Thanks to Trip Advisor I knew that we were looking for a large door and not to expect too much when the door opened. However, not as bad as some had mentioned in their reviews. The door is large and in keeping with the building, leading into a large entrance area which is shared with private dwellings and at least one other business, but a lift takes you straight up to the top 2 floors of this marvelous building.
We were greeted by a charming Australian girl who quickly checked us in and took us up to room 15. Everything in the room is very in keeping with the 14th century building being slightly on the old side, but it would have been so wrong to have modern items in the large, light, airy and delightful room. The bathroom was modern, but because of the windows in here there wasn't much choice but to put a mirror around one of them, which caused quite a bit of hilarity and some photo taking. I couldn't believe what I was seeing when I turned round to look out the window straight over to the Duomo. What a sight to greet you in the morning.
Breakfast was fine, once we'd helped ourselves to crockery from the sideboard, a very smiley waitress brought us some coffee and kept the croissants topped up.
We only stayed one night at the start of our trip, but had already booked to return to a superior room for a couple of nights on our return. This room was larger than the previous one, with a view of The Pitti, which was great, but didn't quite have the same wow factor as the view from our first room.
The Loggia which runs around part of the main floor is the ideal place to sit and sip a glass of proscecco while the sun sets over this lovely city. Situated within a short distance from a great selection of restaurants and bars, this hotel is to be seriously recommended. It gave us our faith back that Italians can actually smile and that you are welcome in their country.
- 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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