What a classy place! You'd be hard pressed to find better anywhere in Italy. My wife and I felt like millionaires staying here. The location was perfect, away from the tourist bustle of the centre of Florence yet an easy twenty minute walk away if you didn't fancy the shuttle bus. The first floor bedroom we had for two nights was spacious and full of period detail, with a four poster bed and hand painted ceiling mural, two bathrooms and a mezzanine floor with two single beds (unused by us).
The ground floor has a few very large, stunningly opulent rooms that curiously didn't seem to get much use when we were there. Maybe they come into there own in Winter. The restaurant was adjacent to the pool and you couldn't find a more relaxing setting. Both the breakfasts and the evening meals were top notch. Make sure you visit the roof terrace via the lift to the fifth floor. The view of the city and Duomo is stunning, a better view than you'll get from any of the rooms. We also used the pool and spa facilities, a sauna, thai massage and facial, all great.
The best feature was the service though, so refreshing to see such courtesy and professionalism from all the staff. Ran like a well oiled machine. Highly recommended.
- 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