We stayed six nights and it could have been longer. As with any hotel, please know what it is and is not supposed to be. If you are looking for a typical business hotel, this is not the place. If you are looking for something with. the character of a 16th century Palazzo in Florence close to the river, this is a great place. Clean and comfortable and with exceptional, attentive service. I applaud the owners and staff for the kind of hospitality and attention befitting such an accommodation. We probably stayed as long on the loggia as we did in our room, only retiring to the room for sleep. The room itself was spacious and clean and the bathroom was splendid. I would avoid the rooms on the ground floor during the high season as the noise from the busy Piazza could be disturbing. We heard no such noise from our floor. One member of our party had a ground floor room and was slightly less happy than we were up on the second floor.
By second floor, let me be clear. Ground floor is floor 0. The hotel is on the second floor. In building of this vintage with VERY tall ceilings, each floor is equivalent to two normal flights of stairs so we are up about 40 feet. There is a small elevator typically of European Hotels holding a couple of people and luggage. The height of the building though gives a great view of the square, the rooftops of the city and the Tuscan Hillside and sunsets. Just lovely and it catches a cooling evening breeze. The bells of the city and the square are also lovely as are the swifts darting across the sky.
I would only suggest a few things to the owners. I would suggest nicer, designed lighting in the entryway on the ground level. The motion detected floodlight by the elevator does not make for the most welcoming entrance and it could be fabulous with a designed lighting in the entryway. I would also suggest updating the plain (but clean and unworn) carpeting in the common rooms as it is not really fitting for the property.
The three stars for this property are well deserved and the house staff are splendid. Breakfast was fresh and wonderful, the loggia was to die for. Our stay could not have been more pleasant and I always had a good feeling coming "home" to this respite in Florence for each of the days we were there. I will stay here again and recommend it to those in search of a period place in the city.
We went with a group of about 18 and by all accounts was universally well received.
- 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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