My wife, baby son and I stayed for about a week in December - I like going to Italy's busier places in the winter as the museums are far emptier. Weather was pretty good, so we were lucky. I found Il Salviatino through Mr and Mrs Smith. It wasn't obviously a baby-friendly place and this was our first trip with him, so we were very pleased. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Our first room was beautiful but full of baby-unfriendly stone steps and we were moved (upgraded) without any fuss. Food is superb and the chef was happy to mix up some plain paste (for us) and blended veg (for him) alongside the excellent menu. I imagine the place gets pretty busy in summer but it was delightful to have much of it to ourselves. Minibuses were suspended but they kindly organised (and paid for) taxis into town. Spa was good, too.
The decor is fine - I don't particularly like the trendy style (Costes, etc) of dark room lighting, ubiquitous mood music and everything drenched in perfume. Here it works, although I'd probably take out about half of the urns of scent in every room. Above all, we were really impressed by the people who were as friendly as they could be. It's clearly designed for adults and they coped well with an inexperienced young family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This award winning luxury hotel, located on the rolling hills of Fiesole, offers the most spectacular views of Florence. Accommodations range from the Villa Rooms, the Green House Suites and our Signature Suites. Each offer a very different experience but all have inspiring views of either our private park, the Tuscan landscape or the famous Duomo view of Florence. Guests will enjoy a la carte breakfast, wi-fi, parking, in room movies, in room coffee and tea making facilities and hourly shuttle service (15 minutes) to the center of Florence, all complimentary. Our service philosophy is all about creating unforgettable experiences for our guests in an informal setting. Our guests consider the Hotel, the Villa, their home away from home, a tranquil haven after a day of exploring Florence or the Tuscan countryside. The Spa offers four treatment rooms, each with its own steam shower, and a dedicated team of therapists specializing in aroma therapeutic relaxation and anti-aging treatments, a fitness center with the latest in Technogym equipment and our pools overlooking the Tuscan countryside. Our kitchen is dedicated to locally sourced Italian cuisine and can be enjoyed in either the library or on our terrace overlooking Florence. Innovative, creative and unpretentious. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Salviatino Hotel Florence