I have stayed at Villa Belvedere at least four times. It is frustrating because it approaches a 10:10 but fails in such simple ways. Good points: Just up the hill on the south side of town. A short cab ride from the old city - a 20 minute walk in a relatively straight line. The rooms with balconies have a FABULOUS view of the Duomo at sun set. Beautiful gardens around. Truly is park like setting. I used to race back just to get there in time to have a glass of prosecco out on the balcony (and the balconies are large enough to sit on comfortably). The downside is management are, well, cheap. They have AC, but don't turn it on unless they feel like it. And they don't feel like it unless the outside temp. is above a level. Even that would be fine - big windows, hilltop location, cool breezes...BUT MOSQUITOS. The place is crawling with them after dark and the postage-stamp sized "swimming pool" that I have never seen open except in pictures appears to be the prime breeding ground of them. They have yet to hear of screen doors or windows in most of Italy and Villa Belvedere is no exception. Your options are thus to get eaten alive with fresh air and windows open or broil in stuffy non-air conditioned rooms with windows closed. No amount of pleading will change that dynamic. Pray for a heat wave. Please note - while I stayed there over a year ago, current reviews suggest no change.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- splendid Villa situated on the hill of Poggio imperiale at five minutes distance from the center of Florence admist a lovely garden with shady trees where one may admire an incomparable view of the city and the surrounding hills ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Belvedere - Florence Hotel Florence
- Hotel Belvedere Florence