I stayed at the Antica Torre de Via Tornabuoni in June 2012 and had a wonderful experience. I chose it based on the reviews here on Trip Advisor and agree completely with the rave reviews it's received. I booked two "classic" rooms because higher-grade rooms weren't available at the time I booked, but was pleasantly surprised to be upgraded to full suites when we arrived, at no extra charge. My sister and I stayed in room 303, which had a large bedroom and bath with full shower and bidet, a large sitting room, and a full kitchen with a stocked minibar. The only downside was that it didn't have a view, but our sister and mother next door in room 302 had a gorgeous view of the Arno river that we 'borrowed.'
The hotel has a beautiful rooftop terrace with 24-hour complimentary tea and coffee and honor bar, and a delicious full complimentary breakfast with all kinds of fruit, pastries, cereals, eggs, bacon, sausages, caprese, bruschetta--something for everyone. I could have spent hours on that terrace and been perfectly happy.
The staff was fabulous, everyone spoke multiple languages and was extremely helpful and friendly--especially Dan at the front desk and Latifa at the terrace bar--and they provided excellent restaurant recommendations. (don't miss Parione or Osteria Cinghuale Bianco).
You absolutely can't beat the location of this hotel--it is situated directly on the Arno, one bridge down from the Ponte Vecchio. It's a short walk to everywhere--the train station, the Duomo, the Pitti Palace, the San Lorenzo shopping area, and excellent restaurants. Everything really is very walkable.
- 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