Wife and I stayed for 4 nights in a 1-bed suite and 1 night in a standard room (the extra night because we missed our flight). The overall conclusion is that our stay at the Hotel Savoy was the most satisfying hotel experience of any of our experience anywhere in Europe, and deserves an unqualified recommendation.
Location: Perfect. The hotel is located on the lively Piazza della Republica (the main piazza in the city and an attraction in its own right), and is within 5-10 minutes walk from anywhere one would want to go in Firenze (Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Duomo, Pitti, Santa Croce). Boutique shops also very close by. Cannot imagine a hotel more perfectly and centrally located (perhaps only the Helvetia would come close). Now, the location could serve as a downside for some people, because it is so well-located in a lively piazza. There is a fair amount of street noise during the day, and also at night from the late-night revelry in the piazza. So for those who prefer absolute peace and quiet, and looking to stay at an "oasis in the city", then Hotel Savoy perhaps not the best choice for them.
Room: Our suite overlooked the piazza, and the view was fantastic. Interior done in a chic modern Italian style, with wood flooring and high ceilings. Top-notch B&O AV equipment. Relatively large bathroom, but no separate shower stall. Very airy and spacious. The standard room obviously smaller than the suite, but as standard rooms go in Europe, very spacious compared to others (although B&O is replaced by Phillips AV equipment). One of the best and most stylish rooms I had stayed in Europe - we felt like we were in a photo shoot for an interior style magazine.
Service: Perfect. Friendly but not intrusive, relaxed but attentive. Worked the concierge pretty hard during our stay (every lunch and dinner reservation, two side trips into Tuscan country with car rentals, etc.), but absolutely no hassle and no hiccups.
Food/Drinks: Only had breakfast at the hotel, so not much to comment. The breakfast was good, but not quite a sumptuous feast - very good for folks wanting to have a good light breakfast, but not for those who want to "load up".
The Savoy is a beautiful stylish hotel in the best part of town, reasonably priced (for a hotel of this quality in Europe), and thus the title of this review - I cannot imagine a better choice in Firenze. I have posted numerous reviews on this site for several years, but Hotel Savoy is one of those rare places where we were completely satisfied with no caveats, and would absolutely recommend to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The five-star Hotel Savoy offers luxury and style in the heart of Florence. Located on the Piazza Repubblica, close to Florence's renowned landmark the Duomo, the hotel is just a short walk from the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio. Just steps away from the main Florence fashion houses, the Hotel Savoy is the ideal base from which to visit the key attractions of this beautiful and historic city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rocco Forte Savoy
- Forte Hotel Florence
- Forte Florence
- Florence Forte