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Hotel Degli Orafi
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Lungarno degli Archibusieri, 4, 50121 Florence, Italy   |  
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“Perfect honeymoon home away from home!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Elegant, welcoming, comfortable!

Ideal location, in the heart of ... well, everything! Despite the central location (and the very busy nightlife on occasion), the room was quiet - excellent sound-proofing. The rooms were impeccably clean. We stayed 10 days, and would have like a little bit more space in which to spread out - you can bet that I was researching which were the larger rooms for future reference!

The fifth floor Terrace is the perfect sanctuary away from the tourist crush at ground level, and the view is postcard pretty.

The daily brunch is generous, varied, tasty - and served in an elegant hall by gracious staff.

We enjoyed an exceptional stay, and were particularly pleased with - and grateful for - the excellent and friendly service provided by: Rachelle, Dimitri, and Francesco at the front desk; and by Save, Sara, and Giovanni at the fifth floor Bar & Restaurant. We have no hesitation about recommending the Hotel degli Orafi to anyone and everyone!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HDO, Direttore at Hotel Degli Orafi, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

What a pleasure to read these wonderful comments on Tripadvisor and to hear that you have enjoyed your recent stay with us! Your enthusiasm for our staff and hotel is very much appreciated and the entire team is looking forward to your next visit to Florence!
Regarding our rooms I would like to inform that the room size can be found on our website. The best choice for a long stay is our modern Suite with a kitchenette and living room or if you prefer one of our Superior rooms.

We are looking forward to welcome you back on your next visit!

Warm regards,
Rossella Nelli
Managing Director
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Having always wanted to visit Florence since seeing 'Room with a view' in the 1980's this hotel was the obvious place to spend a few days with my husband celebrating our silver wedding anniversary. It was perfect. The staff were welcoming and friendly and every part of the hotel was spotlessly clean. On arrival we went to the rooftop bar for our 'welcome' drink, and my heart quite literally skipped a beat when I saw the view. It was breathtaking and every bit as beautiful as I'd hoped and imagined. We enjoyed a very welcome chilled glass of white wine for me and a beer for my husband which came with complimentary tapas.
The room was very comfortable although the air conditioning did keep me awake on the first night but we found that by leaving the window slightly ajar, the air conditioning went off and left the room at a comfortable temperature for sleep in the very comfortable bed.
The breakfast was excellent with a vast choice of items. You could opt for a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs with smoked salmon or bacon. There were cereals, fruit pastries, yoghurts, cheeses and sliced meats and many other choices.
The location of the hotel is perfect. We walked from the railway station when we arrived as we were swept along by the beauty of the city but even strolling at a leisurely pace it only took us about 20 minutes. The hotel is situated next door to the Uffizzi gallery and opposite the Ponte Vecchio so was ideally situated and meant we could pop back to the hotel during the day if we needed to freshen up (It was very hot!)
Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and they offered to store our luggage after we checked out until we needed to head back to the station and they then arranged a taxi for us.
I can't praise this hotel highly enough and long to return!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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HDO, Direttore at Hotel Degli Orafi, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your wonderful comments following your recent stay with us,they are very much appreciated! It is wonderful to read that you were satisfied with our hotel and that you liked our staff and services. It is a great source of motivation for all of us.
The entire team is looking forward to your next visit to Florence!

Warm regards,
Rossella Nelli
Managing Director
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This was a fantastic hotel because of its location and history. Built originaly as a convent the art work was as good as any in thr city. Every morning we would have breakfast in the dinning room whth an ceiling that was a gourgeous painting. The room where very confortable and the view of Florence was breathtaking. Walk out the front door tur right and Ponto Vecchio was a block away walk across Ponto Vecchio [the old bridge] and we would be in the middle of Florence. This was an ideal location to explore Florence from no need for a car.

Room Tip: choose the upper level so you can walk out to the roof top bar/cafe
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HDO, Direttore at Hotel Degli Orafi, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for having taken the time to leave your comment on TripAdvisor following your recent stay with us.
It was indeed a real pleasure to read that you were satisfied with our services and enjoyed your stay with us.

We hope to have the pleasure to welcoming you back soon!
Warm regards,
Rossella Nelli
Managing Director
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Recently stayed for three nights in an executive room. The room was very spacious and spotlessly clean although the bed was very hard. The bathroom was very well appointed and , like the bedroom, was spotlessly clean. The room had everything you need. There was a splendid breakfast served up in a fabulously decorated room which had splendid ceiling frescoes.
All the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful and the location, 50 yards from The Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio, was as good as you can get in central Florence.

The only things we could think as "downsides" were that the air-conditioning was not individually controlled, it was done so by the front desk although we had to find that out by ourselves as there were no instructions. Also, bearing in mind that this is not a cheap hotel by any means, you were invited to a welcome drink on the 5th floor terrace bar, a fabulous place to be of an evening, but it was only for a soft drink. A nice cocktail would have been more acceptable for what we were paying. Also, we asked for a dinner recommendation on our first night and were directed to a tourist trap place up by the station where hotels were obviously on a commission. Don't do this as there are an absolute host of very good and untouristy-trap places within a few yards.

Some reviewers have whinged about noise from the street. Let's face it, you are in a city centre, you are on a main road, you are in a tourist honey-pot and near to the main attractions. If you want silence at night, don't stay in the city centre. Yes, there is some chatter and vehicle noise from the street, we were on floor 2 and facing the street but the noise was minimal and I did not need my earplugs.

However, overall we loved the place and will be back should we visit Florence again.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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HDO, Direttore at Hotel Degli Orafi, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us with other travelers on Tripadvisor. We thank you for your kind words and are proud to know that you loved your stay with us!
We apologize if you found the air-conditioning too complicated or not clear enough, we will take in consideration your thoughts about this matter. We further inform that all our clients, upon arrival receive a complimentary welcome drink which can be chosen between, soda, wine, beer or coffee/tea. We think this is a good variety and a nice touch after a long day of travelling. Hopefully we will be able to welcome you back with a good glass of Chianti wine!

The entire team is looking forward to your next visit to Florence!

Warm regards,
Rossella Nelli
Managing Director
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We found every aspect of this hotel to be wonderful. This includes the gorgeous breakfast room with its generous and delicious food, beautiful lounge rooms, lovely roof top terrace bar, beautifully designed bathroom and large accomodations. Wonderful housekeeping service. The location cannot be beat and the staff were very accomodating. We would be happy to stay here again.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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HDO, Direttore at Hotel Degli Orafi, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your wonderful comments following your recent stay with us,they are very much appreciated! It is wonderful to read that you were satisfied with our hotel and that you liked our staff, service and cleanliness.
The entire team is looking forward to your next visit to Florence!

Warm regards,
Rossella Nelli
Managing Director
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We have just completed a wonderful three night stay. The location is superb, right next to the Uffizi Gallery and one hundred metres from the Ponte Vecchio. Room 403 was excellent and the view of the river and the bridge was so glorious, I almost didn't want to leave the room. I can't commend the staff enough for their helpfulness and the welcoming sparkling Spumante and peanuts were a nice touch. Enjoyed the complimentary drink in the roof top bar too. Great view of the Duomo over the terra cotta rooftops. I don't expect European hotel rooms to be a great size (have experienced some very, very small ones) but this one had plenty of room and an absolutely beautiful bathroom. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Get a room on the 4th floor overlooking the river and Ponte Vecchio
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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HDO, Direttore at Hotel Degli Orafi, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

I would like to thank you for this wonderful review!
We are all delighted that you were satisfied with your stay with us and ensure you that your kind comments about our staff is highly appreciated. They work endlessly to ensure that our guests will have a memorable vacation.
It is nice to hear that you loved the spectacular view from your room, our little complimentary gift and that you had the chance to enjoy the free welcome drink up at our relaxing Roof terrace bar!

We wish you a warm welcome back to Florence and Hotel degli Orafi!
Rossella Nelli
Managing Director
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Bronx, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

This hotel is wonderful. It is at the heart of everything. The hotel being near everything it was easy to navigate. Awesome, sweet, helpful and kind staff members. My brother and I had the best bartenders ever.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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HDO, Direttore at Hotel Degli Orafi, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent stay with us and for your valuable feedback. Your wonderful comments regarding the hotel’s location and service is highly appreciated . I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope you will come back again, very soon.

Warm regards,
Rossella Nelli
Managing Director
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Address: Lungarno degli Archibusieri, 4, 50121 Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#16 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#24 Business Hotel in Florence
#30 Family Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Degli Orafi 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This magnificent 4-star luxury hotel is located in an ancient Florentine building dating back to the 13th century. You will find it in the centre of the city next to the River Arno and just a few steps away from the famous Ponte Vecchio & the Uffizi Gallery.The Luxury Hotel Degli Orafi, in the heart of the historic centre, has got everything on its doorstep. ... more   less 
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