We chose this hotel because of the location (literally a 5 minute walk from the train station) and because it was one of few in Florence having a pool. We booked a junior suite which was pretty much as depicted on the website, although there wasn't a balcony. It did have a wonderful view of SMN church.
The bed was very, very comfortable (a pleasant surprise since I had heard stories of uncomfortable beds in Italy). The room itself was bright, very clean and reasonably spacious. The bathroom was somewhat small, but the jacuzzi made up for the size of the bathroom.
Staff were very pleasant and helpful and made us feel quite welcomed.
The view from the pool area was spectacular. The pool itself was somewhat on the small side, as was the surrounding area, and was fairly crowded as it was 104 degrees when we visited.
I would highly recommend this hotel and certainly will return if I have occasion to visit Florence again.
- 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 97 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