We could not recommend Hotel Loggiato dei Serviti highly enough, we were visiting Florence for the first time, and the hotel was of utmost importance due to wishing for 'A Room With A View' after waiting over 20 years to visit, the expectation could not have been higher, and we were not disappointed. We booked directly with the hotel and requested a view of the Duomo, and that is exactly what we got in Room30, it has the most glorious view of The Duomo and the Campanile which you can see when you wake in the morning from the bed!
We found the breakfast more than satisfactory to set you up for a full day of sightseeing. We visited at the end of January and could not believe that we were able to walk straight into all the galleries with no queing at all....just perfect. We had some lovely meals, but our favourite was in Za Za (albeit a bit touristy) the menu was extensive and had a lovely atmosphere, as it was nearly full unlike many of the other restaurants due to the time of year. We managed to fit in a lot of sight seeing, and would highly recommend going up the top of the Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio too as you get a different perspective from both.
We often returned to the hotel after a long day of sightseeing and had a coffee in the little bar, the staff in the hotel were so welcoming and friendly, and did make our stay even better.
We will definately be returing to Florence, and would not consider staying anywhere else, as the location is just so perfect, within walking distance to everywhere, there are some homeless people in the vicinity, but we never encountered any issues and felt safe at all times.