We've visited Florence many times and never stayed on the south side of the Arno River. We picked this hotel, as it was small, family owned and run, and close to the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens. We lucked out with one of the most enjoyable accommodations we've ever had in Florence. The location is wonderfully convenient to all the sights Florence has to offer. (We walked most everywhere.) Additionally, the area where the hotel is located, Piazza Santo Spirito is leafy and "off the beaten tourist track." The hotel itself is right out of the movie, "A Room With a View." It is indeed old-fashioned, charming, relaxing and totally Italian. All bathrooms are wonderfully modern, with great water pressure. Each room is different, as are the bathrooms. We had Room # 10 which has a great view of the Florentine rooftops and... the Duomo in the distance! Our room also had frescoed ceilings and an alcove where the bed was located. The bathroom was not huge, but beautifully tiled. Additionally, Room # 10 is near a huge "loggia" where we would sit at the end of the day for a cocktail, before dinner. The view from the loggia is stunning. Breakfast was buffet style in a lovely, high-ceilinged, airy dining room. Nice assortment, too, of fresh fruit, juices, yogurts, breads, cold cuts, cheeses, fresh scrambled eggs and hard boiled eggs.The coffee was excellent, as well. Palazzo Guadagni is not for those wanting total luxury (i.e. down pillows, 700 thread-count cotton Frette sheets or Bulgari soaps & shampoos) or every conceivable modern hotel fixture. What it does have is gracious service, comfortable accommodation, old-fashioned charm and "character." If you want a place to stay redolent of "old Firenze" then make a beeline for the Palazzo Guadagni.
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- 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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