Hotel Palazzo Guadagni
Trip Advisor Florence
It would be difficult to find a better place to stay in Florence than the Hotel Plazzo Guadagni, situated in the charming S. Spirito Square with picturesque romantic fountain, colourful flower, fruit and vegetable stalls and of course, several typically alluring Florentine eateries and wine bars.
Occupying the top floor of a 500 years old building and entered through massive arched doors that open electronically, there is a 2 person lift to take you to an elegant high ceiling top floor residence featuring an impressive Romanesque colonnade terrace that wraps around the corner of the building, from which stunning rooftop views across to the Duomo and distant snow capped mountains will simply take your breath away. It is a bit like stepping back to a bygone era or entering a film set, except that the towering stone columns are real and not Styrofoam – a true pinch me moment!
My chandeliered bedroom was huge and sparsely but elegantly shabby chic furnished, embellished with theatrical window drapes. There was a picture book view of the Domo dome, which incidentally I could see glistening in the morning sun from the comfort of my King-size bed, which was set into a large arched alcove, beneath an artistically ornate painted ceiling. The sitting area was vast and included a stained carved wood and marble wash stand and mirror with a small but immaculate, modern and well appointed shower room and toilet suite through a door to one side.
The location is not only perfect as it is in a quieter quarter of Florence but it is only 5-minutes by taxi from the train station and 3-minitues walk to the Ponte Vecchio and 10-minutes to the Duomo. The too numerous to mention famous sights of Florence are all within easy walking distance. Although more of a stylish bed and breakfast, the charm and eccentricities of Hotel Plazzo Guadagni make this a special place on your itinerary of must stay places. When you arrive you ring the bell and introduce yourself, the door then opens as if by magic and you enter a huge internal atrium stair well big enough for horses and carriage to drop off their passengers. You then make your way to the top floor by lift and a small flight of steps up, atop the cavernous stairwell will take you to the impressively solid front door of this grand residence. At check in you are given keys to activate the electric doors at street level, to the residence and to your room. There are no staff on the premises at night – that’s right, you and the other guests have the numerous lounge and terrace areas of this magnificent abode to yourselves. It is a bit like house sitting for a wealthy nobleman.
The breakfast is not fancy and there are no hot cooked items, but the buffet is healthy, appetising and more than adequate. This Hotel is more of a wow factor bed and breakfast, with a calm and tranquil atmosphere. I will plan to stay longer on my next visit and with breakfast included the rates are also a very attractive feature of this unique grandiose guesthouse. I could not fault the staff and the hotel was clean and well maintained – excellent value for money at this level of hotel in a prime location.
- 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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