We stayed 5 nights at the Hotel Bonelli as part of a wedding group. Simon, the proprietor was wonderful right from the start. He coped efficiently and so politely with our constant emails altering dates and numbers of our party. This is an absolutely typical, Italian 3 star hotel and has everything that it says it does. A choice of outside patios with tables to relax and an area surrounded by stunning walks and views. The rooms, in fact all of the hotel, was absolutely spotless and could not be faulted. We had room 15 and the double bed and bathroom was fine, although I could appreciate that the shower might be a little small for today's build of UK men folk. However, unless it's a brand new hotel, I think UK visitors would find this to be the case with most Italian bathroom showers. Extra towels and more clothes hangers were provided without any fuss and within minutes of requesting them. Some might have found the mattresses a tad hard but ours was ideal for us. The air con worked and also heated the room. There was plenty of extra blankets if required. The room was cleaned and restocked daily to an excellent standard. The breakfast was a choice of fruit juice, 3 cereals, breads, pastries, croissants, cheese, ham, salami and a large bowl of fresh fruit, which is a typical continental breakfast in southern Europe. The 2 cheerful and pleasant ladies who supervised the breakfast room provided a prompt pot of water for tea (tea bags were excellent). There were various coffees available but (following advice on Trip Advisor) asking for a jug of Americano latte ensured we were given a large jug of very smooth, excellent coffee and either cold or hot milk to go with it. Simon would provide us with a pot of English tea at any time of day either in our room or anywhere else in the hotel. There was someone at reception whenever we required it. You would be lucky to find any hotel in Fiesole that didn't involve a hill or tight corners and Bonelli's is found via a sharp, narrow right hand turn and on a hill. BUT it is ideally situated just yards from the road which runs directly through Fiesole and all the restaurants etc. We were surprised how, within 48 hours, we were coping with all the inclines without a problem and the car remained in the garage! The only advice I would give is DO NOT hire a large car. We had a Renault Clio and that really is the largest I'd recommend for these roads. Simon has parking for a few cars within the hotel but you need to book ahead. It is cheaper than parking on the road and you have to pay wherever you park on a road in Fiesole. We explored Fiesole and Simon and his staff were really helpful with answering any queries and providing suggestions of where we should go. All in all Simon and his staff went out of their way to accommodate all of our needs. This is a lovely little 3 star hotel and we were sorry that they only provided breakfast. But it was no problem picking up a large Tuscan bread roll and pastry to bring back with us after a few hours of walking to enjoy with a pot of tea delivered by the ever smiling and quietly efficient Simon. The hotel has WIFI. I would recommend this hotel for all types of groups because the owner and staff are so happy to go out of their way to cater for all needs and there is a choice of different types of rooms. The hotel situation is ideal for exploring Fiesole or for visiting Florence. I'd confirm what other reviewers have said re. the No. 7 bus and you can also board either the red or yellow tour bus in Fiesole square, which will take you on a lovely sightseeing tour (one hour) to and around Florence. Our one regret is that we bothered to hire a car at Pisa airport. We'd now recommend going by train or bus from Pisa to Florence and then catching the No. 7 bus to Fiesole. The public transport system is enviable and so easy. A lovely few days made even more enjoyable by the friendliness and helpfulness of Simon and his staff.
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- Also Known As:
- Bonelli Hotel Fiesole
- Hotel Villa Bonelli Fiesole, Province Of Florence, Italy