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The Best Hotels according to Hare 09/12/2010

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Augustus Hare (‘the thinking man’s Baedeker’) in the sixth edition of his guide to Florence (1904) included the following list of best hotels in Florence.

Hotel Paoli, at the end of the Lung’ Arno della Zecca, near S. Croce, quiet and suited for winter quarters.

Hotel Bristol, comfortable, more central.

Hotel Anglo-American, Via Garibaldi, reasonable. Hotel de la Ville, large, central (Piazza Manin).

Hotel New York (once Palazzo Ricasoli), newly done up (Piazza del Ponte alla Carraia).

Hotel Savoy, in the centre (on the site of the Mercato Vecchio), comfortable, large, expensive.

Hotel Minerva, near Santa Maria Novella, quiet, clean, and old-fashioned, no view.

Hotel Grande-Bretagne and Royal adjoining, frequently under new management.

Hotel Albion, small, facing the Arno.

Hotel Berchielli, small. Lung’ Arno Acciaiuoli.

Hotel Europa, 3 Via Tornabuoni.

Hotel Washington, near Piazza S. Trinita, and facing the river (Lung’ Arno, Amerigo Vespucci).

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