Our family of four stayed at the Palazzo Magnani Feroni for two nights in August 2011. We were in the "family suite" on the second floor which is the Giuseppe and Fiamma Suites -- large living room, king bedroom with bathroom and bathtub/shower, second bedroom with two single beds and another bathroom with shower. This was by far the biggest suite we stayed in during our trip to Italy - about 1500 square feet total. There was a lot of closet and drawer space, lots of desks and tables. The tvs in all three rooms worked well (Yankee games!) and so did the air conditioning, which was necessary in the 100 degrees F heat! The staff at check-in was lovely and helpful. As the photos on the website show, this is a unique property - the kids felt like they were staying in a real, luxurious old palace, because, um, they were!
The hotel staff could have arranged reservations at the Uffizi galleries for a 5 Euro per person premium (on top of the 15 Euro entry fee plus 5 Euros advance reservation fee charged by the museum) but we ended up walking over to the Uffizi late one afternoon and got in at a reduced rate of 10 Euros per person because it was after 4 pm, and we only waited about 30 minutes in line.
Breakfast was in a huge room with high ceiling with the usual European assortment buffet style, plus really good scrambled eggs with ham and fresh-squeezed orange juice, which was hard to find elsewhere. When we stayed the breakfast room was very quiet, hushed, and somewhat formal (at least compared to the jovial bustle at the breakfast room at the Hotel Eden Roc in Positano, which you might expect at a beachy resort), so we kept the kids relatively quiet. My husband and kids made us of the pool table in the billiard room right off the outdoor courtyard on the second floor.
On our last night in Florence we planned to go to the rooftop bar for a drink with the kids before dinner (special non-alcoholic drinks for kids included a passion fruit drink the kids loved), but it was so nice and breezy we stayed to watch the sun set, ate several rounds of prosciutto and melon, finished a bottle of prosecco and called it a night around 9:30pm. The bartenders are all sweet and welcoming and chatty, and we had a great time up there.
The location of the hotel - a block from the Ponte alla Carraia, which is two bridges west of the Ponte Vecchio, was great for us - a 10-15 minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio and a very short (7 minute?) walk to the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. The restaurant Dante directly across the street from the hotel was fine for (and filled with!) families with kids. The best people-watching was in front of the Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi - lots of performance artists and comedians kept the kids entertained.
Overall this was one of the most relaxing and beautifully charming hotels we've been to and we would not hesitate to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palazzo Magnani Feroni is an historical home that for over five hundred years has been at the centre of Florence's aristocratic life: one of the oldest dwellings in the San Frediano neighbourhood, it has stood as an important symbol of the city's history and its artistic value. The class of this elegant renaissance palace, evident upon entering, finds its maximum expression in the sumptuous suites and the luxurious hospitality quarters, furnished with candelabra, statues, paintings and frescoes form the '500. Each suite reflects the refinement of the Renaissance style, with the subtle combination of comfort and modern technology and decorated with tasteful antique furnishings and materials originating from the owners' ancestors' antique collection. Spanning between 80- and 120-square meters (860- and 1300- square feet) in size, the 13 suites each comprise a large living room, bedroom(s) and master bathroom(s). Each includes all amenities expected of a five-star luxury hotel, including stereo, satellite television in both the living room and bedroom, internet port and self-regulating air conditioning units. An architectural jewel of the 16th century, the Palazzo Magnani Feroni belongs to the National Register of Historical Monuments of the State of Italy. Detail and ornamentation characterises the building throughout, surprising the wanderer with frescoes, vaulted ceilings and intricate wood-carvings. The Renaissance decor prevails in this palace of traditional Florentine lay-out. Breakfast, for instance, is served in a 160-square meter salon with hand-crafted wood ceilings illuminated by a large original Murano chandelier. In the winter evenings, this salon serves as an intimate, candle-lit Bar, accessible to Palazzo guests and their friends only. The same rules are applicable to the adjoining Billiard Room, as well as to the In-House Gym, so as to assure the guests with absolute privacy. The beautiful Roof-Top Terrace offers a breathtaking view of the city and houses the Palazzo Bar as soon as the temperature permits. Providing 24-hour Reception and Service, the Palazzo Magnani Feroni is run by a staff dedicated to meet your every need with efficiency and discretion, both prior, during and following your stay. Services include reservations to exclusive restaurants, recommendations of typical local eateries and trattorias, coordination of privileged entrance to the city's museums, airport / train station pick-up, private shopping tours, visits to the Ferrari Museum and private, chauffeured excursions to the beautiful Chianti valley. Also, Palazzo guests choose from a selection of CDs, DVD films and soap fragrances for their suite, as well as benefit from private Guides to shopping and restaurants off the beaten path, personally written by the owners of the Palazzo for an "insider's view" of Florence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Magnani Feroni Florence
- Palazzo Magnani Feroni Hotel Florence