We stayed at the Hotel Hermitage. Via Ginepraia, 112. 59016 Poggio a Caiano. telefono +39 055 877040 fax +39 055 8797057. Outside of Florence centre. Good rates, clean and we found the staff to be helpful and friendly. Although it was recently renovated it has the look of the 60's. Not close to Florence (centre), we had a car so it was a breeze to drive to and from the Hotel to many parts of Italy.
One day we decided to drive to Cortona then to Siena and back to Florence in the evening for dinner, after which it took 15 - 20 minutes driving through village’s to return to the hotel from Ponte Vecchio.