I've never stayed, however I know the area, and it's not really close to the center of town (but they do have a shuttle, and the area is not dangerous, or anything like that, just not very interesting).
Firenze is a tough hotel market, as bad as or worse than many cities in Italy. You can find very nice hotels there, but you'll have to pay through the nose.
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NO... Not worth it at all.
Not worth the money or points. I stayed there last May on a Free weekend night that would expire if I don't use it.
As a Platinum I got nothing! and hotel ocupency seemed very low. Food didn't look good, but I didn't try it. The location is not the best (far from the center) but that was not a concern. I had a car and the hotel offers a free shuttle.
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The hotels in this city are tough to come by and are always priced high. If starwood is what you are looking for go with the westin or grand use points or 50% off.There are many posts on theese properties.Both are 5 star.
I personally have another favorite in this city because of it's location The Savoy.
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The Westin is great though quite expensive. Definitely use points or 50% off cert. Besides the Savoy, another more modest choice, but very nice, is the Plaza Lucchesi (Summitt Hotels,) along the river and close to Uffizi. They usually have specials, though can be expensive at regular rates.
As far as the Sheraton, it reminded me of an old Sheraton. Definitely no character, or more accurately, looks like a Sheraton in the Concord, CA. A little more hilly, though.
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We stayed there for a long weekend in July. Bottom line is that if you're paying cash from your own pocket, it is the best *wood value in Florence.
The hotel is nothing special (rbAA's comments are very accurate) - it's a standard Sheraton (which when compared to most European hotels in this price range is a good thing). Nice pool, large rooms, lots of free parking, free shuttle to downtown, close to the autostrada for your trips into the Tuscan countryside. Restaurants are OK but nothing special.
The hotel is on the outskirts of Florence, just inside the autostrada ring road to the south. The area is not completely developed so there is a lot a vacant land around. I would categorize the general area as industrial. Never felt like it was a dangerous area; the obvious criminal activity (the female nighttime variety) was confined to the north side of the Arno River, closer to downtown.
The former CIGA properties in Florence (the Excelsior and the Grand) have much better locations and are classier properties, but you will pay 2-3 times the price that you will at the Sheraton. I might consider burning *points for a special stay at one of these hotels, but I would never pay that much out of my own pocket. You are, after all, in Florence - the cultural capital of Italy. How much time are you planning to spend in your hotel room anyways?
I lived in Florence for a while, and try to go back frequently. I would stay at the Westin as a first choice. Also, consider the pitti palace hotel if you want cheaper. Its an incredible view of the Arno, and you are near the Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, Boboli Gardens, and the Uffizi. Have a great time!!!
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by MIKEM: This summer I will be taking a family vacation to Italy. I have Rome and Sorrento scheduled using points and cash from various programs.
I have enough points left over with *Wood to stay at the Sheraton Firenze Hotel for 2-3 nights, two rooms. I cannot afford Florence any other way.
Should I modify my trip to include a stay in Florence at the Sheraton Firenze Hotel even though not in the city? We will then take the train to Rome. Is it worth it?</font>
Florence as a destination in the city is most certainly worth it. It's too important to skip over in my book. 2-3 days is perfect there, and even if the hotel is not great and you have to take the once an hour shuttle bus (which can be a pain to take since you have to go according to their schedule), the hotel did work well enough for us in late summer/early fall of 2002.
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June 25-29 - Sheraton Roma June 29-30 - Florence (question below)
June 30-03 - Venice at Westin Regina
We are going to be in Florence for only 1 night on June 29. I am not expecting the "Best Sheraton Ever", just looking for a room for one night on the way to Venice form Rome. The Sheraton is 4k points vs 16k points for either the Grand or Westin. That is a really big point difference and means the difference between having 12k points in my account or the Big Goose Egg. It seems that the hotel is only about 5km (3 miles) from the centre so here are my questions.
1. If we want to stay at the Sheraton is it practical to take taxis if we miss the bus or just want to go on our own schedule? Any ballpark ideas on cost?
2. How far is it to/from the train station compared with the other hotels?
3. I am more interested about locations and transport times more than hotel quality.
4. Is it even worth going to Florence just for one day or should be just do 4 days in Rome and 4 days in Venice?
When in VIE last summer we stayed at a Holiday Inn that took 30 minutes to get downtown but we got a rate of $89 Euro for 2 people vs burring points and didn't regret it. I also don't want to chince out if it means really missing out in Florence given our limited time.