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Il Guelfo Bianco
Ranked #28 of 422 Hotels in Florence
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Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews
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“Great choice in Florence!”
Reviewed 7 August 2011

I won't put a lot of details, since you can read lots of great reviews, and it will give you an idea of what to expect.

We found the room very comfortable, the desk staff very nice, and the location fantastic: a 5 minute walk to the Duomo and then the historic centre, but just north of the core, so it's a little more quiet and peaceful than if you are on busier street.

It's even walkable to the Santa Maria Novella train station, although with suitcases it might be better to take a taxi - we walked to the hotel with suitcases from the station, and with the summer heat, I was soaked ;)

Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

Excellent location, within walking distance of everything. After climbing the belltower, I quickly walked back to the hotel just to change my shoes.
Good valet parking service.
Our room (108) was spacious and comfortable and very clean. It was facing the courtyard and very quiet except during breakfast time (from about 8) because most people had breakfast in that courtyard. As we are usually early risers, we didn't mind but if you want to have a lie-in, ask for a different room.
The bathroom was good, too. One evening there was very little water in the shower and it was a bit difficult to rinse the shampoo out of my hair, but the next day the water was good again.
The service was always very good.
The price for what we got was very reasonable.

Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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GUELFOMANAGER, Manager at Il Guelfo Bianco, responded to this review, 9 August 2011
Dear Angela036,

thanks very much for your review. We are really happy you had a great stay with us. It's true we had a problem one day with the water and we were so scared we coudln't fix it. Luckly we found out very quick the problem and but you see....it's not easy to reach the plumber on Sunday...However we really had a problem one day (Sunday of course...it's never happen week days!) and we were able to solve it the day after (in the morning).
Thanks once again and hope to welcome you here in the future.
I wish to thank you all the customers who write about their experience at Il Guelfo Bianco Hotel on Tripadvisor. Even if I do not answer directly to every single review, me and my staff always read them.
A big hug to everybody by Antonella (Hotel Manager) Daniele, Giulia, Dario, Francesco, Evelyn (front desk assistants) Lorenzo, Sara, Giulia, Elena (breakfast room staff) Shams together with Sara, Giulia , Elena (Il Desco bistrot restaurant staff) and also by the owners Bargiacchi Family.
Ciao from Firenze!

Antonella Rocchini
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Hamilton, Bermuda
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Reviewed 6 August 2011

Of the three triple rooms I stayed in when I was in Italy, this was by far the biggest. For a price of 165 Euros/night for 3 people, I would consider this hotel a very good value. Do not be fooled by the quality of the hotel just because it is right next to a McDonalds.

The hotel is about a 5 minute walk from the river. About 2 minutes from the Duomo. It is right in the center of Florence. No complaints.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Sao Paulo, SP
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2011

I spent 3 nights at this wonderful hotel last July (2011) with my husband and two daughters (12 and 7). We’ve booked a Deluxe room and it was very comfortable and lovely with a king bed, plenty of space for our luggage and two extra beds separated from the main room by a small wood divider.

Every single detail at the hotel made us felt cared for. From the first welcome e-mail to the great toiletries from “Emporio Toscano”.

The free breakfast buffet needed a review itself. Fresh and delicious.

But these comforts may be found at any 5 stars hotel. What makes Il Guelfo Bianco unique is the service they provide.

1) A front-desk/concierge that really cares and gave us priceless tips to return our rented car, made reservations at great restaurants and always had something interesting to talk about. Thank you Antonella.
2) A cleaning lady that didn’t accept a tip with a shy smile - “It is my job, signora”.
3) A Chef that prepared delicious casual dishes and shared stories from his one year old daughter.

If you want to have 5 star service and comforts for a 3 star price, Il Guelfo Bianco is your hotel in Florence.

Around the hotel:
1) Kids will love the toy store “Dreoni Giocatolli”, just a few steps from the hotel. Don’t let the small entrance deceive you. The store is huge and lovely.
2) Ask Antonella to make reservations at “La Cucina del Garga” and “I’ Toscano”, both restaurants have great food and are just a short walk from the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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New York, NY
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2011

The hotel is a couple of blocks from the Academia and maybe about 5-7 minutes from the Duomo. The room was pretty large for a European hotel room with very high ceilings. The bathroom was very clean. The wifi was free. Breakfast consisted of breads, cheese and some meats. One thing is we were on the first floor, but once we got out of the elevator, our room was actually about 15 steps further up. Just be aware if you have issues carrying your suitcase. There were rooms on the proper first floor though.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2011

My new wife and I have spent a good few holidays in Italy since we first met so when it came to picking a location for our Wedding Tuscany was always on the short-list! We decided to hold the reception & church do in the hills above Florence (Fiesole) but stay in Florence city centre so we could be clsoe to all our guests, bars an restaurants etc. We've stayed in Florence 4 times before and after an exhaustive search for the "perfect city centre hotel" (at the right price) choose Il Guelfo Bianco for the wedding guests and ourselves.

Its got just about everything:

Smack bang in the centre of town and therefore close to all the top sites, bars and restaurants (no more than 5-10min walk to anything of note).

Great staff who speak fantastic english and are always helpful (ask for the lovely Antonella)

Old world charm/rooms with all the mod cons - very clean and tidy.

Great value for a hotel...it says 3* but closer to 4*.

Lovely buffet breakfasts.

Only Cons are:

Some rooms dont have a bath so make sure you ask for one if you like a long soak in the tub.

Its very popular so book early!

All in all one of the best value hotels in Florence.

Make sure you also eat in Baldavinos inSanta Croce and Golden View Open Bar by the Ponte Vecchio...a must for any trip.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Lyndhurst, New Jersey
2 reviews
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

Incredibly comfortable room, great location, helpful & courteous staff (they always greeted us with a smile and recommended some awesome restaurants)

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Il Guelfo Bianco
Address: Via Camillo Cavour 29, 50129, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > San Lorenzo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Florence
#18 Business Hotel in Florence
#25 Romantic Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Il Guelfo Bianco 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is right in the city center, between Piazza Duomo and Piazza San Marco , few steps away from Accademia (the museum where you can see the famous DAVID by Michelangelo). It's housed in two late 15th century building next each other. All rooms are different in size and position - executive rooms have a standard size - superior rooms are larger - de luxe and junior suite are very large with a sitting area. We have rooms overlooking the courtyard, gardens and several rooms overlooking Via Cavour which is the main street but 70% pedestrian and so it's not too noisy. All rooms have triple glasses and double windows. WI/FI available in all the rooms and the drawing rooms and it's free of charge if you have your own laptop or i-phone or i-pad. Bistrot restaurant next door "IL DESCO" open every day (12 till 10,30 pm but on Sunday it closes at 3,00 pm) with good menu' all day long (many organic products directly by the owner's farm. ... more   less 
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