I will try not to duplicate the other reviews, which are accurate. Yes, it is within walking distance of the train station, but the hotel also offers a valet service for your car (no street parking!) which ranges from 22-28 euros, depending on the size of your car. The breakfast buffet is amazing, and complemented by the individually made coffees to order... go ahead, get a cappucino with a little foam heart. (note: a 'doppio' is a double espresso.. beware! this is premium octane).
There is a beautiful central courtyard where you are welcome to bring panini, etc to eat (there's a nice, sandwich shop on the same street), and a large jacquzzi (tell the front desk you want to use it, and they'll bring you decadently large towels and hoody bathrobes).
What was amazing was just how friendly all the hotel staff were. These folks are no doubt inundated with tired and crabby tourists every day all year round, and I never saw or heard a cross word; everyone went out of their way to be helpful: I felt like a was on a cruiseship.
Just so I don't sound like I was paid for this, I will point out 2 small negatives: there is no door to the shower, and the water comes through the door and out into the middle of the bathroom. Roll up a towel along the opening to block the water's flow. Also: bring your own shampoo goodies. I traveled light that weekend, and all they had was a combo shampoo/conditioner which left my hair molto frizzy.
Nice extra: the bowl of apples in the lobby, with the sign saying they'd already been washed for your convenience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the old town of Florence, the Hotel Rivoli offers class hospitality with charm, as well as spacious and elegantly decorated hotel rooms and suites. The Hotel Rivoli is a 4-star superior hotel that is set inside a restored 14th-century Franciscan convent, where guests can breath the charming and unique atmosphere of this ancient historic building in the city of Florence. The restoration has highlighted the architectural details dating back to 1500 such as arches and vaults, coffered ceilings and stone columns. Guests are welcomed in an enchanting setting full of cozy atmosphere, embellished by refined common areas, which are conceived as an oasis of tranquility away from the hectic pace of the city. The Internal Patio, which was obtained from a complete renovation of the Franciscan cloister, is now dedicated to relaxation and wellbeing, featuring an unforgettable 20 sqm-whirlpool that is also open during the winter with a constant water temperature of 36° C. The location could not be better, a few steps from the Santa Maria Novella railway station, the Duomo Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio Bridge, opposite the ancient and famous Officina Profumo di Santa Maria Novella, and the most important museums. In addition to the interior elegant and spacious patio, the Hotel Rivoli guests can enjoy the quiteness of the small "garden of medlar", an exceptional lounge where to spend moments of real relax; in summer time the garden is available for breakfast and dinners prepared and served by Benedicta Restaurant , 3 Michelin forks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Rivoli
- Best Western Florence
- Florence Best Western