This is one of the most enjoyable city hotels we have ever visited.
For starters, you will rarely if ever see a more amazing hotel roof terrace, complete with a view of the famous cathedral dome on one side and the Arno river on the other. The panoramic view provides an additional perspective on this extraordinary city and helps you appreciate its beauty even more. The terrace is also a very pleasant place to have a drink or read a book. There is even soft classical music, mainly opera, to enhance the mood. (The manager seems partial to Verdi.) Nobody pushes drinks, but they are available. When the bartender is off duty, you can make yourself a drink and sign for it on the honor system.
The hotel was created from two very old buildings. The "new" part dates to the 15th Century (or is it the 16th?) Fortunately, the hotel boasts such typical Renaissance features as elevators, air conditioning and soundproof windows. Our room which directly overlooked the Arno River, was very large and had very high ceilings. It was completely comfortable, and we slept very well. The elegant bathroom had a huge Jacuzzi tub, another welcome Renaissance feature.
Breakfast served in a rooftop room or on the terrace was excellent.
Service at this well-managed hotel was consistently competent and friendly. We thought Martina at the front desk was exceptionally able and helpful. Her suggestions helped us make the most of the city. We expect she will have a bright future in the hotel industry.
The location, right where one of the city's best shopping streets meets the river, is ideal. If you feel you aren't spending enough money on your trip, the Ferragamo store is right across the street.
Bottom line: This boutique hotel is very much part of the civilized experience you hoped to find in Florence in the first place. Of course, it isn't cheap, but it is a very good value. Of all the hotels we visited in Italy this year, this was the one we liked the best -- and the one that cost the least. Thanks to all the TripAdvisor reviewers who steered us to this special place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Antica Torre di Via de' Tornabuoni 1 in Florence is a stunning Historical Residence, centrally located in the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. The Residence is a Medieval Tower dating from the thirteenth century in elegant Via Tornabuoni, synonymous with the most prestigious brands of Florence. Most of the rooms have a wonderful and exclusive view of the city, the Arno River or of Via Tornabuoni with Santa Trinità square and bridge.All the rooms come fully equipped with all the creature comforts expected of a luxury establishment, including plasma television with Sat-TV, DVD player and free DVD library for our guests, complimentary wireless connection, telephone with direct phone lines, mini-bar, elettronic safe, air conditioning, heating, private bathroom with bath or shower and hair-dryer, slippers.On the rooftop terrace, a Mediterranean and American breakfast is served every morning on a rich buffet served with Richard Ginori porcelains, accompanied by hot beverages and fresh fruit juices. This is all framed by a unique and breathtaking panoramic view of Florence and the surrounding hills, that will contribute to start your day in the most pleasant way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Antica Torre Di Via Tornabuoni Hotel Florence