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Reviewed 21 February 2012

This boutique hotel was perfect for our trip to Florence - the central location, cute decor and unbelievably helpful staff made Hotel Davanzati feel like a home away from home. Little things like the evening cocktail hour, laptops in the room, and staff helping with museum tours and dinner recommendations made our stay hassle-free and thoroughly enjoyable! We will definitely go back!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

I'm not sure what I can say about Davanzati that hasn't already been said. The service is incredible, the location is perfect and there are so many little perks to staying here. It is no wonder why it is top rated in Florence.
The staff gave great dinner recommendations and even made last minute reservations for us to make sure we had no wait. The happy hour was a nice touch and was a perfect snack to keep us content before a late dinner. The staff was always nearby and willing to assist or help with suggestions and advice.
Overall we really enjoyed our stay in Davanzati and would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone going to Florence. The hotel was clean, service amazing...absolutely perfect!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

We spent 3 nights in Florence at the Davanzati. Our room was very clean and nicely decorated. It was on the small side as the bed took up most of the main room, and the shower stall was tight, but these were really small issues to us. There are lots of nice touches like Ipads you can borrow, a lap top in the room, and a lovely happy hour from 6:30 to 7:30 with complimentary wine. We had a great time talking to the other travelers and comparing notes. Breakfast is better than the usual continental fare, with espresso, and cappuccino if you want it. Tommaso is very helpful with lots of suggestions on restaurants and what sights to take in first. It's a 3 generation family place (with all of them there) and you can tell the care that goes into the service and details. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

My husband and I just stayed here for 8 days. The hotel is ideally located, with brief walks to all of the major sites and tons of restaurants and shopping. There is a very nice outdoor market- mostly leather- right down the street. There is a good trattoria a few doors down.

About the physical aspect of the place....don't go if you don't want to walk up at least one, and depending on your room location, two flights of stairs. There is a little elevator after one flight to go the additional flight to the lobby with your luggage when you arrive. But, after that you do not use it. We had fair warning of this. The hotel cannot do anything about this because of the historic nature of the place. And , they do warn people when you book. We did not mind this at all. And, the staff was very helpful with luggage moving- and they disappear before you can even try to tip them.

The rooms, if ours is any guide, are small by US standards but not particularly by European standards. The bed was extremely comfortable and nicely appointed. We both have neck and back issues and were very comfortable. Here is my only room complaint- there was no place to put things. The bathroom had a wide edged sink that allowed a temporary spot for toiletries, but other than that, there was a very small shelf- just enough for a cup and one small toiletry case. The bathroom, by the way, was a nice size and had a window- which was nice for additional defogging after showers. I would put a tiny corner table under the window with shelves or drawers so that more could be stored in the bathroom. The bedroom had one table with a small drawer. Other than that, there were no drawers and no shelves for clothing. There was one small closet. There was a tiny additional room with a chair and a little table, so that is pretty much where the clothes that could not hang lived during our stay. Note to owners- swap that little table for a small chest of drawers and do the same for the furniture under the TV. Although I am noting this,we obviously loved this hotel anyway.

The room had a white noise machine, which was great for my husband since I arrived with a cold. It also helped us to sleep in a little when we wanted despite outside noise. The rooms have double glass windows that swing open and also interior heavy wood shutters, so they do minimize outdoor noise and also block light well. Nice with jet lag.

Another great perk with this hotel was free and secure wi-fi. They give you user names and passwords for up to three devices. We had iPhones with us that we used, but they also have three iPads for use in the lobby. People seemed to use those in the lobby or in the breakfast/bar during breakfast and happy hour. There was always one available.

Speaking of happy hour, that was also a very nice extra. From 6:30 to 7:30, the breakfast room and lobby area are all candlelit, and there is music. They serve chianti or prosecco for free. Both were good- and we are picky. There are other things available for a price. We did this most, though not all nights. One night we had to do an early dinner to get to the opera. Another night, we wanted an enoteca experience and were hungry early, so we went there instead. There is a lttle food at happy hour but nothing that we wanted much of. Anyway, very nice.

The hotel is run by grandfather, father and son. They are very welcoming and helpful. We mostly dealt with Tommaso. Fabrizio was at the desk the two evenings when we were not able to go to happy hour, but we heard other guests speak highly of him. Tomasso gave us mostly good advice about wherer to eat. Actually, all but one recommendation was good. Do NOT go to Trattoria Garga. We went despite some of the bad trip advisor reviews since he recommended it, and we regretted it. Mediocre overpriced food and cigarette smoke. On the other hand, there were several others he recommended that were very good- (I reviewed them) two of them we returned to a second time for lunch or another dinner. Do go to Trattoria Armando and Canineta dei Verazzano though- not places he had mentioned. The staff other than owners also were all very pleasantand helpful.

Finally- breakfast- was a mixed bag. The hostess was very nice and accommodating. She made nice espresso and tea. The rest is buffet. There was very nice fruit every morning. Kiwi, oranges, banana, and pineapple. Very fresh and good. This was sliced on a platter, with each kind being separate so that you could choose only the pieces that you wanted. Then there were a lot of pastries that looked delicious, but all had egg in them, and I am allergic to egg. Even the croissants in Italy have egg in them, which is unusual. There was one thing that did not have egg. It was a roll. It was good the first day,okay the second day and then very stale after that. They did start also putting out some bread though, so I had that instead. There was a nice selection of jam. They also had some cereal and yogurt- I can't eat the yogurt, so I don't know how that was. There was juice. There was salami, ham and cheese as well. The salami and ham were good.

That about does it. I would love to return to this hotel. The positives far outweigh the negatives. It is a good value. You can't beat the location. Oh- and don't worry about language. We made a point to start learning Italian before we went because we wanted to. But you can certainly get by without it here.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

Yes, the good ratings are deserved, but don't forget that this is a 3-star hotel, not a 5-star. Highlights included cleanliness, friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, and safety and security. Happy hour was a nice touch- good opportunity to meet fellow guests and get dinner recommendations (minimal snacks though). Breakfast was a little sparse, but the fruit in particular was very good. Great room key system that allows them to know when you are in the room, so no annoying knocks on the door from housekeeping. Good attention to detail in a variety of ways, including the free, secure wifi, white noise machine to minimize street noise. Very comfortable bed. No drawers at all in our room, but there was enough room to organize things in other ways. Overall, a really good value in that they offered the things that we cared about the most.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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