We arrived by train at Florence from Venice at 2:30 p.m. Naturally the first thing is to check-in to our accommodation at Hotel Montreal located at Via della Scala, 43. Like we always do, we’ll try to find a hotel nearby the station so that we do not have to take a bus or taxi or have to drag our bags a long way. Hotel Montreal is just a 3 minutes walk from Santa Maria Novella train station but being close, it’s not cheap either. On the other hand, it’s also on the same row with a halal eatery so the convenience sort of ‘compensate’ the higher room price. Another factor is the bus terminal to Florence airport is just next to the SM Novella train station.
We were allotted room 106 with en suite bathroom and is quite spacious. The free wi-fi was however not stable and weak so much so the reception area offers better signal strength. The location of this hotel is strategic as Florence isn’t big thus making it an ideal base. Most attractions are within walking distance. Be aware if you drive, the hotel is located on a ZTL street zone and parking is not available nearby.