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Viale Niccolo Machiavelli 18, 50125, Florence Italy
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#20 of 429 in Florence
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4.7
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4.9
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4.8
Value
4.5
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Step back into 19th-century opulence, in a converted noble estate, set inside a centuries-old park overlooking the Boboli gardens, just minutes from the city center. At home in its elegant rooms and suites and magnificent common areas, you will feel like a true Florentine aristocrat. Each floor of the Villa reflects a particular style, from Empress Eugénie and her passion for roses, to an oriental style, to the America of the 1950s. Created in harmony with the seasons, memorable gourmet meals are served at Le Bistrot Restaurant. The Bellevue roof terrace is the perfect spot for enjoying impressive views and mesmerizing sunsets, while the heated pool is open all year round for relaxation. The Benè Spa boasts a tepidarium, sauna, hammam and gym. A complimentary shuttle ensures guests can easily reach key points in the city.
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Free parking
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Ann L wrote a review May 22
Santa Barbara, California66 contributions58 helpful votes
We stayed here for two nights to celebrate our 20th anniversary. It was the last two nights of a 2 week trip and we could not have finished on a better note. The hotel is beautifully maintained, close to everything in Florence (and shuttle service is very helpful). The decor is stunning, room was beautiful, and the pool is absolute perfection. Enjoyed buffet breakfast dailya and also enjoyed lunch by the pool. This was an indulgence but a worthwhile splurge.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 2 days ago
Dear Ann, Greetings from Villa Cora and thank you for this beautiful feedback. We are really glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and satisfying your expectations is our delight. We do our best to mantain the beauty of the Villa and keeping the quality of the services always high. Looking forward to welcoming you again at Villa Cora as our Precious Guest. Warmest Regards, Ariela Duina General Manager
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helen k wrote a review May 19
leeds64 contributions65 helpful votes
We were at Villa Cora for a family wedding and the roof top venue was stunning, almost breathtaking, the food, wine and staff , amongst the beautiful and exquisit gardens and rooms, made the perfect day. If ever you want to visit a typical Italian Villa, in what felt like a private setting then this is the one, which will not disappoint.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Extensive Breakfast
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Responded 5 days ago
Dear Helen, Thank you for take your time to share your rewiev. So proud of your feedback, and very very honoured to see that the wedding for your and your family has been perfect. Thank you again for your words, we wait for your 1st year anniverary! Warm regards Ariela Duina General Manager
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AnneDaniel F wrote a review May 19
6 contributions1 helpful vote
Beautiful buildings, garden, smimmingpool and pool restaurant. Staff extremely helpfull, friendly and very professional. But… our room, nr 206 on the second floor of the main building. Large bathroom but bedroom realy, realy tiny. No room to move. Very small window. No decent place to put suitcase. Furnishing low standard, mattress average, chair very uncomfortable. The fabrics of canopy, curtains, chair mismatched, inexpensive looking/feeling. For the €500 per night we expected a quality room, this was certainly more a 3-star than a 5-star bedroom.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded 5 days ago
Dear Guest, Thank you for your feedback which is very important for us. We are littel bit surprised, as for the category you have booked, is the most appreciated room of the Hotel, with a view to Florence. For sure is very personal the and we do not discuss your kind opinion. If you did notice during your stay, we assure you that we could have manage on property your whish on showing other rooms. As you said the staff helpfull, friendly and professional is there for you to respect and exceed your expectations. We thank you again, we really hope to welcome you back Warm regards
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Shruti G wrote a review May 14
London, United Kingdom39 contributions6 helpful votes
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A hotel that truly delivers an authentic and beautiful experience of how I define luxury and this is what Villa Cora is, a treat to the eyes and your senses, Villa Cora is outstanding in each and every way possible. This magnificent property was redone recently and the interiors are an epitome of luxury, the breakfast is hearty and delicious with buffet and a la carte options. The mirror room which might be the chateaus ballroom at some point was one of the many rooms which I couldn’t stop admiring, the photos don’t do justice, it must be seen. The pool is relaxing and the service is incredible, the food in the restaurant is a delight, The spa experience is a must with a private stream room, hot jacuzzi and sauna. The terrace in the main building is worth a visit especially at sunrise or sunset as one gets a beautiful panoramic view of the Florence city and the Tuscan hills. Our room though a little tiny was beautiful, I had no complaints at all :) we had a lovely view of the pool :) Last but the strongest mention would be the amazing customer service we received at the hotel, intuitive, friendly and efficient all our needs were met in by an instant and always with a lovely smile :) we are truly thankful to Lorenzo, Marco and the lovely lady who took care of us at breakfast every morning, the service I believe is what makes a hotel truly the leading hotel of the world, We can’t wait to be back
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: The service is incredible if you need something don’t be hesitant to ask :)
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear Shruti, Allow me to begin by thanking you for the time you took to give us your feedback, we really appreciate this and it gives us the energy that we need to move forward and improve ourselves. We are so happy to know that you enjoyed everything that Villa Cora has to offer, everything from its beauty to the staff from the services to the view. I will make sure everyone starting with Marco, Lorenzo and the girls in the breakfast room get to read your review as this will definitely make them proud. We hope to be able to welcome you back in the nearest future as now you have a “home away from home” here in Florence Kind Regards, Ariela Duina General Manager
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Peter F wrote a review Apr 2022
West Moors, United Kingdom35 contributions49 helpful votes
This was booked as a stopover en-route to my daughters wedding in a villa near Bucine. I booked it as a 40th wedding anniversary for my wife and I, as we had to cancel in November as we both had covid. I am a member of the IHG rewards club and spent the most points per night I have ever spent for a 2 nights stay circa 180000 points or an equivalent spend of over £12000 in hotels!! It was our first stay in a "Mr and Mrs Smith" brand I also told them it was our wedding anniversary. When we arrived outside in our car, the concierge opened the car doors, and we got out. He then asked Jane - "are you staying here?" - which was a strange question. As we are getting the luggage , we were asked again - "Are you staying here?" A very rude question and and condescending. This made my wife feel very uncomfortable and unwelcome - not a good start. At check in we were wished happy anniversary. Not recognised as the top level member of the IHG rewards programme - not offer the usual courtesy of a drink or points as is the corporate standard. No room upgrade, bit the room booked was OK, although nowhere to sit with a laptop. Only recognition of our anniversary in the room was a plain white card with Happy Anniversary written on it, now whilst you don't expect much, in many other IHG hotels I have stayed in, they have put a small plate of fruit, or handmade chocolates by the hotel, or. few flowers. went to use the safe - followed the instructions on the door, didn't work, on the way out for the evening I advised the reception, and they said they would sort. When we got back, still didn't work. Advised on the way out the following day - still not working. On taking the paperwork we had put into the safe the base liner came away, to reveal different instructions underneath!! Nobody from the hotel had bothered to talk to us or offer to demonstrate - why have the instructions on the door that are different? On checkout I said about this, and was offered "water" for our journey - which they gave to everyone anyway! overall a disappointing experience and one I will not be repeating. The Hotel staff are a bit too off hand, to a point of refusing to recognise they are part of an international hotel group but a stand alone 5* hotel.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Mr Peter. First of all thank you very much for having been our precious guests. We are sorry to read that your stay with us was kind of disappointing and that didn’t meet with your expectations. For sure we will be taking proper actions to make sure that all our staff improve being more careful to any single details and the right words to use when communicating with our guests who are our most important value. On the other hand we feel that asking “ are you staying here ?“ can be anything but rude ! Very often we have “ people “ arriving for the restaurant , bar and spa or simply to leave something for a guest staying at the hotel and therefore sometimes we never know if it is going to be a guest staying overnight. Of course if you see a bag for sure that is not the right question but it can never be rude and unwelcoming. Also for the other points we’d like to let you / and other potential guests know that when the hotel is at capacity it’s almost impossible to do an upgrade ( which is upon availability) but when we can , we absolutely do it. As for the safe we will make sure to always explain how it works by voice and we really take this as a constructive suggestion. In the end we are very sorry that you couldn’t enjoy your anniversary at the hotel but we have recognized it at your arrival and in the room, as you said , you found an happy anniversary note which always comes with a complimentary sparkling wine. So , once again , our apologies if you feel that , during your stay , the hotel wasn’t at the level that you rightly expected but we just wanted to point out that rudeness doesn’t belong to us , ignoring guests ‘ requests doesn’t belong to us and being unwelcoming either. We really hope that there will be another chance for you to stay with us to show you our true level of hospitality and , most of all! , for you to have a pleasant and enjoyable time. Our kind Regards Ariela Duina General Manager
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LittleMissSmallWorld wrote a review Mar 2022
18 contributions2 helpful votes
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The level of service at Villa Cora is unrivaled! The staff here are beyond kind and welcoming to everyone from the moment you pull up. This hotel was my favorite during my 1 week trek around Italy and I wanted to cry when I left. It was so beautiful that I actually ended up relaxing at the hotel one afternoon and the next morning instead of going out exploring again because I just wanted to relax in its splendor. The staff are always willing to come get whatever is needed for you and schedule/recommend dinner etc. From the moment I began my stay to the moment everything was beyond amazing! I booked this hotel through my AMEX portal which included breakfast daily, a room upgrade if available, guaranteed late checkout, early check-in if available, and a $100 SPA credit. At first I was disappointed to find out the credit couldn’t also be used at the restaurant but I am glad that I took advantage of the spa! I had a scrub/massage which was perfect after hiking to the top of the Duomo the morning before. I also enjoyed the steam room after and then the breeze/rain shower at the end. I arrived around 11AM and they were able to check in me into my room. Due to the AMEX booking I was giving a room upgrade. While my room did not have a view, it was beyond fabulous! I had a large room, walk in closet, and great bathroom. I actually enjoyed being the separate building as it was very quiet and even had an underground tunnel to the main building for breakfast. This was perfect as it was very cold the first morning I was there. It also allowed me to walk around and explore the downstairs area of the hotel which had a super cute little hidden bar area I loved. The entire grounds were fabulously manicured and the main building had wonderful rooms you could relax and read in. When I walked into my room initially I was greeted with a kind note and a bottle of Prosecco. They actually ended up bringing me the bottle the next day while I relaxed and enjoyed some sun poolside. The concierge was able to help with anything I needed at any time and exuded the highest level of service I have seen. Every morning the bed was made and the curtains opened. Each night the curtains were drawn and treats left with inspiring quotes on my bed. Their level of care and help was so amazing I wanted to cry when I left the hotel and I hope I can return again one day. I loved it so much I ended up cancelling plans the day I was leaving just to relax in the luxuriousness of the hotel. Thank you Villa Cora for making my 1st trip to Italy beyond amazing. Special thanks to Lorenzo for getting me setup when I first arrived! Their is a free shuttle to the city center during certain times of day but the walk is wonderful as well
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded Mar 29, 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing Villa Cora for your moment of relax in Firenze and also allow me to thank you for your lovely words and for taking the time to share your experience with us and other travelers. We are delighted that your stay lived up to your expectations and that all our services were greatly appreciated. Your beautiful words about our Staff make us delighted and reading that our service was the highest level that you have seen makes us very proud. We hope that you can come back very soon as our precious Guest in your “home away from home” and enjoy our Villa and our facilities (Spa, bar, free shuttle..). Yours sincerely Ariela Duina General Manager
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Peter S wrote a review Mar 2022
Chicago, Illinois2 contributions
My wife and I just returned from 2 weeks in Italy. We had been to this glorious country many times before; yet, together we had never done a holiday in Florence and Venice. Holiday perspective changes as your life changes. We did our research and my wife has discovered GOOP as a very reliable source of interesting, value for money and interesting restaurants, hotels, sights to visit and shopping. Also they will direct the average Joe to “non tourist” locales. In researching Florence, we needed a place that we would be happy at for a full week. GOOP suggested Villa Cora. Of course, the photos looked stunning (sometimes they don’t do a place justice), but the reality is no photos could do this magnificent place justice. There are not enough superlatives to define Villa Cora. Our key to service and quality, boils down to the caliber of the staff and the happiness that they display at work. We make it a point to get to know the folks who wait on us. We find it so interesting to understand how the locals work, details about their families, careers, etc. this information is the key to better understanding the culture of the place you are visiting. The staff at Villa Cora seemed a bit extraordinary….they of course ticked all of the “service boxes” one would expect at a five star hotel. Most importantly, they spoke individually about their happiness getting up for work every day. They used the word “family” when describing co-workers and management. They had long tenure and none of them, when pushed, intended to leave the place. The property itself must be seen to be believed. We were there in late February during the pandemic, so it was a bit more than half full. Villa Cora is set about a mile out of Florence. Some might think of this as a negative, we thought it made it even more desirable. Florence is a sightseeing town. Each day we would spend hours in town, have lunch and return to our “home in the country” around 5. It was a unique break from “in-town” holiday venues. It has a large pool and restaurant outside as well as a second edifice which houses the spa and more rooms. Our room was decorated with old art, furniture, and original frescoes on the ceiling. There was a huge amount of storage. The bed, pillows and linens were superior. We ate twice in the dining room, as the food was great…we returned because, again: the people. Each night after dinner we would retire to the small and cozy subterranean bar…we hurried there after dinner, again to see our smiling wait staff. Arielle has created an incredible team of Human Resources. They are happy, loyal and help one another out with personal and professional issues. Leaders in other hospitality venues should study the staff at Villa Cora to understand how a very well led team performs. It is very tough to find any negatives about Villa Cora, except that at some point one must return to the realities of the real world and check out!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Responded Mar 29, 2022
Dear Mr. Peter S., Thank you for choosing Villa Cora as your “home away from home” and I would like to thank you for your beautiful words about our Villa and our Staff. We are a big family and it is very important for us to have transmitted to you this message since we consider our guests part of the big family. We are delighted that all our services were greatly appreciated and that our Villa has been considered among the best Luxury Hotels; it makes us very proud indeed. We look forward to welcoming you back to your “home in the country” very soon. Best regards Ariela Duina General Manager
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Dean W wrote a review Mar 2022
Berkhamsted90 contributions48 helpful votes
My wife and I travel a lot across Europe and the US and this is quite simply one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Everything about our stay was just wonderful, from the attentive, friendly and courteous staff to the beautiful surroundings (inside and out) to the absolutely glorious buffet breakfasts. The hotel is about a half hour walk into the centre of Florence but the complimentary shuttle bus is convenient, quick and easy. Cannot fault Villa Cora. We loved every minute of our stay.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Responded Mar 22, 2022
Dear Mr. Webb, Thank you for taking the time to write these wonderful words. It is so nice to know that you have enjoyed every minute here with us and we are extremely honored to know that we are one of the best hotels you stayed in. We will make sure the staff receives your compliments and appreciation. We are looking forward to welcoming you back as now you have a second “home” here in Florence. Warm Regards, Ariela Duina General Manager
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Susan J wrote a review Nov 2021
10 contributions3 helpful votes
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Outstanding hotel! If we could give it an extra star, we would without hesitation. Our stay at Villa Cora was the result of a cancellation of our flight to Paris. Serendipity! We had been staying in a villa in the Tuscan countryside and had already spent 2 days in the city center of Florence. When our flight was cancelled until the following day we decided we wanted to experience a different hotel outside of the frenzy and noise of the tourist area. As my husband and I would say, we hit an “11”. The setting, the staff and the accommodations are incredible. We admittedly are “hotel snobs” choosing the Ritz Carlton or Relais et Chateau hotels on almost every trip but found Villa Cora to not only match but exceed our expectations. As a Leading Hotel of the World we knew it would be wonderful but the attention to detail, food, and especially the staff were over the top. The staff not only help with any request, they also anticipated your needs. Our warm welcome by Vanessa on the hectic day of our arrival made us want to cancel Paris altogether just so we could experience Florence in a whole new way. We immediately changed from one night to 4 nights and booked the spa, facials and massages! Thanks to American Express we were given a $100 spa credit, upgraded to a larger room with a balcony and view of the city and a much needed early check in to shake off our travel hassle of the flight cancellation. We were also treated to breakfast daily which was sumptuous and not just your average buffet. Anything you can imagine was offered, all presented beautifully and all incredibly fresh and delicious. We have seen Florence with all it’s splendor in a whole new light! You truly feel like royalty at this hotel so don your best clothes (although you do not need to) and pretend you are at a Medici palace as a guest!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Responded Nov 8, 2021
Dear Ms. Susan , Thank you very much for this amazing review ! We are so happy and proud to read that you had such a great time with us at Villa Cora and that everything not only match but exceed the expectations . We will make sure to share this great feedback with all our colleagues and Vanessa , in particular, will certainly be very happy to have specifically been mentioned ! Brava Vanessa ! Life is a slinding door and , being a little selfish , we were lucky that that flight was cancelled so that you could be our precious Guests ... ☺☺ Besides jokes of course (!) we really hope that you are going to have the chance to visit Paris once again soon but we also look forward to welcoming you back to Villa Cora and Florence in the nearest future ! Our Warm Regards Ariela Duina General Manager Villa Cora
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Nir B wrote a review Nov 2021
New York City, New York2 contributions
everything is absolutely perfect about this hotel a perfect 10! service is outstanding facilities spot on Lorenzo is a true blessing in the front desk and his recommendations are perfection shuttle service super easy to use
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Responded Nov 5, 2021
Dear Guest, First of all thank you for choosing us for your holiday in Tuscany. We are very pleased that your stay met your expectations and that our Concierge Supervisor recommended only the best to make your experience memorable. Keep in mind that whenever you come back to Florence you will find a second home at Villa Cora. Warmest Regards, Ariela Duina General Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about Villa Cora
Which popular attractions are close to Villa Cora?
Nearby attractions include La Pelle (0.7 miles), Tuscan Sunshine Tours (0.4 miles), and Opera at St. Mark's Anglican Church (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Villa Cora?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Villa Cora?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Villa Cora?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Villa Cora?
Conveniently located restaurants include Culinaria de Gustibus Bistro, Pitti Express, and Logo Ristorante.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Villa Cora?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Villa Cora have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Villa Cora offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Villa Cora have airport transportation?
Yes, Villa Cora offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Villa Cora located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Florence.
Are any cleaning services offered at Villa Cora?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Villa Cora?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.