GREAT hotel in isolated industrial neighborhood
Posted Apr 12, 2015 on Hotels
Located in a rather industrial part of town outside of Florence, this is a GREAT hotel for the price. I thought it was sketchy based on the neighborhood, but this turned out to be one of the fanciest hotels I've ever stayed in - well worth the trek.
Our room had a HUGE bathroom with a soaker tub and 2 sinks. There was a TV with a great cable package; we were even able to find channels in English! The room was cleaned and we had fresh towels every day, whether we wanted it or not.
My only warning to future guests is the location of the hotel. It is located <10 min walk away from the Pratignone station on the regional rail line into Florence, but this station is really just a platform (no ticket vending machine and only a few trains per hour). The schedule of trains is posted on a big sign at the station, but you can't take a handout home. We ended up just buying our tickets for the next day at the major Florence station (Firenze SMN), where the computer told us the schedule of the trains, and planned our days around there. Some days, we would have to get on a train leaving Florence to go to the next train hub (Prato Centrale) to go into the city. Last direct train to Pratignone from Firenze SMN was 8:47PM; this wasn't a problem for us, but just beware if you wanted to stay late in the city.
Other than the trains, the hotel is located close to a bus stop, but we never figured out how the buses ran and just stuck with the trains.