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Grand Hotel Minerva
Ranked #50 of 410 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 March 2013

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.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

Location was great, near to train station and all major attractions are at walking distance. Hotel is clean and food is also great. Staff is very cooperative and frendly. You can take tours and can move from hotel to almost every where, not only in florence but in Italy. I have stayed 10 days in this hotel and this was my second time.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

I stayed here for 10 days in March while on a business trip. While the hotel doesn't look like much on the outside, it's a great place to stay. Numerous attractions, restaurants, and shopping is within easy walking distance. I had a view of Il Duomo from my room. (see my picture).

The staff is friendly and everyone speaks English. A breakfast buffet was included, and it was a great way to start the day. Very interesting artwork in the lobby walls.

I didn't realize until late in my stay that there is a patio on the top floor which offers great views and a good place to catch up on emails.

They do not have a fitness center, however.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

This Hotel is a great place to stay for location, comfort, mostly good staff and cleanliness. HOWEVER, some idiot designed the bathroom in Room 326 which is a junior suite, (and has a lot to offer) with a bathtub and shower that DOES NOT HAVE A SHOWER DOOR OR CURTAIN. You cannot make this up. What he did do was put a jacuzzi in the tub and obviously decided that the button that operates the jacuzzi would lnterfere with the shower doors. When you attempt to use the shower, you are reminded of the 1966 flood in Florence. It is beyond absurd. The width of the tub is so ridiculous because of all the jacuzzi hardware that taking a bath is not easy. It's a monumental shame because the hotel has so much to offer. The majority of the desk staff are efficient and always pleasant. The Managerial staff is efficent and always pleasant. So just beware of that room.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

Stayed at this hotel in February 2013. hotel is just a 3-4 minute walk from the SMN train station, right on the square. On arrival i was surprised to be offered a free room upgrade. The room was huge, yes literally huge with a big bedroom and an equally large bathroom. Cleanliness of the room was up to the mark. The beds were a little uncomfortable though for honeymooners.. :P. Breakfast was also good, though very limited for vegetarians (but that was expected). All the major sites are within walking distance from the hotel.
Only disappointment was the food at restaurant and lack of sound proof rooms.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

This hotel is in one of my favorite cities: Florence. It is located in. Lovely square, close to many great resturants, ( theirs is good too) and shopping! Rooms are wonderful, staff accommodating, and free WiFi!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

the situation was ideal, we had a large suite with our 2 kids, we had a wonderful time because the location was ideal, the staff was very kind and helpful, breakfast buffet was not exceptionally good, a parking service for our car was organised by the staff at reception, we didn't have dinner in the hotel and it was too cold (december) for swimming in the roof top pool, which looken nice!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel Minerva

Address: Piazza Santa Maria Novella 16, 50123, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santa Maria Novella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#38 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#39 Family Hotel in Florence
#48 Business Hotel in Florence
#61 Romantic Hotel in Florence
Price Range: £117 - £377 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Minerva 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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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