREAT.

7.3 Good
  • June 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Italy

The hotel doesn't look that great from outside, but what a pleasant surprise once you go upstairs. The rooms were clean and quite spacious. The breakfast was VERY terrific. The hotel is in a good location. The staff was not so friendly.

8.8 Excellent
  • April 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Sweden

Although I had some small difficulties to find the hotel, and some doubts rose when I saw the entrance hall, everything was simoultaneously forgotten when I met the staff and saw my room, which was nicely furnished and clean. The room was really cosy and the bathroom left nothing to wish. The breakfast was served in a hall with big windows overlooking a nice terrace, where I spent a couple of hours with a superb bottle of red wine (5 euros!) and a good book in the evening before dinner. I really enjoyed this little hotel, and being a frequent traveller in Italy, it was absolutely worth the money charged. Besides the hotel being situated a couple of hundred meters from the Dome and ten minutes walking distance from the Santa Maria Novella railway-station, makes it even better. I guess no one will be disappointed choosing this Hotel California for their stay in Firenze. It just has a lot of hearth...

7.5 Good
  • April 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

This hotel was the nicest and most expensive that we stayed at in Italy. The staff was less friendly than those at other hotels or hostels, but it was not a problem. The room was very nice, and had a beautiful view of Il Duomo. The breakfast spread was the nicest we saw. A pretty good value overall.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • March 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

Perfect location (just a 5 minute walk to the Duomo, and 4 minute walk to the Statue of David), spacious rooms, view of the Duomo in some of the double rooms. Large shower (in the rooms that offer a private bath). The public bath is a little small and not very convienent, because there is only one shower, and one toilet (unless there was another one somewhere I didn't see). Overall, great stay though!

9.9 Outstanding!
  • March 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

Hotel California is conveniently located within walking distance to all sights. We found the room to be updated, roomy, and clean, and the continental breakfast was excellent when compared to the other hotels we stayed at during our trip to Italy. Another nice feature is that the hotel has a lift so you're not stuck hauling your luggage up flights of stairs. The hotel is family owned and everyone was attentive and extremely helpful. I have no hesitations in recommending this hotel.

9.3 Wonderful!
  • February 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • United Kingdom

i have stayed here on many occasions.The staff are very helpful and the location is superb for all the main attractions.Rooms have always been very clean and the street is quiet enabling a goods night sleep.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • February 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • United Kingdom

Fantastic location - 2 minutes fromt he Duomo. The Hotel was very clean and good vale. We had a triple roomm. There was a mosquito repellant plug in which was reassuring but there were no problems with the little blighters! We visited in August time, and although it was busy, the hotel was very quiet. Some nice little restaurants close by and easy to walk to all the attractions. only gripe was that they wanted us to pay cash as it was a special rate booked late via Venere. Apart from that, i would stay thhere again.

7.1 Good
  • February 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Spain

Very well located place, quiet, with a helpfull and friendly staff and some rooms quite nice. The common areas and breakfast only correct. Nice meals close to the market, in the traditional trattorias. Nice place to young couples, small groups or families and people who prefers the downtowns.

7.4 Good
  • January 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Austria

A nice hotel in an unobtrusive building and rooms with character. My room faced a courtyard, so was quiet but had no view. However, it was right next to the breakfast room, and the walls thin, so I was woken up very early. The staff wasn´t as warm as I could have hoped, but as a young woman travelling alone, who didn´t speak Italian and was only staying one night, perhaps not surprising. However, I would definitely recommend this hotel and stay there again -the price is great value for the location, which you cannot beat in Florence!

9.4 Outstanding!
  • January 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

It was a very enjoyable visit. The location of the hotel was great in the center of the city. We would stay again any time we are visiting. Breakfast was nice and the hotel was clean and quiet. A delightful place.

9.5 Outstanding!
  • January 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

The hotel was very clean and the staff was very nice. The staff all spoke excellent English and their recommendations for the sights and restaurants were very good. The only thing that bothered us were the towels. They were so thin that out entire family referred to them as napkins. They were literally the same type of material as the restaurant napkins. With that exception, I would reccommend the hotel for its location, charm and cleaniless.

9.3 Wonderful!
  • January 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Great location and fabulous view from our room. We opened a bottle of wine (which we purchased at the front desk!) and enjoyed it on the balcony of our room! Loved Florence and the price was right at the Hotel California!

8.0 Very Good
  • December 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Belgium

I had booked a single room, which was right next to the reception. The room was small but clean. The noise from the street was the only negative point. I got a very good deal for the room, 45 euros instead of 125 Euro as mentioned in the room. It is not worth 125 euros anyway. Very good price for the quality. Very close to the Duomo and San Lorenzo's market. I will go back.

7.3 Good
  • December 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

If your traveling alone its a bit scare at first b.c streets are empty, but its extremely close to everything (Duomo & Galleria). The staff could be a little more friendly not all of them speak English.

3.8
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

The front desk staff was not very welcoming. There was a hole in the bathroom wall that had dirt and dust oozing out of it over the sink. The breakfast was not good.

5.3 Ordinary
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

This hotel's only saving grace was its location. It is within walking distance of all the major attractions in Florence, which was nice. It is also within walking distance to the train station, but yet not too close. However, this was all offset by the unfriendly staff at the hotel. They seemed to be indifferent to our stay. Also, one of the staff members was extremely rude to us at breakfast and said all of the seats were reserved for a group that was also staying at the hotel. We were kept up at night by the fact we could hear the people talking in the room next to us or in the lobby of the hotel (we were near the front). What really stuck out as a negative was that our bathroom smelled like sewer. I have stayed at several hotels at Europe and have become accustomed to the differences from US hotels. However, this hotel was one of the worst. When in Florence again I will stay at a different hotel in the same area.

8.4 Very Good
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • Switzerland

We were a night in florenz.Prices are of cource sheeper in Nowember,Two double rooms with bad together 110euro.

7.4 Good
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • France

L'hôtel California est extrêmement bien situé, à 5min à pied du DUOMO, plein centre de Florence. En basse saison, les prix sont très peu chers et le rapport qualité prix est plus qu'excellent. Les chambres sont moyennes : peu de charme, douche italienne, cloison amovible, peu pratique. Le petit déjeuner est très simple : pas de pain frais, seulement des croissants sucré. Avantages de l'hotel : prix en basse saison, localisation en plein centre.

9.4 Outstanding!
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

Confortable, quiet room. Delightful breakfast. Spotless bath! Helpful reception.

8.1 Very Good
  • November 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Canada

Appears that Hotel California caters largely to middle class clientele. The staff was very accomodating and did an excellent job of catering to our needs. We only had the complimentary breakfasts each morning - very good with good service. Would consider staying there again.

9.1 Wonderful!
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • USA

It is a SUPER location, very close to the Duomo, shopping. The entry off the steet, however, is misleading. One gets the feel that you're entering some cheap tenament building. Once you take the lift to the first floor, however, it's all quite nice.

8.6 Excellent
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • United Kingdom

Excellent location. Good value for centre of town.

8.0 Very Good
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

The management is very friendly and accommodating. The breakfast was a nice treat. Oddly only 20+ some rooms on one floor of a larger building, and I'm not sure the lift was operational, but our room for 3 was large with a lovely marble bath and our own little balcony. The staff and owners were very friendly and made us feel very welcome.

2.9
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Australia

Do not be fooled. The Photos on the web site are NOTHING like what we experienced at this hotel. We were given a room that was small, dirty, and poorly maintained. The small window faced the ugly interior courtyard (unlike in the photo), and the shutter fell off during our stay but was not repaired. The room was situated directly off the breakfast "corridor room" so forget about any quiet sleep in. The walls were so thin you literally could hear EVERYthing that went on next door. It felt like a poor back packers but at a premium price (140EURO). The public areas are basic. The entrance and lifts are primitive. I know there were other rooms that were much better and I am sure the better reviews are about them. No-one could have been impressed with the room we got. This was our worst hotel experience in Italy and really put a dampner on the whole experience in Firenze. I would not recommend this hotel and I feel sorry for anyone who sees the web/brochure picture and gets room 111.

8.3 Very Good
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Malta

We stayed for 1 day. Staff was excellent.\ We'll be back at Hotel California.

7.9 Good
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

Location is good as it is quite but close to the center (3 min walk from duomo). the only two negative points are: - sound proofing between room sdoes not exist so oyu hear EVERYTHING from next room - breakfast is nothing to look forward to Overall, an OK to good hotel for the price.

7.0 Good
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Italy

The walls in the room were a bit banged up... touch up paint could've taken care of that with minimal effort. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The rooms were quiet, the breakfast was wonderful and our location was perfect for our visit. The front desk personnel were extremely helpful and very courteous... we will definitely stay here again!

8.8 Excellent
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

great balcony !!!!

8.9 Excellent
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Canada

Great hotel, good value, good location. Rooftop patio, while not quite like the photos was a welcome respite from the crowds. Hotel itself is on the second floor of an old building, with lots of very long corridors and the entire hotel has tiled floors which are very noisy. Helpful staff, spotlessly clean, adequate breakfast. Spent 5 nights here, would certainly go back.

2.1
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • USA

Location is good but this hotel is not worth it for the price given the room and the amenities provided. The room is mediocre and the elevator is so bad and is not available 24/7. Breakfast is mediocre. The only advantage is that it is close to the Academia and Duomo. Will not stay in this hotel again.

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Room Details

Offering the right accommodation for your romantic vacation, Hotel California offers 49 guest rooms with climate control. Guests can unwind at the end of a long day and enjoy flat-screen televisions with satellite channels. Corporate travelers will benefit from wireless high-speed Internet access (charges apply) as well as desks, safes and direct-dial phones during their Duomo visit.

Private bathrooms are outfitted with hair dryers and complimentary toiletries. Rooms also include air conditioning and blackout drapes/curtains.

Irons/ironing boards can be provided on request.

Accommodation Services

  • Air conditioning
  • Mini fridge
  • Hairdryer in each room
  • Safe
  • Desk
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Ironing facilities on request
  • Direct dial phone
  • Satellite TV
  • TV
  • Wireless Internet access

How to reach Hotel California

By car
From Milan, take exit Firenze nord, from the highway, and follow the indications to Firenze centro, Fortezza da Basso, Piazza della Libertà and then to via Cavour and the hotel.
From Rome, take exit Firenze sud, from the highway, and follow the indications to Firenze centro, viale G.Amendola, the Santa Maria Nuova hospital and then to the hotel.

By train
Santa Maria Novella central railway station is a 10 minutes' walk from the hotel.

By airplane
From Florence airport, take the airport shuttle bus to Florence central station and walk from there.

Distances from Hotel California

Academy of Fine Arts - 0.1 km / 0.1 mi
Palazzo Medici Riccardi - 0.1 km / 0.1 mi
Opificio delle Pietre Dure - 0.1 km / 0.1 mi
Academy Gallery - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
San Lorenzo Church - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Laurentian Library - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Piazza del Duomo - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore - 0.2 km / 0.2 mi
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Florence Design Academy - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Santissima Annunziata Square - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Hospital of Innocents - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Duomo Museum - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Giotto's Campanile - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
Piazza di San Giovanni - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
The preferred airport for Hotel California is Florence (FLR-Peretola) - 5.4 km / 3.4 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 California

  • Shuttle service from and/or to the airport