My husband and I stayed in the best room: the Affresco Room. When we stepped inside this Italian villa, we thought the wooden library full of any kind of book you'd want, and brown leather sofas, were an invitation to spend our weekend lounging around and reading...until we entered our room! Gazing up at the frescoed ceiling (which is visible even from the bathtub), we were instantly transported into the most romantic setting for our anniversary. The atmosphere of relaxation was emphasized by the exquisite detail of Phalenopsis orchids in silver vases, silver candlesticks, scented stick bouquets placed in the room and bathroom (and in each corridor and hall of the hotel), and fresh fruit upon arrival. The room was elegantly furnished with a leather Chesterfield sofa, and a modern Mirror-TV, with the possibility of choosing any type of musical background (how relaxing to wake up listening to Classical music in that very elegant European setting), plus wifi connection for our iPad. The bathroom had a real antique stone sarcophagus as a bathtub, as well as a very modern shower, both with views to the room. The bathroom was very spatious, with an English-style hand basin, with 4 wooden doors opening out into the room. The room's lighting is subdued, and you can control each of the lights from the 2 remote controls you can place near the sofa or bed. The "á la cárte" breakfast included was served in the hotel's restaurant, also full of details: silver bread baskets and flower vases, as well as delicious entrées to anything you ordered (from crépes with wild berries, waffles or omelets, to Tuscan-style bread and a variety of prosciutto and cheese). We had our anniversary dinner at this restaurant, whose Chef has won a Michelin star, and again I have to point out the excellent service, the exquisite details (the chef's appetizers served as a complimentary detail to customers were scrumptuous)! The restaurant's decoration is subdued and elegant, and the hotel also has a small spa and pool (we didn't use them though).Overall the service given by all the hotel's staff was extremely polite, helpful (they researched restaurants where I could eat my special gluten-free food and made bookings, and printed out map routes to get to Sienna). After visiting Sienna, we got there one night quite late, and near midnight, we wanted to drink Amaretto. Well, the hotel 'ambassador' found it for us and we were able to take it to our room. The terrace in front of the bar also has white Chesterfield sofas with views over the landscaped garden, and you can even see Florence's Duomo from this terrace. We stayed 2 days, and I honestly suggest couples looking for a romantic place for a honeymoon or anniversary to stay at this hotel...you won't even want to go see the nearby sites for the first 2 days!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This award winning luxury hotel, located on the rolling hills of Fiesole, offers the most spectacular views of Florence. Accommodations range from the Villa Rooms, the Green House Suites and our Signature Suites. Each offer a very different experience but all have inspiring views of either our private park, the Tuscan landscape or the famous Duomo view of Florence. Guests will enjoy a la carte breakfast, wi-fi, parking, in room movies, in room coffee and tea making facilities and hourly shuttle service (15 minutes) to the center of Florence, all complimentary. Our service philosophy is all about creating unforgettable experiences for our guests in an informal setting. Our guests consider the Hotel, the Villa, their home away from home, a tranquil haven after a day of exploring Florence or the Tuscan countryside. We also offer the Spa at il Salviatino with dedicated products from Dr. Vranjes, one of Florence's most exclusive perfume houses, a fitness center with the latest in Technogym equipment and our pools overlooking the Tuscan countryside. Our kitchen is dedicated to locally sourced Italian cuisine and can be enjoyed in either the library or on our terrace overlooking Florence. Innovative, creative and unpretentious. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Salviatino Hotel Florence