Having just returned from a stay at the Grand Hotel Minerva in Florence I felt compelled to share our experience as it was Trip Advisor that helped me decide where to stay.
The hotel is a 5 minute walk (if that) from the rail station and is superbly situated to explore Florence. It has a piazza directly outside with the Santa Maria Novella Church right there and a great gelato shop on the right as you leave the hotel. Whilst we were there 25 May 2013, there was a gelato festival and one afternoon lots of dancers jiving away - fabulous!!!
The hotel is clean (top requirement of mine), comfy, brilliant staff; welcoming and helpful. Some of the rooms are truly fabulously grand. Ours was a family room which had three sleeping areas. and two bathrooms and very spacious. The main bed was lovely, the two sofa type beds not so, but still had a good sleep.
We would return should we decide to visit Florence again. Definitely buy the Firenze card - this makes visiting the attractions easy and your not tied to long queues - where the badge around your neck where the attraction staff can see and fast track you.
As said before, you can walk everywhere from this hotel. The markets are great fun - Florence is spectacular :-)
And of course, this hotel has brilliant roof terraces with a spectacular views and a pool! Small but the children enjoyed it and its lovely to sit around in the sunshine.
- 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