The Vila Villoresi was a very great disappoint. Very much overpriced both for room and board and, it would appear, now living off a lost reputation of by-gone years.
We are not inexperienced international travelers – and certainly not in Italy and Tuscany -- but we must admit that in this case we were taken in.
We had a room on the loggia. When it was opened, a cloud of dank and moldy air greeted us, a warning we should have heeded. Clearly the room had not been recently aired or cleaned. The proof of this were the cob-webs and the half dozen spiders or so we killed in our brief stay.
The pictures as currently shown on the web do not match the reality of the accommodations. They were taken either some years ago or else with the advantage of special lighting. Our room, despite its once-fine murals, was dark, dirty, and dingy.
Our room, at a top dollar price, like others on the loggia had no windows, and only access to light and air through two shuttered doors. The glass enclosures were too flimsy and revealing to leave open by themselves; but the shutters blocked all air and light to the outside world. Sleeping in this airless vault was extremely uncomfortable.
The garden of potted citrus trees, obviously many years old, was delightful, but the rest of the grounds were unkempt and in a sad state of maintenance. The pool was a foot or two low in water and littered with leaves and debris; no one, so far as we could see, used it during the time we stayed at the Villa.
Much is made of dining at the Villa in its advertisements. The one meal we took there we must admit was of good quality. But the charges are outlandish. We had many other fine – indeed, much better – meals in Tuscany at 40% -- or less -- of the price charged by the Villa. (We would recommend, for instance, the restaurant in the ‘First Hotel’, just off the A1 autostrada in Calenzano, for far better service and food for a fraction of the price charged by the Villa. Sometimes, indeed, outward appearances are not what they seem.)
There are simply too many superior accommodations in Tuscany, especially around Florence, at far better prices and with far better services, for any traveler to give the Villa Villoresi a first thought, much less a second.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa hotel on the Florentine hills with swimming pool restaurant frescoes and antic furniture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villoresi Hotel Florence
- Villa Villoresi Province Of Florence/Sesto Fiorentino, Italy