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Golden Tower Hotel & Spa
Ranked #16 of 409 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I had looked at a number of locations in Florence for our honeymoon. My wife (then to be) had always wanted to go there and so I spent some considerable time looking for an ideal venue. I had found another hotel initially but hadn't booked it, and in one of those final (almost final) searches I came across the Golden Tower. We arrived by private chauffeur, and you cannot get a vehicle right outside but the driver walked us round to the entrance. Set on a relatively quiet street, yet very close to all the key sights, the hotel is well presented with attentive staff. I had seen a room online that I wanted to book, and the staff reserved that room for us (in the tower) and when we arrived there was a gift of Prosecco in our room. Each evening there was a free glass of Prosecco prior to Dinner evening if you weren't dining there. The breakfast was a wide ranging buffet including cheeses, meats, breads, fruit, yoghurt and the list goes on. A great location for exploring this beautiful City. We walked miles and miles as well as visited plenty of bars and sights and returned to a very comfortable hotel in what was one of the quieter parts of the City. My only comment would be was that the Dinner menu was the same for each of the three nights we were there, and didn't appeal, however you are never far from a wide range of places to eat. We used the Spa area a couple of times, it is quite small but was never busy.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Antonio P, Direttore generale at Golden Tower Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2013

Dear Martin G,
many thanks for posting and sharing your positive and detailed review. We are very glad you enjoy your stay in this beautiful city and above all for choosing us.
Looking forward to welcoming back in the near future, we remain with
all our best regards,
antonio pellegrino - general manager

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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Stayed here on our honeymoon 21st to 23rd March. Staff very helpful. The spa area was superb and great when you book for exclusive use - champagne and strawberries laid on.
Bed very comfortable, room on 3rd floor facing street, Although on saturday night there was a booming soubnd system from a bar down the street, the sound proofing is so good you barely hear it.
Aircon very good and noiseless.
The only downside really is the bar area / relax area. Just a bit plasticky and bright and they really should remove the large tvs on the wall - it's not a sports bar. Could altogether be made more cosy.
But other than that highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Antonio P, Direttore generale at Golden Tower Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2013

Dear Guests,
thank you so much for your positive review and are very happy you enjoy the stay with us.
As for the music in the square, which is beyond our control, as already said in a previous review, we have contact the Autorithy in order to control.
We wish you all the best and remain with our Best Regards,
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

The hotel has an excellent location for exploring Florence. Staff are friendly - especially in the breakfast room where they are very welcoming. We had a delux room - not in the tower. It was a fair size with a very large comfortable bed. The bathroom was big with bath and shower. The room is nice and clean. The spa is a welcome treat after walking round the city. We received some added extras, as it was our honeymoon, of a bottle of prosecco on arrival and a free mini bar which was very welcome! We were also given an Easter egg as it was Easter which was very good. The evening menu is more limited in choice but the orange duck is excellent and you mainly want to be eating in Florence anyway.

I agree with some other reviews that it is maybe 4 star not 5. I think if you are in a tower room it is 5 star. The pictures of these rooms looks very good. We were not in a tower room and while the room was very nice and comfortable it lacked character or the 'wow' factor of some other 5 star hotels. Would suggest booking tower room to get best of the hotel.

The staff at reception had some good local knowledge and recommended some good local restaurants. On one occasion the restaurant no longer existed or was not where indicated to us on the map. When we wanted to leave Florence for the day we were first told to drive but actually the train was the easiest and cheapest option. It would have been helpful to have been given all the options. There is a computer with free Internet access which is helpful for finding out any information about Florence or Tuscany. We weren't told at check in about the city tax which was disappointing.

Breakfast has a range of choices and is in a comfortable setting. Agree with other reviews that prices for items off the menu were very expensive but we never found any need to use this and found plenty to eat from the buffet choices. Enjoyed the option of strawberries and cake for breakfast!

The location is excellent for exploring Florence.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Antonio P, Direttore generale at Golden Tower Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2013

Dear Guests,
we thank you for your positive review even if we realized that you were not fully satisfied and we are sorry for this. As for the room, we only have 27 rooms, classic, deluxe, tower deluxe, junior & suites and are very different each other even if all of them are fully furnished. Inside the tower we only have 4 rooms and is valid the rule that is better to book such in advance.
As for the city tax, it was introduced more than one year ago, this is why for us become normal not remind our guests.
We hope you will visit us again and maybe staying in another room you will give the 5th star.
All our best regards,
antonio pellegrino - general manager

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

This is a lovely hotel. We had a three night break in Florence and were beautifully looked after during our stay. The room was spacious and spotless as was the bathroom. Breakfast was copious and delicious and the staff friendly and helpful. They discovered it was my husband's birthday and gave us a bottle of champagne on ice to enjoy in our room - a real treat. We did not use the spa so cannot comment on this facility. The hotel is very centrally located, walking distance from the station and many of the wonderful museums and churches. We took a guided walking tour and pre-booked our visit to the Uffizi from a booth in the side of the 'Granary' - well worth the few extra euros. A local bus ride (either 12 or 13 from outside the station) to the view point above the city was great. Do visit the British Institute - a terrific organisation - who put on lectures and films.

Room Tip: Although our room was overlooking the street, it was beautifully quiet.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Antonio P, Direttore generale at Golden Tower Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2013

Dear Judy W,
we thank you so muche for your wonderful review and are very happy you enjoy your stay with us. As you describe, we try our best to look after our guests in differnt ways.
We hope to welcome back and meanwhile we wish you all the best,
antonio pellegrino - general manager

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Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

A great hotel with very helpful staff, great central location.

Rooms were spacious and clean; breakfast was good, had a choice of scrambled eggs& bacon as well as cereal , fruit and yoghurt.

I would suggest anyone considering this hotel, should request a court yard room instead of street facing, as friends I was travelling with , had to move rooms, due to a bar on the square playing loud music at the weekend, dj was outside in a gazebo until the early hours.

I would definitely recommend this hotel , and if I was ever , back in Florence , would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Antonio P, Direttore generale at Golden Tower Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2013

Dear Guests,
many many thanks for your positive review. We are really very happy you enjoy your stay and for recommend us to other guests.
As for the music, which is beyond our control, we have already informed the autorithy in order to control.
We also really hope to welcome back, get in touch with us,
all our best,
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

This is a great hotel. It's located centrally in Florence, close to the Duomo, the Uffizi, the Ponte Vecchio and also within walking distance of the Santa Maria Novello railway station which is the main transfer from Pisa Airport. The staff were great - bright, helpful and friendly. The spa in the basement is good, though the jacuzzi could have been hotter. The buffet breakfast is excellent. It is a truly lovely hotel and perfect for a few days doing the galleries in Florence. We warmly recommend it.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Antonio P, Direttore generale at Golden Tower Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2013

Dear Guest,
many thank for your positive review and for recommend our hotel to others which is the best important thing for us, there is no better way of advertising than how the guest does.
Than you so much, we wish you all the best,
antonio pellegrino - general manager

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We have just returned from a three night stay at this hotel and had a wonderful time. The location is perfect, walking distance of all the attractions. The staff were really helpful and so friendly and accommodating. We had a classic room which we were more than happy with, comfortable bed & sumptuous bathroom. Breakfast was good, plenty of choice and great that this is included in the price for a five star hotel.
We would recommend you pre book tickets for museums as the queues are v.long! We enjoyed the Boboli gardens, great views over the city. If the weather is good and you can handle the 463 steps then a must see is also the view from the top of the cathedral/dome.
We would most definitely recommend this hotel and hope to return again in the future.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Antonio P, Direttore generale at Golden Tower Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2013

Dear Guests,
we want to thank you for your positive review and very proud to have succeeded in our aim which is the satisfaction of our guests.
We really hope to welcoming back in the near future and in the meantime we remain with
our best regards,
antonio pellegrino - general manager

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Address: Piazza Degli Strozzi 11r, 50123, Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Florence
#10 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#13 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#32 Family Hotel in Florence
#36 Business Hotel in Florence
Price Range: $256 - $571 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Golden Tower Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newest boutique hotel settled in the heart of Florence at the side of the historic Palazzo Strozzi, suggests a new vision of luxury: a wonderful spa and a very joyful Health and Beauty center, Heavenly beds and the latest hospitality technology. Benefits of traditions plus the modern world solutions.The Golden Tower maintains luxury habits exploiting new service standards. ... more   less 
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