Brilliant rooftop terrace, with a stunning view. The rooms are conformably elegant, and the staff is exceptional. Rather you need a recommendation to one of the areas great restaurants, advice on a tour, or a movie recommendation from the hotel's library (you'll find both modern and classics), you'll feel like part of the family at this amazing hotel.
This hotel is situated on the river with amazing views of the city. Out our 2 main windows, on the 5th floor, was an unimpeded view of Il Duomo's magnificent dome and bell tower. A third window in our room looked out over the red tile roof tops and across the River Arno. If your room's view isn't enough, the hotel has two rooftop terrace's, one on the north (Il Duomo View) and one on the south (River Arno) that offer you a fantastic look into the hear of this amazing city.
The breakfast was amazing, and the service is first rate. Be patient with the hotel's elevator, and be sure to read the plaque by it's doors for instructions (I felt like an idiot after pushing the button each time I saw it blinking), but watch out for the door! Let me just say... when you decide which floor your going to, and you push that button... your committed!
We were in Florence for only two nights (three days). The hotel is conveniently located to most of the city's attractions (Rail Station, Academia, Il Duomo, Palazzo Pitti, etc.), which made it an ideal home base for us as we dashed between tours, Gelato, shopping, and dinner reservations.
My only complaint is the internet speed (the only reason it didn't get 5 stars). If being in Firenze has't made you feel as though you've gone back in time, the internet speed will. I felt as though I had just connected to my old dial up modem (minus the screechy noises) each time I got back into my room. I'm sure it's difficult to create a high speed wireless network inside a structure built 700 years ago (I'm told it's one of the oldest hotels in Florence) but it made it almost impossible to book reservations, rail tickets, or write this review.
- 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