Beautiful hotel, comfortable room, convenient location, delicious food, accommodating service -- who could ask for anything more?
We loved staying at this elegant hotel. Our room and all the common areas of the hotel were decorated tastefully. Our room was well sized and well appointed for a standard room and included a large, comfortable bed, a desk, desk chair, and two armchairs next to a small table. The bathroom was equally comfortable with a double sink separated from a separate room with a toilet, bidet, and large tub with a shower.
The breakfast buffet was exceptional. Along with a variety of breads, pastries, cheese, cold cuts, salmon, and fruit that are common in buffets at high-end hotels, it included extra choices that we don't often see, such as potatoes, vegetables, and a very large variety of juices. The chef manning the buffet's grill prepared eggs to order in any style and even made pancakes and French toast. We appreciated the large variety and high quality of the food and the accommodating staff who went out of their way to satisfy us.
We also had an enjoyable dinner with accommodating service in the bar. The menu included several elaborate salads, but I preferred to start my meal with a simple mixed green salad, which wasn't on the menu. When I asked the waiter if I could have one, he said, "of course," and brought me the best salad that I had during my two weeks in Italy. It was very large and had a large variety of fresh, tasty greens.
We didn't dine in Sesto, the restaurant on the top floor, but we stopped in just to look at the view. With its simple design and floor to ceiling windows, it's a perfect setting to enjoy the stunning 360-degree view of Florence.
The Westin is located in a perfect location to enjoy Florence. It's an easy walk to the train station and many popular sights, but we were never disturbed by noise from traffic or crowds during our weeklong stay. We enjoyed getting lost in the tangle of medieval streets during the day but were grateful that we could easily follow the Arno back to the Westin when we returned each night.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return someday.
Full disclosure -- The Westin was a very good value for us because we received a Starwood employee discount, but we do not stand to gain personally from this review. We are not receiving any compensation for it. We are not Westin employees, nor are our friends or family.