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Torre di Bellosguardo
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

This is such a unique and exquisite place, that my husband and I would thoroughly recommend it. Perhaps it is not for everyone, as it is not right in the center of town and it does not feel like your average hotel. For us, the genuine antique feel of this magnificent villa, with original frescoes, high ceilings, and old world furnishings, all create a special journey back in time while visiting. We have been staying at this hotel for many years, and especially enjoy a stroll in the gorgeous gardens and by the outdoor fountains, or a dip in the outdoor pool overlooking the panoramic view of Florence. We look forward to our morning walk down through the olive groves and past the farm animals into Florence for our day of museums and churches.

We have especially benefited from helpful travel tips from the owner and staff and have found many art treasures off the beaten track through them.

Let go of all of your typical expectations of a hotel, and enjoy this exceptionally unique and elegant, tranquil and beautiful place!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank opalstream
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

This is a unique place to get away from it all. The Torre di Bellosguardo is something completely different. It dates from the 14th century. There are only 16 rooms, all of them different, and large, so it does not really feel like a hotel. Each one contains genuine antique furniture, comfortable beds, and good en suite bathrooms. All have a stunning view. Staff are unobtrusive, but you can have a light lunch by the pool in Summer (with produce from the vegetable garden) or in the Bar at other times.
The hotel does not have a restaurant so you have to go out to eat in the evenings, but there is an excellent restaurant at the bottom of the hill, or the hotel staff will recommend places to go in town.
The peace and quiet is really special as the hotel is set in extensive grounds of its own, and looks down on the whole of the city of Florence. The gardens are beautiful, carefully and skilfully landscaped and tended so that there is always something of interest, or in flower, whatever the time of year.
To get into Florence during the day you can take the ten minute walk down through the gardens - passing the hotel's lily ponds, hens, goats, and donkeys - to the Porta Romana, and either continue walking into the centre or catch a bus.

Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
1  Thank NancyArmstrong
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Reviewed 27 September 2010

The views from the property of florence are really impressing. The gardens are large, so you can have beautifull walks. There are a lot of cute animals (donkeys, cats, rabbits, a parrot...). Atmosphere in the villa is very private, you can go everywhere, touch everything. It's like a museum without guards. The staff was very nice. The parking was free!

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We explicitly booked a room with a view. And the room with metal-grilled windows had definitely no view. It was a side view into some green bushes.

During our stay there was a wedding party. All rooms except ours were occupied by wedding guests. So we felt the whole time a bit like uninvited guests. And at the wedding day the possibilities to use the amenities (pool, winter garden etc.) where limited.
It would be wise of the staff, to inform guests about weddings before arrival. So we would have had the chance to change our plans.

  • Stayed: September 2010
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Thank Palinuro
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Reviewed 24 September 2010

This hotel offers a truly unique experience. The views of the city are superb, the hotel itself is a gorgeous historic residence, and the surrounding gardens are impeccably maintained and very private. If you walk in expecting that this is going to be another international luxury hotel with all the associated amenities, you may not "get" what it has to offer. That is, understand that upgrading, painting, renovating every fixture and surface would not add to the experience, it would take away from the experience. The facility is hundreds of years old, and that is exactly what sets it apart.

You will have a clean room appointed with a variety of antiques. The assistant at the front desk is helpful and courteous. Bear in mind that this is not a restaurant, and although they offer some food and beverage you should really plan to choose from one of the dozens of outstanding restaurants in Florence. And pick up some cheese and Chianti for light snacking. While it's easy to wish that the hotel provide full meals, that would also push up the cost of the rooms.

My wife and I would walk to town from the hotel (down a paved road shared with light traffic, or a dirt path in the back of the hotel) and cab it back to the hotel at the end of the touring day. Then we would usually do the same in the evening to go to dinner. So I think we were going through 25 euro a day on cab fare, but that helped us make the most of the day.

The pool was refreshing after a day of walking. Though I didn't visit other rooms I can say that the view from our room (Suite #6) was incredible. When i had jetlag and woke too early, I opened the shutters and watched the sunrise over Florence. Looking back on it now, the stay at the hotel was as much fun as touring the city, and my favorite photos are from the hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank MattSept2010
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Reviewed 15 September 2010

quite an amazing building and garden, like no other hotel you will have been to - its a small palace. But it does charge for it, and some things are lacking: air con in the italian summer, the food and breakfast is not high quality, and some things are a bit worn out, although that adds to the air of faded glory.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank wls08
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