Booked 2 deluxe rooms - both had beautiful views. As has been said by others, this hotel/residence is all about the views - especially from the terraces, which are breathtaking. Breakfast was good (wish there had been room for more tables on the terrace as we never managed to breakfast there) drinks/food very expensive we felt so we ate elsewhere, but did use the honesty bar every evening and spent hours on the terrace. Some visitor photographs show the terrace to be very busy (maybe this was for a party?) but while we were there it was very quiet, and quite often we were the only ones there. Absolutely beautiful to watch the sunset.
Room decor etc isn't a priority for us, as we spend very little time in there, but our rooms were more than fine.
The situation is perfect, but the initial feel on entering the building is slightly unusual as it is in a building also used as offices. Again, this wasn't an issue for us, but might be for those looking for a grand hotel reception etc.
If we were to return, we would definitely come here again - for the views from the terraces.
- 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