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“Lovely property but a bit inconvenient”
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Villa Cora
Ranked #6 of 411 Hotels in Florence
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“Lovely property but a bit inconvenient”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

The Grand Hotel Villa Cora is a beautiful property with really nice rooms and amenities (including free in room internet which I am becoming increasingly irritated that many hotels don't offer). The location is quiet and beautiful - unfortunately, it rained for our entire stay so we were unable to really appreciate the view or the grounds). This is a perfect location if you want to spend time at the hotel relaxing rather than exploring Florence. If you want to spend most of your time in town, this location can be inconvenient, largely because of the shuttle schedule. It doesn't run in the afteroon (between 1 and 4, I think) and stops running at 8:30 PM. So, if you plan to have dinner in town, add in about ten euro for a cab each night to get back. The staff was very helpful and even directed us to a very nice restaurant that was about a 5 minute walk away (solving the shuttle problem for that evening). I would definitely return if I had enough time to have a day or two mostly spent at the property, but if your main purpose in visiting Florence is to visit museums, churches, etc. you'd be better off staying in town.

Room Tip: Our room had a lovely terrace with a very nice view.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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ClaudioDelli, Direttore at Villa Cora, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Dear Guest, we really thank you for your positive review of the Grand Hotel Villa Cora.

We would like to add an important information to your description of the Hotel shuttle service: our guests can be dropped off almost everywhere downtown so all the main attractions of Florence can be reached in less than 10 minutes.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Best Regards,

Mr. Claudio Delli - Managing Director
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Thank you to all staff in the Villa as well as restaurant! One of the nicest properties we have ever had the pleasure to visit. We have stayed in wonderful places worldwide, but "our villa" feels like home! The restaurant was fabulous, as well. We had a rental car and parking outside the main city center is advised which is one reason we chose to stay here. I could walk out on the terrace in the morning to bells ringing and a view of The Duomo...just heavenly!
It would be a wonderful place to stay for several days (especially if you have a car). It has a lovely pool area and a spa, so you can sightsee on day trips around Tuscany and still have some downtime. You are not that far by car to the designer outlets and the many beautiful drives to wineries and hill towns. We would love to return for a longer stay in the future!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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ClaudioDelli, Direttore generale at Villa Cora, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear Guest,

thank you very much for your positive review sharing on Tripadvisor regarding your recent stay at the Grand Hotel Villa Cora.

We are delighted to hear that your stay was so wonderful, and very grateful to receive such a positive feedback about our staff.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you again soon.

Hope next time will be for a longer stay.

With my warmest Regards,
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Sand Springs, Oklahoma
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

The hotel staff is the most helpful we have seen. The hotel is a stop on the city bus tour just so the "tourists" can see it from the outside. That made staying here even more special. Our room is fabulous. The location is perfect. The hotel will shuttle you to the center of the city in the morning and pick you up in the evening after a phone call. We took the tour bus for the day and just got off at our hotel. It was wonderful.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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ClaudioDelli, Direttore generale at Villa Cora, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear Guest,

thank you so much for your review.

We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciated the service of our staff.

It's a real pleasure to have such guest like you and we are already looking forward to welcoming you back soon.


With my warmest regards,
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

Oh the Grande Ville Cora!! I have such wonderful memories of this palacious hotel. I was a European Travel Consultant and booked this hotel for my discerning clients. So when my Sweet Man proposed we decided to get married in Florence, Italy at the Palazzo Vecchio and I chose the Villa Cora for our accommodations. We have returned to Florence many times and I cannot envision staying anywhere else.

Our wedding/honeymoon stay was in the main building and at that time the room we had was called the Michelangelo Room. The next year we stayed in the adjoining building, which faces the main building. Every room at the Villa Cora is like sleeping in a room made for a Princess. Opulent, inviting with attention to every detail. The breakfast meals or gourmet. The staff has been more than accommodating on every one of our visits.

The location is across the Arno River from the Piaza della Signoria and the heart of Florence. But the Villa Cora is in a beautiful residential area on a hillside and not far from Piazalle Michelangelo, which is a must for panoramic photo opts of the Florence skyline. There is also a very nice restaurant located there too. We would take a 10-minute taxi into Florence but to us it was worth staying in this quiet area versus the town centre. You cannot drive in Florence proper but the Villa Cora has parking for your rental car. This was very convenient for us because we would take a day to drive into Tuscany to Siena, San Gimignano, or Montecatini. All of the top things to see in Florence are within easy walking since Florence is a small town.

So if you want to feel like royalty stay at Grande Villa Cora but if you desire the activity of the city stay in Firenza Centre.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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ClaudioDelli, Direttore generale at Villa Cora, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear Guest,

thank you so much for your review.

All the team of Villa Cora and me are pleased to learn how much you enjoyed your stay with us.

Thank you for pointing that the hotel is beautiful and that sleeping at Villa Cora's rooms is like sleeping in a room made for a Princess.

We are honored of the positive comments and I will surely extend them to the entire team.

Looking forward to welcoming you back.

My warmest regards
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Altea, Spain
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Everything is just perfect!
An incredibly beautiful venue, restored and decorated, the installations and facilities are superb.
The location is also very nice.
Staff is helpful.
I recommend to my friends.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank angiebelaia
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ClaudioDelli, Direttore generale at Villa Cora, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your nice words, we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us, and we really hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back!

Best regards
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Fort Lauderdale
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed October 24, 2012

We arrived at the Grand Hotel Villa Cora on Saturday, October 14. Our travel agent was told that this property was expensive but that it was only a 20 minute walk from the hotel to the Ponte Vecchio. We were also told that there was a shuttle bus available from early afternoon until late evening.

At about 2 PM we wanted to catch the shuttle into town. We were told that it runs from 4 PM to 6:30 PM. Therefore, we decided to walk since it was to be only a 20 minute walk. Well, it was about a 45-50 minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio. We were exhausted.

The bottom line is that we spent almost 50 Euros on taxis to get to and from the hotel.

I feel that our travel agent was lied to by the "hotel chain representative."

Other than the rude bellman who accompanied us to our room, the property and staff are outstanding. It is truely beautiful. The buffet breakfast is outstanding.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Grand Hotel Villa Cora is everything it's name suggests. Recently renovated, the rooms are spectacular. Quite large, beautifully furnished, lovely bathrooms, etc. The staff is terrific as well. Situated in a quiet area just minutes from the Arno, this hotel allows access to Chianti or Florence depending on your plans for the day. Don't miss an opportunity to stay in this lovely villa!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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ClaudioDelli, Direttore generale at Villa Cora, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Brauner,

thank you very much for writing such a nice comment following your recent stay at the Grand Hotel Villa Cora.
It's a real delight to read your words and we really hope to see you again soon.

Sincerely,
Claudio Delli - Managing Director
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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 Family Hotel in Florence
#1 Business Hotel in Florence
#5 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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