Lonely Planet review
A five-minute walk from the train station and steps from the Basilica di San Lorenzo, the Hotel Accademia offers solid modern comforts inside an imposing, 18th-century palazzo. You arrive via a monumental staircase that in turn leads to an impressive set of stained-glass doors.
Once you get inside you'll find that the hotel is relatively modest after the big build-up. Still, it is also imminently comfortable, with air-conditioning, new (and very good) beds and recently renovated bathrooms done up in sparklingly clean tiles. Double-paned windows are another bonus in this very busy part of town. Rooms vary in size but most are generously proportioned, though only a few get significant amounts of sunlight. While the pseudo-antique furnishings won't be winning style awards any time soon, parquet floors have been preserved in the common areas (though not in the bedrooms), and there is a pleasant courtyard area. Laundry and Internet service are also available.
Services & facilities
- 24 hour reception
- Air conditioning
- Breakfast included
- Free Wi-Fi
- Internet access
- Luggage storage
- Safe deposit box (front desk)
Hotel Accademia is located in an ancient building of the XIV century, house of an important Florentine sculptor, Bernardo Cennini, one of the authors of the famous doors of the city Baptistery.In the Palace it is still possible to admire the beauty of the original stained-glass windows. The hotel has been recently restored and the corridors, and the common spaces are made from "Marmo di Carrara" (Carrara Marble) and the rooms have parquet-pavements. All the rooms, finely furnished have a private bathroom, air conditioning; satellite TV, telephone, safe box and hair dryer.It's also possible to use an Internet Point (located in the common spaces) and a quiet and relaxing Reading Room. In the hotel you'll also find a small but gracious garden where you can enjoy the Italian "dolce far niente" or drink a cocktail prepared at the well provided bar of the hotel.An abundant buffet-breakfast will be served every morning in the wide hotel hall characterized by an ancient stone-made fireplace. The Accademia Hotel is located in the heart of Florence, in a perfect position either if you are in town for holidays or for work.The central railway station of Santa Maria Novella, the Congress and the Business Palace are only five minutes walk from the Hotel. The hotel is also very close to the wonderful Cappelle Medicee (Medici Chapels), where it is possible to admire some of the greatest Michelangelo's marble masterpiece, 50 metres from the cities impressive Dome and within a short walk from all the most important city churches and museums.The hotel is easily reached by car and guests can park their car in a close garage at special prices. Our guests can also use the service of laundry on request. The hotel staff offer a booking service for the city museums and exhibitions and for organized outdoors trips throughout Florence and Tuscany.