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Hotel Olimpia - Florence

3 star Hotel Florence

Piazza Della Repubblica 2 - Florence

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Hotel Olimpia offers a gorgeous view over the monuments of central Florence, as it is located on Piazza della Repubblica—the heart of this renaissance city—with its historic cafés, where artists and writers love to gather.

A very friendly staff is always at hand to help guests feel at home in this cosy hotel.

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Guest Rating 7.8 Good
Based on 198 hotel reviews © 2014 Venere.com

This was the first time staying at Hotel Olimpia. In a good location short cab rid...

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Breakfast at Hotel Olimpia

A free buffet breakfast is served each morning.

Facilities at Hotel Olimpia

  • Bar
  • Lift/elevator
  • Room service - limited hour
  • Pets accepted
  • TV Lounge
  • Internet/Email services
  • Front desk - safety deposit box
  • Multilingual staff
  • Front desk - 24 hour

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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.
  • Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

Check-in: after 2 PM.

Check-out: before 11 AM.

Policy

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
  • 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 5 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in all public areas: EUR 5 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)

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


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

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

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

Hotel Olimpia is also known as

Hotel Olimpia
Olimpia Hotel Florence

8.2

Clean

9.2

Location

7.2

Quiet

7.7

Spacious

7.7

Service

Hotel Olimpia reviews

6.4 Fair
  • June 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • USA

hotel had a bit of a mosquito problem (pun intended) it was a good thing we only spent two nights there.

5.9 Ordinary
  • November 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Switzerland

We were given a very dark room which looked onto a wall certainly not as described, not too sure if there were only one or 2 rooms with a view.!. Shower in middle of bathroom so not particularly easy. Staff not welcoming, no free wifi, however plenty in cafes etc. Best thing was the location which was excellent. Able to walk to train and right in the centre of Florence.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • July 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

Great location in the center of everything. Staff is friendly and breakfast is excellent. We have stayed here twice.

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

Location is great!! Breakfast was excellent!! there was some construction going on in the piazza, but not a big deal. If you go and sit anywhere in the piazza you get free wifi offered by some of the cafes.

6.5 Fair
  • May 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

Rooms were large, bathroom VERY small and awkward. Room was clean and spacious. Location is GREAT! right on a Piazza and short walking distance to Duomo and to Ufizzi Gallery. Breakfast included was a nice continental breakfast. Restaurants on the square are excellent!

9.0 Wonderful!
  • April 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Ukraine

Bathroom is not as good as I would expect (mainly because of a shower and water head), but it is ok for a short stay. In general, it is very nice place: pleasant people, good location.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • October 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Italy

Extreamly good location and reasonably priced

9.6 Outstanding!
  • August 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Romania

Enjoyed the elevator, good bed and AC, and breakfast they provided. Can't beat the location facing right on Piazza della Republica, and all the sights a short distance in any direction. Area is great after dark or for getting an early start in the morning. Highly recommend.

8.2 Very Good
  • November 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • France

the bathroom is not practicable

8.9 Excellent
  • October 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Denmark

A very good location for this hotel.Very short distances for Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Uffizies. Nice starff,good breakfast. We had a nice doubleroom with a view at the Orsanmichele, very nice.

7.3 Good
  • September 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • USA

Hotel Olimpia is located in the center of everything. You can walk anywhere, no need for cab or bus. We walked from the train station to the hotel in about 15 minutes. The room was clean and the breakfast was the best we had in all of Italy. The only thing I didn't like is that the room is outdated. It's appearance is not very appealing to the eye. Also the bathroom shower is not partitioned off, therefore everything gets wet including the toilet. On the bright side the hotel has one of the fastest elevators, we didn't wait much for it. The windows have to be closed if you expect to get any sleep, also if planning to stay here request a room far from the breakfast area otherwise be prepared to get woken up very early :)

9.0 Wonderful!
  • September 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Canada

Very good location, 5-10 min. walk to everything. Beautiful view. Noisy, but that's no problem for me.

7.7 Good
  • August 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • United Kingdom

Ideal central location. Small and friendly hotel. We stayed for six nights. The only problem anyone could have is the lift is small and cramped but perfectly alright for our party of four. We had a great time in Florence and the Hotel Olimpia ticked all our boxes.

8.3 Very Good
  • August 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Cayman Islands

Location! Could not have asked for anything better! Right on the square, with music and restaurants at your fingertips! One block from the Duome. Clean and tidy room, though tiny bathroom. Good breakfast. Wonderful stay! Close to everything and more!

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

Il bagno è decisamente minuscolo, la doccia ha lo scarico direttamente sul pavimento ed è addossata ai sanitari. Per una notte può anche andare bene, per permanenze prolungate è ingestibile. La posizione è fantastica, con la vista proprio in Piazza della Repubblica

7.0 Good
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • USA

Very big rooms. Lots of space and the location overlooks the square which is an action packed place with lots of people walking, eating, bands playing music everynight. So if you are looking for quiet then this is not the place. Bathrooms and the elevator are the only drawbacks. Bathrooms are very bad. The shower is fitted over the toilet with no barrier or enclosure. When you shower, the whole bathroom gets wet (Interesting! LOL) and the space is very cramped. Next is the elevator. Its an interesting one, with a gate and a door that you have to manually close before being able to use it. It feels so flimsy that the first time you use it, you will be crossing your fingers. Other than that, its in a great location. 5 min taxi ride from the train station. Can be walked as we did with light bags.

6.6 Fair
  • June 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with young children
  • Canada

The location was great. Walking distance to the Duomo, Uffizi, Accademia, Ponte Vecchio and shopping areas. About a 15 minute walk from the train station. Our room overlooked the lively Piazza della Repubblica. The new windows kept our room quiet. Our family room had a double bed and 2 twin beds. The room was clean with basic 60's furnishings. The breakfast room was bright with views of the Duomo above the roof tops. Breakfast selection was adequate with an assortment of pastries, yogurt, juices and hot beverages (self serve from a beverage machine). On the negative side the hotel was hard to find. We found the building with a Hotel Olimpia plaque on the facade at eye level but once in the lobby there was no signage indicating that the hotel occuppied the top two floors in the 5 storey building. There is an elevator. The decor in the room was drab. The bathroom was very outdated and small. There is mildew in the tile grout. The shower floor was common with the bathroom floor. You had to step through the shower to get to the toilet and bidet. Once someone took a shower you would have to put your shoes on to use the toilet or your socks would get wet. We didn't spend a lot of time in the hotel so the amenities were satisfactory. A relativey inexpensive hotel, centrally located with an adequate breakfast was what we wanted.

6.7 Fair
  • May 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • United Kingdom

Great location but if facing square is is really noisy. We asked to move rooms. Strange decor and the smallest bathroom in the world.

8.8 Excellent
  • December 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Romania

It was the first time for me in Florence, but the place is really nice. The view from Piazzale Michelangelo..like a dream! The location of the hotel is very good, we found it easy with the map. It is an old building, but the price/quality rate is good, the emplyees very polite and kind. The bathroom was too small.

7.1 Good
  • July 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • United Kingdom

The hotel is in an ideal location for a short stay in Florence. Everything is in easy walking distance and we found the room to be clean and comfortable. Staff were friendly and breakfast was plentiful. Having read previous reviews, we had advance warning that the entrance to the hotel might be difficult to find. Better signposting near the main door on the ground floor would help. The main drawback was the lack of a proper shower space in the tiny bathroom. Everything was crammed in with little room to hang clothes or towels - not too much of an issue for a couple of days' sightseeing but a minus point for longer stays. On the whole, we had a very enjoyable time.

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

I have stayed here several times and fell like part of the family. They have exceeded my expectations each and every time.

2.1
  • December 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

I traveled with a friend & we stayed in a 2 twin bed size room. The beds were filled with bugs - we both got rashes even though we were clothed head-to-toe. The bathroom was dirty & there was black hair on the bathroom floor. The shower we had in our room was much worse than the picture showed on the site. The toilet floor was part of the shower floor. If you sat on the toilet, your feet were 3/4 over the shower area. I took pictures of the bathroom because I knew that nobody would believe our story of how bad this bathroom was. This coming from a well traveled person who's been all over the world & been in all kinds of conditions.

8.7 Excellent
  • November 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

The Staff was both very professional and very friendly and helpful. The only complaint I have is the breakfast, it was not of very good quality.

7.8 Good
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Spain

Excelent situation, good breakfast, spacious room, clean,the only bad thing: the shower and small bathroom

5.9 Ordinary
  • October 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

Location is this hotel's strongest attribute. Our room faced right onto Repubblica Square, very nice. The room was also quite large, another plus. When we arrived we met a girl named, Manuela. She is great! She immediately helped us with restaurant recommendations and tour booking/advice. She called the museums for us as well. Unfortunately, I hardly slept that night, not because of the square below, but because of the noisiness inside the hotel. The rest of our stay we used earplugs to sleep. As I said before the room was spacious, but the bathroom...a different story completely. Granted I wasn't expecting the Ritz by any means, but sharing a corner with your toilet, bidet and shower? That was a bit much. Because please keep in mind, there is no actual "shower." You get a shower head and a drain in a corner about 6 inches away from the toilet and bidet with nothing more than a dirty shower curtain to separate them all. Weird to say the least. Manuela wasn't there the following days and that was a pity. The other two gentlemen weren't nearly as friendly or helpful. So to wrap it up, great hotel if you're going for nothing more than the location, but in Florence everything is so close its hard not to have a great location. I would spring for a place with a bathroom a little bigger than your kitchen pantry, but hey, that's just me. ;)

8.2 Very Good
  • July 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Gay Couple
  • USA

beautiful location and courteous staff

9.0 Wonderful!
  • April 2007
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Poland

The only problem is that the hotel is in the middle of the most crowded place in Florence - between Cathedral and Ponte Vecchio. People sing, laugh all the night (esp. at Saturday). But when you take a look from the window or walk around and breath the atmosphere of Florence this problem goes away. The most important advantage: employees are very friendly and helpful. Thank you. BTW. it is not too easy to reach the hotel - when you're first time there it is not obvious that you should enter the lift and go to the 4th floor :) - no clear indicators.

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

Bathroom very very small

7.4 Good
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Australia

Location was very good and room was large and reasonably quiet. Staff were very helpful. Breakfast room was tiny and food was not that great. Having the shower wet the whole bathroom made things slippery.

4.0 Ordinary
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Spain

El hotel es muy antiguo y la reforma que han llevado a cabo es muy escasa. El cuarto de baño es muy antiguo (la ducha es el suelo de todo el cuarto de baño, con lo que cada vez que te duchas se moja el inodoro, el papel higiénico si no le quitas, el lavabo...quedándo siempre mojado todo el suelo del cuarto de baño). Lo único bueno es la localización del hotel, que está en pleno centro.

6.9 Fair
  • October 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Gay Couple
  • USA

We found this place very easily from the train station. (It was about a 10 minute walk.) It is right on a large square and very conveniently located for site seeing. Unfortunately the toilet that when you flushed it, leaked water from the bowl onto the floor and the jack hammering that was in the next room over that started Saturday morning at 8:00AM, were both major detractors. This room was affordable, so I wasn't expecting a palace, but the bathroom that doubled as a shower, and the moderately disinterested staff made this the kind of place I'd only suggest if saving money was your only concern.

8.6 Excellent
  • September 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Germany

We arrived in Fierenze by car. Although the place of the hotel Olimpia was indicated in map, it was very difficult to get there due to many, many one-way streets, road works, bus-only lanes and pedestrian areas. A map with an indicated access way to the hotel would be fine. The road signs indicating the way the the hotel was in our case not very helpful, because of incompleteness.

2.7
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • USA

The manager was nice, but there was another person who checked us in and he knew Nothing about service!!! Kept talking on the phone to a friend about casual chit-chat while we waited tired and hungry to be checked in! Very unfriendly and unhelpful, not willing to go an ounce over bare necessary. Location was Great. Room was ok, the bathrooms were HORRIBLE!! Mould on the bathroom tiles! Makeshift shower!Just a terrible bathroom. I thought this was a 3 star hotel! Rest of the staff was nice, but when we checked in it was a disaster and that stays with you. I would definitely pick another hotel next time I'm there. This was the worst hotel experience of the major cities we stayed in Italy.

9.7 Outstanding!
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • USA

We loved our stay at the Olimpia. As others have said, the location just can't be beat. 5 minutes walk to just about every major attraction in town. We were in room #7 - no difficulty with noise at night, but perhaps that's because our room didn't face directly out onto the Piazza de la Repubblica. Big room, yes the bathroom was a little strange as others have mentioned, but it worked out just fine. Decent breakfast, **incredibly** helpful staff - they were OUTSTANDING!!. The only real struggle we had was getting to the hotel by car. Having a car in Florence is a real liability - would NOT recommend it! The parking garage the Olimpia works with is very helpful (they came and picked us up when we got stranded in the vast maze of 1-way streets and bus-only lanes) but parking is expensive (24 euro per night). Would absolutely stay here again - with such a courteous, professional staff, comfortable rooms, and again, outstanding location, what more can you ask for?

5.3 Ordinary
  • July 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Mature couple
  • Germany

The bathroom was very small and whenever you had a shower, the floor was flooded and you had to go through water. Staff was friendly. The hotel is vrey hard to find if you dare entering Florence by car. We needed 1 hour! Actually you are not allowed to drive on Piazza della Repubblicca. It should be a notice in the hotel's description that for a short time (unloading your luggage) you may park in front of the hotel. The garage is not at the hotel, the car is taken away by a hotel's employee to a public garage about 20 minutes away!

8.5 Excellent
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

Olympia was exactly what we were prepared for. It remonded me of what italian hotels used to be like in the 60's and 70's. A little bit tired, not very quiet but cheap and cheerful. The location was excellent making it very easy to take very little with us during our tours of Florence. You were never more than 5-10 mins walk from the hotel. The building next door to the Olimpia was being renovated when we were there so we were woken each morning at 8am by an almost comedy amount of noise but we didn't mind. We were too eager to explore Florence to let this spoil our stay. Overall, i would say its the best value hotel for location vs price. Anything else in the centre would be from €180+ a night. V. happy.

8.1 Very Good
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • USA

We enjoyed our stay at this hotel. Great location!! One complaint...on a rainy afternoon we picked up lunch to go and brought it back to the hotel. The MANAGER would not let us eat our lunch at the tables used for the breakfast. Other than the manager, the staff was very kind and helpful.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

Cannot beat the location. The bathroom was a bit unusual but the the location is unbelivable, specially for the price.

9.2 Wonderful!
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Family Group
  • France

Localisation idéale, plein centre, ancien Forum Romain, ancien quartier juif du Moyen age jusqu'en 1886. Personnel accueillant,compétent et à l'écoute. Les chambres sans "vues" sont très silencieuses car elles ne donnent pas sur la place. Petit déjeuné libre service dans salle qui donne sur la place de la République. Seule fausse note : le garage n'est pas un parking de l'hotel, mais un service payant qui coute 96 euro pour 4 jours en plus du prix des chambres. La douche n' a pas de pédiluve et se trouve au milieu de la salle de bain wc, cela incite a rester moins longtemps et il y a de l'eau partout. L hotel donne plus l impression d etre dans un immeuble avec appartement particulier qu' un hotel impersonnel. Les Florentins sont des Italiens raffinés, courtois, la civilisation dans ce qu' elle a de meilleur.

7.8 Good
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • France

very correct

9.1 Wonderful!
  • June 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Single corporate traveller
  • Hong Kong

GOOD

9.0 Wonderful!
  • May 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Germany

Very good located small hotel in the heart of Florence. Very friendly and helpfull employees, nice rooms. We stayed there for three nichts and it is ideal for evey sight-seeing - just two minutes by foot. Really recommandable!!!! Better not arrive with car-there are no parking facilities around. The hotel offers in cooperation with a public garage parking service. This is very comfortable, but expensive! And don`t think about-there is no cheaper garage in Florenz.

8.2 Very Good
  • May 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Russia

I didn't like that that the hotel had blocked money from my credit card and unblocked only after inquiry of my bank (after my coming back to home!). It seems to me that hotel can write off blocked amount, but not extra pay.

10 Outstanding!
  • April 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • United Kingdom

Perfect location, and very good value for central Florence. Staff very friendly and helpful. Will definitely stay there again. Thank you.

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

The hotel is in a great location. The service is friendly, and the room was clean. The bathroom is private. The building and room is old, so don't expect a new paint job. It's a good 3 star hotel and I would recommmend it to someone who wants a good value and to get a good taiste of Italy.

8.3 Very Good
  • January 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • Italy

Il bagno della nostra stanza era un po' piccolo, e praticamente non c'era la doccia...per una notte non è un problema, ma altrimenti può risultare fastidioso

3.5
  • January 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple with children
  • USA

We were excited to be in Florence. Our hotel looked great from the outside. It was a bit confusing, we registered on the third floor and were told our room was on the fourth floor. After walking around for quite some time(the rooms weren't numbered very clearly) we entered our room and were immediately disappointed! The beautiful picture we were shown on line was a far cry from the bleak room we were standing in. The room resembled a bare retreat room: stark white walls(15 feet tall), 2 tiny pictures hung on the huge walls,one tiny window was at the end of the rectangular room(it had shutters that wouldn't stay open so the room had no outside light coming in at all). The worst part of all was the bathroom. I had been warned about the small size but no one could have prepared me for the mold! Yes mold was on the shower curtain and the floor and walls. I proceeded back to the registration desk and I realized I was up against a brick wall. The staff was not helpful in either refunding our money or in giving us another room. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone. Our memories of Florence are certainly not the fondest part of our trip throughout Italy.

6.2 Fair
  • December 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

The Olimpia is very convenient in location - we were able to walk everywhere within Florence that we wanted to. The bathroom was actually a big shower - the entire floor flooded when you took a shower, and the room was very cramped, but it was a private bath. There was no area we could bring a bottle of wine and sit and relax - we had to do that in our room and the room was extremely small, just room for a bed, 2 nightstands, a wardrobe and a small desk & chair. We did end up with the smallest room in the hotel, though, so there were more spacious rooms, but we did not know to ask and see if they would cost more, etc. Overall, our stay was ok but if we visit Florence again we will look for another hotel.

7.9 Good
  • November 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Italy

Bathroom to be improved - separated shower (pleaaaaaaaase!) Doccia separata per favore. Nella stanza di bagno, uno si credo preprior nell'albergo per la gioventu..

3.8
  • November 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Family Group
  • Spain

El hotel esta muy bien situado, pero las instalaciones y los muebles son del año 1933. El cuarto de baño de nuestra habitación era tercermundista... la ducha salia del techo y tenias que correr unas cortinas para no empapar el lavabo y el espejo. Ademas estaba a menos de 1metro la salida del agua de los enchufes de la luz ... El edificio por fuera esta rehabilitado, pero interiormente ... El desayuno muy pobre... unos trozos de pan y galletas

6.2 Fair
  • October 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • United Kingdom

I was prepared for the "corner of the bathroom" shower from other reviews, but I was not prepared for the EXTREME sparceness of the hotel. I expect A LOT more of a three star hotel charging me 100 euros a night. The lighting in the room was terrible--only a flourescent light and two tiny lamps (there was a third lamp on the desk but no plug to plug it into...). The television kept turning itself off. It was also very cold because the ceiling in very high and it is apparently against the law to turn the heat on before November in Italy...so if you are going in October beware. (There are extra blankets in the "closet" though.) There is no space to unpack--no drawers or hangers. If I had not been the only person in this room--and therefore able to leave my stuff lying on the second bed and all over the desk it would not have been pleasant. It was, however, a GREAT location (if slightly confusing at first since the reception is on the top floor of the building). And lastly, whoever said breakfast was excellent clearly doesn't know what breakfast should involve. If all you want to eat is a piece of bread and pre-packaged croissants with coffee you'll be fine, but if you are expecting more you will be dissapointed. Water was not even served. Bottles had to be purchashed. In conclusion, if you could care less about ammenities and just want a great location this is a good bet, but if you are looking for a little comfort you are defintely going to walk out of there feeling like you definetly overpaid.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • October 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United States Minor Outlying Islands

Desk clerks very helpful.

7.4 Good
  • October 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Family Group
  • United Kingdom

Hotel entrance hard to find as the hotel is on the fourth floor, accessed by a very quaint lift, above restaurants etc but the location and views are first class. Staff welcoming and friendly. Room spacious but cold with tiled floor and odd open shower arrangement in the bathroom. So, overall, comfortable but a little bit Heath Robinson. Location made up for everything....

7.9 Good
  • September 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • USA

Excellent hotel, we will stya there again. One issue with bathroom, drain was a little slow, blowing dryin hair was interesting. Lovely hotel, priomo location on the square

9.9 Outstanding!
  • September 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

This is a lovely hotel in a great location in one of Florence's central piazzas. There's a rickety lift up to the hotel, but the hotel is great.

9.2 Wonderful!
  • September 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • United Kingdom

A real gem of a hotel for us. Right in the centre of Florence, within a short stroll of anything you need. Clean and basic. All for about forty quid a night. Unbelievable really

10 Outstanding!
  • September 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • USA

This was one of the best hotels that we have ever stayed in. Their service was outstanding and the location was perfect! I would definitely stay there again =)

9.0 Wonderful!
  • September 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Family Group
  • Canada

Very nice stay, excellent location !

9.5 Outstanding!
  • September 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple with children
  • USA

An excellent choice due to location.

8.2 Very Good
  • September 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple with children
  • Germany

central position, godd enough for one or two days, friendly employees, breakfast could be better in this category

8.6 Excellent
  • August 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple with children
  • USA

If you are looking to be in the heart of things, the Olimpia is a great location. Don't be daunted by the shower as the entire bathroom becomes the shower stall which makes two simultaneous users impossible, enjoy how close you are to everything. I suggest you book the room without the breakfast (though it was okay) as there are excellent breakfast choices just across the piazza and on your way to the Uffizi.

8.2 Very Good
  • August 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • Australia

Our 3 day stay at Olimpia was one of the highlights of our one month European trip. The room was clean and spacious with a view of the busy streets below. Very central. Could have walked from the train station but paid 6 euros for a taxi which was fine. The bathroom and airconditioning made it a very comfortable stay. Breakfast was adequate and the staff and service was pleasant and helpful. Thanks Venere !

8.1 Very Good
  • August 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Italy

Is not well described hotel's location in the map.

8.8 Excellent
  • July 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple with children
  • USA

We had a quad room for ourselves and our 2 daughters. It provided a king size bed for us and 2 twin beds for our girls. This was so much better than 2 doubles, it gave them plenty of room to themselves and avoided a few fights, I think! The elevator was tiny, but adorably "Italian", if you know what I mean. The room was not terribly glamourous but perfect for our needs.A nice size and the location of the hotel itself was GREAT, could not have been better.

8.5 Excellent
  • June 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

excellent location, near most everything and walkable from the train station. Rooms are basic.

5.1 Ordinary
  • June 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • Netherlands

The room price of Eur 100 appeared to end up at Eur 110, when I checked out. The garage charge of Eur 10 in addition was a surprise.

8.6 Excellent
  • April 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Family Group
  • USA

We only stayed here one night and the weather was bad while we were in Florence. The main reason I highly recommend this hotel is location, location, location! It is near everything (all the main sights)! The no- frills bedroom and the small bathroom were clean and the beds were comfortable. The bathroom had a shower that is just part of the room with a shower curtain. A little messy but adequate, given the location of this hotel. The price was high, given the quality of the room, but Florence is an expensive city.

9.3 Wonderful!
  • March 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • USA

I can't believe at the location at this price...right in the square!!!!! My window overlooked the carousel. The staff was great and helpful. location location location!!!!!!!! loved it, the bathroom was very fun and european!!! the shower is the bathroom. Staying here made my experience in Florence feel very genuine and very Italy!!!

10 Outstanding!
  • January 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

I stayed for four nights in the Olimpia Hotel and found the experience perfectly pleasant. The staff was friendly and helpful, the room was clean and the location was excellent. I would stay there again. I highly reccomend Venere for your reservations and the Olimpia Hotel for your stay.

8.5 Excellent
  • November 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

The room was clean and the staff was VERY friendly and helpful. The location was unbeatable. My only complaints are 1) the entire bathroom becomes the shower area leaving a very wet mess when you need to dry your hair, brush your teeth, etc. after you shower, and 2) although the room was fairly quiet, I could still hear various people outside at times and the man snoring in the room across from our room.

8.6 Excellent
  • November 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • USA

The staff was excellent. The location was perfect. The hotel was noisy. I would stay there again.

9.1 Wonderful!
  • November 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • USA

Olimpia is in a central location, safe, convenient, noisy if your room is facing the street, but the noise comes from crowd that hangs around the plaza and beats their obnoxious drums til midnight. I got the back room so it was dead quiet. My room was very clean. Breakfast was more enough, dont be looking for american breakfast. It's no diferent from other small hotels. Great place to stay specially if you're in FLorence just to shop due to its location, but everything, shops, major sites, restaurants are all closeby. I would stay again at Olimpia. Staff are nice, my room was always kept clean

7.9 Good
  • October 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

The location of this hotel is pefection. It is within walking distance of all the major sites we wanted to see and was situated in the same square as the Savoy Hotel!! It is literally 3 minutes to the Duomo, 5 minutes to the main square and 8 minutes to Michelangelo's statue of David. The hotel its self is based on the 3rd floor (upwards) with the reception being on the 4th floor. We paid 330 euro's for a double room for 3 nights bed and breakfast. There were two cafe resturant's directly outside the entrance which were very convienent. The only critism I would have (but this is easily offset by the location of this place) is it was fairly noisy in terms of other people i.e. you could hear door closing etc during the night (however we were there at the weekend). If you plan to go upto the Duomo or see Michelangelo's David I would recommend you do these activies first thing in the morning to avoid queing. And with the Duomo when you climb to the top the last section is two way traffic i.e. poeple going up need to pass people coming down and its very very pokey (we did this early morning when there was very few people and slowed us right down!). One last point here about the Duomo is if you do decide to climb to the top (on your ascention) when you get the chance to walk around the 2nd level to see the ceiling close up dont take it as this directs you back downwards (and its difficult to get back up again - without passing lots of tutting people). After you have climbed to the top you descend this way down so you will see this part then.

9.2 Wonderful!
  • October 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • USA

For anyone that wants to enjoy the true energy of Florence and gain convenient access to what it has to offer, this place is an ideal find.

7.2 Good
  • October 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

The hotel is perfictly located in the middle of the old section of Florance, within easy walking to all the major site. However this is also its dark side, in that Florance is a city that never sleeps and there were parties every night until 1:00 in the plaza in front of the hotel. Also don't expect to take long showers, the bathrooms are very small, even on European standards, and there was no place to place a bar of soap while showering.

8.9 Excellent
  • October 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

Hotel was basic but in a great location. If you have a car you are only allowed in the city at certain times and you have to store the car in a garage which cost 21 Euros per night.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • September 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Ireland

This is a great hotel right in the middle of Florence. The old historical part of Florence is quite small. The hotel is located right in the middle of everything - its really near to the Cathedral, train station, Uffizi, Gallerie Dell'Accademia, various churches and other museums. An ideal place to stay in Florence. The hotel is on the 4th floor of a building but there is a lift up to it. There aren't really any communal public rooms in the hotel - no lobby area or bar. The breakfast room is nice - overlooking the square. The room I stayed in was large - twin beds. The bathroom was tiny, no bath just a shower, toilet, bidet and sink. There was no separate shower tray in the bathroom - so it was a kind of a wet room but with a shower curtain so most of the room except for parts of the floor stayed dry. There isn't realy anywhere to put your toiletries while showering though. All in all I'd recommend this place and definitely stay there again. Just a little tip - if you want to see Michelangelo's David or go to the Uffizi gallery then the queues are massive (that's where all the tour groups go), its advisable to book a few days in advance - +39 055 294 883 (they speak good english)- it will cost an extra €3 but it beats queueing for 4 hours or not being able to get in at all. For the Galleria Dell'Accademia this will allow you to go straight to the top of the queue and straight in. For the Uffizi this will let you queue with a load of other people who have all booked for the same time - then the group are let in together to go through security etc.

7.7 Good
  • September 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Family Group
  • USA

The hotel is very centrally located, which makes it easy to get to the places of interest. The breakfast was a bare minimum and not as good as I have had it at hotels at the same level in Rome.

7.2 Good
  • September 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple with children
  • France

Right at the piazza dei republica, what can you ask for ? The prize is proportional to the location, without being exagerated. Staff is helpfull. Breakfast is average but complementary. Rooms are OK, clean but a little old. Very close to all major attractions in the town center.

9.8 Outstanding!
  • August 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple with children
  • USA

Great Hotel. The guy that is there at night, did not know English, but made a very good and friendly effort, which I appreciated. We managed to understand, after a lot of laughs, where to park the car, to be picked up by the Parking Lot Driver (the Parking they work with). After the horror of driving in (old) Firenze, we thought 25 Euro a night is well worth it. The staff is very polite and friendly, knows English, and very helpfull in tourist info. The Hotel is located on the top 2 floors of a building at the Piazza Della Republica, which is an excellent spot. The Room was big, clean, with one King Size bed, and two single beds - perfect for us. The A/C worked well - we had to turn it off when it became too cold, while outside was very hot. Breakfast was plentiful, and good. All said, this is an excellent choice for a hotel in Firenze, and if we're lucky enough to come again - we'd like to stay here again.

10 Outstanding!
  • June 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

This was without doubt the best place to stay in florence. If you want to be in the heart of everything and truely soak up the lifestyle and culture. Ok so the bathrooms are a bit small and the shower shoots water everywhere so what, the whole point of this hotel is to provide you with an excellent base for your holiday and it does that with ease. The breakfast is typical italian fare so if you are expecting bacon and eggs go down the lift turn left and visit one of the many places that do american breakfasts. The rooms were cleaned every day without fail, all of the staff were really friendly and most could speak english, but please for the love of god could you at least learn the basic polite italian phrases, it will truely enhance your holiday.

8.5 Excellent
  • May 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

Based on location of the property, the price was good. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Although the hotel is old and not "upscale" at all; I would recommend this hotel for a stay in Florence.

8.5 Excellent
  • May 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple with children
  • USA

The staff were very nice and welcoming.We were 4 in a room with two teenage boys and the room size was great. The only thing that needs improvment is the shower, it was the slowest shower, but the bathroom was still very clean.The location of the place could not have been any better. 2 minutes walking from shopping, 5 minutes to the Uffizi and across the street from the "Nordstrom" of florence. Downstairs from the hotel 2 cafe's and an ATM machine accross the street. Overall we were very happy with the Olimpia.

6.2 Fair
  • February 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • USA

We had greater expectations than reality. Though probably a good value for the price -- and the location was EXCELLENT -- we were under-whelmed and moved to a different hotel after dinner the first night. We ended up paying 150E but were thrilled with the hotel we changed to and it was only a couple of blocks away and so also well located.

9.9 Outstanding!
  • January 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • USA

A fine hotel in a central location. Excellent value.

10 Outstanding!
  • January 2004
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple with children
  • USA

You couldn't choose a better location in Florence! Olimpia is on Piazza de la Republica in the heart of Historical Florence. The rooms was spacious and we could see the Duomo from our window. The employees were courteous, warm, and helpful. Some of the services we appreciated included wake up calls, pleanty of bath linen and extra blankets, a great breakfast, arrangements for parking (they pick up your car from the hotel and bring it back whenever you need it), area information, and maps. The employees were always smiling. We could walk to all the famous sites and stop at our room whenever we wanted to take a rest or needed something from the room. Even though is located in the heart of the city, the room was not noisy. I recommend this facilities if you are staying in Florence!

6.4 Fair
  • December 2003
  • Venere Guest
  • Single leisure traveller
  • USA

Great location. Only thing I would change is requesting a room that looked out, my room looked out on an internal courtyard.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • September 2003
  • Venere Guest
  • Group of friends
  • United Kingdom

Good value for money and a great location.

8.2 Very Good
  • July 2003
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple with children
  • USA

Excellent location, a little noisy but we were so tired we didn't care. Air conditioning was great and extremely welcomed. Heat wave in Italy this summer. Overall, we were pleased with the property. Bathroom was small but functional. Staff very friendly and helpful.

9.0 Wonderful!
  • June 2003
  • Venere Guest
  • Family Group
  • USA

WE THOUGHT THE STAFF WERE WONDERFUL AND VERY HELPFUL. THE LOCATION IS OUTSTANDING. WE WOULD RECOMMEND THE OLIMPIA TO ALL!

8.4 Very Good
  • May 2003
  • Venere Guest
  • Heterosexual Couple
  • United Kingdom

Brilliant position for seeing all the sights and feeling part of the city. Very friendly and helpful staff. Substantial breakfast. Nice touches like in-room safe (no charge). Double-glazed windows to keep out street noise. Not cheap, but value for money.

9.3 Wonderful!
  • April 2003
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • United Kingdom

Excellent Hotel, Exellent Location, but not a very good breakfast. But overall a great hotel.

8.0 Very Good
  • January 2003
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • USA

The hotle's location makes it an excellent choice when in Florence. The rooms were comfortable although the main lighting was florescent which is annoying and the shower was very cramped. The included breakfast was reasonable.

8.1 Very Good
  • August 2002
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple with children
  • USA

Older hotel, small rooms but very clean. Wonderful location. Staff was helpful when asked.

8.7 Excellent
  • August 2002
  • Venere Guest
  • Not Specified
  • Japan

Good Hotel!!!

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4.9 Ordinary
  • May 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Germany

6.8 Fair
  • September 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Spain

1.5
  • August 2006
  • Venere Guest
  • Young couple
  • Spain

4.4 Ordinary
  • September 2005
  • Venere Guest
  • Family Group
  • Spain

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Room Details

Book your family-friendly accommodation at Hotel Olimpia, offering 24 guest rooms with climate control. Guests can unwind at the end of a long day and enjoy televisions with satellite channels. Business travelers will have access to wireless high-speed Internet access (charges apply) as well as safes and direct-dial phones during their Duomo visit. Private bathrooms are outfitted with showers, bidets and hair dryers.

Accommodation Services

  • TV
  • Hairdryer in each room
  • Safe
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Extra beds
  • Satellite TV
  • Wireless Internet access

How to reach Hotel Olimpia

By car
From highway A1 take exit Firenze-Certosa and follow the indications to Firenze centro storico. From Porta Romana take via Maggio across the river and follow the indications to Piazza della Repubblica.

By train
From Santa Maria Novella railway station take via Panzani and at the beginning of via Cerretani turn into via Vecchietti.

By airplane
Florence airport is about 7 km from the hotel. Take the airport shuttle to the central station and continue on foot.

Distances from Hotel Olimpia

Piazza della Repubblica - 0.1 km / 0 mi
Orsanmichele - 0.1 km / 0.1 mi
Loggia del Mercato Nuovo - 0.1 km / 0.1 mi
Palazzo Davanzati Museum - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Strozzi Palace - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Piazza della Signoria - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Piazza di San Giovanni - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Giotto's Campanile - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Dante's House - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Florence Fountain of Neptune - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Duomo Museum - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Battistero di San Giovanni - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Loggia dei Lanzi - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Gucci Museum - 0.2 km / 0.2 mi
Palazzo Vecchio - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
The preferred airport for Hotel Olimpia is Florence (FLR-Peretola) - 5.5 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.