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Il Salviatino
Ranked #84 of 411 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 17, 2013 via mobile

Left my terrible food Costa cruise today and hopped into my rented car, arriving here at 7:30 pm. Bought a GPS in Hong Kong for US$70 so finding our way here is easy. Rainy evening and there was a little barrier at the entrance so when we pressed the button to say we are checking in, there's an umbrella waiting for me when I got off at the reception.

Again, am writing this review whilst lying on the bed in room 39 here. This is 10:50pm and we had just done an awesome dinner in the restaurant downstairs, and had met the young chef. I love food and cooking, so the food here simply tell me that the chef got a heart on what he is doing. Nada at the reception is very helpful and told me simple history about this six hundred year old building.

Such a great day. Puzzled for a while before booking this hotel as I always read the Triadvisor bad comments before booking a place. Glad that I had not been deterred this time and had chosen this hotel. Free parking, wifi, shuttle bus, breakfast, lovely view from the room, huge bed, nice staff..... I love this place!!

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

I had quite high expectations of Il Salviatino, having read the reviews, and given that it was a 5* hotel overlooking Florence, and obviously fairly expensive. But my word, it really lived up to them. The hotel itself and the setting are truly stunning, a fact only enhanced by the fact that we arrived on 31st December to glorious blue skies and warm sunshine. We were met at the front door by the smart, polite and friendly (and fluent English-speaking) Service Ambassador. Everything was organised inside very swiftly, and we found they'd upgraded our room to one that we'd asked for and been told wasn't available when we booked... at no extra cost! I had also requested rose petals to be spread on the bed, and they had the most exquisite petals from goodness knows how many roses arranged in a perfect heart on the white sheets.

We sat outside on the terrace on white leather sofas overlooking their gorgeous manicured gardens, marvelling at the weather while they brought us a beer and bread and olive oil. We got back from town at five minutes to midnight (pure luck) to a free glass of champagne, small fireworks and the most amazing ten minute firework show put on by seemingly every single person in Florence (which we could see almost all of due to the wonderful view from the terrace).

The room was beautiful, though we had a minor problem with the heating which they sorted for us rapidly once we brought it to their attention. Free wifi, of course, and a TV in the enormous mirror. They had some crazy wireless light switch arrangement which took a bit of figuring out, and an incredibly luxurious bathroom with walk-in rain shower, jacuzzi bath and enormous basin.

We only ate breakfasts there, but they were delicious (though they couldn't seem to get their heads around us asking for cold milk - every time we asked, we got hot milk, which we put down to the Italian word for hot being 'calde").

Service from the ambassadors was absolutely fantastic from start to finish - they couldn't do enough for us, though were never intrusive. They even rang another hotel for us down the coast when we told them we were heading on to a different area to make sure it was open and they had rooms available (it wasn't and they didn't, but that was beside the point).

All in all, expensive, but worth every single penny, and more. Far and away the best hotel I have ever stayed in.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We arrived in early November and were worried about being there so late due to weather. The weather and timing were perfect.
We have been to Florence several times and one of the problems was that there so many people in town. This time we stayed at theIl Salviatino which was a pleasure. A true Italian Palazzo, beautifully restored in good taste.
The rooms were large , well appointed with all the amenities . The view was spectacular and it was important for us to be a bit outside of Florence due to the crowds. The hotel had a shuttle service which only took 10 minutes to the center of the city ( Il Duomo).
Returning to the hotel through a private gate and splendid park made us feel special and very secure. The walk around the park, swimming pool and gardens was a joy.
The library was a peacefull place to rest with an impressive array of books and research material.

The bar and veranda had a magnificent view ofFlorence and a Bar tender who knew what he was doing. The restaurant had a special autumn festival menu and the cuisine was fresh and delicious. I believe they grow many of their fruits and vegetables on this extraordinary site.
There was a group in the hotel which had a spectacular buffet. The service was also of a high standard as the personnel were well trained and eager to please.

We can't wait to return to this special, Italian Palazzo. Peter

Room Tip: Ask for a room on one of the higher floors or one of the suites.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Peter B
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

This hotel is a wondeful place to discover Firenze and the area around. It is located on a hill at only fifteen minutes from the center of the town, a shuttle can bring you there. The building and the view on Firenze are tremendous. It is surrounded by a beautiful park. Everything is so calm and restful.

The staff is adorable, always smiling, helping you with everything you may need.

We spent the New Year's Eve dinner in the restaurant, it was delicious and very friendly.

Well, in a word, this hotel is a dream.

Room Tip: All the rooms are nice and quiet, the rooms with the view on Firenze are amazing.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Benjamin L
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

I spent 3 nights in this dream of a hotel. Tastefully renovated, with hi tech conveniences and top quality funishings and fittings (the bed was the most comfortable I have ever slept in). I had a wonderful view of Florence from my huge room. The personnel are charming, attentive yet discreet. I really felt that I was in a very luxurious, private palazzo. There is a shuttle service into the centre of Florence and it's great, after a busy day in the city, to come back to this haven of comfort and peace and enjoy the excellent spa, bar and restaurant facilities.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Sally D
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We love this hotel. It was beautiful. Rooms were very nice. Was also very clean. The staff was so attentive, it felt creepy however.

The only thing we did not like about the hotel is the price. If you go here, expect pay a lot of money.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank willardct
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

I stayed at Il Salviatino from 1st to 4th November 2012. I was part of a group of friends who were all former hotel managers. We were all unanimously enchanted with the quality of the service, the food, the comfort and decor or amenities of the rooms and public outlets. I felt extremely welcome with a smile on the face of every single member of the staff I met. We also had a cocktail party organised for our group where they really surprised us and did a fantastic job. La Maison Il Salaviatino is definitely a place to recommend for its romanticism and wonderful atmosphere. A million thanks to everyone for letting us go through such an exceptional experience.

Room Tip: Ask for an upper floor to enjoy the spectacular view over the historical center of Florence.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Michele A
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Address: Via del Salviatino, 21, 50137, Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
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) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Spa Hotel in Florence
#22 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#52 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#55 Family Hotel in Florence
#93 Business Hotel in Florence
Price Range: $396 - $1,007 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Il Salviatino 5*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This award winning luxury hotel, located on the rolling hills of Fiesole, offers the most spectacular views of Florence. Accommodations range from the Villa Rooms, the Green House Suites and our Signature Suites. Each offer a very different experience but all have inspiring views of either our private park, the Tuscan landscape or the famous Duomo view of Florence. Guests will enjoy a la carte breakfast, wi-fi, parking, in room movies, in room coffee and tea making facilities and hourly shuttle service (15 minutes) to the center of Florence, all complimentary. Our service philosophy is all about creating unforgettable experiences for our guests in an informal setting. Our guests consider the Hotel, the Villa, their home away from home, a tranquil haven after a day of exploring Florence or the Tuscan countryside. The Spa offers four treatment rooms, each with its own steam shower, and a dedicated team of therapists specializing in aroma therapeutic relaxation and anti-aging treatments, a fitness center with the latest in Technogym equipment and our pools overlooking the Tuscan countryside. Our kitchen is dedicated to locally sourced Italian cuisine and can be enjoyed in either the library or on our terrace overlooking Florence. Innovative, creative and unpretentious. ... more   less 
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