I'll begin with the obvious -- the location of this hotel is unbeatable, proudly reigning on the piazza together with the splendid church of Santa Maria Novella. So close to public transport, and also easily accessible (when required!) by taxis and other vehicles.
The hotel was recently renovated with a sympathetic and artistic eye. Brilliant use of photographs to enhance room doors, stairwells, and walls. Ample, comfortable lobby and bar. But what makes this place so special is its staff. From the desk to the breakfast servers to the porters to the maids -- to a person, the staff were friendly, helpful, and approachable. And while I'm thinking of it -- the breakfast was/is simply superb. They even had on hand several gluten free products to accommodate my own dietary issues.
On top of that -- free wif-fi and, in our superior room, a fabulous view, noise cancelling glass in the windows, and a spacious bathroom. Why would we ever stay in any hotel in Florence but this one?
- 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