We stayed at the Hotel Casci for six nights whilst we createdÂ our Florence City Guide. Here are a few photos and observations that we made during our stay; at the bottom of this review is a video that’ll give you a further idea of the hotel.
Location – The hotel location is ideal, in a 15th century palazzo that’s a fewÂ doors away from the old Medici house where Michelangelo stayed whilst a student and a five minute walk from Duomo (one of the centres of the old town). The Uffizi Gallery is a fifteen minute walk away, as is the Ponte Vecchio. It’s also about ten minutes walk from the central SMN train station and twenty minutes walk from Campo di Marte train station.
Check In – Reception is situated between the breakfast room and the baggage storage/relaxing room.
We checked in at 1pm – itÂ was a quick affair, just a couple of minutes as our passport details were recorded – and were offered the choice of two rooms. One had a slightly smaller bedroom but larger bathroom, the other was a smaller bathroom but larger main room and also had a balcony. It was a sunny day and the light filtered through the curtains as we viewed the rooms so we chose the room with the balcony and larger bedroom as we were staying six nightsÂ and having more space to live in seemedÂ more important than having a slightly largerÂ bathroom.
Here are some more images of the reception area and luggage storage/relaxation room. Notice the ceiling, it’s beautifully painted.
The Corridors – The Casci rooms are connected by a warren of rambling corridors decorated with interested art and artifacts. The corridors, as well as the lift that takes you from street level to the 2nd floor where the hotel is located, always smelt clean and fresh. Here are a few views of the route between reception and our room.
Our Room – Here are some views of our room that we took on arrival.
This was the view from our bed.Â Our balcony faced a small courtyard that wasn’t at all unpleasant and was extremelyÂ quiet.
We had a TVÂ with three international channels and a DVDÂ player (DVDsÂ wereÂ available for free at the reception desk). There was also a fridge, a safe, a large wardrobe, tiled floors covered by small rugs next to the bed, plenty of storage space and a really useful international powerpoint adaptor that covered all plugs as well as being a dock for iPhones, USBs and most other phones. There was also a radiator in the room as well as an air-con unit although we didn’t use either; we were there in November and the weather was mild.
The bathroom was small but adequate with a shower, toilet, basin, hairdryer, toiletries and a heated towel rail. Here are a few images.
Other Rooms – The Casci offers a variety of rooms that differ in capacity and size. We had a peek inside a few and took these photos.
Here’s one room;
Breakfast – Breakfast is served in the large room next to reception. There’s decent art on the walls and another magnificently painted ceiling.
The hotel staff were always extremely friendly and polite to us. At breakfast they greet all guests on arrivalÂ and ask what sort of coffee is needed, and sometimes look perplexed when you say youâ€™re just having fruit juice (Italians do love their coffee for breakfast!). They donâ€™t fuss about you though, which I liked, theyâ€™re just approachable and competent.
Breakfast is a great spread. The croissants are always warm and the cakes very fresh, as are the bread rolls. There are the usual cheese and meat cuts, then cereals, pre-cut fruits, juices, boiled eggs (you can also boil your own eggs to your own requirements), toast, juices and of course a range of coffees.
Hereâ€™s a short video that we made during our stay. Itâ€™s not meant to be a glossy promo film, more an honest look at what you might experience yourself if you stayed at the hotel.
In SummaryÂ - The Hotel CasciÂ has a great location, isÂ comfortable, friendly and offers a decentÂ breakfast buffet. It’s also relatively good value (considering what other hotels charge in the centre of Florence). We’d stay there again in an instant and we’d recommend the hotel to our friends and family without hesitation.
To discover more, please visitÂ http://www.hotelcasci.com