I am way over due on this review, but still think i should comment. As previous reviews have said, it is a lovely hotel/B&B. We were in Florence for the third time and opted to spluge on this trip for a special anniversary so we paid extra to upgrade to the library room. The room itself is beautiful, the bathroom terrific, shower stall and separate large tub. The views from the terraces upstairs are spectacular. The breakfast buffet was delicious and the honor bar convenient.
However, the room is on the corner of the street next to the Santa Trinita bridge and the traffic noise and street noise from the bars on that street was very loud. We were there on the May 1st holiday week-end and I know that is a problem, but we stayed until May 5th and it was still not very quiet. Then the street cleaners and delivery trucks started up very early in the mornings. So if you need quiet to sleep, be aware, and maybe ask for a room away from that corner.
Lastly, and this is a little petty, but I had mentioned in my correspondense with the hotel that we were celebrating a special anniversary when I upgraded to the library room and no mention was made of it by any of the staff. That little extra would have been very nice, even just a "Happy Anniversary" greeting.
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- 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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