I visited Florence in 2010 and stayed near the Duomo unfortunately I came away feeling less than enamoured with the city. So when the opportunity arose to return I did my research and decided to stay on the 'other side' of the Arno. This was the best decision as I have come away with a very different view of this wonderful city.
I spent 3 nights at Palazzo Guadagni with my husband and my Aunt and Uncle. We booked the superior rooms and were convinced we had made the right choice from what we were able to glean from reviews etc prior to arrival. Let me explain the room itself was extremely spacious, the furnishings were simple in an attractive way, the bathroom was spacious. The window on to the piazza santo spirito was huge and the room was full of natural light.
The drawback was the location of the superior room in respect to the common spaces in the hotel which I might add were fantastic. The superior rooms are on the first floor and the rest of the hotel is located up about four flights of stairs with no direct lift access. The other issue with this location was the noise from the piazza which did disturb our sleep every one of the 3 nights as the music and partying went on well into the wee hours backed up shortly after by the daily market stalls setting up at 6 am. Now on the other hand the activity of the piazza was part of the appeal of staying at the hotel if your room was up on the top floor away from the noise.
The check in went smoothly and reception staff were friendly, helpful and efficient. The breakfast room was charming and spacious and the breakfast was great with a good variety of fruits yogurt cereal pastries juice tea coffee etc. We absolutely loved spending some time in the afternoon and evenings having a glass of wine on the verandah and one night in the lounge at the end of the terrace; the views were amazing. The hotel reccommended resturants close by our favorite was Casalinga. Walking around the area was fabulous much less touristed, interesting and yet a short walk across the Ponte Vecchio or Santa Trinita to the historical centre.
So to sum up I give this hotel the thumbs up and yes I would return. I would request a room on the top floor maybe room 12 as another reviewer has indicated as a good choice. I would feel more connected to the wonderful aspects of this hotel and removed from the night time noise. Why pay extra for a superior room when you risk experiencing the drawbacks as we did?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Palazzo Guadagni is located in the Oltrarno district, in a characteristic piazza in the historical centre of Florance, a nighbourhood full of antique shops andold artisans' workshop, just a few minutes walk from the Pitti palace and the Boboli Gardens.The rooms are spacious and rich in atmosphere, found in Palazza Guadagni designed by Simone del Pollaiolo in 1505,have ceilings with frescos, fire places and a wonderful views that looks out onto Florence and the most important buildings. ... more less
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