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“Palace Life in Firenze”
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Principe Hotel
Ranked #211 of 411 Hotels in Florence
Spokane, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
276 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Palace Life in Firenze”
Reviewed 14 January 2014

We used the Hotel Principe in 2004 and 2013, for ourselves and several friends. Great location, on N side of Arno, looking across River at the Altrarno and Chiesa Della Carmine, and about a 5 min walk or short taxi ride from Santa Maria Novella train station. Family run, this former palace once housed the mistress of Victor Emmanuel II as he first ruled united Italy from the Piti Palace (and a romantic painting of her remains on the ceiling of the West parlor). Excellent beds, well furnished rooms and quiet with triple glazed windows. Breakfast buffet quite nice with best cafe Americano in Florence. Prices always seem competitive for four star at top of quality level. Staff always helpful and pleasant. Best rooms have glass doors onto balconies facing River.

Room Tip: No swimming pool.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

The hotel came like a blessing to us when we can't find affordable rooms in a jump-packed Firenze on a New Year's eve. The room price was below the average on that peak season and we were lucky enough to have found it in the nick of time. The quality of the services is superb with a feel that you are a valued guest. The room was big enough with comfortable bed and an old romantic touch on its design. We were assigned with a veranda overlooking the quaint garden, away from the buzzing streets. The location is 10 minutes walk to Ponte Vecchio by the Arno side. On New Year's eve, we're suppose to celebrate it in Piazza di Michelangelo but it was too cold so we stayed in the hotel. We wanted to witness the fireworks which would lit Florence so we asked if they have a rooftop. To our delight, indeed they have and we were the only lucky ones to see the fireworks of Florence on New Year's eve. We were also joined in by the hotel-in-charge/owner in watching the displays of color and sparkle.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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United States
Level 5 Contributor
33 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2013

Pros: Large room with nice terrace overlooking the river for a reasonable price. Good location within 10-15 minute walk to major attractions. Free parking. WiFi worked well and room was comfortable with large TV and safe.
Cons: modest breakfast; staff somewhat stiff and very reluctantly allowed to leave the car on property after early check out. Overall good choice for a stay in Florence.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lappeenranta, Finland
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2013

We liked very much Arno river view from balcony. Room was clean and bathroom big. Decor is old romantic style. Not far walk from sights. Breakfast was good and my man praised coffee. One night was party next building behind the wall and they (young people) play music loud, I told that to desk man and I think he solve it because it didn't take long time when music stop.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2013

My husband, daughter and I stayed at Hotel Principe for 4 nights in Florence this October. It was absolutely perfect....It had all of the charm and character that we wanted, and an excellent location along the Arno. Their courtyard is just lovely. Our room was very large, and the bathroom was huge. Most importantly, the owner and staff is truly amazing...respectful, caring, professional, helpful, and they all catered to our every need. There is always someone at the front desk to great you and answer any questions that you may have, which was so nice (not every place we stayed in Italy offered that). Wine and appetizers were waiting for everyone in the parlor each evening before we went out for dinner. Their breakfasts were perfect, and they made eggs for us in the morning in addition to their traditional buffet. Everyone made us feel like family. We would definitely recommend Hotel Principe for your stay in Florence, and we definitely plan on visiting again.

Room Tip: You can't really go wrong with any of the rooms...The rooms in back overlook the beautiful court...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Pleasant Hill
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Charming hotel with excellent customer service, nice balcony overlooking the garden, excellent location across the river. Cloth napkins at complimentary breakfast was a nice touch, front desk staff warm and welcoming. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2013

We stayed at this excellent hotel for one night on route to our stay in the Tuscan countryside. The hotel although a little faded is very grand and the staff went out of their way to make our stay comfortable. Our room was large and airy and very comfortable with excellent views of the river. Parking in the hotels secure lot was included in the rate with plenty of room for our quite large car. The hotel was well located close to the cities main tourist attractions which was perfect for such a short stay. Breakfast was tasty with a reasonabl selection available.

Room Tip: Ask for a river view.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Principe Hotel
Address: Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci 34, 50123, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santa Maria Novella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#96 Family Hotel in Florence
#99 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#104 Luxury Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Principe Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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