Hotel Albergo Merlini

A room at the Hotel Albergo Merlini, Florence
A room at the Hotel Albergo Merlini, Florence

Top notch view of Duomo and Medici Chapels at a decent price

Run by the Sicilian Gabriella family, this cozy third-floor walk-up boasts rooms appointed with wooden-carved antique headboards and furnishings (and a few modular pieces to fill in the gaps).

Though simple, this hoel has the little touches wher it really counts. As an example: It was long one of only two hotels in all Florence with mosquito screens.

The optional breakfast is served on a sunny glassed-in terrace decorated in the 1950s with frescoes by talented American art students and overlooing a leafty large courtyard.

Rooms 1, 4 (with a balcony), and 6 to 8 all have views of the domes topping the Duomo and the Medici Chapels across the city's terra-cotta roofscape.

A recent renovation tripled the number of private bathrooms and freshened up everything.

This is a notch above your average one-star place, the best in a building full of tiny pensioni.

There is a 1am curfew.

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Via Faenza 56 (3rd floor)
(San Lorenzo / Train station)
tel 055-212-848
www.hotelmerlini.it

Bus: 81; Linea CF
Hop-on/hop-off: Stazione SF SMIN (A, B), Piazza Stazione (C)

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Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
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yes si see
no no no
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Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...a hotel un albergo oon al-BEAR-go
...a B&B un bed-and-breakfast oon bet hand BREK-fust
...a rental room un'affittacamera oon ah-feet-ah-CAH-mair-ra
...an apartment for rent un appartamento oon ah-part-tah-MENT-toh
...a farm stay un agriturismo oon ah-gree-tour-EES-moh
...a hostel un ostello oon oh-STEHL-loh
     
How much is...? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
a single room una singola OO-nah SEEN-go-la
double room for single use [will often be offered if singles are unavailable] doppia uso singola DOPE-pee-ya OO-so SEEN-go-la
a double room with two beds una doppia con due letti OO-nah DOPE-pee-ya cone DOO-way LET-tee
a double room with one big bed una matrimoniale OO-nah mat-tree-moan-nee-YAAL-lay
triple room una tripla OO-nah TREE-plah
with private bathroom con bagno cone BAHN-yoh
without private bathroom senza bagno [they might say con bagno in comune—"with a communal bath"] SEN-zah BAHN-yoh
for one night per una notte pair OO-nah NOH-tay
for two nights per due notti pair DOO-way NOH-tee
for three nights per tre notti pair tray NOH-tee
Is breakfast included? É incluso la prima colazione? ay in-CLOO-soh lah PREE-mah coal-laht-zee-YOAN-nay
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Albergo Merlini

Via Faenza 56 (3rd floor)
(Santa Maria Novella)
tel 055-212-848. Fax 055-283-939.
www.hotelmerlini.it

Bus: 81; Linea CF
Hop-on/hop-off: Stazione SF SMIN (A, B), Piazza Stazione (C)

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