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!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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