Centrally located in a lively and interesting square, this is a very comfortable and friendly hotel. Food is excellent and we enjoyed watching the activity in the square - some guests called it scary but that's unfair - it is full of Florentines as much as anything else, so not just tourists and "people like us". Spent two very good evenings watching a man exercising his spaniel, lots of children playing and the local busker playing his selection of acoustic ballads. Only low point was the 5 minutes when he was frowned out by evangelical christians, but they soon moved on, thankfully.
Service is friendly and helpful, though it would be nice to have the downstairs bar open to sit inside in the cool when returning from plodding the pavements. However, overall, great hotel with great location - thanks to all the staff, especially the maitre d', for very attentive service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Hotel Minerva, renovated in 2015, is a 4-star superior hotel in the heart of Florence's historic center in its illustrious Piazza Santa Maria Novella, which is close to the main railway station. Florence's key tourist attractions are all just five or ten minutes' walk from us as well as the Congress and Fair Center. The hotel boasts 102 rooms, suites and family solutions and a breathtaking rooftop terrace (open all year round) with an open-air swimming pool (open from May to September). It also offers a restaurant with its "al fresco" extension on the Piazza and five meeting rooms with day light. High speed wi-fi is free in all common areas and rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Florence