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Hotel Athenaeum

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This Hotel was a disappointment as far as the family room, facilities and Breakfast are concerned. The only thing positive was it's location as it was just 5-8 min walk from the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is the main church of Florence, Italy. Il Duomo di Firenze, as it is ordinarily called.

Clean and tidy rooms. The hotel is located towards the north of the city centre, but you can walk to the river Arno (ponte vecchio) in about 15minutes. Great breakfast with sweet and savory options. Slowish WiFi in our room, the only negative point I could identify.

Great location. You can walk to all the sites and it’s just a couple of turns from anywhere. Rooms are typical small European but you are not in Florence to stay in your room! Pietro at the bar was amazing! He was so much fun and personable. So amazing!!

We stayed for 3 nights on a B&B basis. We had a good size room, there was a lovely tray of fruit for us on arrival. A flat 10 minute walk to The Duomo. Plenty of shops around the hotel and a good supermarket, Pam’s, about 5 minutes walk away towards the town centre. Breakfast was very basic and quite poor. Just about adequate. If we hadn’t have already paid for it we would have gone out. Hotel restaurant was quiet, food very good and staff extremely friendly. Pretty much an ideal location, quiet but close enough for exploring on foot.

Stayed 4 nights; good location 5-10 minutes walk from the Duomo, 5 minutes to the Academia, and 15 minutes from the central station. Room was clean,even if the decor was a little tired. Good shower, and lovely big towels. Breakfast buffet was plentiful and had a good choice to build you up for the days sightseeing. Breakfast room was not huge so it was a bit of a squeeze when there was a bus tour party dining at the same time. Our room was towards the rear and was nice and quiet

This hotel is in proximity to all tourist locations and surrounded with good hotels and is the most happening place around. The hotel staff are really good in explaining the inclusions and exclusions with good care and also help in taking you around the city map if needed. Breakfast was good and overall a pleasant stay.

The location was the best thing about this hotel; a short walking distance to The Duomo, restaurants and shops. The rooms, bathrooms and furnishings were dated and the beds were hard. The wifi in our room and breakfast buffet was basic.

We enjoyed our 2 night stay! The hotel was much more modern and renovated and SPACIOUS then any others in our price range on this trip. The bathroom was on par, if not larger than those in the states! Wifi was spotty, and the bed was very firm, but those were the only two negatives about the hotel. We were welcomed with fresh fruit in the room, robes and slippers, cool air conditioning, and a nice balcony that overlooked the street. Didn’t hear street noise or other guests at all. Location was about 10-15 mins from the train station, and right down the street from the Accademia (we arrived without reservations at about 2 pm and only waited in like 15 minutes!). Everything else was a bit further walk, but not too far. There seemed to be some really good restaurants close by, too. Would recommend this hotel, especially if you like a firm bed!

Room was a reasonable size for Europe but not that big. The beds and pillows were very firm. Our room had a shower over the bath. As others have said, the bar fridge is full of their products - why can't hotels have about 50% of fridge space free for guests to use? The air-conditioning was good. It's well past time for European hotels to add tea and coffee making facilities - they have responded to customers and added Wi-Fi, so why not tea and coffee items? The breakfast area was very small and inadequate for the number of guests, so guests had to find alternative seating in other areas. There is a small pizza shop behind the hotel where you can purchase drinks, and also some small shops down the road going into Florence centre. The Wi-Fi in our room was useless - this needs to be sorted out. The hotel has a great indoor and outdoor bar area, and I strongly recommend their restaurant for an excellent Italian meal at a reasonable price.

This hotel is located within walking distance of the main square. It was clean, roomy, and comfortable enough. The morning breakfast buffet was good. My one beef about it was that the lighting in the rooms was terrible. My husband could hardly see to shave in the bathroom lighting, and I had to pull the curtains back to let daylight in just to fix my hair. This probably isn't a big deal overall, but it is a bit of an aggravation when you're trying to get ready and out the door for a day of sightseeing.

Via Cavour, 88 Florence FI

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Accademia Gallery
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in San Lorenzo, Hotel Athenaeum is a leisurely stroll from popular sights such as Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Accademia Gallery. This 61-room, 4-star hotel has free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center. San Lorenzo Church and Florence Baptistery are also a short walk from this Florence hotel.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or have a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


Hotel Athenaeum's 61 soundproofed rooms provide minibars, free newspapers, and safes. Guests can expect flat-screen TVs with digital channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, and bidets. Desks are also standard.

Property features

At Hotel Athenaeum, guests have access to a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space. Self parking is offered for EUR 24 per day. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a business center, a computer station, and a library.

Room options

Triple Room

Full 1 | Twin 3 | Sleeps 4

Superior Double or Twin Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

80% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 718 reviews