My friend and I were in Florence in October 2006 and we stayed at the Grand Hotel Minerva, which is located in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the historic centre of Florence. The property is an old building from the Middle Ages (I could see the old bricks on the old wall adjoining the Hotel) and is one of the oldest hotels in town. The hotel is close to the central railway station (2-3 minutes walk) and the Duomo (5 minutes), and short walking distance to Uffizi Gallery and all the major artistic and historical attractions.
The hotel enjoys a nice view of the Piazza (square) and the church of Santa Maria Novella. The hotel also has a panoramic roof-top complete with a small swimming pool, a terrace solarium and a snack bar. I bet the roof-top will be very popular in the hot sunny days. Our double bedroom with a double bed was quite large and it was very nice and cosy. The bathroom was medium size, and was OK.
The daily breakfast buffet was great with large selections of food and excellent italian coffee (not the instant kind!). If you don't like coffee, you can also have tea or hot chocolate. The breakfast was served in the Breakfast Room, next to the hotel's courtyard garden, from 7 a.m. until 10.30 a.m.
I enjoyed my stay at this Grand Hotel Minerva. The hotel was very nice, the staffs were warm and friendly, the rooms were cosy, and the view from the roop top was great, especially at night.
Directions: From the railway station, walk towards the Santa Maria Novella Church (you can't miss it from the station), and you will reach the Piazza Santa Maria Novella. The hotel is next to this square.
- 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