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“Understated elegance with one of the most beautiful views in the world.” 5 of 5 stars
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Belmond Villa San Michele
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Doccia 4, 50014 Fiesole, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Fiesole
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“Understated elegance with one of the most beautiful views in the world.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Orient Express do holidays very well, when combining this with the natural beauty of Tuscany and the joys Leonardo and his contemporaries, it makes for a very special combination. When you are stood by the pool or in the lemon gardens looking into the horizon, over the hills and cast your eyes across the Duomo and Florence itself, it feels good to be alive and that you are blessed to be able to experience such a spectacular setting.

The food in La Loggia is excellent and the work of a proud and diligent head chef. The service is very good, particularly thanks to Vittorio, the Food and Beverage manager and Adriano on the front desk. The rooms are classical.

There are other hotels which may have been more recently refurbished such as the Four Seasons and Il Salviatino but the location, charm and history of this converted monastery do make this establishment quite unique. It is great to be able to walk around Florence and amble back to your hotel by foot, gelato in hand. However, a hot Summer's day, the cool breeze across the gardens accompanied by one of Villa San Michele's amazing Bellini's, this is after all the sister to the Cipriani in Venice of Harry's Bar fame, makes for an endearing respite from the heat and the wonders of the city are still only ten minutes away.

  • Stayed August 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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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The grounds of this 600 year old property are above 5 star. The biggest highlight would have to be dinner outside overlooking all of Florence for an Incredible meal…top5 all time. Rooms in the hotel are small but the suites in the garden are far better but far more expensive so you choose. The reason i say for three days max is because it is annoying getting into town whether on their free shuttle or via taxi....traffic even in this off season was tough. They do their best with a friendly driver, a/c, cold waters etc but split up the trip with a 2-3 days at san Michele and enjoy the property, pool and restaurant and then book another hotel where you can rollout the door into cafes, museums shops et al.

To qualify the review I am a 35 year old traveler who has been to 52 countries in my life. I started out on semester at sea in the fall of 1998 and got the travel bug then followed that up with backpacking europe in 2000 for two months. Left those rougher travels behind since 2000 and have saved up to enjoy properties like this one ever since.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This was a big treat for me and I could not have asked for anything more special. The hotel is small in its feel but has many classic facilities. But it excludes style and panache. Nothing is too much trouble. The view from a "Firenze view" room is the best ever. Ask for advice at the desk for places to eat in Fiesole as there are some real gems of the most rustic sort. And I think it was J P Morgan who said of his boat, if you have to ask how much then you probably can't afford it!!!!!!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

The location of this hotel atop a hill provides the picturesque panorama of Tuscany and Chianti and is breathtaking. The grounds are lush and aromatic. The staff is extremely friendly and want to please. Dinner overlooking the veranda was magical and the breakfast is excellent. The Jr suite was to die for. We were upgraded gratis so if the hotel is not full..ask. We took a private tour of the Accademia and Uffizi with Mauritzio from Florencepass and he was outstanding. Highly recommend him. Did not want to leave this 5 star hotel. FYI, they even have outlets for North American electrical plugs.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

PHENOMENAL! To find a hotel/resort that can give you the experience of a lifetime is not something that seems possible. The Villa San Michele may be what the Franciscan Monks truly meant it to be, a godsend.

From my family to yours, I Thank You for making our trip to Italy that experience of a lifetime. For those who wish a more in depth description and reference, by all means leave a contact. I could talk for hours regarding the experience. Five ***** Stars are not nearly enough!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Orient-Express do it again!

Excellent hotel, in a great location!

We have stayed here twice in two years, The service is exceptional and the hotel is fantastic.

We also stayed at Il Salviatino and still came back Villa San Michele for dinner. The view over looking Florence whilst dining is one of my favourite!

Would we return, Yes!.....Would I recommend this place, Absolutely!

  • Stayed July 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed in Florence city centre and decided to dine for lunch at the Villa San Michele on my parents recommendation after staying there a few years ago. We were absolutely blown away by how beautiful the hotel and gardens were, a true oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city below and the view of Florence was stunning! The service was 5*, we were greeted from our taxi with a huge warm welcome and received excellent table service throughout. The food was a little pricey, which is expected, but we were not disappointed by the quality. A thoroughly enjoyable experience I would recommend to anyone visiting Florence! I'm so pleased we made the trip up.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Doccia 4, 50014 Fiesole, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Fiesole
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Fiesole
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond Villa San Michele 5*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
From the surviving fresco of the Last Supper to the terraced gardens and pool, Villa San Michele is a feast for the eyes. In the 15th century it was a monastery, today it is one of Europe's most fascinating hotels. A Renaissance Villa, a perfect view of Florence. The finest resort from which to appreciate the city of the Medicis via the comfortable complimentary shuttle that in just 15 minutes links the Villa to the shop windows, the art, the museums. Dining at the Loggia Terrace will be one of the most romantic experiences of your entire trip. Don't leave without learning the secrets of Italian cuisine at the hotel's cookery school, where hands-on lessons are taught by famous Chefs. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Villa San Michele By Orient-Express Hotel Fiesole
Hotel San Michele
San Michele Hotel
Belmond Villa San Michele Fiesole, Province Of Florence, Italy

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