Decent mid-range hotel near Florence
Posted Jul 5, 2016 on Hotels
I chose Hotel Europa (in Signa, Italy) to avoid the chaos of trying drive into Florence and find a hotel with parking nearby.
There is some free parking near the hotel (parking spots with white lines), but the paid parking (parking spots with blue lines) is not expensive compared to general parking rates in Europe. We were at the hotel for less than 48 hours and paid probably 15 Euros at the meter for parking the entire time.
The hotel property is older and desperately needs renovating. It was probably state of the art in the 1980's but now, really dated. But the hotel is convenient and very clean. The staff was friendly and accommodating and someone was at the desk at all hours.
The train station is literally 3 minutes walking across the square and costs just over 2 euros into Florence. It is so much nicer than trying to navigate the chaos of the pedestrian only and heavily touristed central Florence area.
The only issue was the air conditioning. It just did not work well and it was VERY hot in the area during the summer. There is also a trip switch on the door to the veranda that turns it off every time you open the door.