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Relais Il Cestello

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Friendly and helpful staff. Very well located, clean and comfortable.

We stayed 3 nights here, we found the staff friendly and spoke english well, be prepared to do a lot of walking, this hotel is across the riiver from the main shopping tourist area, most of the famous attractions are there as well. We had no problem with pick pockets or people harrassing you to buy something. If I were to return I would find a place closer to main shopping area. Do not go by the pictures they display on their website for the rooms, are room did not look anything like it.

The staff was very attentive, and the room was clean. The location is also centrally located in Florence. I highly recommend staying here!

It wasn't difficult to find the hotel due to its proximity to the arno. The staff was helpful in making museum reservations. The breakfast was nothing out of the ordinary, but enough to get you through the day. The room was dusty and the linen/comforter could have used another cleaning.

Our experience at Hotel Il Relais Cestello was outstanding. The hotel only has about 10 room but was located near our son's apartment (he is studying in Florence), so that influenced our choice initially. The neighborhood is a quiet, more residential area that is not touristy but very friendly. [...] and his staff are wonderful and very helpful. You are within easy walking distance of the train station, all the museums, and right on the Arno. The free breakfast is simple, our room was large and very clean, and other than one night when there was an outdoor concert on the river, very quiet. The hotel does not have a restaurant (there is one of the first floor that we did not try). However, our son took us to several neighborhood restaurants that were outstanding and very friendly to us as tourists: Gusta Pizza, Dante's, and Mama Gina's. Every evening ends with the ringing of the bells of the Cestello Church next door. I suggest stepping out front and listen along the river - quite romantic. We would most definitely stay here again and highly recommend it for anyone wanting not only value, but more of a feel of the real Florence. You could stay downtown or to the north for more money but you won't find a better host or a more relaxed location.

Florence has always been my favorite city in Italy. This trip I was thrilled to find a wonderful hotel on the Oltrarno for a twelve-day stay. It was in a quiet piazza with good restaurants and pizzerias nearby. The walk from Ponte Vecchio and the heart of the old city was maybe ten minutes. The walk was always interesting because you have a view of at least two bridges coming and going. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone planning a visit in Florence.

We were in Florence for 2 days and 2 nights. We were very pleased with the size of our double room as it was by far the largest hotel room we had in our Europe trip. We had a great view of the river from our window and were located very close to the center of the city. Everything about our room was comfortable. We had 3 issues. One was upon arrival, you do have to carry all of your luggage up several stairs. The staff met us halfway to carry up a piece which was nice, but an elevator would be a huge help. The second issue is that our room was located right by the front desk, so we heard a lot of noise when there was any conversation outside our door. Third was we could never connect in our room to the wireless internet network they provided. We had to always go the lobby and even then it was still a really slow connection. Other than those 3, the stay was great.

Piazza Di Cestello 9 Florence FI

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Ponte Vecchio and Santa Maria Novella Basilica and Museum
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge
  • Concierge services

Located in Oltrarno, Relais Il Cestello is a leisurely stroll from popular sights such as Ponte Vecchio and Santa Maria Novella Basilica and Museum. This 10-room, 3-star hotel has a bar/lounge and a coffee shop/café, along with free in-room WiFi. It's in central Florence and also a short walk from Pitti Palace and Florence Baptistery.


Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or explore the hotel and get a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café.


The 10 rooms are individually furnished and have an array of amenities, including safes, phones, and desks. Flat-screen TVs come with digital channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries.

Property features

Guests of Relais Il Cestello enjoy free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and a fireplace in the lobby. Valet parking is available for EUR 26 per day. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with concierge services and luggage storage.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Superior Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Triple Room

Full 1 | Twin 3 | Sleeps 4

Double Room Single Use

Full 1 | Sleeps 1