Room Mate Luca
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes breakfast
- Peaceful location away from the tourist trail but just a 10-minute walk from the Duomo
- An Italian breakfast of cheeses, hams, warm breads and sticky pastries is served until noon each day
- Playful yet stylish decor
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- This Jetsetter Flex Sale allows for cancellations within the hotel's standard policy
- There’s no restaurant but there's a bar and a couple of comfortable sitting rooms
- The guestrooms start at 150 square feet
- A $5 (€4.50) local tax per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In a neoclassical palace dating from 1865, a couple of blocks from Piazza San Marco, Room Mate Luca is perfectly placed for exploring the historic heart of Florence. With just 53 rooms and a welcoming vibe, the hotel serves as a homey retreat after a day of pounding Florence’s cobblestone streets. The guestrooms are a bold mix of bright buttoned headboards, geometric print wallpaper, summery floral fabrics and warm wooden floors. Despite the busy decor, all rooms feel bright and breezy; some have lofty ceilings and wrought iron balconies. There’s no restaurant or gym on-site, but there’s a bar and breakfast is served daily until noon in a small lounge. There are also plenty of atmospheric bars and restaurants to hop between in the immediate area.
In the Area
Florence may have more cultural attractions than you can shake a stick at, but it’s also a city for food lovers. Head to the noisy Mercato Centrale, a few blocks from the hotel, to pick up cheese, sausage, cured meats, olive oils, sun-dried tomatoes and other Mediterranean marvels. Don’t miss the new food court on the top floor, where for a very reasonable price you can tuck into everything from pizza and gourmet panini to fresh pasta and fried fish, craft beers and excellent locally produced wines. Many of Florence’s greatest Renaissance sights are close by: The Duomo, the Medici chapels, Giotto’s bell tower, the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia (home to Michelangelo’s David) are all within a 15-minute walk.
How to Get There
Overall our stay was pleasant.
Let me start by listing the positive aspects.
The staff is nice and friendly. The hotel is clean and well maintained. Their breakfast is delicious. They have a great selection of food and Aman has excellent customer service skills. It was such a pleasure to see him every morning.
Now, let me list the negatives. The room and shower were too small. At first I thought it was cozy but I was constantly bumping into things. However, the worst part was the AC. We had no control over it. We had to call the front desk and ask them to turn it on and lower the temperature but the room was still a bit hot. So we literally had to open a window to cool down the room.
My husband and I had an enjoyable three night stay at the hotel. The front desk staff was very welcoming during our arrival and worked with housekeeping to have a room ready early for us as we arrived 2 hours before check-in time. When we checked out the staff inquired if we wanted a packed breakfast, which we appreciated.
The room was a good size as was the bathroom. The breakfast each morning was delicious. The staff were friendly and checked in to see if we wanted coffee drinks and to make sure we didn’t need extra cups of coffee.
The only odd thing about the hotel was that the hallway lighting was quite dim. It was a big contrast from the bright first floor and we actually couldn’t see our room number the first time. The lighting in the room also felt a bit dim at times.
The location was great as it was a quick walk to the Duomo, train station, and good food options. We would stay again!
I give this hotel five stars on my first stay over 5 years ago but my return was a huge disappointment. I was given a room on the top floor that had a view of wall pretty close to the window which resulted in the room always being dark despite the bright Tuscan sun shining outside.
There was no ironing board or iron provided, I did request one at reception but it never arrived. The WIFI – probably because of the location of the room – worked erratically.
On my four night stay I awoken twice me at 9:15 to clean the room. On one occasion the cleaner did return to the room at a more suitable time but did not replenish everything so I was left with the embarrassing scenario of having to request more toilet paper.
Finally, the worst part of my returning visit was no coffee available in the morning. How can you be in Italy not have coffee on a morning? Thankfully there was a nice coffee shop over the road that I used every morning to overcome the shortcomings of this hotel in decline.