Hotel Degli Orafi is truly a four star hotel in their front desk operations and room service and in style and location too. This was my second time in four years to stay there. Only a couple of minutes walk from the old Ponte Vecchio Bridge, connected by ancient secret cat walks and tunnels to the Uffizi Museum, with also perhaps the best hotel breakfast in all of Florence, with a stunning view from the breakfast room expansive windows, only if you can take your eyes off of the parabolic shaped ceiling frescoes within. A truly sumptuous breakfast is included in room charge and is served until a leisurely 11am. Ristorante Caffe Pitti across the street from the Palaccio Pitti, a ten minute walk across the old bridge from Hotel Degli Orafi, serves the freshest truffle dishes I have ever eaten and I highly recommend trying them out, with or without a wine from their fine and reasonably priced wine list.
I paid for a regular basic room, of somewhat small size, but spacious enough certainly for two. My significant other, started to look more and more like Helena Bonham Carter, in ROOM WITH A VIEW, as time meandered on like the Arno River, even though we did not have any view, and I am not complaining. Despite the quaint floor space we had a lovely medium sized patio with a small metallic eating table with chairs and an overhead protection from the winter rain, where we could both play out dialogue together from film script memories, to the pitter patter of the nearly icy rain.
The hotel umbrellas provided to guests during the rainy winter season were first class, as large and sturdy as PGA golf tournament umbrellas, but much more elegant. The small palm sized little free Hors d'œuvres and pastries in the rooftop terrace café/bar, are quite satisfying too, with excellent views of some of the surrounding churches and towers and tiled rooftops.