We stayed for 4 nights in August when it was swelteringly hot. We had no problems finding it, just followed the map. The hotel is in an amazing location on a small hill overlooking Florence. The view from the terrace is one of the hotel's features. The gardens are beautiful and dotted with sofas where you can have an aperitif as the sun goes down although in summer you will need plenty of wasp and mosquito repellent.
We had booked a junior suite but were upgraded to the Ojetti suite right at the top, which has the benefit of its own terrace and large bright sitting area. The bedroom area was large, shady and cool, and the bathroom was fine, with enough space for a couple to fight over the fluffy towels after the shower. However this suite didnt have the old style and furnishings of the rest of the main building and I would liked to have seem a Dome view junior suite just to compare.
The front desk staff really are wonderful and very helpful indeed, and are the strength of the hotel. The staff at the bar and the restaurant are less reliable in our experience and one morning we were left alone at breakfast for over 30 minutes, and I had to chase them twice. Breakfast is a strange affair - you are offered a tray, with the same elements every day, fruit, yoghurt, muesli, breads, jams, cold meats and cheese. Apart from anything else it's such a waste. But I would have expected some variety each day.
The restaurant was similarly hit and miss, with patchy service. The food was often very good, sometimes just OK. We found out that their chef had left a few months earlier (in fact we went to his new restaurant which was stunning.)
The location of the pool is odd - you have to walk down through the gardens and around the driveway for a while to locate it - it took us about 3 minutes down and 5 back up, but it could be a struggle for anyone with walking difficulties. And even more strangely there is a quicker internal route down there but that is blocked off for guests ( I was actually told this by a member of staff!)
This really is a wonderful location on a perfect quiet hillside with easy access to town by shuttle bus or taxi. In the heat of summer its great to be able to escape the centre of this wonderful city.
- Also Known As:
- Il Salviatino Hotel Florence
- Il Salviatino Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a hill of Fiesole, this award winning luxury hotel offers the most spectacular view of Florence. Guests will enjoy complimentary à la carte breakfast, wi-fi, parking, in room movies and shuttle service to Florence.There are three different choices of accommodation: the Villa Rooms, the Green House Suites and our Signature Suites. Each offer a very different stay but all have inspiring view. All rooms fuse grand Renaissance style with contemporary luxe living, seamlessly blending the old and new. Everything from our linens and towels to the buttery leathers dressing the rooms have been carefully created by bespoke and exclusive artisans to offer you an indulgent experience at every turn. All rooms include Nespresso coffee machines, complimentary water and soft drinks and wide selection of complimentary in room movie and music.Food and beverage at Il Salviatino has been conceived to be far more than a service, but rather an unforgettable journey to the roots of Tuscan gastronomy.The day starts with our award-winning breakfasts which can be enjoyed at any time (and in any place) you so desire. Throughout the day you will be able to enjoy a series of local specialties all carefully crafted by our Chef, Carmine Caló. The main trait of our cuisine is an absolute obsession for using only the finest local ingredients. Simple, incredibly flavourful and elegantly presented.Immersed amongst the rolling hills adjacent to the Villa, one enters a truly magical world at our Spa and Pool area. The Spa at Salviatino by Vranjes, unites Il Salviatino’s idyllic setting and renowned service with the ancestral knowledge and delicate aroma’s of Dr Vranjes, one of Florence’s most exclusive perfume houses.Together we have created and scented path in which you will be able to enjoy a vast array of treatments and massages… each unique and magical.From April to October you will also be able to enjoy our pools. Immersed in the green hills, with stunning and relaxing views, you will find it hard to believe you are lying just 15 minutes away from the hustle & bustle of down town Florence. ... more less
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