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Helvetia & Bristol Hotel
Ranked #145 of 421 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
New England
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32 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Very nice hotel in a great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

This smaller hotel has a great location. We used our American Express card to get an upgraded room and had a nice street view on the second floor. The beds were comfortable, the bathrooms spotless and the staff mostly accommodating. Concierge sold me a very handy power adapter that was much better than the one I would have brought if I had remember for 10 euros which I thought was fair. We too were sent to the restaurant Buca Mario and enjoyed it enormously.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Tallahassee, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Our room was clean and spacious; but quite warm when we arrived, even in April. The air conditioning worked, albeit slowly. The breakfast was good for the most part, except the runny scrambled eggs. Helpful concierge recommended an excellent restaurant, Buca Mario, which was the favorite of everyone on our entire trip.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

this is an elegant and luxurious hotel excellently located near historic district, close to the piazza de la republica, walking distance to most attractions. the staff was very friendly and accommodating

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

We booked a 4 day stay in Florence with Kirker, who recommended this hotel to us. It was perfect in every way. It is centrally located so all the major sites are within easy walking distance. Considering the 5 star rating, the staff were all very friendly and welcoming, and couldn't be more helpful - unlike some other hotels where the staff are aloof and distant. They also all spoke excellent English. Our room was spectacular and not at all 'tired' or 'shabby' as other reviewers have stated. Every detail has been well thought out, and the jacuzzi bath was a bonus. The breakfasts were lovely as well. 1MB free wifi everyday. I would recommend thus hotel without hesitation.

Room Tip: We had room 263 which was a deluxe twin which we thought was stunning.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

We were booked into this hotel by our prebooked hotel (tech issues with our room).
The staff were very attentive, helpful and had a good attitude. Our room was very large with a comfy sitting area,bathrooms spacious.
Very central location, close to everything we wanted to see.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

Spent a great week in Florence weather so so but hotel as usual excellent .Staff are friendly give good service rooms fine facilities as well good.Breakfast is good as well cooked breakfast as well as continental plenty of choice ate once at the hotel meal fine.It is at the centre of Florence near the Dummo and places of interest to many to mention.If you want to see what an old Italian Grand Hotel used to be try this one.While the building is old it is maitained to a very high standard. This hotel is as good as my favourite The Cliff Bay in Funchal which is one of the best hotels in Europe.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

This is a good central location in the city which makes most everything an easy walk. The rooms are quite lovely. No air conditioning until May of each year. Breakfast is quite lovely. You will sleep with windows open in the spring when warm and the street noise can be a bit much so bring ear plugs for such situations

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Helvetia & Bristol Hotel
Address: Via De' Pescioni 2, 50123, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#81 Business Hotel in Florence
#84 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#100 Family Hotel in Florence
#106 Romantic Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Helvetia & Bristol Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Helvetia & Bristol, a historic property located amongst Florence's many cultural treasures. The Hotel Helvetia & Bristol is undoubtedly the only place to stay when in Florence. As a World Heritage site and magnetic cultural destination, it is the focal point for any visitor, and we are blessed by being at the heart of it all. Our front door opens onto the Palazzo Strozzi, a masterpiece of Florentine Renaissance architecture, along with an enviable location in the luxury shopping district. Our rooms and suites offer tasteful colour palettes and the carefully chosen antique furniture, objects d'art, paintings and rich furnishings are our hallmark in design. ... more   less 
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