Everything about this hotel is just right. Florence is stunning but in honesty, can be overwhelming and very hot. Villa Cora is the perfect retreat at the end of the day.
There is a beautiful and peaceful feel to the place. The hotel is stunning with some very ornate and grand rooms but also some understated but elegant rooms - I'd had slight concerns that it might be "overdone" but no, this has been carefully considered. There is nothing tacky here. (I'd found a ridiculous and "vampy" promotional video on-line that almost put me off - but thankfully, it didn't represent the atmosphere at all).
The restaurant and food are perfect with the staff being polite and helpful but still "human."
During the hotter months, the pool is a godsend and the pool area has been done beautifully.
We'll definately be returning..
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Florence
- Grand Hotel Cora