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Hotel Palazzo Guadagni
Ranked #49 of 410 Hotels in Florence
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Palazzo Gaudagni for 3 days and it was an incredibly memorable stay. The place is 'old school' and the rooms are nice and spacious ( Of course it depends on the type of room you choose as well). The staff is very very very courteous and helpful which is always nice ! It's close to the famous jewellery markets (The Ponte Vecchio) that adorn the bridge and public transport is available everywhere which is the case in almost any major city in Europe. So grab a map from the hotel and start walking around. It's a lot of fun. The breakfast was very nice and the rooms were neat and clean. We had a nice view of the city and the Duomo from our window. There are flea markets right outside that sell all kinds of stuff that can be interesting at times.

Overall I must say I would stay at the Palazzo again if I had the chance !

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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ferdinando2, Responsabile reception at Hotel Palazzo Guadagni, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you for your detailed review , we much appreciate it, and indeed are so pleased that you chose Hotel Palazzo Guadagni for your time in Florence.
We hope to meet your request again in the future.
Best Regards
Martina

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Reviewed December 23, 2012

This is a really unique place that I think some people will love and others requiring more service/amenities may not like as much. We did really enjoy it...it's not every day to get to stay in a building with so much character and history. We had not problem finding the door and the elevator was easy (but small). We were given a room facing the square right off the front desk. At first I was not happy with this but we were not bothered by noise from the front desk. The room had large windows, high frescoed ceiling and a large mantle. We heard no noise from the sqaure so i would not be worried about it (there are shutters plus to layers of windows). The best part of the hotel is the loggia which we loved. Great views and so nice to sit out at the end of the day for sunset and a drink. The hotel is well located and it was nice to have the option of dining in the square. In terms of improvement - the should invest in installing in room safes. It was ridiculous to have to carry our valuables including iPad all over Florence during the day!!! My only other complaint was some of the other guests at the hotel...a very large obnoxious Spanish family who had no concept of courtesy for others. Hard for the hotel to control this but was still a negative factor in enjoying our stay.

Stayed: July 2012
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ferdinando2, Responsabile reception at Hotel Palazzo Guadagni, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your choice and for sending your review,we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
Thank you for you advice, we'll think to put room safes
We look forward to your next visit.
Regards
Martina

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Reviewed December 15, 2012

I first stayed here over 25 years ago and always remembered it with great joy, the rooms with high ceilings and the veranda over looking the Piazza and rooftops. This place isn't glitzy, it's classic, beautifully proportioned and timeless. It has barely changed from my memories and I was overjoyed walking back into it. Santa Spirito is one of the most interesting and authentic neighbourhoods in Florence with small artisan workshop, bars and restaurants. Away from the tourist centre but close enough to walk to the Duomo. The osteria across the square is fantastic but even better food is found at I Raddi at the bottom end of Via D'Ardiglione, 5/10 mins walk away. We spend our last night drinking far too much at Volume on the square watching games of speed chess and later some live music. They were projecting images and films on the facade of Santa Spirito church.

Back to the hotel - very friendly and helpful staff. lovely breakfasts in the 'sun-soaked' breakfast room (as someone has written) I would say very good value for money and I wouldn't want to stay anywhere else when in Florence.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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ferdinando2, Responsabile reception at Hotel Palazzo Guadagni, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for sending your review and sharing your experience with all the Tripadvisor's readers
, the staff is glad to read your stay with us was nice, we are glad you liked the location and all the details
Looking forward to welcoming you soon,
Martina

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Reviewed November 28, 2012

everything about this place is lovely. the staff were beyond helpful, the breakfast every morning in the sun-soaked breakfast room was great and the room we were in was lovely. hanging out in the piazza santo spirito felt like being in a neighborhood instead of a tourist trap. the noise from the locals at night woke us up a few times, but that's a minor complaint. so looking forward to a return trip.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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ferdinando2, Responsabile reception at Hotel Palazzo Guadagni, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2012

Dear Guests,

Thank you so much for sending your review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
We apologize for the inconvenience next time we'll offer you a quiet room.
We look forward to your next visit.
Regards
Martina

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

This hotel is located within al thriving square which was a great place to dine (try Osteria San Spirito) and drink in the evening. As many have already said the hotel is located within a palazzo and it provides a dramatic backdrop for a hotel. We were first sent to the dreaded room number 16 which is truly miserable. We were eventually moved to room 5 which is a classic room and was pleasant. Our friends were also staying at the hotel and their room was impressive. All of the staff were really helpful, friendly and warm. Breakfast was good and the hotel has impressive views of the city. It was a comfortable base for our trip.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

We've picked this property based on excellent reviews it got on tripadvisor and the very impressive website that it boasts that almost makes you expect you'd be living in a true palace. While the hotel has its pluses, the negatives far outweigh them and I suggest fellow travelers to look elsewhere. First, the building itself. A very impressive 500-year old historic facade with huge windows. What they don't tell you is that the hotel only occupies a part of that building with most of the property taken up by apartments and small businesses. The entrance is a huge let-down - I thought I got the address wrong - it's a dusty and poorly lit hallway of an apartment building (to get to the hotel you need to take a tiny elevator in the corner). Apparently, the building residents are not very happy about the hotel: on our first day we got attacked by a mad-looking woman who ran across the square and started yelling at my wife and myself for allegedly trying to break the entrance door (it's not immediately clear how it opens - the hotel reception gives you the key, but don't really show how it works downstairs) and gave us an angry lecture on how they `always have problems with the boarding house'. Like some other reviewers here, we were given the "attic" room that was easily one of the worst hotel rooms I've ever been too - dark, cold, with a "view" of a roof, with no carpets and, most bizarrely, with a door connecting to another room that had a large keyhole that allowed anyone curious enough to see us. To top it off, there is a very narrow and steep flight of stairs leading to it. I've asked to change the room immediately and, thankfully, we only had to spend one night there. Another room we got was far more impressive - door-size windows (easily 3 1/2 meters tall), very tall ceilings, some antique furniture. It was located in the corner of the building with noises from the square a major nuisance most of the day though. I would have rated Hotel Palazzo Guadagni a `poor' if it wasn't for its glorious balcony offering picturesque views of Florence. That almost made up for the very spartan, convent-type facilities, but not quite. The location itself is OK, a leisurely 15 minute walk to most sights and Santo Spirito church just 50 meters away on the piazza - definitely do pay it a visit, it is often overlooked. There is some value in staying at a historic building and if you don't expect much in terms of facilities, you won't be disappointed. Just don't expect a true palace with gold, marble and silken linens.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

We are staying in this hotel at the moment - I can't express how pleased I am at this extraordinary find!! The hotel is on the upper floors of a palazzo on piazza San spirito - a quiet and less touristy part of Firenze but in easy walking distance to everywhere. Our room has a spectacular view of the entire city with direct views of a nearby campanile from the bed and il duomo from the shower. It is exceptionally clean, the service wonderful and a daily delicious breakfast. There is a lift to get to the hotel but a walk back down the staircase is great exercise after a filling breakfast. We will stay here again and I recommend it. Hope to stay here again after a trip to Modena and before we fly out from Milan.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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ferdinando2, Responsabile reception at Hotel Palazzo Guadagni, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2012

Dear Guest,
thank you for your kind comment on Tripadvisor,we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
We look forward to welcome you back in Florence.
Best Regards
Martina

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Address: Piazza Santo Spirito 9, 50125, Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santo Spirito / San Frediano
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #49 of 410 Hotels in Florence
Price Range: $106 - $272 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Palazzo Guadagni 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Palazzo Guadagni is located in the Oltrarno district, in a characteristic piazza in the historical centre of Florance, a nighbourhood full of antique shops andold artisans' workshop, just a few minutes walk from the Pitti palace and the Boboli Gardens.The rooms are spacious and rich in atmosphere, found in Palazza Guadagni designed by Simone del Pollaiolo in 1505,have ceilings with frescos, fire places and a wonderful views that looks out onto Florence and the most important buildings. ... more   less 
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