This is a lovely hotel. The staff are professional and attentive without being overly present and are helpful. The transport into town means that you can enjoy the busy sites of Florence whilst returning to an oasis of calm and luxury. The building itself is beautiful and in tip top condition. Our room was expansive and had both a shower and a bedroom. Its a wonderful place to stay. I managed to fit in a swim in the outdoor pool which is available all year round and I imagine int the summer, that must be a fabulous place to while away some time. We also got some great recommendations on palces to eat, no duds, all good places that were a bit off the beaten track and run by people who clearly love food.
the smaller bathroom faced the outside wall and was therefore chilly (it being February)and bizarrely did not have any towels in it for the shower. The water in the bathroom had a very weird taste that was not present elsewhere in the City either. We booked tickets for the Uffizi from the hotel and the price was double what we could have paid having gone straight there. Given that it was winter and relatively quiet in Florence, there was no discernable benefit to booking the Uffizi at the hotel and I would recommend other guests mindful of their hard-earned to think carefully before taking this very convenient option. Finally, the restaurant was a bit of a disaster area. We had the local specialities on the first night which were not great (though offal is a personal taste) and pretty expensive. Dinner on the second night was expensive and also very very forgettable. The waiting staff did a good job and its a lovely location but the food was tepid and lacked technical expertise. The lady at the next door table was going nuts about problems with the food too. Generally poor and expensive. Guests could do a lot better by eating elsewhere.
Overall, we would love to go back (if they'll have us after this!) - a fantastic hotel and good model for visiting Florence that must be even better in the summer. The rooms and the building are wonderful, well staffed and well maintained but the restaurant is in urgent need of sorting out and with that, the other niggles are easily fixed and forgotten.
- 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