Spent a week here in February (and I think you need a week to give Florence and the area any justice). We were given a room at the back (27); very comfortable with a big double bed and a good bathroom. One big plus point is the location; it's close to the sights and I found that, as an early riser, I was able to get up, go for a walk, take in a couple of the sights before things got busy and still be back in good time for breakfast. It's also handy for the bus and train stations (take the bus to Siena and visit the Duomo - this should be on everone's must visit list).
The only problem is that we found the area to be short of good, reasonably priced places to eat. The best we found was Alfredo sul Arno; go over the Ponte Vecchio and turn left.
Try to go out of season though; things were not too busy and we didn't have to queue for the Uffizi.
- 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