The Antica Torre turned out to be an excellent choice for our recent stay in Florence. Since Florence is fairly small, relatively speaking, it was easy to walk to most locations from the hotel's location on the river, only one bridge removed from the Ponte Vecchio. It certainly gave easy access to restaurants and activities on both sides of the river (though most tourist locations are located on one side). Our room was spacious, with a great view. It had a full kitchen, not really needed for our purposes, but it did provide extra (and usefull!) space, and a table to work on with the computer, maps, and so on. Property was very clean throughout. The breakfast, served on the rooftop terrace complete with an amazing view, was a treat each morning, with extensive selections (though the August heat forced us to eat inside most days - view was still great!). Service at breakfast was excellent, and friendly. Front desk personnel were also outstanding. Another great feature, though very under utilized, was the use of the rooftop area for "happy hours" (but certainly not at happy hour prices!) each evening, with a very skillful and friendly bartender. Perhaps some public advertisement would help, but advertising did not seem to be a hallmark in Florence in terms of any concerts, nightlife, etc. Needless to say, this is a pricey property, but I would think anyone staying here knows what they are getting into. Would not hesitate to stay here again should we ever again find ourselves on the way to Florence!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We personally enjoy welcoming our guests, we wish to reinvent the concept of hospitality, and we have the inspiration to provide the warmth of home in every detail. This is how the Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1, Florence came to be: a tower-house built in the mid-12th century by the Guelph family of Ruggerini. At the beginning of the 20th century, this palace became "Pensione Piccioli," and quickly turned into a privileged residence for aristocrats and English writers. Closed after the Great War, Pensione Piccioli reopened in 2001, as a Period Residence called "Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1." Thanks to attentive restoration to preserve all its original charm, the evocative ambiance of the Palace on Via Tornabuoni has regained life and warmth. This magnificent complex is considered one of the typical "tower-houses" of Mediaeval Florence, and, to this day, it still preserves all its characteristic architectural elements: it is an admirable example of the human ability to convert buildings built for war into oases of peace, culture and hospitality. In this ancient tower, we have created a world of harmony, privacy, and attentiveness to our guests' needs. Luxury, peace, and beauty are all in traditional Italian style, and give the concept of comfort new aesthetics. Almost all rooms enjoy an enchanting view of the city or the Arno River, and all are furnished with the highest in comfort: satellite plasma TVs, DVD players, wireless internet connection, direct line telephone, minibar, electronic safe, air conditioning and heating, private marble bath with tub and/or shower, hair dryer, slippers and shoehorns. Some of the Rooms and Suites are decorated with a Renaissance flair: with frescoes, drapes in coloured precious fabrics, bathrooms in red Alcantara or Gold Calacatta marble, and romantic four poster beds. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Odigeo, Hotels.com, Booking.com, Priceline, TripOnline SA, Traveltool, S.L.U., Cancelon, getaroom.com and Evoline ltd so you can book your Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Antica Torre Di Via Tornabuoni Hotel Florence