My wife and I stayed here for 3 days in a mini suite. The difference between a suite and a double is overstated. The suite has more square footage, sure, and a sofa, but my advice is stick with a double.
The hotel seems a little disjointed. There are many spaces on the ground floor that seem unattended.
There is plenty of staff, all very polite and helpful, but they are congregated either at the front door or in the resturant.
There's no thriving bar in the main building. You need to walk to the pool building (which is great) and find some refreshment there. There's another building which houses the spa in the basement.
The finish in all areas is top notch, the complimentary shuttle to town is essential (the hotel is too far to walk on a regular basis), the resturant (also next to pool) is ok.
It was a tossup between this hotel and the 4 seasons. This hotel got it because trip advisor was suggesting it was half the price. By the time you get redirected to whichever website ...it isn't! It was actually dearer at 700+euro/ night...the place ticks all the boxes but just somehow not enough to wow me into thinking that the price justified the product.
Sorry villa cora but nah, at top dollar you need some more substance to go with the style.
- 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