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Palazzo Magnani Feroni
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Borgo San Frediano, 5, 50124 Florence, Italy   |  
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

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.

Pros:
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.

Cons:
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.

Caveat:
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.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Palazzo magnani feroni..wonderful, fabulous. We stayed for 5 nights and never had to take a taxi once. It is centrally located, within blocks of a number of fabulous restaurants. The staff is incredibly accommodating, the Guilia suite is huge with a warm, comfy feel. Free wifi. Great breakfast included..with white glove service, no less. TURN-down service every evening, with chocolates on the pillow! One thing that bothered us..just barely enough toilet paper..they either need to get bigger rolls or leave more than one small roll. Just being honest! Unique historic building. We stayed in mid November, but I can imagine how lovely it would be in the warmer months to sit on the rooftop terrace, with a wonderful view of the city, and have a drink and listen to the sounds of the city. Very, very clean with that old world feel. Had a couple of mis-steps, like the hotel confirming a dinner reservation at a restaurant that was closed on that Wednesday. And they gave us a card with a pass code for internet service..ours didn't work and we both had office work to do before we went out to dinner..woman at desk said she would send a new card right up..30 minutes later when we were both getting stressed, I had to go down to the office to get one. I'm missing some of my favorite US shows, but we did get FOX business news, CNN and the BBC. Would definitely return..first class place.

Room Tip: The second floor was very quiet in November..the Guilia room was Hugh and fabulous.
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  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Four of us stayed in a two bedroom suite at this wonderful hotel for just 24 hours due to a tight schedule. Therefore, in advance, I requested that the hotel arrange three things for us: a lunch reservation, a dinner reservation, and an afternoon walking tour of the old historic center including a guided tour of the Uffizi Museum with an english speaking guide. All was arranged and confirmed in advance. It was a delightful experience to live in this palace with it's large suites, beautiful hallways, and other public spaces. The hotel is within walking distance of the train station and the historic center of town. The breakfast was sumptuous - we regretted that our schedule rushed us out. Service was excellent. Rooms were very quiet.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

My wife and I have visited Florence every year for several years now. The last several years we have had the privilege of staying at the Palazzo Magnani Feroni. This is a stunning, quiet hotel on the "other side of the Arno." Over the years we have enjoyed both Suite Dionora as well as Suite Beatrice...magnificent. The staff now welcomes us back as if we are family. The attention to detail is beyond compare and seemingly executed with the greatest of ease. We cannot imagine a more perfect start to a day in Florence than with breakfast in the stunning breakfast room. The panoramic view of Florence from the terrace is not to be missed. When we travel to Florence, there is only one place to stay and that is at the magnificent Palazzo Magnani Feroni. In this hectic, modern day, it is rare indeed to find a place that consistently and repeatedly exceeds expectations. Grazie mille to our dear friends at the Palazzo Magnani Feroni!! Cheri and Tom Kelley

Room Tip: The Suite Beatrice is marvelous and quiet!!!
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  • Stayed November 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 13, 2012

Stayed for 3 nights in a great suite. Excellent free breakfast. Great bathroom products, and custom soap. Could use new mattresses, and a blind or curtain on the bathroom door. Nice staff. Parking expensive, but told of price in advance. Perfect ambiance for Florence.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We visited in November for two nights and found the Palazzo Magnani Feroni to be excellent in terms of location, facilities and quality of service. The breakfast was superb with a very wide choice of delicious food - no lunch needed! The history of the house is interesting; it has been owned by the current family for over 200 years and has been well preserved so that you do feel that you are indeed staying in an old palace, but with 21st century comforts.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Well we were very lucky with this hotel and got a fantastic deal price wise so for us it was great value for money. The hotel is very renaissance - frescoes on the walls of our bedroom. The lift was amazing - the third oldest in Florence we were told - and the roof terrace was great if cold but that's November for you. There are however only 12 rooms so it didn't feel like it had much life and i felt like whispering every time i went through the lobby. In terms of the room it was large with large and comfortable bed and a sofa and chair. The TV etc were great, very modern and all fine. I would have been disappointed with the bathroom if we had paid more, the shower was small and flooded all the time. The location is great and I am so pleased we went the other side of the arno - it is a different and much better world. you are 10 mins from the Uffizi 15 mins from the station, 5 mins from the ponte vecchi

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Borgo San Frediano, 5, 50124 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 Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#9 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#12 Family Hotel in Florence
#15 Business Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Palazzo Magnani Feroni 5*
Number of rooms: 12
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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