Arriving at the 'Palace' was like stepping into the beautiful home of a very dear friend, Daniela and Daisy have this wonderfully natural manner, allowing you to feel totally pampered and special, as though you are the only guest.
If you don't stay with Daniela, you are missing an absolutely wonderful, unique experience.
The interior of the building was simple, grand, yet stunning and very tastefully decorated, a serene and spacious place to stay, and perfect to come back to after a day of sightseeing in Florence.
Being very central to Florence was a distinct advantage, easy access to all of the museums, galleries etc.
The 'office' doubles up as a 'refreshments area', sumptuous purple sofas, white leather sofas, an amazingly high ceiling painting with a stunning fresco. This room was a social area, always topped up with tea/coffee and local Florentine delights, the fig cake was divine!
Tea/coffee facilities also conveniently available in the room itself.
Towels beautiful and fluffy, changed daily, large and very efficient shower, despite the age of the building.
A short walk for breakfast at ZaZa's, great choice of food, served promptly by very friendly staff, loved the marmalade!
Daniela suggested a restaurant called Cipolla Rosa for our last night, it has to be the best freshly cooked pasta I have ever tasted, prices were very reasonable, I would definitely recommend this place.
I do suggest that if you are staying 3 days or more, you do consider the 70 Euro ticket for entry into museums etc, we decided against it and actually soon clocked up a little more than this in the end. It is obtained from the tourist office, a short walk from the hotel.
Just a word of warning about arriving in Florence, keep your money safe, carry it in front of you at all times, sadly I was victim of a pickpocket, stupidly using a rucksack.- Absolutely no reflection on this hotel, just typical of cities all around the world, and I have to say, Daniela was deeply sympathetic over my plight, directing me to the local police station and checking if I needed any money.
I can honestly say, if I return to Florence, I would not dream of staying anywhere else, why would I? I am also considering bringing my mum over next year for her 70th birthday.
Thank you Daniela and Daisy
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