This wonderful hotel is located in a historic palace and has only twelve suites, along with several public spaces. It is quite grand and would normally be out of my price range, but they were running a special and that allowed me to stay at the Palazzo.
The palace itself and the unusually large rooms.
The high level of cleanliness.
The terrific staff.
The location (on “Oltrarno,” the other side of the Arno, near Palazzo Pitti but far from the madding crowd).
The superb breakfast.
The rooftop terrace, with an amazing view of the city.
My main beef was with the music. Most of four days I stayed here, there was the worst type of muzak playing, at a relatively high volume, in the lobby and the breakfast room. It made this glamourous Florentine palace sound like an elevator in a cheap department store. Every time I asked the staff to reduce the volume, they did so immediately, but I really think it's time to put on something more classy (or at least not so much in your face). Also, along with the beautiful antiques, there are some pretty tacky pieces (imitation Baroque angels galore). This made me think of the hotel as something of a Jekyll and Hyde: real beauty along with stuff that shouldn't be there. These issues do not detract from the fact that the Magnani Feroni is a very special place and I was delighted to stay there.
As is often the case, the professional photos on the site make some rooms look more beautiful than they actually are, mainly by making things seem brighter and larger.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palazzo Magnani Feroni is an historical home that for over five hundred years has been at the centre of Florence's aristocratic life: one of the oldest dwellings in the San Frediano neighbourhood, it has stood as an important symbol of the city's history and its artistic value. The class of this elegant renaissance palace, evident upon entering, finds its maximum expression in the sumptuous suites and the luxurious hospitality quarters, furnished with candelabra, statues, paintings and frescoes form the '500. Each suite reflects the refinement of the Renaissance style, with the subtle combination of comfort and modern technology and decorated with tasteful antique furnishings and materials originating from the owners' ancestors' antique collection. Spanning between 80- and 120-square meters (860- and 1300- square feet) in size, the 13 suites each comprise a large living room, bedroom(s) and master bathroom(s). Each includes all amenities expected of a five-star luxury hotel, including stereo, satellite television in both the living room and bedroom, internet port and self-regulating air conditioning units. An architectural jewel of the 16th century, the Palazzo Magnani Feroni belongs to the National Register of Historical Monuments of the State of Italy. Detail and ornamentation characterises the building throughout, surprising the wanderer with frescoes, vaulted ceilings and intricate wood-carvings. The Renaissance decor prevails in this palace of traditional Florentine lay-out. Breakfast, for instance, is served in a 160-square meter salon with hand-crafted wood ceilings illuminated by a large original Murano chandelier. In the winter evenings, this salon serves as an intimate, candle-lit Bar, accessible to Palazzo guests and their friends only. The same rules are applicable to the adjoining Billiard Room, as well as to the In-House Gym, so as to assure the guests with absolute privacy. The beautiful Roof-Top Terrace offers a breathtaking view of the city and houses the Palazzo Bar as soon as the temperature permits. Providing 24-hour Reception and Service, the Palazzo Magnani Feroni is run by a staff dedicated to meet your every need with efficiency and discretion, both prior, during and following your stay. Services include reservations to exclusive restaurants, recommendations of typical local eateries and trattorias, coordination of privileged entrance to the city's museums, airport / train station pick-up, private shopping tours, visits to the Ferrari Museum and private, chauffeured excursions to the beautiful Chianti valley. Also, Palazzo guests choose from a selection of CDs, DVD films and soap fragrances for their suite, as well as benefit from private Guides to shopping and restaurants off the beaten path, personally written by the owners of the Palazzo for an "insider's view" of Florence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Magnani Feroni Florence
- Palazzo Magnani Feroni Hotel Florence