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Hotel Palazzo Guadagni
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Piazza Santo Spirito 9, 50125 Florence, Italy   |  
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Ranked #30 of 461 Hotels in Florence
Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
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“We'll come back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The entrance makes you think 'This was a mistake', but once you've entered the upper floors of this very old palazzo, your skepticism changes in pure enthusiasm in seconds. What a view from the terrace over Florence and what a lovely rooms.! Ours was very large and had a beautifully painted ceiling. The furniture is a bit scruffy, but that's ok in this very very Italian ambiance. Located at the left bank at a very nice square. Follow the restaurant advices from the hotel and you'll have super dinner nights. Breakfast 100% OK. Wishes we were still there.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Padua, Italy
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The pros: Palazzo Guadagni is centrally located in a fantastic part of Florence. Far enough from the tourist center to not be overwhelmed when you step outside, but close enough to reach any destination within a 10 minute walk. There are plenty of restaurants steps from the hotel, three of which we enjoyed during out short stay. The rooms are incredibly spacious! Beds clean and comfortable. The bathroom decor was something to admire! Having stayed at other accommodations in Florence, I would recommend this hotel. Some people complain about the "feel" of the hotel, but that is Florence...it's a town with an old soul and the hotels in the area reflect that.

The cons: The breakfast is not impressive, I've had more appealing spreads at lower priced hotel accommodations in the area. There is "American" coffee out in a pot but order an espresso, even if you are an avid American coffee drinker. Reading previous reviews, I can see how some people has difficult stays at the hotel given the downstairs noise level and stairs. We stayed upstairs and has a fantastic nights sleep, even as light sleepers. Our cousins however, were on the ground floor and needed ear plugs as they were near the piazza. There is a convenient elevator in the lobby which some may have missed. Take the elevator! The check in desk is about eight flights up.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Raanana Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We had the most wonderful four days in Florence staying at the Palazzo Gaudigni. The location is excellent, near enough to the centre but far enough from the crowds, and situated on Piazza Santo Spirito with its fantastic restaurants and cafes (we went to Volume for happy hour which included unlimited and very tasty snacks, and to Tamero for great fresh pasta).
The room at the Palazzo (we had a superior room) was big, airy and very clean, but what made the biggest difference was the service: on our first day at breakfast we asked if there were any vegetables (these aren't part of the usual buffet) and as a result every morning we were greeted by a bowl of juicy, ripe plum tomatoes served with a smile. We chose the hotel as a result of the reviews on Trip Advisor and we're really pleased we did.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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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13 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We stayed here in March. Martina made some reservations for us before we arrived and both her and Tara were very helpful during our stay. The location was lovely and our room was quiet as it did not overlook the piazza where the restaurants and bars are. It was on the first floor which is accessed by the lift. It was really large, a deluxe room I think!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We stayed in the apartment on the first floor and loved it! Spacious, clean, cute! The views from the top are amazing and breakfast was perfect. Such a gorgeous place and Palazzo San Spirito is great.

We loved that it was slightly off the beaten path and slightly less touristy than the rest of Florence.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We stayed at the hotel last night and had a great time. Location superb and hotel gave me the name of a nearby garage before we arrived so fairly easy to find and park despite the rather small streets.

Entrance to the hotel is a bit quirky from the square via two huge wooden doors and then up the lift or stairs to reception. Reception very friendly and helpful which helped after 12 hour drive with two kids.

We had the family room and it was huge and pleasantly furnished with what seemed like 4 metre high ceilings; superb. Great views over the rooftops across the city.

The balcony overlooking Florence and the square was truly spectacular and a great surprise. In fact, a lovely spot to view the city, have a drink or read a book when the moment arose.

Breakfast was basic but good; good coffee great, fresh fruit, pastries, eggs etc. What else do you need to be honest?!

Overall, a very nice stay and staff were always pleasant in person or via email even with travellers with a four and one year old in tow.

I read the review of one star from yesterday and was surprised. Our experience was very positive and gets an excellent rating if you are looking for a decent value, independent hotel in a great location and an outstanding balcony to look across the rooftops.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Had booked the gold room 5 months in advance after arriving was told there was a technical issue and were put in the room next door. After going down to reception the next morning was told there was no technical issue the room was just being occupied by someone else. I was so disappointed as I chose this hotel to stay in that pacific room. So if you have requested a certain room be prepared not to get it!

Other issues we had with the hotel were the stairs like the review mentions below. Some nights after walking all day they were a struggle.

Breakfast was not great. I only ate a croissant and had a cup of tea in the mornings. Not much choice and again agree with the last review.

The noise. Even tho the windows were shut could hear music playing until 1.45am, people screaming. Then the stall holders set up from 4am. The bells are a nice wake up call at 8.30am. I would highly recommend a room away from the noise as I don't think the beauty of the room outweighs sleepless nights.

The hotel is very beautiful and we often sat on the loggia at night watching the florence people. We found the staff helpful and were given a small discount for not getting our room and free glasses of wine which I don't drink so opted for tea.

Overall would I stay in this hotel again? Probably not. I would see what else florence had to offer.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: Piazza Santo Spirito 9, 50125 Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 461 Hotels in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Palazzo Guadagni 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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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