I have just spent three days at Number 9 and have rated it 5 stars. The staff are very helpful, polite and eager to please. The modern and inviting interior design, along with vivid works of art, suggest that the owners of this hotel understand a lot about how to create a contemporary place to stay. It is modern yet feels at home in the medieval city
Surrounded by old buildings and minutes from the station and Duomo, it is perfectly placed. The spa and gym facility next door is excellent. The buffet breakfast fresh and plentiful. The perfect place? Not quite, despite the five stars I have awarded. Let me explain my slight concerns:
I am a technology lover with gadgets a plenty. I want technology to improve my life not to distract from it and some of the high tech features at the hotel simply are there for technology sake and do not add value to the experience. On arriving in the room the touch control air conditioning would not save any changes, which meant that we had to ring reception who 'over rode' the system. This was good but we couldn't adjust it afterwards without ringing reception. The light switches are numerous and confusing. I struggled to work out which switch corresponded to which light. A night time visit to the bathroom involved illuminating the bedroom as well. Mind you, when sat in bed, the giant headboard blocked any access to any light switch. The motion sensitive taps are fine in motorway service stations but try shaving with one!
I am being a bit picky but these techno glitches detract away from the fact this hotel is very good indeed but could be astounding.
Why the Philippe Starck of hotels? If you are familiar with the aesthetically beautiful space rocket shaped lemon squeezer designed by Starck then I feel sure that you either have one or would like to have one. As a design statement it is second to none and looks superb in any kitchern. Unfortunately it is not very good at squeezing lemons which is a shame because that is it's primary function. Or is it.....?
Should you stay there? Yes you should. I suspect as the hotel is so new then the technology issues will be sorted. Well done number 9. I think you have the potential to become the most popular place to stay in Florence.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Next the Medici Chapel in the historic centre of Florence, Firenze Number Nine is a boutique property with free Wi-Fi set in a restricted traffic area. It offers a free gym, a spa and individually furnished rooms and suites with Simmons mattresses and a free minibar. Rooms are equipped with a minibar and a kettle, slippers, and bathrobes. All completely soundproofed and featuring hypoallergenic fabrics, they are decorated with pastel colours and include a modern bathroom. Most rooms come with wooden floors while suites also have stuccoed ceilings. ... more less
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