This is the almost hidden entrance to the Davanzati Hotel where we stayed for four nights while we were in Florence. It is located on a street near all the designer shops and within short walking distance to the main sights in Florence. You do have to climb 26 steps up to a small elevator that then takes you up to the lobby. I looked on climbing those steps as my justification for that extra scoop of gelato each day.
The main lobby is lovely and everyone at the desk was friendly and helpful. They even had iPads available for people to use if they wanted to check out places to visit or see the latest news. Each evening they lit candles and had a happy hour for the guests.
Our room was somewhat long and narrow. It had a twin bed and second bed that was a bit larger than a twin but not quite full size. There was nothing particularly unique about the decor of the room, but it was comfortable, cool, and quiet. (I believe the deluxe rooms have more updated decor.) The first night we had a difficult time connecting to the wifi while in the room. I mentioned it at the desk in the morning and they immediately checked it out and had it fixed when we returned later in the day.
The bathroom was modern and roomy. Pretty tile.
They had a ample breakfast in the morning with fruit, pastries, cereal, meats, cheeses, juice, and coffee/tea.
We found the Hotel Davanzati through the great reviews at Trip Advisor. It definitely met our expectations for comfort, location, and it is tops with service! A great choice for Florence if you are looking for a smaller hotel with a central location.