A gem of a property situated next to Arno River & Piazza Ognissanti which is a short stroll away from the busy Duomo and attractions. I read that the property was a splendid 18th century palace its previous incarnation & the architectural details of the building is exquisite.
My Florentine style suit on the 4th Floor includes a charming balcony and spacious marble bathroom in art deco style. The bed furnishings are super luxurious! the only complaint I have is that the pillows were far too plush as I prefer firmer & flatter pillows. (There wasn't a pillow menu available for guests to choose their pillows) That could have helped me sleep better but am not complaining.
Breakfast is spectacular with unparalleled service & attention to detail. The selection was good which included at least 6 different types of cereal which was impressive. There was a generous spread of fresh cut fruits which included blueberries, gooseberries and blackberries. The cooked food choices were plenty which included some braised aubergine and button mushrooms. There were also poached pears! I must say the poached eggs is a clear winner and they manage to do it just right.
The butler service is efficient and personable. They were always on duty to see if we need any coffee and tea as well as amenities to make our stay comfortable. I am impressed to even get a handwritten note to wish me a good night's sleep which I think was a great touch as I hardly receive handwritten cards, letters and notes these days.
I used the concierge as often I can as they were quick and super efficient equipped with a vast knowledge of fine dining and attractions around the region.
If you are looking for service and an elegant hotel with great location and don't mind forking out some extras, look no further. This is the ONE.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a sumptuous palace in the heart of the city, The St. RegisFlorence is a privileged base from which to experience Tuscany'stimeless attractions. A short stroll will bring you to the iconic Uffizi,Duomo or Ponte Vecchio’s elegant jewelry shops. Legendary for its history, Florence’s streets offer inimitable treasures.The St. Regis Florence offers 19 exquisite suites enriched with refinedfurniture and antique artworks, together with 81 elegant guestroomsdecorated with the prestigious Medici, Fiorentino and Renaissancestyles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The St. Regis Florence Hotel Florence
- Florence Grand Hotel
- Grand Hotel Florence