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Villa Cora
Ranked #7 of 421 Hotels in Florence
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Out of a fairy tale ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2011

My husband surprised me by taking me to Italy for our honeymoon. Florence was scheduled for the second leg of our trip, after four days in Santa Margherita at the Grand Hotel Miramare where they blew us away with beauty and service. I didn't think that there was any way that the Villa Cora could top or at least live up to our experience at the Miramare. Wow! They made a believer out of me as soon as our taxi drove through the gates in the driveway. The Villa Cora is remarkably beautiful. It somehow balances clean modernity with the ornate oppulence from centuries ago. The staff is professional, friendly and very, very helpful. They all speak English very well. Upon arriving, you are taken on a tour of the property and you can't help but wonder at the beauty and intracacy of each room, one grander than the next. It was a dream to actually be able to stay in a place that beautiful.

The hotel is located on the other side of the Arno but is walkable to everything, if you're up for a little hike (15 mins to the Arno & bridges). It's much less touristy and more relaxed and from the rooftop you've got a view of the city that makes standing in line at the Duomo seem totally unnecessary!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2011

My husband were given this room as our other hotel was full. It is amazing! There are sweeping views of florence, impeccable service and the restaurant was some of the best food we've had. The only thing for my husband and I was it was a little awkward for us, we arn't 5 star hotel people and being waited on hand and foot is great for some, but for us it did get a little overwhelming at times. The breakfast was wonderful, as was a dinner we had there on the 1st night. It is out of town but they have a driver who will take you where you need to go. Overall a great experience.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2011

From the moment you first see the Villa Cora as you drive on the winding road, the Viale Machiavelli to the moment you walk through its doors, you are completely taken aback by the sheer beauty and opulence of the place. The years it has been closed for renovation have not been in vain.
It has been beautifully and tastefully restored, reflecting the Florentine art and style.

After reading the Condenast, we were expecting a lovely hotel, but not to this standard and certainly could have have imagined the exceptionally warm welcome from its staff, who are so outstanding that they it really sets the Villa Cora apart from other 5 star hotels.
The staff were always more than happy to see to your every need, without being intrusive. Our amazing Concierge service organised personal tours and recommended and booked fantastic restaurants. Thanks so much Michele and Antonio!

A massage at the luxurious spa by Joya was unbelievably good! Highly recommend her!! The Spa has a steam room, sauna, turkish bath and a small gym in addition to the treatment rooms.

The Pool restaurant has an excellent food and wine selection, with both healthy and decadent foods on offer, with a great chef who is happy to make whatever you wish, all led by the very special Giampiero, who is the Maitre'D.

Although this hotel is not in the city centre, it has a shuttle that takes you to the city centre whenever you need, and allows for true relaxation, as you can sleep in if you choose without the noise of the city centre.

In spite of this being such a high end luxury hotel, it is not pretentious or haughty, but rather very warm, welcoming and homely. It has managed to achieve this rare casual ambience, while epitomising elegance and class.
Thank you to all who made our Anniversary Holiday really unforgettable!!!!

Room Tip: Choose the 3rd floor with terrace, amazing views!!
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2011

Wow. If you want to experience luxury unlike anywhere else, go to Villa Cora. Nestled just a few minutes outside of the hustle of Florence sits a hotel that is fit for royalty. We took our family of 5 (2 teens, one 8 year old) to Villa Cora and they all adored the staff, ate everything that was prepared, and ran around the grounds as if they were the only guests. Marco, the manager, is smart, accomodating and should be in the movies, Jean Piero manages a restaurant where food melts in your mouth. He will prepare anything for you, just tell him what ingredients you like. My son asked "What kind of pasta do you have?" And Jean Piero replied, "250, just tell me what you like and I will surprise you." After the first meal, the staff knew which child loved tomatoes and which didn't like onions and for ther rest of the stay, they were served accordingly. Feliche is delightful. Everyone can't do enough to make you feel special and taken care of at every moment. Truly a hidden gem.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2011

We loved our experience at this hotel. It was recently reopened after a four year renovation. Not only is it exquisite, but the staff is some of the friendliest and most helpful we have ever met. The hotel restaurant has fantastic food and the staff bent over backwards to please both my husband and me and our two children. I can't say enough good things about this hotel. Disregard any reviews that predate 2010 as they refer to the hotel under different management and before the refurbishment.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Brookside, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2011

This place is truly amazing and just may be the BEST luxury hotel in Florence. It is worth noting that the hotel just openend in December 2010 and had been closed for 4 years to undergo a fantastic restoration project. Any reviews on Trip Advisor older than Dec 2010 should be disregarded as the property is brand new and under completely different management.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2010

My husband & I renewed our wedding vows with our Children 22 & 25 at the fron of Villa Cora with a celebrant. The hotel staff were amazing the restaurant was also amazing. We will never forget it. The location of the hotel is a beautiful part of Florence. We stayed in the middle floor of the front of the building. We cant wait to go back now with all the great renovations. The hotel gave us a beautiful solid pendant in a gorgeous blue box on our very special day - Grand Villa Cora % Stas all the way xx

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Villa Cora
Address: Viale Niccolo Machiavelli 18, 50125, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Florence
#1 Family Hotel in Florence
#6 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#11 Romantic Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa Cora 5*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
VILLA CORA is a 5 star resort located in a 19th century mansion with a large park, bordering the gardens along Viale dei Colli, within walking distance from Boboli and Oltrarno and considered the "grand lady" of Florence southern hills. Its 46 rooms and suites, heated pool in the park, Gourmet's Restaurant and Spa make it the ultimate, exquisitely sophisticated "city resort". ... more   less 
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