We recently stayed at the Palazzo while celebrating our 25th anniversary.The Palazzo is a beautiful hotel, and anyone interested in staying in a historic boutique hotel cannot go wrong by staying here. However, we are used to the large luxury hotels in the states which are very focused on service. If that is what you are looking for, this hotel may not be for you. The hotel is actually part of a palace directly across from the Duomo so the location is very convenient. However, the first floor of the palace is actually a restaurant. You must walk behind the restaurant and enter a private courtyard and ride a tiny elevator to the third floor to find the check in area. The reception is simply a small desk in a hallway.
Our room was on the second floor (below the reception floor). The room was HUGE with an entry hallway, and giant room with nearly 20 foot ceilings and a painted fresco on the ceiling which was original from the 16th century! The room was filled with antiques. There were three huge windows that looked directly at the Duomo. We had a large bathroom with a tub, small shower and a single sink. Again, if you like old historic sites with original treatments and antiques you will love this place.
For us, we didn't love the comfort level of the room much. First, the air conditioning simply could not adequately cool the room and there wasn't any air conditioning in the bathroom at all. The bed was soft (almost too soft), but being right above a restaurant on a busy square there was considerable street noise. We downloaded a "white noise" app onto our IPad to drown out the noise at night. Finally, the whole place had a mild odor which I think just reflected the "oldness" of the place. Great aspects: the wireless internet was free and worked great, there is a beutiful breakfast service in a lovely room on the third floor, and the location can't be beat.
Finally, there really was no "service" at the hotel - going to and from our room we never saw anyone because we were below the "lobby". We did meet the owner once and she was gracious and helpful in making dinner reservations. However, the main person at the desk during the day bordered on being a little rude. Nevertheless, it was a very beautiful hotel that matched the history of this beautiful city!
- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Niccolini Al Duomo Hotel Florence
- Palazzo Niccolini Al Duomo Florence
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfortable and beautifully decorated rooms set in a grand, ancient house that has the uniqueness of a private aristocratic residence.Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo is located in the heart of historical Florence, 30 mt. away from the Cathedral, in the centre of the shopping area and at walking distance from the main monuments and museums. It’s origins date back to the 14th century. The great sculptor Donatello (15th century) had his workshop here. ... more less
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