This is easily one of the best properties I've stayed at anywhere! Our room, the Panoramic Suite, had a huge, beautifully decorated bedroom leading onto a lovely balcony overlooking the Arno, with the Ponte Vecchio a block away. During our 2-night stay temporary scaffolding was in place at one side of our balcony for restoration of the neighboring building. I was very impressed that the hotel contacted me a month before our stay to alert me to the scaffolding, giving us the option to change to a different room or cancel our reservation. We debated, but in the end kept our reservation for the Panoramic Suite, and were glad we did; the scaffolding only partially obscured the view and should not cause anyone to avoid booking here.
The bed was the most comfortable we had anywhere during this 10-day visit to Venice and Florence, and it was always very quiet at night in our room; the doors and windows are modern and well sound-proofed, and the air conditioning kept us cool without making a racket.
The separate entrance room had a desk and a wide bay window with lounge cushions. For anyone who had to tear themselves away from the view to do work, the free wi-fi was very fast and reliable and the desk in the entrance room was wide enough to spread out papers and laptop. The electronic safe in the entrance room's closet was big enough to hold a large laptop with plenty of room left over for SLR cameras and other big items.
The toilet and bidet were in a separate room from the gorgeous main bathroom, all light-grey marble. This has a large tub with shower (not a separate shower enclosure).
The hotel has three separate terraces: one on the sixth floor where guests take breakfast, overlooking the Arno and NW Florence, another on the sixth floor served by the hotel's bar (staffed by a wonderful young bartender until 10 p.m., and on the honour system thereafter) with a truly stunning 270° view that takes in the Duomo, and finally a smaller terrace on the seventh (top) floor.
Although Antica Torre does not have a full-service restaurant, the bartender can make up a plate of tasty appetisers, and anyway there is no shortage of restaurants in the vicinity. We were pleased with the range of options in the hotel's breakfast buffet.
This would be a good hotel to choose if you'll be driving into Florence, as it is very straightforward to reach by car from the road on the N bank of the Arno, and the cross-street it faces is wide and has virtually no traffic so it's easy to park in front of the hotel to unload your luggage. The front desk coordinates valet parking at an affiliated lot if you don't want to go off to find self-parking options.
Not only is this a beautiful historic property, but it's also situated in a very classy neighbourhood: a Salvatore Ferragamo flagship store is directly across the street and the other nearby shops are high-end.
The multinational staff were all exceptionally pleasant and helpful, including with dinner reservations, and made us feel very welcome. Thoughtfully, they had a complimentary bottle of Prosecco waiting on ice for us upon our arrival.
On the same trip we also stayed 2 nights at Villa La Vedetta, on the other side of the Arno (reviewed separately), but we greatly preferred our time at Antica Torre, and would definitely stay here again on any future visit 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
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- Also Known As:
- Antica Torre Di Via Tornabuoni Hotel Florence