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“A Perfect Hotel in Florence - Amazing Rooftop View!”

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Residenza d'Epoca Home in Palace
Ranked #270 of 659 Florence B&B and Inns
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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“A Perfect Hotel in Florence - Amazing Rooftop View!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2011

My girlfriend and I stayed 4 nights in Home in Palace in mid September 2011. It was perfect! Leny was a wonderful host, always welcoming and helpful, but not overbearing. The hotel itself consists of 5 rooms in the top of a wonderfully old building that is about a 8-10 minute walk from the Duomo. The building itself oozes character! You enter through grand wooden doors, there are private gardens which you have access to, a grand staircase, an old cage lift (elevator for any Americans reading!) and then a glass lift! I object to the negative comments below about keys. One of the 5 keys is actually for the private gardens, so it is 4 keys to get into the hotel, but this is part of the excitement and charm of the place. If you want one key go and stay in a run-of-the-mill hotel. This place offers something different and special!

Once you get to the hotel itself it is beautifully decorated. We were extremely impressed with our room. The room was large, the bathroom was a good size and was a proper separate room off the bedroom, as opposed to feeling like a cupboard in the bedroom like most hotels. There was a skylight above our bed which had electronic blinds and was a lovely extra. But the best feature of the room was without doubt the roof terrace. A swish patio door in the bedroom opens onto a small deck that gives wonderful views across the city. We could see the Duomo, Palazza Vecchio and the Boboli gardens in the distance. It was stunning. We sat out there early on a morning and late on an evening. On one evening there was the faint sound of someone playing a piano in a nearby apartment, which sounded beautiful. The room was extremely quiet and we enjoyed a great sleep.

The breakfast was continental and was sufficient to start the day. The cereal and coffee were lovely. I must echo the comments about waking to the smell of freshly baked croissants! It's true! And it's great!

The breakfast room offers views of the city similar to those from the roof terrace. There is free wi-fi that is reliable. Leny left us new codes for it each day when making up the room along with updated weather forecasts for the coming days. There was a mini-bar that was very reasonably priced. And this echoes the price of the hotel itself, very reasonable for the excellent standard. Leny booked us a taxi to the train station when we left and as another reviewer said it was about 10 euros.

I would certainly stay here again if we ever return to Florence. I just couldn't fault it!

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2011

Its a small hotel/B&bB, simply but very well furnished, in the roof of a Palazzo. This gives the amazing views across the rooftops of Florence from the bedroom windows and particularly from the breakfast room. Our room was excellent, quiet and comfortable, and Leni was very helpful.
What makes it different is that you are in a Palace, with a large well maintained garden, a substantial entrance and two lifts to transport you upwards. This, and the 5 keys you need for the doors and garden, just add to the experience of going in and out.
The location is excellent also. It is a short walk down quiet streets and one piazza to the Duomo, which is the focal point in Florence. It is easy orientate yourself in the city once you have established this route. The University Botanical Gardens are opposite the hotel and worth a visit if you like your plants.
We loved it and would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2011

This excellent B&B provided everything....lots of character and charm, top notch customer service, and the breakfast was great. Everything you need to support you in your quest to discover Florence.
Miss Leny was fantastic and helpful, and the location is perfect as it is very convenient but just far enough away from the noise of the tourists.
Beautiful decor, and the quiet garden is an oasis after walking the streets and visiting all the galleries which are close by...thank you so much for your excellent hospitality!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2011

In our Italian trip this was one hotel that had so much character, that we fell in love with it. Hotel made in a palace with 2 Lifts ( each one a unique one) and 5 keys for various gates. Room with a sun roof and a terrace. The breakfast room with a wonderful view. All this was provided at a very reasonable rate as well. The hotel was 10 minutes from the uffizi , ponte vecchio and accademia and was practically on the duomo. The station was 15 minutes walk but not something you could walk to with excess luggage. Cab was 10 Euros to the station. Apart from this there was free WIFI.
The staff was very helpful , Leny was a very gracious and pleasant host and always ready to help us.
The room was extremely spacious and a wonderful large bathroom and we had stayed in the standard room.
I would always stay in Home in palace whenever I visit Florence.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2010

All I can is wow!! Florence was my intended destination as I was there for a wedding. But after 3days of sight-seeing in Rome, I was ready to go home!
And home - I was! My room was awesome - big and spacious. Had a terrace which overlooked the rooftops of Florence and I can see the Duomo!
Always clean! And I'm always woken up by the smell of freshly baked croissants. (and yes I had it every morning).
The breakfast room is just like the pictures on the site - airy, spacious and picturesque. Its the kind of place that I wish I can spend the whole day in, but I'm on holiday - there are sights to see. But I did sleep in, and enjoyed very much the experience.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled solo
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2010

Beautiful accommodations within easy walking distance to the Duomo and the Academia Museum. Leny and Grace were most gracious and accommodating to help us with every little detail. The facilities were extremely comfortable, almost luxurous, with a view of the Duomo dome from the breakfast room. We loved our 4 day visit to Florence and would definitely rent at HOME IN PALACE again.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2010

The room is simply refined, of course clean. It was agreeable service. It is also good that wireless LAN can use it free of charge. But, a lot of keys are necessary until it reaches the room at last because it is a historical building, maybe. I think that the house has a good security. The cost performance is also good. It is breakfast, if there is one improvement. They serve bread, a drink such as croissants, and a juice of self-service. It is good when the quality is made good a little more. I will make it to the favorite hotel.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Residenza d'Epoca Home in Palace
Address: Via Gino Capponi 26, 50121, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > San Marco
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Ranked #270 of 659 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Residenza d'Epoca Home in Palace 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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Welcome to Florence, capital of Renaissance in Italy. Choosing Home in Palace means allowing yourself a relaxing and exclusive holiday in a historical residence. It is located at the top floor (penthouse) of the prestigious Palazzo Capponi all'Annunziata, in the city centre. Home in Palace offers its guests panoramic views on the city and surrounding hills, welcomed at your arrival by the view of a magnificent Italian style garden. The recent renovation has combined the respect for tradition with a modern style, with an elegant and sophisticated taste inspired also to eastern philosophies respecting balance and harmony as indicated by Feng Shui architecture. The historical residence Home in Palace is an oasis of elegance and comfort for an unforgettable holiday, during which guests can discover the artistic and cultural heritage of the city, or experience the glamour of an important destination of the international fashion world. ... more   less 
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