We stayed here using our Starwood points in July of 2012, and it fulfilled my fantasy of Florence. We booked six months ahead, and got a great room on the second floor (american third floor) overlooking the Piazza Ognissanti and the Ognissanti Church right across the way. We also had an angled view of the Arno, and vivid sunsets. I think the slightly off the water view rooms might be quieter, we really enjoyed ours, with no noisy traffic below us.
High ceilings and retro Tuscan decor made the room feel Old World comfortable, as well as the welcoming bottle of Chianti! Huge, two part marble bathroom was ample for our traveling needs. There was also a small minibar in the tiny entryway to the room, across from the closet. The building formerly housed a monastery, and there are many artifacts on the double staircase that winds through the property. They were building the SeSto Restaurant at the time, and I can't wait to return and try it out. The walk back along the Arno is great, with Harry's Bar, and many other quality restaurants and cafes in the neighborhood. The location is a bit away from the touristy center of town. We were so comfortable here, we stayed for a week, and felt it was like a second home. Santa Maria Nuovo (The Trinity by Massaccio) and the photography Museum are nearby!
The Concierge was terrific, and we got jump the line passes for both the Accademia and for the Uffizi, for a few Euros. They also made reservations for any restaurant we requested ahead, with great politeness!
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