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Villa La Massa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Candeli
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 September 2013

What a wonderful vacation we had at Villa La Massa. It’s a luxurious but very comfortable hotel. Our junior suite was roomy with a lovely view of the Arno and countryside. The manager Giancarlo and his staff were professional yet charming, friendly and helpful. The location is great. The shuttle van makes it so easy to go into Florence. It’s also close to the autostrada if you want to go touring around the area. Or just sitting by the pool is also a great option. We look forward to returning.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

We staid at the property in June and enjoyed our stay very much. What we liked in particular:

1) The location: The hotel is located outside Florence, on very large, well-kept grounds, bordering the river Arno. A shuttle bus into town operates hourly. We found the location quite ideal. It is convenient for exploring Florence, but after a day of sightseeing and crowds of tourists, you retreat into the calm and spend the rest of the afternoon lounging in the hotel garden.

2) General ambiance: The hotel building dates back to the 16th century, and breathes history. Everything feels authentic.

3) Service: Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. For example, they provided very good shopping tips for Florence. Also, they made a very nice present to our baby daughter (stuffed animal).

4) Food: The on-site restaurant has a very nice terrace with views of the river. The food is classic (e.g., stuffed zucchini blossoms, beef with red wine sauce), and of very high quality. Yes, it is quite pricey (count around 200 EUR for a dinner for a couple, including wines by the glass), but we felt it was reasonable given the quality.

Suggestions for improvement: Nothing really. Maybe two things
1) Be aware that the location is suburban, not the remote countryside. This means that you might see some power supply lines, or hear a commuter train in the distance from time to time. Also, there is nothing to do in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. You need the shuttle bus (or a taxi, or a rental car). For us, the location was ideal, but it depends on what you want.
2) There was one unfortunate incident at the restaurant. I had ordered a bottle of wine. The waiter came back and proceeded to open the bottle, and only when he noticed that I was looking at the label with a suprised look, he told me that the wine I had ordered was out. The one he had brought instead, however, was about 3 times the price of the one I had originally ordered. I knew this wine, and I remembered its price from the wine list, and I decided to go for it anyway. However, in case I had just discovered the price difference on the bill, I would have likely been very upset. The waiter should have made an alternative suggestion in the same price range of the wine I had originally ordered, and at the very least should have very clearly told me that the wine he had brought was much more expensive. Anyway, this was a very isolated incident not representative of the overall quality of the service, and thus did not spoil the experience.

In summary, I can only recommend this property. Would very much like to return.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

Beautiful relaxing property apparently an ex Medici palace but maintained in really good condition. We had a good sized room. Nice staff and good service. Great quiet base to visit Florence from with a mini bus service during the day and early evening.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank M F
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Beautiful setting, extremely professional and attentive staff, delicious food and a room (4) that was as close to perfect as one could get.
Expensive yes, but then again you get what you pay for and in this instance I would have to say our 7 day break represented good value for money.
Looking forward already to a return trip.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

We stayed at the Villa la Massa for one week in August. This is a beautiful hotel in a glorious setting. It felt like a home away from home. The staff were all very helpful and the food delicious. Our stay for the week was the most relaxing holiday we have ever had. Very special hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

From arrival to departure this hotel can't be bettered in my opinion. The service, staff and location is superb and you won't find a better place to unwind and be totally spoilt. We shall definitely return.

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Reviewed 27 August 2013

It is definitely one of the finest hotel in Italy. The staff is courteous and hotel service is up to a 5 star standard. Great location and setting for perfect holiday in Tuscany and yet near Florence.

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Thank Rajib G
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Additional Information about Villa La Massa

Address: Via della Massa 24, 50012 Candeli, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Candeli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Candeli
Price Range: £357 - £592 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa La Massa 5*
Number of rooms: 37
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