This hotel is a pleasure - beautifully decorated - beautiful setting - comfortable rooms - wonderful service - lots of very nice "public areas" - the kind of place where you'd like to spend a few days (or more). The food was excellent and we did splurge for dinner and have the "Steak Florentine" - which was wonderful. The location is on the river on the outskirts of Florence - and they do offer a shuttle to the city center. If you drive, there is a nice covered parking garage. The one caveat is - IF you are driving - it can be difficult to find. Print out the map on the website. Our rental car navigation system took us to the wrong side of Via Marco Polo and we had a horrible time finding the place until we got on the "right side" of Via Marco Polo. You also drive quite a ways along a twisting, walled one-lane street - which was fun once you know where you are going. But the taxi drivers can find it with ease.