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“a beautiful place in Florence, Italy” 5 of 5 stars
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Il Guelfo Bianco
Via Cavour 29, 50129 Florence, Italy   |  
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“a beautiful place in Florence, Italy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

I just returned from what had to be the most wonderful experience of my life. We stayed at the hotel because of its super convenient location to the Duomo, Accademie and the Market. After just staying here one night, i soon realized Il Guelfo was going to be so much more. While on our vacation my wife fell and unfortunately broke her leg. The staff at the hotel bent over backwards offering suggestions and advice in order to facilitate my every need. BESIDES a lovely clean room and an exquisite breakfast, there was a feeling in the hotel that was warm and hospitable....it was the front desk staff. The extremely knowledgeable Daniele. Guilia, Antonella and a very sweet quiet lady at night made us feel important and comfortable. They booked museums, got transportation for us, and always had advice and most important a HUGE smile for us. We will always rememember Il Guelfo Bianco as a fabulous place to stay.

Room Tip: Room 118 like being in the Medici Palace for a sleepover
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We spent 5 nights at this hotel the end of October with another couple and it was a wonderful experience. The hotel is a charming and part of the fun of staying there is that it has a wonderful, old world feel to it. There are a lot of restaurants in the area and shopping is close by and most importantly, the David, the Duomo and the Uffisi are all close by as well. The staff was wonderful, there were several very cozy places and patios to sit and have a glass of wine, and the prices were right for such a centrally located hotel. It is but a few minutes to the train station. We had a "we're home" feeling while we were there and will certainly make it "home" the next time we are in Florence.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I stayed here for one night in October with a group of friends and we wish we could have stayed longer. The hotel is conveniently located just steps away from the Duomo, Accademia, shopping and restaurants. The rooms are beautifully decorated with antiques and period pieces and most are very spacious and all are affordably priced! The upper floor has a nice view of the Duomo and campanile. The staff was very helpful to us throughout our stay. One of our party had had her passport, credit cards and cash stolen on the train from Pisa and the hotel staff helped us contact the US Embassy and took calls from her husband back in the states for her. They were a great help in a time of crisis! The breakfast had many choices of food to suit our varying tastes and cappuccino to order! Would recommend this hotel to anyone! Loved it!

Room Tip: Request upper rooms for the view or the superior and deluxe rooms for more space!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

A five day stay at Il Guelfo Bianco in Florence, Italy, was one of the best choices we made on our recent 23 day trip to Italy. Location just steps away from the Duomo and only a few blocks from the Accademia was ideal and the accommodation was comfortable and well-appointed. As important as those things, however, it was the staff who made our stay exceptional: Giulia greeted us on arrival and, at our request, cheerfully assisted a young couple who had helped us with our luggage to make reservations at l'Accademia and the Uffizi. She then led us to our room, which opened onto a small courtyard and offered all the amenities we had hoped to find. During our stay Antonella, Giulia, Sara, Elena, Shams and the rest of the fine staff all contributed to our pleasure at being in the heart of Florence. It was fully a five-star experience.
Mary Dee Taylor and Sylvia Orton of Little Rock, AR

Room Tip: We had asked for a first floor room and apparently were given a handicapped room which was perfect f...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights in October and loved this quaint hotel. The rooms are nice, clean and surprisingly quiet considering you are in the middle of the city. The location is convenient to walk to everything, even the train station as long as you have rolling luggage. The staff is extremely accommodating and will help with tickets and reservations if possible. The breakfast is good and you can eat inside or on the patio. There is a bistro next door and it is easy to get a bottle of wine and glasses for your room. We stayed a second time for one night and we rented the apartment as it was only thing available. It is very spacious and sleeps 8. Keep this in mind for a larger group or two families as it was quite reasonably priced. We recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Worthington, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We spent 3 nights in the Il Guelfo Bianco in Florence. The main attraction of this hotel is the great location. We walked everywhere. The Duomo is right down the street. Our room was very simple, however, it did have a small balconyoverlooking Via Cavour. The shower leaked all over the floor everytime we used it. The breakfast was very good and most of the staff spoke English.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GUELFOMANAGER, Manager at Il Guelfo Bianco, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Dear Nancy51177,

Thank for your review. I don’t know what’s happen in this period….usually we got very nice reviews by our guests while in this time it seems that many of our guest left the hotel no so happy.... it’s like we have to fight a war as we are getting several reviews with a final ranking of 3 which is definitely lower than our score …but we are able to be valid warriors. Telling the truth we are a bit surprised to read so many reviews with a low score …we try every day to do our best to satisfy the guests needs but maybe with some of you we did something wrong and we have been not able to leave you a god memory about your stay with us. If we made some mistakes we will work on it and we will do our best to avoid in the future to do them again. We are against any kin dof war, but if we fight demonstrate to you all that we deserve to be among the top hotels in Florence.

Regarding your room: we assigned to you a lovely executive double room as you booked. The executive room have a standard size and of course they are smaller than the superior or de luxe or the junior suite which are even more expensive but as the largest rooms are all equipped with antique furniture, handmade curtains, full equipped bathrooms with hand painted ceramics and also with all the best comforts (free wi/fi – sky tv- refrigerator- safety box- telephone and so on) . If you had problems with the shower I have to say sorry . Usually the chambermaid when there is a problem in the bathroom they advice us immediately . I don’t know if you advice us about this problem you had with the shower because if you did usually we are very fast to solve a problem. You stayed here beginning of October and now it seems eveything is working perfectly in that bathroom . Please please please if you have a kind of problem in your room advice us when you are here. I will never stop to repeat it. However I please you to accept my apologies.
Regading your review I can understand you were not completely satisfy. Once again sorry if we have been not able to leave you a great memory. I hope to welcome you once again here at the hotel , hoping to get a 5 next time.
Best regards.
Antonella Rocchini
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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

This is a charming, well-run hotel in the heart of Florence. Our room was wonderful, facing the garden out the back of the building. The bathroom was new and very nice. The hotel is full of antiques; the rooms are all different because the building is a 15th or 16th century palazzo. The people at the front desk were uniformly helpful and friendly. Breakfast buffet was very good. If you prefer more standardized hotels with predictable rooms and large lobbies, this is not the hotel for you, but if you like character and charm with all the mod cons, you'll like Il Guelpho Bianco.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back overlooking the garden are quiet and lovely.
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Address: Via Cavour 29, 50129 Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Florence
#10 Business Hotel in Florence
#15 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#42 Best Value Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is right in the city center, between Piazza Duomo and Piazza San Marco , few steps away from Accademia (the museum where you can see the famous DAVID by Michelangelo). It's house in two late 15th century building next each other. All rooms are different in size and position - executive rooms have a standard size - superior rooms are larger - de luxe and junior suite are very large with a sitting area. We have rooms overlooking the courtyard, gardens and several rooms overlooking Via Cavour which is the main street but 70% pedestrian and so it's not too noisy. All rooms have triple glasses and double windows. WI/FI available in all the rooms and the drawing rooms and it's free of charge if you have your own laptop or i-phone or i-pad. Bistrot restaurant next door "IL DESCO" open every day (11 till 8,30 pm) with good menu' all day long (many organic products directly by the owner's farm. ... more   less 
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