We stayed several nights at Il Salviatino. We were not really sure what to expect given reviews all over the board, but given the favorable comments about the service on Flyertalk and the Andrew Harper rating, we figured it was worth a shot. Overall it was a wonderful stay with the only negative we encountered being the spa.
The hotel is located outside Florence but offers a free hourly shuttle. They drop you off right at the Duomo. We only encountered the shuttle being full one time, and when that happened they arranged for a taxi to take us.
The room we stayed in was a de Luxe room, one step up from the base. It was wonderfully appointed but quirky. For instance, it had a tv, but the TV was in a mirror (visible when on, not visible when off). Another example of the quirkiness is the shower stall - it was located inside a door inside the walk-in closet (the toilet and sink being on the other side of the room). That being said, the room was very comfortable. The bed linens were very good and the bed was very comfortable. The large black out curtains worked well. The wifi was fast. The AC was amazing - we could get the room down to 50 degrees in the dead of summer if we wanted. The shower was great, with a very powerful rain shower. Our only complaint on the room was the towels - instead of fluffy towels they were they odd large linen towels. Nice, but not great for drying off.
The hotel itself is gorgeous. There is a beautiful library with books and an honor bar. The restaurant was great. We had dinner one night and thought the food was wonderful. A perfectly cooked veal chop and some delicious pasta. Breakfast was served inside or on the porch each day. We often ate inside because the wasps were quite aggressive when proteins were around. Breakfast was included in our rate and great - a selection of baked goods, cheese and meats; some sort of eggs (you can order any type of eggs); coffee and usually some sort of french toast or pancakes.
We used the pool several times and found it to be comfortable. It is about a 3 minute walk from the main building. It had numerous chairs and umbrellas and staff were on hand with drink and food orders. The spa is also located near the pool. The spa facility is nice but the masseuses left some to be desired. A massage was included with our rate but we wouldn't pay for it. It was not very good.
Service was exceptional on our stay. Every request was met with quickly and efficiently. Staff were always around for anything we needed. We appreciated when staff met our taxi or our car at the door with umbrellas when it was raining. The service was the best we experienced on our trip to Italy.
Overall, we had an enjoyable stay and would return.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Il Salviatino Hotel Florence