We just stayed at the Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo. Yes, it is a beautiful palazzo with the most
fabulous furniture. Yes, it is steeped in history and yes it is right behind the Duomo. Also, the location can not be beat.
Now for the practical experience. Our room was way too small and we wanted to upgrade (we would pay) but, being October this small hotel was booked. We were told that they would try to move us and they did for the last two nights (we were there for four nights). We were moved into the "fabulous" room #9. Room #9 is a gigantic room with a very very high ceiling. It faces the Duomo which is good and bad. Good is the fabulous views. Bad are the bells ringing from the church at various times. Bad also is the fact the the room is furnished in the most beautiful antiques and here lies the problem. Because of the furniture there are signs around the room to not put glasses here or wet things there. We can appreciate that and treated the room with the utmost care. The problem was that the room just wasn't comfortable. There wasn't really anywhere to sit and relax other than the bed for the furniture was delicate etc. etc. We couldn't eat in the room because there wasn't anywhere in the gigantic room to sit and eat. I think you get the picture.
The staff here is very nice but, not really that helpful. Florence is THE place to buy leather goods but, you have to be careful of some of the places . Some are knockoffs and some are imported from outside Italy . Some of these stores slap a label on the product and call it "made in Italy". I asked for help to find a quality leather store and was told "they had no idea" .Hmmmm.
Next we asked about upscale restaurants they could recommend and they came up with nothing. By accident we came across a wonderful restaurant call Barretto (Via Del Parione) and brought a card back for the desk in case someone was looking for a very good restaurant. They promptly lost the card. Another Hmmm.
They serve a light breakfast here which is nothing special. The lovely lady in the small dining room will make you a hot breakfast but that will cost extra. I personally just need a cup of coffee. Anyway this same woman made the most delicious lemon cakes. The problem was she served the leftovers the next day along with some fresh cakes and some fresh fruit which was no longer fresh.
We tried this hotel and it was an interesting experience. Next visit will be somewhere else. Somewhere with less hype about the history, etc. Please don;t get me wrong. We appreciated our surroundings. We just need a little more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfortable and beautifully decorated rooms set in a grand, ancient house that has the uniqueness of a private aristocratic residence.Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo is located in the heart of historical Florence, 30 mt. away from the Cathedral, in the centre of the shopping area and at walking distance from the main monuments and museums. It’s origins date back to the 14th century. The great sculptor Donatello (15th century) had his workshop here. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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