This is truly a wonderful hotel. I stayed two nights and wish it was longer. the location is ideal - close to everything, yet set apart from the crowds. It's a short taxi ride or a 15 minute walk from the train station. Check-in is discrete and professional, but also friendly at two desks off to the side of the lobby. I was shown to my room and handed off to my personal butler, who showed me the highlights of the room, as well as a welcome gift of a bottle of wine and biscotti. The room was huge by any standard. I highly recommend booking a room overlooking the Arno. Though a bit louder (some street noise but nothing too bothersome), it's worth it to wake up every day, look out the window and see the river right in front of you. The room was everything one would expect of a St. Regis, as were the amenities.
The bar is great, and they had a big screen TV set up for the World Cup games. Try one of the specialty cocktails, and hotel guests receive a complimentary glass of champagne and hors d'oeuvres - such a nice way to either wind down from a busy day of sightseeing or to start off an evening! There was also an outdoor dining/drinks area overlooking the river and square which was a lovely spot for a drink and a light meal.
As an aside, try the rooftop bar at the Westin across the square - great views and great drinks!
The service at this hotel was excellent - efficient yet friendly.
Yes, this is expensive. I'm not sure why anyone would expect otherwise at a St. Regis. But to me it was worth the indulgence to have such a classic, beautiful place to stay in such a classic, beautiful city. I'm already planning my return visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a sumptuous palace in the heart of the city, The St. RegisFlorence is a privileged base from which to experience Tuscany'stimeless attractions. A short stroll will bring you to the iconic Uffizi,Duomo or Ponte Vecchio’s elegant jewelry shops. Legendary for its history, Florence’s streets offer inimitable treasures.The St. Regis Florence offers 19 exquisite suites enriched with refinedfurniture and antique artworks, together with 81 elegant guestroomsdecorated with the prestigious Medici, Fiorentino and Renaissancestyles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The St. Regis Florence Hotel Florence
- Florence Grand Hotel
- Grand Hotel Florence