What We Love
- A central hotel in a spellbinding city - includes breakfast, a bottle of Chianti, bicycles and more
- The fantastic Florentine location, just a short walk from the Accademia Gallery and the Duomo
- The elegant, spacious interiors of this contemporary hotel
- Enjoying a little downtime in the billiards room or at the putting green on the terrace
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Bicycles are available for guest use
- Some rooms look outdated
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Hotel Athenaeum in Florence (San Lorenzo), you’ll be minutes from University of Florence and Accademia Gallery. This 4-star hotel is close to Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Ponte Vecchio.
Make yourself at home in one of the 61 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Enjoy recreation amenities such as a fitness center or take in the view from a garden. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Food & Drink
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel’s room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, express check-in, and express check-out. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
How to Get There
I visited this hotel with a group tour 2016, as a solo female traveler. I think this hotel caters to tour groups, so it is quiet, with no young people parties or honeymooners. My room was basic, with a traditionally hard Italian bed, and any hard Italian bed is not going to get good review scores for sleep form me, but otherwise comfortable, clean and quiet. I could hear some doors closing, which is standard in any hotel. Included were toiletries, safe, hairdryer. We were there during very mild weather, so I can't address heat or air-conditioning. Although the hotel now advertises mini frig, I did not have one. The breakfast was substantial, with boiled eggs, cheese, pastries, cereal, milk, tea, coffee, juice, fruit, bacon, cold meat. - plenty to fill up on for fuel for sight-seeing. Hotel porters quickly managed all our luggage, and if you arrive independently, I'm sure that could be arranged. There is a flight of steps from the street to the lobby, not as steep as pictured on their site, but the porters carried the luggage. If memory serves me, two side by side elevators served all the floors including the breakfast room in the brightly lighted basement. The staff were polite and helpful. In my opinion it is a long walk to the center city historic sites. To save time, I took a taxi to the Pitti Palace and returned by taxi from just north of the Pointe Vechio Bridge. There is a taxi stand on the NW corner of the N side of the bridge. There is a bus stop directly opposite the hotel, which also has a narrow pullover lane and while I didn't take the bus. I'm planning another trip to Florence, and have considered returning to this hotel especially because of the bus stop, and I haven't found a better value to match location and pubic transportation. Although the one way street ,Via Caveor, appears on the map as a main artery, it wasn't especially busy or crowded and not very wide. Also as a single female traveler, I felt safe in this area, but I don't travel alone in the evening. It's not a historic building, the decor is odd, maybe I'll go back rather than take my chances on a place I know nothing about. Who wants unwelcome surprises when visiting Florence?!
We stayed here as part of an organized tour with Insight Vacations. It was clean with nice hotel staff that spoke English also which was very helpful. I found the location to be very good as it is a short walk to the Accademia Gallery and the Duomo. The breakfast had a big variety of food options that I thought was great. We had a lot of fun in the hotel bar with Pietro as well. He was great to talk with and gave advice about sites to see and places to shop (I had delayed luggage delivery). He makes a great Black Russian too. I would recommend this hotel and don't forget to stop by the bar and say hi to Pietro.
This hotel needs to be updated. The hairdryer is from 1960 and is just above air dry. The bed is hard and the the lighting is extremely dim. I had to get out my phone light to see into my luggage. These small things if improved would make a very positive change in my experience. Pietro at the bar was awesome. He is so very nice and accommodating. He is a gem for this hotel.
I stayed at the Anthenaeum as a part of a travel tour package. The best part about this hotel was the lobby, it was semi modern. The most disappointing thing about the hotel was the room, especially the uncomfortable bed and pillows. The bed was hard as a rock and the pillows were flat. I never got a good nights rest. It didn’t help that my room faced the main street, which was quite noisy. The room was clean enough, but not aesthetically pleasing. The hotel offered a complimentary breakfast, it was very basic, but decent. I booked my tour at the last minute, therefore an upgraded hotel was not available. The hotel is a 15 minute walk from some of Florence’s shopping and tourist areas. The Anthenaeum would not be my preference for future stays.
We stayed at the Athenaeum for two nights in March 2019 as part of a tour group with Insight Vacations. Our room was spacious and clean - two double beds with an extra cot. There was ample storage room. The beds were comfortable - linens not luxurious, but fine.
The staff spoke English and were very friendly. The hotel is within a ten minute walk of the Duomo and a within 20 minutes of the Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio. The hotel is also only a couple of blocks from the Accademia (where David hangs out).
Only two minor complaints - 1) our in-room safe was not functional and was never repaired despite a visit from maintenance. 2) the neighborhood surrounding the hotel is lacking in dining options, but again, restaurants are plentiful within a 15-20 min walk.