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“Perfect Florentine Retreat” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Cora
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Viale Niccolo Machiavelli 18, 50125 Florence, Italy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 460 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Perfect Florentine Retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is our 3rd visit to Florence and as it was our honeymoon we decided to find a hotel a little out of the centre and chose the Villa Cora for the pool and calm. We travel a lot and spend a lot of time in great hotels around the world. The Villa Cora did not disappoint.

Renovated 4 years ago in a contemporary take on its original style, the hotel is in perfect condition. The staff were welcoming, helpful, friendly and most worthy of the five stars awarded to them. The restaurant was so good we were excited to come back in the evening and the staff where exceptional and went out of their way to assist. Food and beverages were surprisingly good value given the beautiful setting.

The hotel is 5 minutes in a taxi from the Ponto Vecchio (7-10 Euros) thus making it the perfect place to stay as it is near all the action but on a hill above the city so one can "retreat" back to the side of the beautiful pool after your day walking the city. If you still feel like walking it is a 25 minute pleasant walk.

Truly a five star experience, our hotel of choice in Florence. Thank you to all at the Villa Cora. We had a wonderful time.

Room Tip: The main house is the original building and is frankly stunning. I would suggest taking a room in th...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ClaudioDelli, Direttore generale at Villa Cora, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your kind words and for taking a moment of your time to share your experience with other fellow travelers. At Grand Hotel Villa Cora, we are committed to deliver the best possible experience while visiting Florence.

We also appreciate your comments about the quality, service, staff and the hotel in general.

We will transmit your comments to our entire team who always appreciate words of praise!

We look forward to accommodating you again. Our team will be more than happy to welcome you back to the Grand Hotel Villa Cora.

Kind regards,
Claudio Delli, General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Our family of four stayed for two nights in a family suite at the beginning of our recent vacation. We had more than enough room to spread out. We enjoyed our stay at the Villa Cora very much. The hotel is outside of the city center, which is a plus because it means that the hotel is quiet and peaceful, and nice to get back to after a busy day seeing the sights. The beautiful pool was a real plus when travelling with kids. The staff was outstanding and treated us like royalty. Probably the best bath tubs we have ever used.

Even though the hotel is not in the center of the city, it was very easy to use the free shuttle van. It leaves regularly from the hotel, and to return to the hotel in the evening all we had to do was call the hotel, tell them where we were, and the hotel would then send the van to pick us up. It was very easy and convenient.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ClaudioDelli, Direttore generale at Villa Cora, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Dear guest,

We are most grateful for having chosen our hotel for your last stay in Florence. We work really hard to ensure our guests live the most wonderful experience possible while visiting us and comments like yours lets us know we are walking down the right path.

We are happy to know you have enjoyed our friendly and efficient service and that you took advantage of our location to discover our city.

Next time you find yourself planning a trip to Florence, please let us know in advance, we would love to be the ones to welcome you back.

Best regards,
Claudio Delli, General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

It is difficult to imagine a better situated hotel, more elegantly appointed and with more accommodating staff. This 1860 baronial villa in a park-like setting on the edge of one of the great gardens in the world is a treat to all the senses. From the Sala degli Specchi to the individual rooms, this is a world class hotel. The problems we had are so nominal they are not worth noting -- such as WAY too many roses on the walls of our suite on the second floor. Evelyn Waugh's response to WWII jingoism in Britain was to "Put our More Flags," -- hence the "put out more roses" title of this review. Guests should be advised that if you are allergic to roses, stay away. If you love them, this is the place for you.

The complementary shuttle service is very helpful. Guests should be advised that it is only available half of the time, but that only makes sense as there is just one shuttle. But there is almost always a cab letting someone off or just a few minutes away to drive you down the hill or across the hill to San Miniato. One should presume you will be taking a cab back to the hotel -- it's not that expensive and far more commodious. Just remember that you must find one at a Taxi Stand in Florence. We saw far too many tourists trying to hail a cab, particularly late afternoon or at night. And cabs late at night in Florence are often hard to come by.

The food at the villa is excellent with a very fine and amiable chief chef and wait staff. We did not avail ourselves to the pool. It was lovely to look at and it kept many of the guests out of the hotel much of the day, which worked very well.

Indeed, on one level, one of the most disappointing things about the hotel are the guests. For the most part, these are the kind of people one assiduously avoids in daily life -- at a cocktail party, were you to overhear their conversation you would quickly move across the room. From the teenage American girl with a fawning mother who complained about the taste of her coffee and eschewed the many delicacies at breakfast, eating only cherries, to the haughty Germanic woman at dinner who pontificated loudly (albeit in perfect Italian) about her views on "the soul of prosciutto" and the best places to find meat and wine in Uruguay and Paraguay, only to lecture the chef on the proper way to prepare a true Tuscan fish soup -- the people that populate the Villa Cora, at least during our week there, where something like "La Dolce Vita meets Grande Hotel." But the hotel itself and its staff are a treat and well worth the price of admission. And on any given day, if the Sala degli Specchi was not closed for a special event, there are noshes, water, and coffee available in the afternoon and it is all but empty, giving you that Louis XIV sort of feeling, if only for a moment.

And the view from the much underutilized roof patio is lovely and cool, even on a July evening.

We would stay there again in a heart beat.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ClaudioDelli, Direttore at Villa Cora, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Dear Guest,

thank you so much for your review.

All the team of Villa Cora and me are pleased to learn how much you enjoyed your stay with us .
It's a real pleasure to have such guest like you and we are already looking forward to welcoming you back soon.

With my warmest regards,
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Woking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

we, my daughter and me, did spend three nights at the Villa Cora. we simply loved this place. it is perfectly renovated, the smallest details are tasteful and thought threw. the massage treatment was heaven!
we took the shuttle to go into the city and the taxi to go back to the hotel which was pretty convieniend, may be it would be a little better if the suttle would go to certain times to avoid waiting time. our room was beautiful, it was very, very clean. The staff is very nice. it is everything what you can expect.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ClaudioDelli, Direttore at Villa Cora, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Dear Guest,

thank you so much for your review.
All the team of Villa Cora and me are pleased to learn how much you enjoyed your stay with us .
It's a real pleasure to have such guest like you and we are already looking forward to welcoming you back soon.

With my warmest regards
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Stayed here at the end of our Europe Trip. After going like gangbusters everyday trying to see all the sights, we just hung out by the pool here for days. We loved it! The pool is excellent. Got a massage, walked to restaurants nearby, had breakfast every morning. Stayed here after the Westin. The Westin has a better location as it's closer to the city, but this place is much nicer and in a quieter setting. Definitely recommended. Only downside is some of the staff were a little stuffy.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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ClaudioDelli, Direttore at Villa Cora, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your nice words, we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and we really hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back! We assure you that we have taken proper actions to avoid the stuffy of some staff.

Best regards
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Abergele, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

A beautiful hotel in Florence offering a five star deluxe service. I recently took a corporate group there for the second time and both times the hotel delivered on every detail. A first class concierge team who are really friendly. All the staff seem proud of their place of work and take each and every guest and the service level seriously. The hotel is decorated beautifully – you can walk past the same place and each time notice something different. I can't finish without a mention of the stunning pool area - WOW - it is wonderful and has a great bar area. A big thanks to the whole team. I look forward to staying there again in the future!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ClaudioDelli, Direttore at Villa Cora, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Dear Guest,
thank you so much for your review!
We are very happy that you enjoyed your second stay with us and we thank you for your preference!
We are honored of the positive comments and I will surely extend them to the entire team

Looking forward to welcoming you back again

My warmest regards
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

My husband and I (both in the hotel industry...him for 30 years, me for 12) were booked at Hotel Bruneschelli where when we arrived, they sold out and didn't have a room for us. I was upset but figured this is all part of traveling. Well, they took care of our stay and sent us to the Grand Hotel Villa Cora which was like walking into a heavenly palace! We had a private villa and the room was so clean and fresh and stunningly beautiful, I felt like I was in a movie. Literally within an hour of our arrival I took a bath because the bath tub was so inviting and luxurious. Marble floors, exquisite paintings, bed linens that make you want to sleep forever. We dined at Le Pool Bistrot which was a unique culinary experience and lovely to sit poolside with a beautiful glass of Chianti. The servers and bartenders (Mattheo and Gianfranco, specifically) were lovely and friendly. My absolute most favorite part of the property is the design and decor. It's an old mansion and the furniture, textiles, wall coverings, lighting, etc. are literally so beautiful, unique and grand I could hardly stand it! I felt like I was in the Great Gatsby movie! Marco de Pin, the front desk manager, was also lovely and helped us with restaurant recommendations and was just absolutely hospitable. This experience is one NOT to miss in Florence. If you want to escape some of the hustle and bustle, but only be 10 minutes from the city centre (the hotel offers complimentary shuttle), this place is for you. It's remarkable...and we are hotel snobs so that is saying something!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ClaudioDelli, Direttore at Villa Cora, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Dear Guest,

thank you for your kind review.

We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciated the service of our staff.
It is a real pleasure to have such a wonderful guest like you and we really hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon!

My warmest regards
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Address: Viale Niccolo Machiavelli 18, 50125 Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#3 Business Hotel in Florence
#6 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#7 Family Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa Cora 5*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
VILLA CORA is a 5 star resort located in a 19th century mansion with a large park, bordering the gardens along Viale dei Colli, within walking distance from Boboli and Oltrarno and considered the "grand lady" of Florence southern hills. Its 46 rooms and suites, heated pool in the park, Gourmet's Restaurant and Spa make it the ultimate, exquisitely sophisticated "city resort". ... more   less 
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