In short this place is amazing and a great find to add to those of you looking for a high end, well run, full service boutique hotel. It is truly the authentic Italian Villa that you may have imagined. We are repeat visitors to Italy and have stayed in many of the best hotels as ranked by Travel and Leisure or Conde Nast magazines - and this compares or beats many of them that are the obvious choices when travelling. As you may know, it is located just at the beginning of the hills of Fiesole, but very close to the City Center. This is important for those travelling to Florence, particulary in the tourist crowded summer months, as it gives you the best of both worlds. Access to all of Florence's art and history and the ability to come back to an incredibly relaxing multi-tiered pool after a hot day of touring the city.
My family recently stay at Salviatino with our 3 small children (ages 8 thru 12). The staff is amazing and will do anything you ask, even prior to arrival. I may have sent 50 emails to the concierge staff as part of my planning, and every one was answered promtly and professionally. They went out of their way to offer the best possible room to connect and offer it at the best rate possible. Quick and easy. When we arrived, it was as if I already knew many of these fine people as they all came outside to greet us, take our bags and bring us to the gorgeous library for a cocktail. They introduced themselves to each of my children and addressed them by their first names - a precursor that children are very much welcomed. After a small tour, we went to our room and were extremely pleased (more below). Throughout our trip the Concierge Team (they know who they are!) would remain just how they were in emails. They did everything we asked, made suggestions and dealt with all of our changes and indecison whenever a new idea popped into our minds. Everyone knew where the other left off from day to day should someone be absent and if all else failed the General Manager's presense is obvious. You really get the feeling that you could ask for anything, and they would just smile and see how they could make it happen.
We stayed in the Tegliacci Suite with a connecting room for the children. A description cannot do justice to the incredible and recent restoration of this 500+ year old villa, but the photos on the website are exactly what to expect - in fact, even better if that is possible. The professional photographs on TripAdvisor rather than those taken by guests are actually what your eyes will see when you are actually in your room or on the property. While we were fortunate to be in a large Suite, the connecting room was not, but had the same beautiful finishings and a very large bathroom with a seperate room for the large shower. The irony of the age and restoration of this building is just how well it works. Sometimes in these historic buildings, modern conveniences just dont work as you expect. That is often the charm but can be annoying. Not here. The water pressure is fit for those used to Manhattan type pressure (hard and fast) and the air conditioning can be powered up like a meat locker for those of you that get your wives to allow you to take control. (i did!)
With high ceilings, high-tech touches (like wireless bedside lighting controls and TV's built into the antique mirrors) and a beautiful chic designer aesthetic that mixes the modern with the traditional, you will not be disappointed by your choice. Another great touch added to my favorite part of the day. After touring Florence during a heat wave and resting near the pool late in the afternoon, we would return to the hotel to find a large silver tray of wines, liquor, beer, soda and ice meticulously set up ion the foyer of our floor. Given that there are only a few rooms on each floor, it was like having your own private bar in addition to everything that is already in your room. That said, if you ordered anything to your room, it would be done immediatly. The daily turndown service was more then expected. When we came back from dinner each night, the room was not just clean but all the clothes that were left on the floor by the children were picked up and folded with every shoe perfectly lined up and placed in the closet. Items left out on tables or beds were neatly organized with cold water placed bedside. Along the floors were candles that would give a wonderful glow to the return in the evening with Italian music palying on your TV radio.
The setting is perched on a hill, so whether you are sitting at the pool, having your daily breakfast outside or just looking out your window - you can see from up high the view of Florence and its towering Duomo. The property is deceptively large and lush for those that want to walk the gardens and thre are many areas of common space for such a small number of guests The outdoor dining is beatiful, with a white simple look and lots of locals coming for special occassions and weekends (a good sign). The food was incredible and offeres a bit of a modern twist on the traditional dishes you will experience in many of the area's restaurants. Service was perfect and it is fit for a foodie.
If you think of Salviatino as a home away from home, you will start to get an idea of what they are trying to create. They will help you as much or as little as you want, but you will never feel uncomfortable with any of the people. Some hotels in this category have a certain formality with white tie service, and this one certainly looks and can play the part, but if you are like us, the staff will just make you feel at ease. There is simply a certain comfort and warmth in their "casualness" and hospitality - all while maintaining what you expect in 5 star boutique hotels.
We plan to return!
- Also Known As:
- Il Salviatino Hotel Florence
- Il Salviatino Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a hill of Fiesole, this award winning luxury hotel offers the most spectacular view of Florence. Guests will enjoy complimentary à la carte breakfast, wi-fi, parking, in room movies and shuttle service to Florence.There are three different choices of accommodation: the Villa Rooms, the Green House Suites and our Signature Suites. Each offer a very different stay but all have inspiring view. All rooms fuse grand Renaissance style with contemporary luxe living, seamlessly blending the old and new. Everything from our linens and towels to the buttery leathers dressing the rooms have been carefully created by bespoke and exclusive artisans to offer you an indulgent experience at every turn. All rooms include Nespresso coffee machines, complimentary water and soft drinks and wide selection of complimentary in room movie and music.Food and beverage at Il Salviatino has been conceived to be far more than a service, but rather an unforgettable journey to the roots of Tuscan gastronomy.The day starts with our award-winning breakfasts which can be enjoyed at any time (and in any place) you so desire. Throughout the day you will be able to enjoy a series of local specialties all carefully crafted by our Chef, Carmine Caló. The main trait of our cuisine is an absolute obsession for using only the finest local ingredients. Simple, incredibly flavourful and elegantly presented.Immersed amongst the rolling hills adjacent to the Villa, one enters a truly magical world at our Spa and Pool area. The Spa at Salviatino by Vranjes, unites Il Salviatino’s idyllic setting and renowned service with the ancestral knowledge and delicate aroma’s of Dr Vranjes, one of Florence’s most exclusive perfume houses.Together we have created and scented path in which you will be able to enjoy a vast array of treatments and massages… each unique and magical.From April to October you will also be able to enjoy our pools. Immersed in the green hills, with stunning and relaxing views, you will find it hard to believe you are lying just 15 minutes away from the hustle & bustle of down town Florence. ... more less
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