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Hotel Davanzati
Ranked #8 of 420 Hotels in Florence
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“Love love love love”
Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

PROS:
1. Great location. It's minutes away from shopping, Ponte Vicchio, duomo and many more.
2. Great family owned, family run business. It's very clean and very well maintained property.
3. They offer continental breakfast from 7:30 to 10:300 and happy hour from 6:30-7:30. There's always fruit available for you to grab.
4. They have great Internet connection, ipads to use, travel books to borrow and even converters if you forgot yours.
5. Everyone is so helpful. The front desk staff (owners and family) help you book whatever you need. The staff also sent a bottle of wine to my room when they realized it was my birthday from my passport.
6. The cleaning staff is great. The room is spotless daily. One day I forgot my wedding rings in the room , they must have fallen on the floor. When I came back that night they were neatly put back on the bedside table.
Incredible hotel. I recommend it and I would definitely come here again. We enjoyed our stay so much, we are extending our stay a couple more nights (we're still here)

  • Stayed May 2014
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We LOVED this hotel. It is run by 3 generations of family members. You see the grandparents in the morning hovering around breakfast (outstanding breakfast), the parents through the day and evening and occasionally, son Tomas runs the desk. Incidentally, Tomas gave us 3 outstanding restaurant recommendations. The hotel is lushly appointed from the lobby to the rooms. The staff are all very gracious, kind and accommodating. I would ask for a different room in that our room only had one window and to open it meant opening up to the outside air. When it was shut, and the lights went out, it was BLACK dark which was GREAT for sleeping but we overslept on several days...not a bad thing. The drawback to this hotel is requires ascending 2 flights of stairs to get to the lobby. For us, this was not an issue. They have a cocktail hour serving wine, beer and snacks daily and we went daily. One night, we came back to the hotel to find the lobby lights dimmed, candles burning and European pop music playing and we thought (honestly), "is this our hotel?" It was and Tomas was in charge of the cocktail hour this night. We're in our fifties and honestly, this just made us smile and was a welcome surprise. The 3 restaurants Tomas recommended were 2 minute walks. A laundromat was located about 5 minutes away (and we needed to use one at this point). The market is only 5 minutes and the Duomo, main museums and the river and main bridges are all within 10 minutes. There is a famous little fountain of a brass boar located about 3 minutes away and that's a nifty little experience. Our cooking class shuttle picked us up about 10 minutes down the street so ideally, this was very well located. I highly recommend staying with Tomas and his father Fabrizio...you'll want to come back!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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bfold@man.com
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Hotel Davanzati started a friendship 11 years ago and have always treated as a close friend. I recently returned from 2 1/2 weeks in Firenze and was probably the best experience in all my visits to Firenze. I visited Tommaso, the son, at Hotel Davanzati and he said we gotta go out and party. Our nite began around 10:30 p.m along with Leo who works at Davanzati, Luca another friend and three American women and Tommaso who made reservations at Osteria dell Olio. He told me about this linguine pasta with duck bacon, parmesan shavings and truffles. To begin Tommaso had told me about this liquore made from mint and laurel. That was a eye opener! When I asked Tommaso where do the Italians come with these ideas for Liquore he said " We will extract anything!" Ok...along with a 2006 bottle of Syrah Bramasole we had our linquine duck bacon pasta. The bottom of the pasta bowl is laden with strips of duck bacon that gives a smoky flavor, handmade linguine on top, then shaved parmesan cheese along with thinly slice truffles, Delicious, magnificent. ( I later returned a week later by myself ate the same thing but this time sat outside). After dinner and a few more shots of the mint and laurel we went off to another bar and sat outside talking and having my first Negroni ever. It was almost morning by the time I made it home.

The next week Tommaso arranged another dinner where Tommaso, Leo another friend and myself went to trattoria Gargani, formerly Garga that I had been to11 years before. I had sliced veal in a cream sauce with sliced avocaddo wedges, but I saw Tommaso get the Filetto di Manzo (filet of beef) with fresh green peppercorns. The next nite nite I returned to Gargani after doing some nite fotography by myself do try the Filetto di Manzo. It comes witha light cream sauce covered with fresh green peppercorns, not black peppercorns, green, Delicious, you don't need to season your beef as every bite you take you can take a bite of the peppercorn. The more I ate the bettter it tasted.

Back to the nite before after we finished our dinner we went back to Slowly a bar next to Davanzati, waited for the nite to give birth and Tommaso took me over to the club YAB and got us in. A dance clube with different themes every nite, tonight was hip hop nite and the music was loud, the club crowded with people in constant motion.

Every time I have gone to Davanzati, they, either Tommaso or Fabrizzio, his dad, have made me feel welcomed somewhere in between a family member and a close friend. So Thanks again Tommaso.. Osteria dell Olio and Gargani were the two best restaurnants I ate at while in Firenze.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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San Clemente, California
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Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

My husband and I just returned from Italy and had the PLEASURE of staying at Hotel Davanzati for 3 nights. Fabrizio and his family were amazing hosts and we could not have been happier! The room was clean and nicely appointed. Comfy bed, hair dryer was good, shower was good! The breakfast was terrific as was the evening happy hour. What a treat! Really felt at home and cared for! Bravo!!!

  • Stayed April 2014
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

This is our third trip to Florence, and we stayed at Davanzati each time. We found it the first time throught tripadvisor, and the strong reviews were spot on. Three generations, great reccomendations for food and this time we rented a car to tour Tuscany, with Tomasio's help.

We love the location and the rooms are comfortable and well equiped. If there is a fourth trip, there might be, we would only stay at Davanzati

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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oahu
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Took tripadvisors advise to stay here, and it did not disappoint.
close to activities, and they strip itself.

Minutes from the bridge and great food options.
Pizzaria down the street like a block, we had take away 2 nights from there and just relaxed in the room.

Checkin:
easy, little hard to find stairs at first, but once we did no issues finding it each time. It is true what they write, some steep steps to get to the elevator. as we had a child and backpacks, it was sort-of a pain to get in and out for checkin/out.
checkin was easy, and friendly.
we were greated each time we came in and left.

Room:
room and bathroom was spacious. glad to have a tub for our son.
interesting as we had to leave our key in a slot inside room to keep power on.
all good, until one of us had to leave or go to breakfast, so either no key or no power if we separated.
drapes were awesome, never heard any sound from street and light never bothered us in the mornings.

Location:
again, awesome. so close to everything. better than when we stayed in the ST. Regis. don't expect a view, you are paying for room and convenience.

Food:
we loved evening wine and pupu's, and the breakfast was perfect for what we wanted in the morning. simple and easy for our 2 year old.

can't wait to come back and visit again.

only "bad" thing I can say is that directions that they gave us were not always "easy" to follow.
they are local so they give directions like they go there all the time...problem is as tourists we don't, so we got lost from directions more than once. that is probably more on us, and not on the hotel staff.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

My husband & I went to Italy for our 20 year anniversary this month. I researched with books & this site. All sources pointed to Hotel Davanzati. We loved it!!!! Excellent service, friendly (3 generations) people, fun happy hour, & lovely rooms!!!!! Highly recommend this hotel!

Our favorite restaurant from the whole also happened to be across the street (La Bussola).

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Davanzati
Address: Via Porta Rossa no 5, 50123, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#5 Family Hotel in Florence
#9 Green Hotel in Florence
#24 Business Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Davanzati 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is situated in an ancient (1400) typical Florentine building, right next to the Museo of Palazzo Davanzati, in Florence historical center. After very accurate restoration, Davanzati Hotel opens its rooms once again: with original Tuscan furnishing and with all the comforts. The hotel counts 21 rooms: 14 doubles, 4 single rooms, 3 suites equipped with: Air conditioning, Minibar, Sat - TV, Built-in safe, Telephone, High speed Internet connection. Also in the lobby/reception and the breakfast room (which are hot spots with free wireless internet access), there are 2 computers for free use always connected to the web. ... more   less 
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