are the highlight of this place. Location is fantastic and the reception staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming which is exactly what you want when at a hotel, let alone at a 4 star hotel. The hotel is small, yet comfortable and of course very charming (renaissance building built in 1480). Like I said the furnishing, the style of the house and the whole set up make it a nice little boutique hotel. When you see 4 stars do not think your commercial hotels because that is not what you will get. Expect high ceilings, no IKEA furniture and a clean environment.
We booked a double room and i think our only disappointment was the bed. Not that it's uncomfortable but the fact that (like may hotels nowadays even your commercial ones) they are two single beds put together by a double bed cover so it does split in the middle but believe me its not a show stopper for me - just something to point out. Apart from that the room is not a bad size for the location and the building you are in. The bathroom is ok but this is what it is in Italy and in fact for Italian standards its actually rather spacious - the only reason I said 'ok' is the shower but I am spoilt and it really isn't that bad.
Ok here it comes...the negative part - the breakfast. The breakfast was incredibly horrible. I mean the coffee was horrible, the pastry was horrible, the service was terrible (they were busy and the 2 wait staff just did not seem to be able to cope) and I this could be a one off thing but I thought I would just give you a heads up. And look if it isn't as bad as my experience - awesome - then you should give this place 5.
Like many hotels in Florence in peak season, the price may seem a little steep but this is Italy and considering other hotels in the area and the prices they ask - it was good. This place was great because you are close to the train station (max 500m) you are next to the Arno river (800-1km walk) you are basically next door to Santa Maria Novella and 1km away from Piazza del Duomo (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore) and my favourite restaurant - 'Il Latini' (check out my review on this place - it is a must!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Palazzo dal Borgo is an elegant privately owned boutique hotel, converted from the renaissance palace that belonged to the Medici dal Borgo Family and it’s one of Florence’s historic monuments. Located within sight of the church of Santa Maria Novella, you can experience the charm of an historical atmosphere in an ancient Medici’s palace of the XV century. In the hotel lounges, Florence tells its story. The cosy lounges are elegantly decorated with antiques and original paintings which create an intimate and stylish ambience. The frescoes that decorate the ceilings of all common areas make of Palazzo dal Borgo a 4 star hotel, unique and endowed with the most typical florentine charme. A selection of art books is available to guests for a relaxing break before the visit of Uffizi, Duomo or Ponte Vecchio. A small secluded courtyard garden offers an inviting and relaxing atmosphere. Do not miss the morning breakfast served among tuscan terraccotta and lemon trees deeply absorbed in the peaceful garden with view of Santa Maria Novella Cloister. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Dal Borgo Florence
- Aprile Hotel Florence