I spent 3 nights at the Villa Cora. The hotel was truly beautiful, the grounds were out of a fairytale. The hotel was an easy 10 minute cab ride to the heart of florence and truly worth it. After a day of dealing with the crowds and the heat, nothing was more amazing than the beautiful pool. The staff at the bar and pool was unbelievable. They were so kind and nice and accommodating. They even opened the Cigar Bar for us after midnight, for my boyfriend to get a cigar. The hotel is small, only about 46 rooms and it never felt crowded, but seemed just right. It felt like we were at a beautiful old tuscan villa with all the modern amenities. The concierge was helpful and attentive. We stayed in a room in the main villa and one in the smaller villa. Both equally nice. My only caveat is to bring bug spray. I was bit terribly at the pool by some sort of mosquitos. The food at the hotel is good. We never made it to breakfast, but heard it was great. We had lunch one day there and it was good. The dinner looked great as well. This hotel is absolutely my favorite hotel I have ever stayed at in Europe. I loved it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- VILLA CORA is a 5 star resort located in a 19th century mansion with a large park, bordering the gardens along Viale dei Colli, within walking distance from Boboli and Oltrarno and considered the "grand lady" of Florence southern hills. Its 46 rooms and suites, heated pool in the park, Gourmet's Restaurant and Spa make it the ultimate, exquisitely sophisticated "city resort". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Florence
- Grand Hotel Cora