The hotel itself is beautiful, with a modern lobby area. The rooms have classic and elegant decor. The rooms were very spacious. Our room had its own balcony, which was nice. There is a very small exercise room in the basement, but it takes some doing to find. The signs in the hotel direct you to the fourth floor and down a dark corridor where there is no facility. Upon asking the front desk, we learned that it was in the basement and you had to take an elevator to the second floor to get on a different elevatorthat took you down to the basement.
The staff was very nice and helpful. The room was very warm as the air conditioning had been turn off for the season - not uncommon in Europe. However, keeping the windows or balcony doors open was not an option since the hotel was on a very busy street and the street noise was very loud. There is a bar or restaurant across the street, so the loud noise goes well into the morning.
The location of the hotel itself is not optimal. It is probably a little less than a mile to the tourist center of Florence from the hotel. If you are healthy, the walk is not bad. On our first walk back from the center of the city, the neighborhood looked less than desirable. That was during the day. However, during a walk back in the evening, the neighborhood seemed much nicer.
There are grocery stores and pharmacies right around the hotel, which is good since everything in the hotel is very expensive.
We also found what we consider to be the best gelato in Florence. It was at a place just outside of the Piazza Republica on Via della Spada called Lorenzo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The fine art of hospitality in the heart of town in an 18th century noble palace featuring a splendid garden with outdoor swimming pool, a fully equipped fitness club and meeting rooms overlooking the domes of Florence. At the roof top some suites with jacuzzi on the terrace boast a superb view over the town.The Restaurant “Lorenzo de’ Medici” and the “Conservatory” on the pool offer an all year round enjoyable dining room. The “Jockey Bar”, balancing modern with traditional style is an ideal corner for relaxing moments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Medici
- Grand Hotel Florence