I'm writing this review in bed at the Hotel Palazzo Guadagni and am still delighted, after four days, to be in this magnificent place.
The process of choosing a hotel is always such a pleasure. I'd decided I wanted to be in Oltrarno, away from the buzz of the Centro Storico, and in a 'real' neighborhood, and the descriptions of this old palazzo really appealed to me. I am so glad, now, to be away from the tourist center and to have booked four or five months ahead to get just the right room.
As you will see on their website and from other reviews, there are several kinds of rooms on different floors of the building, each different and with a special view. I chose Room One, the Silver Room, on the first floor of the building and with ceilings easily measuring 30 feet overlooking the Piazza Santo Spirito.
The room is quite old-fashioned, and that's what I love about it. It's grand in a plain way, if that makes sense, with a domed tromp l'oeil ceiling and huge glass doors opening to the balcony and piazza below. This scale, and the view, makes the room feel very special, indeed.
Mind you, the room (and the rest of the hotel) is quite old-fashioned, and that's the beauty of it. You feel as if you're living in a past era, in a bit of faded luxury, a rare opportunity, in my view. Furniture is in keeping with the surroundings and is perfectly maintained and comfortable. The bathroom's fittings were spotless and well-maintained, if a bit old-fashioned in their ensemble.
I found the breakfast offerings to be more than satisfactory with fresh fruits, fruit salad, yogurts, breads, pastry, cakes, juices,cappuccino, jams and honey, etc. It is served in a lovely dining room on the top floor of the building by two lovely people who could not be more helpful.
And yes, the views from the loggia up on that same floor are quite stunning, especially on a sunny day.
I must add that yes, there is quite some noise coming from the piazza: the market setting up in the morning, cleaning trucks, and then young people drinking and carousing at the local bars until 3 AM. While this was frustrating, it comes with the territory and, well, what can you do? If noise is a concern, you may not want to face the piazza.
Communication with the hotel before my arrival, as well as with the very charming Lara upon arrival, has been a pleasure. Rita and her colleague at the desk/breakfast room were also very helpful in making all dinner reservations (essential) for the week. There are lots of wonderful places to eat within a five minute walk of the hotel.
As you can see, I couldn't really be happier with this wonderful hotel or my stay here. It has been a real highlight of my stay in Florence and, I would add, is one of my favorite hotels ever. I would very gladly stay here again to experience it all again.
Thank you so much, Hotel Palazzo Guadagni, and best very best luck!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Palazzo Guadagni is located in the Oltrarno district, in a characteristic piazza in the historical centre of Florance, a nighbourhood full of antique shops andold artisans' workshop, just a few minutes walk from the Pitti palace and the Boboli Gardens.The rooms are spacious and rich in atmosphere, found in Palazza Guadagni designed by Simone del Pollaiolo in 1505,have ceilings with frescos, fire places and a wonderful views that looks out onto Florence and the most important buildings. ... more less
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