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“Pleasantly surprised, not your standard Euro hotel”
Review of Hotel Brunelleschi

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Hotel Brunelleschi
Ranked #24 of 410 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 January 2013

My fiance and I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in April 2012 and weren't sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised. You never know what you're going to get with European hotels when you're used to American standards (larger bathrooms, comfy beds, etc.), but this hotel didn't disappoint. You can't beat the location. It's steps away from Il Duomo and right off the Piazza Republica. The bathroom was more of an "American" style in that the shower was large, the room itself was spacious and you didn't have to shower over the toilet like I've experienced in Europe before. The room was large, the bed relatively comfortable and there was even a couch to relax on.

We never ate at the hotel restaurant or went to the bar there so I can't say anything about that. We did, prior to our arrival, order a bottle of wine and a meat/cheese plate to be delivered when we arrived. After traveling from Chicago, it was nice to have this authentic snack waiting for us and everything was delicious.

The hotel itself was a little weird. You ad to take a small elevator up 1 flight, walk through a hall, then take another elevator to your room. We never were able to find a way to just take stairs all the way up. But that wasn't really a big deal. It did sort of smell like chlorine in the common areas too, but again, not a big deal.

Overall, I would definitely recommend staying here. You get a great room, a great location and clean, high-end accommodations for what I think was a reasonable price. If we ever go back to Firenze, I'm sure we will be staying here.

Room Tip: Some rooms have views of Il Duomo. If you can, get one. It's a nice touch
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

We booked to stay at Brunelleschi to celebrate New Year and my partners 40th Birthday. From the moment we got out of the taxi the Hotel Staff welcomed us with a smile and a professional service. Our room was equipped with everything we needed for a relaxing break. All the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful. Our room maid went that extra mile by not only making over our room to a high standard everyday but she made the manager aware of my partners birthday. When we returned from a walk a bottle of wine and a kind message was left in our room from the manager. A great stay and very much recommended to all.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Karen R
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

It was a high class experience - however I was disappointed that internet access was absurdly expansive. A hotel this class should offer this service for free.
The connection for electronic equipment did not work. At night the fan was very noise, and even though the service tried to fix it, they weren't able to.
The buffet was very good. The staff very friendly.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank edlervon
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

We stayed 5 days with the family (from 13 years to 76 years age) and enjoyed it very much. The
staff is really excellent and interested in making your stay the best and helping you plan your
visits and trips in Florence.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Bas_v_Eijndhoven
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Reviewed 2 January 2013 via mobile

We as stayed here during our summer tour of Italy and thought that the hotel was beautiful. Our room was very nice, well fitted and spacious. The hotel itself is in a superb location and is perfect for seeing all the sights. The only downside to our visit was that when my fiancé's necklace went missing during our stay the staff attitude was that this never happens here eluding to the fact that we must have lost it elsewhere. However on balance I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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1  Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 1 January 2013

I do alot of traveling, including Europe, and have to say this hotel is one of my top 10 favorites of all time. I am very particular when it comes to where I am willing to stay and sleep. I have stayed in many 5 start hotels and the service and attention to detail of the Brunelleschi is over the top and ranks right up there with the best of them. It has a modern, trendy vibe. Just loved the suprising mix. The concierge was extremely helpful before we arrived and during our stay. They arranged pick up from train station, transportation to the hotel, arranged early check in, held our luggage when we arrived early morning, gave us a place to change clothes and had our bags in our room already when we returned.The staff follows suite in thier service and attention to detail for each guest. Staff frequently addressed us by our name! Anything but typical service. Hotel's location is prime. It is a block off major shopping and short walking distance to the Duoma and most major attractions. There are numerous great resteraunts nearby and we walked everywhere. They provided us with maps of the local area with numerous tips and suggestions as well as a business card with the hotel number in case we got lost or had any questions. The bar service was excellant and there is a small outdoor seating area for evening Limonchellos and people watching. The Limonchellos are to die for---highly recommend them. The breakfast buffet is excellant, great variety, fresh, and clean and was included in our room price. The staff is very attentive and specialty requests are never a problem. They were great with details! They even remembered the small quircks that each member of our group wanted at breakfast. By our second day they brought the items automatically without us having to ask for anything. The architectural details and renovations combined both the historical components with modern conviences and flair. Little things like heated mirrors to prevent fogging during showers, umbrellas & slippers in rooms, fitness center with insructors, ramps and stair options in hallways, outlets in the bathroom that are dual voltage, and the list goes on and on. The decor is amazing with high end textiles. Beds are extremely comfortable, house keeping was always visable and kept the hotel/rooms well groomed. I know you are thinking--really??? I don't need those things.Why pay extra for all that?? You don't. Price point is excellant. All the little extra touches push your stay and comfort over the top. I simply adored it. Excellant value and service for the money!! It was 5 star service without the 5 star price. Did I mention the rooms were large, especially compared to European standards? Our windows faced the main shopping street. I was worried about the noise--never heard a peep. If you are looking for a great hotel to impress your wife or girlfriend--pick this one. She will appreciate all the fine details. Guaranteed to impress even the pickiest girl.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 December 2012

Me and my wife celebrated our 10th annuvirsary in Italy

We started with Florence, as the occasion imply - we searched for the best hotels that meet our needs of a quite romantic stay, we stayed in 5 hotels (4/5 starts) across Italy - The Hotel Brunelleschi was the best amonst all!

From the welcoming, the room upgrade, the friendly professional staff, fantastic location close to everything, comfy room, the great breakfas and the unlimited support and understanding of all staff made it a destination we would consider for sure anytime we come back to charming Florence!

The hotel staff were amaizing! there were new members (first week on duty) and were still doing their best to accomodate our needs and strive to exceed our expectations in all means.

This hotel is definetly recommended in Florence based on our lovely experince - Thank you Brunelleschi Team!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Piazza Sant'Elisabetta, 3, 50122, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Florence
#12 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#16 Family Hotel in Florence
#21 Luxury Hotel in Florence
Price Range: £157 - £721 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Brunelleschi 4*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our 4-star Hotel in Florence overlooking Brunelleschi's Cathedral is firmly established as one of the best and most famous hotels in downtown.The highly sought-after Uffizi Gallery, together with many other Museums and other primary attractions, are all within close distance. The 96 bedrooms and suites are equipped with all amenities and features of a charming property such as direct dial telephone, Internet Access, Satellite TV and in-room minibar. Wireless connectivity is available throughout, including our conference areas and the American Bar. The 4-star Brunelleschi Hotel originates from the recovered invaluable historic structures of the ancient tower named 'Pagliazza' and the medieval church of San Michele in Palchetto. For those who love going back to the past, our very own Private Museum, with exhibits unveiled during the reconstruction project, is a moment not to be missed. ... more   less 
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