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Palazzo Magnani Feroni
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Borgo San Frediano, 5, 50124 Florence, Italy   |  
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Ranked #11 of 460 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Detroit, Michigan
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“Real Treat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Wow. Great place. Everything was very well done. From the pre-arrival through checkout. The room was outstanding. Perfect for our family of 4. We had the Executive Suite. Larger than what we needed. The breakfast was delightful. The terrace was a great place to relax with a glass of wine. Staff was very, very helpful. I stay in a hotel >100 nights/year. This was simply outstanding.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Florence is a beautiful city and many of the Palazzo's are also historic and beautiful. The Palazzo Magnani Feroni does have a great history and the archticture does reflect the beauty of times gone by. It is spoilt by the atempt of the hotel owners to re-create a bygone era with some rather cheap and sometimes tacky furnishings, fake marble, cheap tiling in bathrooms and a mismatch of styles in the suites.The biggest problem was the noise you get from the road and bars to the front of the building when staying in these suites. Some noise is to be expected but the owners should invest in some better sound proofing windows. There is also a bit of a bad smell in the WC which I presume comes from the old pipes. The staff is friendly and helpful and there is also a lot of attention to detail. Compared to other 5 start hotel the standard is not quite there and the price is also not justified even if the suites are huge. It feels a bit of a rip off...if the owners make some improvement it will be great hotel to stay at.

Room Tip: Rooms facing away from the front road are quieter.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PMF-Direction, Owner at Palazzo Magnani Feroni, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Dear Sir,
we thank you for taking the time to write your review and at the same time we feel sorry that you did not experience the perfect Palace stay.
We recreated the Palace as a 'home far from home' - 12 suites only in the whole Palace areas reflecting the atmosphere of the Florence style. Our frontdesk, as soon as they felt that you would like to chance your booked suite they moved you into another one facing a typical Italian city garden.
Please believe us that sometimes the historic centre of Florence, especially after many rains, might have a bad smell, but this changes with the winds and normally disappears within a few hours - this is something that unfortunately do not depend from the building. We always take great care of all reviews and try our very best to improve all possible reported details, therefore we really hope to have the chance to re-welcome you and to make you experience another suite area inside the Palace,
our very best wishes,
Alberto & Claudia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

We attend with kids in the family suite. This is clearly not typical for most people staying here but it works really well. The family suite is huge - an appartment with two bedrooms huge living room and kitchen diner too. Super amount of space for a family. The location of the hotel is great, very close but not in the midst of the tourist throng. No restaurant but loads of restaurants really a stones throw away. The breakfasts are excellent and the staff very helpful. Roof terrace also a magical space with fabulous views. The common parts and exterior are very discrete and uncommercial. But the service levels are indicative of a well run establishment. . Quibbles? If only to lend credibility to the review- the room was at the front of the hotel on the first floor and Italians let alone tourists after a few bottles of chianti are not famed for being quiet. With so much space the suite really would be better with a bath and not just showers. But the positive reviews are all correct and I would only want to emphasise that it works well as a location for kids in their family suite.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

This is a beautiful old mansion converted into suite style rooms. our family of 4 had a nice two bedroom suite. very spacious and comfortable. for americans there are a few quirks, which may be typical for florence... it was hard to get enough hot water for all of us to shower, and tricky to control the temperature of the rooms, but it was great having space for all of us to spread out. shower inside bathroom didnt have hot waer but new free standing shower in separate alcove in our space was very nice. lots of beautiful soaps but we often had to ask for more towels or toilet paper... promptly remedied, but having to ask was one of those little quirks where if you have a true five star expectation you might be annoyed. great location in a nice area just a ten minute walk from the ponte vecchio. staff at front desk was very very helpful and friendly. This is an elegant mansion but people looking for true five star amenities in every respect may take issue... the conversion makes the place a bit more interesting and funky than a conventional formal location. gorgeous roof terrace and courtyard, nice small work out room. beautiful dining room BUT I would say there was some oddness around dining. open from 7:30 to 10:30... over our stay we spanned the times... not really set up at 7:30 one morning when we were catching an early train, and first few days when we came jetlagged to breakfast close to 10:30 closing time we got a very grumpy reception from the waiter. there is an attempt at formal service for coffee, and the one waiter for the dining room seemed overworked.... self serve coffee in the dining room would make things easier for everyone... especially americans who want large amounts of coffee quickly... service was slow for coffee and it was very tough to get a second cup. self serve machines in lobby were great in comparison. we had one waiter during our stay who was outright rude and grumpy... others were very gracious. we really enjoyed our stay.... would not recommend for older people as there are many stairs and uneven stairs, etc... not an issue for us but would be for some....

Room Tip: quieter rooms do not face street... we had two bedroom suite for family of four.... if you have mobi...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

This hotel is like no other that I have stayed at. First off the service is exquisite especially the dining wait staff. Location wise it is off the beaten path on the south side of the river. The atmosphere is museum like --very tall ceilings, old paintings, elaborate decorations, and huge rooms. Our suite, the Guilia, consisted of a large sitting room and then a big bedroom. The bathroom was updated and remodeled. The breakfast was delicious and located on the second floor. The elevator is an antique itself. The problem I had is that the eloquent draperies and headboard coverings appeared to be very old and they smelled dusty to me. I personally do not like fabric covered headboards because of mites etc. Also, we stayed in the Guilia suite and there was construction nearly in the morning (so check to see if the construction is finished or if you get up by 8 don't worry about it). There was noise late at night coming from the homes directly across from our suite. Other than that--an interesting experience. We stayed in Italy for 12 days and were in five hotels, and this was my 14 year old son's second favorite hotel--very interesting place to stay.

Room Tip: Get an internal suite if the construction is not over or if you sleep past 8.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

This property is a real gem. My family and I (two daughters, 12 and 14) stayed here in late March, 2013 in a family suite that was incredibly charming. The entire hotel consists of only twelve rooms (or thereabout), but the staff is friendly, attentive and effective. We are looking forward to a return visit.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

We recently returned from a 4 night stay. We can't say enough about how much this unique property added to our trip to Florence. Location across the Arno from the major attractions was still a convenient walk. The staff was discreet but always on hand to help with any request. Emmanuel, was night butler was absolutely delightful. We looked forward to wine in the hotel lobby and chatting with him each evening. Our room (Smerelda) was very inviting with frescoes on the walls and a private patio area. The breakfast was served in a lovely room on an upper floor with a delicious and extensive selection of food. Unfortunately, the rooftop lounge was not in use due to the cold weather but the view from there was breathtaking. It must be a wonderful place to sit in the warmer weather. Overall, we can't say enough about this fine hotel. We will definitely stay there on our next trip to Florence.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#10 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#16 Family Hotel in Florence
#18 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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