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Il Salviatino
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via del Salviatino, 21, 50137 Florence, Italy   |  
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Ranked #16 of 461 Hotels in Florence
Valencia, Spain
1 review
“The Best Hotel Experience I've Ever Had”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

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!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Verona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

Salviatino is a gorgeous experience. Stayed there 2 times with my wife and spent an unforgettable time. It is located in an amazing park where there is also the swimming pool and the spa. We arrived in the late afternoon and have been offered an aperitivo in the terrace with a stunning view of Florence. At the same terrace we enjoyed a great breakfast a la carte. all the very professional people let us feel like being home with an elegant and magical atmosphere. we had 2 different rooms and each of them was simply unbeatable. each night the room has been prepared with candles and special light. definitely a place where we would like to go back.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012 via mobile

With my wife we just remembered our trip florence and decider to' write a review about this romantic place. Eventhough it was novembre the weather created a more fabulous ambiance. The garden was magica, the villa was magical, and the aromAs were incredible. I highly reconmend this hotel. The restaurant was also at the top level of the hotel. Chef Carmine calo with his refined cuisine completes the experience.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

We booked this hotel based on the recommendations on TripAdvisor and it is proof the system really works! This is one of the best hotel I've ever stayed in. Everything was just perfect. The room was amazing and the staff was great.
I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

While in Florence recently, I spent a day at Il Salviatino, and it was a highlight of my trip! I had been to the villa shortly after it opened a couple of years ago, and it was even better this time than I had remembered - the "service ambassadors" were charming and delivered flawless service, the villa and grounds looked immaculate and the views over Florence from the restaurant at lunchtime were amazing! Il Salviatino is a rare gem, and my only complaint is that I couldn't spend more time there. I'll be back again!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

tgis is the first time i write a review,but our stay was so good that i feel i need to let other people know.apart from the fact that the villa is splendid and the views are breathtaking,and the food is great i want particularly point out the kindness and availability of the ambassadors and of all the staff.they have been phantastic and they made our two days there unforgettable.
it was expensive for our standards but i am happy we gave ourselves this treat.one thing should be corrected is the very dusty road that goes up to the villa through the marvellous park.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

We booked Hotel Il Salkviatino under the impression it was a luxury hotel. Though the hotel's pictures are stunning, unfortunately "luxury" was not.
The Bathroom was clean and big enought the only things is that there was no amenities ! You have to ask several times to get some shampooing or soap !!!

The pillows in the room are not good, they just go flat once you sleep on them. Heating was also another problem. Although the radiator worked well, it was not enough to heat the whole room. Bring your flashlight with you because the rooms are very dark !

The service was very very poor. Apparently they were understaffed. Service must be severly reviewed, especially the very rude behaviour of the front desk staff.

And if you see a strange man with a motorcycle helmet on the head lying around in the hallway, do not be afraid, it's the general manager! very class

This is definitely not a five star hotel. This is the only time we have ever complained about a hotel it was that disappointing. One thing is for sure, we will never forget our stay there ! never !!!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via del Salviatino, 21, 50137 Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Florence
#12 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#15 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#31 Family Hotel in Florence
#53 Business Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Il Salviatino 5*
Number of rooms: 45
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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