My wife and I just returned from a trip that included 4 nights at this terrific hotel. We booked a suite, and got an enormous apartment (Room 301 which we highly recommend) with two huge windows looking directly on the Arno. This hotel is not near the Arno, it is on the Arno. Looking out the huge windows to the left is the Ponte Vecchio - which is quite a sight as it is reflected by the Arno; directly below is the and viewed another way is the Ponte alla Santa Trinita, and to the right is the Ponte alla Carraia. In addition to a huge living room with a large dining table, we had a separate small dining room with full size fridge and freezer, and a small full kitchen which even had a washine machine as well as a dishwasher. This was a lot more than we expected, and for all this the price was reasonable. The hotel staff was consistently helpful, cheerful and knowledgeable. The roof terraces were a special treat with view of the rooftops of Florence and a nice place both for breakfast and to watch the long summer sunset with a cocktail. Despite its very central location, the hotel is extremely quiet. Easy walks to all the best of the sights and shopping in Florence. In summary, we could not have had a better hotel in Florence for great value and service. We relied on the hotel to recommend every restaurant we visited on this trip, and all the recommendations were outstanding and within easy walking distance. We have traveled very extensively, we like great boutique hotels and great service, and we certainly got it all from Antica Torre. Highest recommendations!!!
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Antica Torre Di Via Tornabuoni Hotel Florence