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Hotel Brunelleschi
Ranked #23 of 410 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 June 2014

The is an enchanting hotel in the heart of Florence. We were upgraded to connecting rooms on the top floor which were so beautiful and comfortable we hardly wanted to leave. The staff can't do enough to help and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. We explored the private hotel museum housing the discovery of the city's oldest Roman artifacts, enjoyed the daily breakfast, and cocktails on the patio. For service, cleanliness, and comfort this hotel is exceptional.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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GeneralmanagerFi, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Brunelleschi, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your comment; we are very pleased to learn how comfortable you found the hotel and how you appreciated the service and the Staff.

We look forward to have you soon in Florence as our Guest and we invite you to visit our page Hotel Brunelleschi on Facebook to be kept up dated on latest news

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Rita Panebianco
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Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

I have stayed here twice- once in 2011 and once in 2012. Between my two stays the lobby was renovated and though the hotel was always great, it was even more beautiful in 2012! I stayed in a suite the first time which was truly phenomenal, but even the regular room on my second visit was very nice. For European standards is was a normal size, and the staff was great about cleaning twice a day. The concierge was excellent with making reservations for us even when they didn't know the restaurants we selected (we like trying things off the beaten path!). Highly recommend the hotel!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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GeneralmanagerFi, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Brunelleschi, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2014

Dear Guest,

Thanks so much for staying with us and for your kind words—we are delighted to hear that you did like the hotel and that you appreciated the Staff. Providing our Guests with the best possible hospitality has always been our main goal and we are more than pleased we have achieved it with you.

Thanking you again for your comment, we look forward to your next visit for another extraordinary experience and we invite You to visit the Hotel Brunelleschi’s page on Facebook or the magazine in our web site to be kept up dated on latest news.

Best regards

Rita Panebianco
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

A lovely hotel, in a great location. Before our arrival the concierge was helpful he arranged tickets and marvelous guides for us. Once in the hotel the staff could not do enough, they were wonderful. The hotel is well located in the heart of Florence, everything is within walking distance. The rooms like most in Europe or smallish, we had the Duomo suite which was quite nice, the bedroom was large and the setting room adequate, with a desk and small couch, but the views were breathe taking, we loved it. The bed and linens were lovely, the bathroom large and modern,with two sinks. To get to the suite from reception was a hike you have to take two elevators and about 20 steps , but well worth it. We had no complaints, everything was great except they charged us 10 euro for a wine bucket (no wine) and ice to be brought to our room; seemed excessive. When I go back to Florence I will stay here again. The hotel is expensive in season.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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GeneralmanagerFi, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Brunelleschi, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2014

Dear Guest,

We appreciate your desire to share with us your experience at the Hotel Brunelleschi, it allows us to improve our services. And we are very happy to learn that you did like the hotel location and that you appreciated the staff attitude. We are sorry regarding your feeling about our room service charge, but we are happy that this was the only point of your stay.

We stay at your disposal and we would be honored to have you as our Guest at Hotel Brunelleschi again in the future.

Kindest regards
Rita Panebianco

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

I stayed at this hotel with my sister and we had a wonderful experience at the place. It is definetely really beautiful, staff is friendly and the breakfast is marvelous.

We just have one but at this hotel, which is the size of our room and its view. Our room was definetely on the small size and we had views to a wall, so it felt claustrophobic. So be careful when choosing your room, as it is not a cheap hotel.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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GeneralmanagerFi, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Brunelleschi, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your comment; we are very pleased to learn that you appreciated the Staff and the breakfast.

We apologize if you did not appreciate the room. Our Classic Executive Rooms have a minimum size of 18sqm / 195 sq ft but Deluxe Rooms (minimum size of 26sqm / 280sq ft.) or Junior Suites (with an area of about 432 sqft.) are available with extra charge. The Reception Staff is always at our Guests’ disposal to make the most pleasant possible their stay in Florence.

We look forward to have you soon in Florence as our Guest and we invite you to visit our page Hotel Brunelleschi on Facebook to be kept up dated on latest news

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Of all of the hotels I've stayed at over the years in any country, this one was my favorite. The staff is very friendly and extremely helpful. The room was large and comfortable and nicely decorated. Conveniently located. If I ever make it back to Florence (and I certainly hope I do), I will definitely stay here.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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GeneralmanagerFi, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Brunelleschi, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Dear Guest

We want to thank You for sharing Your experience at the Hotel Brunelleschi with us. All information and details that You have given will allow us to offer our guests a higher level of service.

We are very happy to learn that You did like the room and that you appreciated our friendly Staff

We invite You to visit the Hotel Brunelleschi’s page on Facebook or the magazine in our web site to be kept up dated on latest news and we are looking forward to welcoming you back soon at Hotel Brunelleschi.

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Reviewed 30 May 2014

The Fable that is Florence


Come to this city of the Renaissance by train. Not just any train. Let it be the Eurostar Express carving a swathe through fields of sunflowers as it sighs through the Tuscan countryside from Rome. Air-conditioned, reclining seats, personal headphones and very, very fast.
Don’t be like the couple from Boston, who, having hired a car at the airport, spent two hours looking for their hotel only to eventually have to hire a taxi driver to lead the way to the hotel.
Escape from the very ordinary station with the beautiful name of Santa Maria Novella to Hotel Machiavelli, a fourteenth century convent with rooftop views of tantalising glimpses of domes and spires above the neighbouring roofs of red pantiles. Against the crumbling ochre walls of ancient buildings, these roofs take on a variety of hues in the evening light.
The receptionist is not from Firenza. She is from Siena where she tells us the population at the Millennium Census was exactly four more than in 1492!
Siena, not too far from here and worth the visit we are told. A medieval city famous for the Palio, that most infamous of horse races with its motto “Vincere e tutto”- to win is all.
Having encountered the traffic of Naples and Rome, coping with the Florentine variety is relatively easy. Ignore it. Don’t make eye contact. Don’t hurry. It takes nerve but it works in spite of the horns and indignant gestures of the drivers.
Close to Machiavelli is one of the most beautiful of churches, Santa Maria Novella where cool marble floors and dim corners of side chapels with their flickering candles give an oasis of calm from the Tuscan heat.
Outside, the ubiquitous pigeons, ever hopeful, strut around the Piazza looking for crumbs, too hot to fly.
Smuggled baguettes from Machiavelli the next morning supplement their diet as the pilgrimage begins. Instant mob violence takes over, as there is a contest for death by gluttony.
The voracious horde are gone leaving only a small white feather floating in the slipstream of their departure. And the reason for this departure?
The gypsies.
Two women of indeterminate age nursing offspring of equally indeterminate age sidle up to the unwary tourist and in wheedling tones present the brats for admiration.
It is at this point that the tourist should immediately take a tight hold of all valuable possessions and move hastily on. Failure to do so will result in other members of the tribe suddenly appearing and emptying every pocket with a speed that would put the Artful Dodger to shame.
An alternative course of action is to give them some money while moving quickly away. Still no guarantee against being relieved of everything else. No wonder the pigeon squadron took off so fast.
What price this city of culture, home of the Renaissance whose streets were walked by Leonardo da Vinci, where Cesare Borgia plotted his war campaigns and the Medici formulated plans for lending money at even more extortionate rates. It is unlikely that the average Florentine is aware of the ramifications of the Renaissance, but he is aware that tourists mean money, whether the florin of the fourteen hundreds, the lire of past years or the new Euro.
The beauty of this city is in its architecture. There is no other reason to come to Florence. And at the focus of its architecture?
The Cathedral. Il Duomo.
To wander inside is to savour the length of time it took to build. The stonemasons who worked on the building would have been aware that it would not have been finished until long after their death, and so it would have been a labour dedicated to the Almighty, with a hope that such a holy task would earn a shortened term in Purgatory.
It is the dome that is so breathtaking. With modern civil engineering methods it is difficult to realise that the cathedral was in fact without a dome for many years simply because no one could build one.
Until the architect Brunelleschi. He built the dome by making two shells, one within the other with a space of a few feet separating, yet joining them.
And if it is decided to visit the Lantern at the very top of the Cupola, then there is only one way up. Stairs between the shells. All 456 steps. The space between the domes is narrow. Very narrow. It’s dusty. It smells old. There is a deadness in the air that sucks the sound from voices. The steps wind up and around and inwards. The heat from outside radiates through the outer skin.
And it’s claustrophobic.
Once on the way up, there’s no turning back. Suddenly there is light and air. At the top, pause and be thankful. Then remember there is still the way down.
For now walk round the lantern at the top of the cupola and marvel at this triumph of engineering from an age long before tower cranes, concrete mixers and power tools. Look out over this city of the Renaissance at what was essentially the birthplace of modern civilization.
Where the banking system was invented by the Medici family who were so successful with their money lending, that they had to expiate their sins of usury by the building and adornment of churches.
Here in the quatrocento the city was divided into areas according to the gilds, which would have had loyalties to particular families. Even today the palazzos, which have survived from that time, can be seen to be aggressively defensive in their construction. It is recorded that running battles in the streets took place between different factions according to their gilds.
Walk round the cupola and look across this cityscape at the different churches. Be lucky and encounter the guide at the top who studies English and whose only wish is to practise it on tourists. Especially when he favours you with a view of the abyss from the secret chamber. The secret chamber is actually a tiny cleaners’ store with a window just large enough to allow a head to go through and peer straight down to the floor of the cathedral hundreds of feet below. It is a very strange sensation as there is no sense of support because of the way the dome curves away out of sight all around.
He is very proud of this secret and winks and taps the side of his nose knowledgeably as he locks the door. This would appear to be a conspiracy not to be shared with everyone!
Having enjoyed the view and ready to return to terra firma, be prepared if it is near midday to be entreated to stay at the top of the cupola. At midday, all the bells of the churches in Florence ring and it is an experience to hear first the bells of Santa Croce, the oldest Renaissance church in Florence, followed by others, until every church bell is ringing.
If the return downstairs is accomplished safely in spite of hordes of Americans who insist on pushing past in the confined space, it is worth going inside the cathedral to look up and see the top of the dome from below.
Probably the best way to see this is by lying down on the floor, otherwise a very sore neck can result from looking upwards.
However, it is advisable to have someone to stand guard, otherwise it is likely that no one will see the supine body on the floor as everyone else is also looking upwards.
Outside in the searing Tuscan midday heat, escape to Giotto’s campanile, or bell tower and if the legs will stand it, climb to the top.
Or go and look at the Baptistery with its superb bronze doors. This is a city of churches, each with its own history and all worth visiting even if it’s only for the chance to rest for a while.
Throughout its history, Florence has been plagued by flood from the Arno. Priceless works of art have been destroyed over the centuries and even now the threat is still there. Go and stand on the bridge where Beatrice ignored Dante in the masterpiece by the Pre – Raphaelite painter, Henry Holiday, and imagine this river in full spate. Look upstream to that most famous of bridges, the Ponte Vecchio with its goldsmiths’ shops and apartments, some as old as the bridge, built out from the parapet over the Arno. Walk the bridge and listen to the jumble of voices, little changed from when Leonardo wandered here, looking for faces to draw.
Wander the twisting streets and alleyways around the Piazza della Signoria where Michaelangelo’s David stands as a celebration of the victory of Florence.
And if the crowds in the queue for the Uffizi gallery are too long, go to the Bargello. Here, marvel at Verrochio’s David with the Head of Goliath in bronze, or the totally debauched Bacchus. In the evenings sit in the Piazza and listen to the crowds, the music and absorb the warmth from the stones of the square.
Go to the Ospedale degli Innocenti, or foundling hospital, the first Renaissance building in Florencce. A common problem of the time was foundlings, or abandoned babies. Such institutions as this were commonplace to deal with the problem.
Worth looking at are the terracotta roundels by Lucca della Robbia depicting the infants.
Be like Eleanor Lavish and deny the Baedeker. Rather lose directions and encounter strange by–ways with icons high up on walls..
And if the heat is too much and culture overload comes into play, escape by the number seven bus from Santa Maria Novella station up through the fields and villas into the hills to Fiesole, an enchanting little hill town looking down over Florence. Sit here and sip an iced tea and look down at the city vibrating in the heat haze. Wander the little shaded streets or visit the Cathedral. Find the Roman amphitheatre and sit with eyes shut. Listen to the cicadas, the buzz of flies and nothing else. Now. Two thousand years ago. No difference.
And for a view that is memorable, wander up to the church of San Francesco with its tiny monastery and peaceful cloisters. It is said locally that Boccaccio used Fiesole for his setting of the Decameron, that book of one hundred stories told by a group of young people who had escaped from Florence to a villa where they stayed for one hundred days while the plague raged in the city.
And perhaps another iced tea before returning to Florence? By the bus? Or walking? Two hours to walk, but its downhill all the way!
And tomorrow?
Maybe just sit in the Piazza della Signoria, drink a little wine, eat a little pasta, watch the crowds and sleep in the afternoon.
And in the evening….

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Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

This Hotel is, in my opinion, the best in Florence. A three night trip to Florence for my daughter's birthday turned out to exceed my expectations. The staff were polite and accommodating, the room which was a small suite was clean and tastefully decorated and very spacious for my daughter to put all her shopping bags!!! The breakfast was plentiful and the Terrace Restaurant relaxing with the waiters very attentive. We will definitely be returning to the Brunelleschi. Thank you for making our stay a memorable one.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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GeneralmanagerFi, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Brunelleschi, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Dear Guest,

Thanks so much for staying with us and for your kind words—we are delighted to hear that you did like the room and that you appreciated the breakfast and the Staff. Providing our Guests with the best possible hospitality has always been our main goal and we are more than pleased we have achieved it with you.

Thanking you again for your comment, we look forward to your next visit for another extraordinary experience and we invite You to visit the Hotel Brunelleschi’s page on Facebook or the magazine in our web site to be kept up dated on latest news.

Best regards

Rita Panebianco
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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
#20 Luxury Hotel in Florence
Price Range: £134 - £568 (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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