by Stacey Zable
The 4-star Mercure Firenze Centro, is a good choice for families seeking convenience to all that Florence has to offer with a central hotel location. Mom, dad and the kids not only have a choice of great restaurants, shopping, and gelato shops surrounding them, but can easily walk to all of the city’s great sites. Mercure Firenze Centro is only steps from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella train station, making it easy to arrive and depart if Florence is part of an extended Italy trip. The hotel is part of AccorHotels.
The 85 spacious guestrooms and suites are clean with all the needed amenities, including air-conditioning, plenty of space, and family-friendly configurations. Though the hotel features a very modern and contemporary design, part of its building includes the Cinema Apollo, which dates back to 1936, according to Lucia Padavon, General Manager of Mercure Firenze Centro.
Our Editor Loves
- Clean, spacious rooms
- Fabulous location
- Fun local photos on each guestroom door
- Free Wi-Fi
- Meal Plan
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All guestrooms feature air conditioning, a mini-bar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a full HD LCD TV with USB port for smartphones and camcorders. Some rooms have a balcony.
Suite With King Size Bed and a Sofa Bed
This is a soundproofed suite with king bed and a sofa bed in connected lounge with no partition. It includes two bathrooms, one with bathtub/shower and one with walk in-shower. (One of the four suites has only one bathroom.) One suite can host a maximum four people and is the only real option for a family of four to stay together.
Superior Room with either a King Bed or Twin Beds and a Sofa Bed
This is a soundproofed Superior Room with either a king-size bed or twin beds and a sofa bed and one bathroom. Most Superior rooms can host a maximum of three people.
Standard Double Room/Double Room with Queens Size Bed
These standard rooms have either one double bed or one queen-size bed. Though connecting rooms are not available, you can request for guestrooms to be near each other upon availability. Standard rooms can host a maximum two people.
We were in florence for 3 nights and were looking for a hotel that is close to the station and the city center! It was like 8-10 minutes walk to the center and literally a 5 minute walk to the main station!
The room was spacious compared to the other hotels we’ve been to in Italy.
I thought the hotel was modern, clean, good breakfast options and close to the train station a 5 min walk. When you locate Via Nazionale from the train station, it is on your left hand side.
There is no luminescent signage to locate this hotel. Look for the Apollo sign. You will walk right by this place as it is next door to the Apollo Theatre which is closed down and a lot of graffiti drawings on the front of the Apollo makes you overlook this hotel. Another great landmark to locate the Mercure is the Plaza Italia Clothing Store is across the street.
The hotel doesn't provide any specific activities for kids and families onsite.
Breakfast Buffet Room
An extensive breakfast buffet is available for an additional fee of 15 euro and free for children up to age 6 from 7 to 10:30 a.m. weekdays and 7 to 11 a.m. weekends. There are many kid-friendly choices such as eggs, yogurts, fresh fruit, cereal, selection of breads and pastries, as well as juices.
Apollo Lounge Bar
For a quick bite when families are too tired to explore beyond the hotel lobby for dinner, the Apollo Lounge serves snacks, pasta, salads, salamis, cheeses, fruit salad, and cakes. Mom and dad can also enjoy cocktails, aperitifs and wines. It is open seven days a week from 5:30 p.m. to midnight.
Selection of hot dishes and cold snacks, such as salads, pastas, and dessert is available from room service 5:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Check-in time is 2 p.m.; check-out time is noon.
Wi-Fi is complimentary, and two computers are available in the lobby.
Parking in a nearby garage by the hotel for a fee if you rent a car.
The hotel's ironing room has an iron and board where guests can go to iron clothing by themselves.
The Art of Smart Timing
The lowest rates for the hotel and fewer crowds are from mid-November through mid-March, except New Year's Eve.
Florence's Santa Maria Novella Railway Station is a five-minute walk from the hotel, making it easy to explore the region and the city. The hotel itself is about a 20-minute drive from Florence Peretola Airport.
The best way to get around Florence is on foot. This compact city has much to see and do in terms of cultural treasures, shopping, and great dining, and all of it is walking distance from the hotel.
For Mom and Dad
Parents can have a relaxing drink at the Apollo Lounge Bar, which also has an outdoor area during the summer months. The Florence Central Market is only a three-minute walk from the hotel and is filled with a choice of local specialties to savor. For a nicer dining experience of Tuscan cuisine that is still reasonably priced, Trattoria I due G is around the corner from the hotel, only a five-minute walk away.