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Domux Home Repubblica Luxury Apartment
Ranked #304 of 657 Florence B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 24, 2013

My wife and I, having been to Florence previously, decided to try Platinhome, a different kind of hotel. The most evident change from most boutique, five star hotels, is the lack of a formal reception. For us, this proved to be a non-issue. We found the staff attentive and only an easy phone call or email away. We stayed at the Duomo Apartment found at Piazza della Republica. A representative from Platinhome greeted us on arrival making the check-in quite efficient. Our room, or more accurately, our suite was simply breath-taking. Its style is contemporary with some nice amenities such as a nice library of books featuring the treasures of Florence, antique cars, etc. Our suite overlooked the Duomo from a large terrace. The view of the Duomo may be the best in all of Florence. This fact, standing alone, makes Platinhome special. Being at the Piazza della Republica put us in the center of Florence within easy walking distance of all attractions.

Except for a few minor lapses, Platinhome would easily rate 5 stars. Among the minor flaws...that can be addressed easily by management... was the absence of any pens and paper in the room. Although the staff cleaned the room daily, there were times that towels were not refreshed. The coffee service was also not up to standard. By way of example, at Portrait Suites in Rome, the in room coffee maker made first class, k-cup style espresso. Here, aside from the spotty refreshing of supply, the morning coffee was not up to standard. However, a short two block walk is an excellent paneteria/espresso bar that filed in nicely. These little lapses should not happen in a 5 star hotel. With a little better attention to these details (and I hope Platinhome reads these reviews) it has the potential to be very special. For now, it merits 4+ stars. It should warrant 5. Would I return? Probably.

Room Tip: The Duomo Suite offers a view that cannot be surpassed from its terrace.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We stayed at the Platinhome Repubblica – Piazza della Repubblica, 6 in Sept 2013. It was very hard to find as there were no signs outside with the Platinhome name on it, our driver walked around the Piazza looking for it. When we originally booked this place we thought it was like hotel style with, a front desk, doorman, and opened 7/24. However it is a high-end office building ( very classy ) with apartments based on the top floors. The only issue we had was that the building closes it's doors at 6pm, when we return in the evening you have to unlock these huge wooden doors to get in. Then make your way to the elevators with only emergency lighting on, find the light switch to turn on some of the lights. It just felt weird being in an almost empty building. ...
But putting all this behind us taking a day to get used to the idea, We had the Duomo apartment.. This apartment was SPECTACULAR !! The apartment had a beautiful private terrace which overlooked the Duomo Basilica. It was awesome, especially at night . The apartment itself was beautiful, and spotless, and wait till you see the shower ... wow !! Has a small kitchen type area with all you need for quick meals, This Piazza della Repubblica is right in the center of all the action. No car is required ( don't even know if one is allowed in the area ). Everything you need to see is in walking distance. LOTS OF GOOD SHOPPING !! Leather .. jewelry etc.. It was one of the highlights of our trip. No regrets would definitely look this place up again should I ever go back to Florence. Loved it !!

Room Tip: It's a high class apartment and not a hotel, no hotel services. But it is an awesome place to s...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

The apartment, location, and view are breathtaking. Great customer service with flexibility and great restaurant recommendations. One thing to point out is that the apartment is in an office building which during the weekend is closed, this was certainly not a problem for us but rather quite appealing. BEST PLACE IN FLORENCE hands down.

Room Tip: stay in the room with view of the Duomo
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

I could write a novel on why Platinhome is the best in luxury accommodation! But there's only one fact that truly sums up how spectacular it really is. We travelled around Europe for 7 weeks, going to every tourist destination you can think of. I proposed to my now-wife-then-girlfriend on our balcony at Platinhome. Even now looking back on our entire strip, it is still the most amazing place! Not just in Florence, but the whole of Italy. I would go back here in a heartbeat (and we've agreed to return for a milestone anniversary in the future).

You will not find anywhere nicer than this to stay. It's worth the price purely on it's location. You can't get more central than this. Even look on Google Maps where the world "Florence" is (the city center) and it's literally on top of this hotel.

Stop reading and book this now. I can't say enough about it!

Room Tip: There roof top apartment is the best. Obviously the priciest, but it's worth every cent
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The Platinhome was one of the best places I have ever stayed in! The apartment was stunning! And we had incredible views of the Duomo from our terrace. The jacuzzi bath was amazing, as was the rest of our gorgeous apartment! The location was absolutely perfect- right in the center of Florence but you would never know it from your quiet, peaceful apartment! Great restaurants and shopping nearby! Close to Santa Maria train station! The staff was extremely accomodating and made our stay fabulous! We will DEFINITELY be back here :)

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Absolutely stunning apartments. Great location. We stayed in two different ones because our adviser said we must stay in the Duomo which overlooks...the Duomo but this was only available for 1 night. Both the rooms we used were fantastic and the view was great from both. One had a giant Jacuzzi bath and smaller patio, the other a double shower and larger patio. We stayed Saturday, Sunday and Monday and as the building that houses the four penthouse Platinhome apartments is all offices on the first 4 floors it was quiet until Monday so weekends are best - but that's not to say the week days are noisy, its just feels different coming in and out.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

Close to centre but still peaceful. Helpful staff julio even came to find us on his bike when we were going round in circles looking for the car park. Beautiful apartments.. Websites often disappoint but not this one. The perfect place for a stay in Florence

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Address: Piazza della Repubblica 6, 50123, Florence, Italy (Formerly Platinhome)
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
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Ranked #304 of 657 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
Price Range: $244 - $658 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Domux Home Repubblica Luxury Apartment 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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