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Torre Di Bellosguardo
Ranked #18 of 420 Hotels in Florence
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Portland, Maine
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“First, But Not Last Visit”
Reviewed 8 March 2012

Staying at the Torre Di Bellosguardo was something we had wanted to do every since seeing it in "Italian Hideaways" by Meg Nolan. We were not disappointed! We were treated as welcome houseguests by all the staff. The gorgeous castle and tower are situated in a quiet area with the most incredible views of the center of Florence below. It is the owner's wish that guests feel as though they are at home. We did. Our suite was enormous and very comfortable with a tub that was so inviting that we could not say no. I am a tea drinker and had my tea tray brought to me inside in the limonaia, outside in a little secluded area, by the pool and in our room. This is a place to relax and enjoy the gardens, the pool and the spectacular views. The house wine is quite good and made from grapes on the property. We can't wait to return!

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Belflorence, Owner at Torre Di Bellosguardo, responded to this review, 15 March 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for such kind words. We are delighted that you enjoyed our hotel and hope you felt at home here. We will welcome you with open arms next time you visit us.
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Reviewed 3 March 2012

Spending only a couple of days at the Torre off season is to be recommended. The lovely gardens are just beginning to stir into Spring. The installation of air-conditioning/heating has been completed totally unobtrusively, so that the stunning bedrooms are undisturbed despite their new facility. Another welcome innovation is the provision (to your choice) of an evening meal if you don't feel like leaving the hotel. If you want to get away from it all before the holiday season swings into action (as well as when it does!), you will really be able to do so here.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Belflorence, Owner at Torre Di Bellosguardo, responded to this review, 6 March 2012
Dear Guest,

Many grateful thanks for such a kind review which fills our hearts with satisfaction. We await you with open arms for your next visit.
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

Torre Di Bellosguardo

For anyone who likes great hotels, Art, and urban walking, this hotel is essential!

Let’s start with the walking. Leaving the font door of the fourteenth century building, half castello, half palazzo, a walk round the front displays the whole of Florence sprawling below - the Pitti Palace nearest, the Duomo a little further away. The Hotel sits in fourteen acres of lovingly tended Tuscan garden, including a small farm, all within the city boundary. The walk down past the vines and olive trees, from which the Hotel produces its own label wine and olive oil, takes about ten minutes. A few more minutes after leaving the Hotel’s grounds, brings one down to the famous Porta Roma, the old city entrance. Nine minutes later, and you are at the Pitti Palace. Walking onwards you reach Ponte Vecchio, only thirty five minutes from your bedroom. And the bedrooms and the views from them in this fantastic Hotel Torre di Bellosguardo are amazing as the walk.

The Torre is a built round a central tower from which Galileo observed the planets, which is now one of the best bedrooms in the hotel, but all the bedrooms are great. Each has been lovingly restored and improved. The furniture antique - we slept in a four poster, but with a perfect modern mattress! Many walls retain their original paneling some of which open to reveal the thoroughly modern bathroom, luxuriously appointed.

We stayed at the Torre in February – a delightful time to visit Florence as there are no crowds. Air conditioning for the summer has recently been installed throughout, but in winter the rooms were warm and cosy. A hot meal can now be provided in the evenings if you pre-order and don’t want to go out. This is a really very special place.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Belflorence, Owner at Torre Di Bellosguardo, responded to this review, 28 February 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your kind words. It is always a pleasure to welcome you to our hotel which ,as you know, is your second home.
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

I should make it clear at once I have been here before - often. I love the place so much the owner let us take the whole building for my wife's 50th. birthday. If one is looking for a modern international hotel with all mod cons including satellite tv, then it is not for you. If want an ancient building, unmatched views and a more than welcome, then it is! Garden is also stunning and worth a long walk round.
Central air conditioning has been installed so those trips in July and August will be much more comfortable. However, purists won't notice, it's very discreetly installed.

Room Tip: City views have truly stunning views over the Centro Storico.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Belflorence, Manager at Torre Di Bellosguardo, responded to this review, 29 January 2012
Dear faithful guest,
It is always such a joy to welcome you back. Thank you so very much for your generous comments. We look forward to your next visit!
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

We had planned for so long to spend a Capodanno in Florence and finally made it this year. To our most satisfaction we had decided for the Bellosguardo. Arriving at this medieval palace we were fascinated by the absolutely unique view offered from the location. The palace is situated in an ample park and overlooks the magnificent skyline of Florence. The Bellosguardo welcomed us with its enchanting atmosphere created from its very friendly staff and its original interior design. It is a treasure to still have places like the Bellosguardo in a world that loses singularity every day. We were very pleased to enjoy a special arrangement facilitated for us at New Year Eve as we preferred to stay in "our palace" for this event.

We instantly felt at home and are looking forward to return in May to see all plants and garden in full bloom.

Room Tip: We had number 11 and were pleased with it (overlooking Florence). We would like to experience the ot...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Belflorence, Owner at Torre Di Bellosguardo, responded to this review, 25 January 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for writing such kind words. It was a real pleasure having you here. We hope to welcome you again.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

As before ( i stayed here a while ago ) the service at the Torre is excellent , although it is a totally different hotel in the summer , it was a choice that i was happy that i made . i will be staying there on my next visit to Florence . The one negative was the price , like all hotels it had hiked its price for the Pitti trade show .

Room Tip: it makes no difference , all of the rooms have a great view .
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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Belflorence, Manager at Torre Di Bellosguardo, responded to this review, 15 January 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit, but would like to point out that we would never dream of "hiking" our prices because of a fashion show like Pitti. On the contrary our winter prices are lower than our high season prices and include breakfast. We look forward to welcoming you again.
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

We stayed at this hotel this past July (late review). The location is amazing, the views of Florence are unparalleled. Our room on the top floor was huge with a beautiful old world bathroom (very quirky toilet flushing system). The pool and grounds were a very welcome respite from the summer heat. We were served a pre-ordered dinner in a beautiful courtyard. (catered from a near by restaurant. there is no in house restaurant) It did take some arm twisting to get them to serve it there rather than in the Bar area. We walked down the hill through a beautiful Olive grove every morning to get to the City (appr. half hour walk) and took a Cab back up the hill in the afternoons.
When we were there we were eaten up by mosquitoes. Florence in general has a massive mosquito problem from the river. But I understand the hotel has installed A/C in the meantime.

Room Tip: spend the extra and get a room with a view
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Torre Di Bellosguardo
Address: Via Roti Michelozzi 2, 50124, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#9 Family Hotel in Florence
#15 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#94 Business Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Torre Di Bellosguardo 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
13th.century historical tower with extraordinary view of Florence, a stone's throw from the city, yet a country haven of peace and silence. Each room, very large, has its own character with antique furniture. Modern bathrooms and facilities. Vast garden with outdoor swimming pool. Extremely friendly staff. ... more   less 
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