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“An oasis of elegance and class”
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Hotel Savoy
Ranked #32 of 411 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 21, 2014

Stayed for 3 nights in a room facing Piazza Repubblica. The view at night was beautiful (and the windows open), although karaoke night at one of the restaurants in the piazza was pretty annoying - especially given the lack of talent. With the double glazed windows and shutters closed however, the noise was minimal although you can still hear it (and those muppets keep singing past midnight). Ask for a room facing the Duomo if you are a light sleeper - but I reckon the views of the piazza are nicer than that of the Duomo. There's only one lift in the hotel, but the wait was usually short and the stairs are a welcome exercise after all the gelato you will end up eating.

The location is perfect, next to the Duomo and cathedral and right in the middle of the town, a 10-15 min stroll to the train station and a shorter stroll to most of the attractions in the city. Heaps of restaurants within a few minutes walk but most are tourist traps. Grom gelato however, was awesome and its just around the corner. There's also a great deli/supermarket by the name of Eataly which is definitely worth a visit.

The rooms are reasonably large, although the bathrooms are a little cramped and dated, but I believe the intention is to preserve the character of the marble. RF hotels seem to all have tiny TVs, but then no one goes to Firenze to watch tv. European hotels love pushing two single beds together to form a double but it was still very comfortable. There's a nice little gym with good views of the city tucked away on the 4/5th floor.

The service was excellent, as you would expect. The doorman in particular were courteous and friendly and memorise your name, as do the restaurant staff at breakfast. Breakfast was a decent cold buffet with high quality cured meats and pastries etc, and a small menu of hot dishes. The egg/hot dishes were average at best but overall it was still a pretty good brekkie. Would have been great if they had more cut fruit but the juices were great. Also had dinner one night in the restaurant (you can sit in the patio outside and watch the street scenes); the bread was cold and forgettable but the caprese salad was excellent and the veal Milanese exceptionally good.

There are quite a few luxury properties in Florence, the St Regis and Westin are next to the river but the views there are nothing special, apart from the sunsets, and their location is arguably far inferior. The Four Seasons likewise has a great garden but isnt in the middle of the action. When you factor in the price differential, the Savoy is hard to beat and represents pretty good value in this segment.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the front can be noisy but have a view of the piazza, the ones at the back see the Duom...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

The hotel is in the perfect location in the heart of Florence. In addition, the rooms are very nice and very clean. My only complaint about the rooms is that the rooms facing the rear and on lower floors are subject to loud noises in the middle of the night. Possibly garbage pickup? Also, I could hear the television playing very loudly in the room directly next door. Other than that, it is reasonably quiet for a hotel in the heart of a bustling city. The staff are superb. Everyone we spoke with at the front desk, bell staff or concierge was extremely helpful and courteous. The restaurant was lovely for breakfast and also very accommodating. I would definitely stay here on a return visit to Florence.

Room Tip: Possibly ask for a high floor
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

After deciding to move hotels, we walked in to the Savoy to check availability for a 6 night stay. Reception staff, (Ugo), were brilliant, locating an Executive room, (504), at the rear of the hotel with a rooftop view of the Duomo. The quality of the room and the housekeeping services were excellent. The Concierge staff, led by Ruggiano, fixed restaurant bookings, provided information on events and sights to see-nothing was too much trouble. Breakfast is a great experience and an early evening drink in the street level bar is a must.
The Savoy is not cheap, but in this case you really get excellent value for what you pay for with the added benefit of being at the very heart of Florence in the Piazza Della Republica.

Room Tip: 5th floor at the rear.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

Didn’t stay or eat here but did call in for cocktails etc most evenings.
Great service but high prices – It is a five star hotel.
Great to watch the world go by and laugh at all the tour parties!
I would especially recommend the G&T's - Quite delicious!

Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

Was a pleasure to stay at this wonderful hotel in the heart of Florence.

Though expensive but you get your money's worth!!!

Hotel is very lively and inviting, breakfast was also good.

The silver lining was the staff extremely friendly, courteous and welcoming. I appreciate the quality of training given to them..

Would strongly recommend and would love to stay there again!!!!

Stayed: April 2014
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Reviewed May 18, 2014

As all Rocco Forte Hotels this one is also perfect ! In the heart of the city in Piazza della Repubblica sits this majestic old palace turned in to this 5 star hotel. Walking distance to everything and with very good service this is the perfect place to stay. New year's was a great experience, after a fantastic dinner you can walk the streets and go crazy with the locals.

Room Tip: Rooms are small but very nice and modern.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile


Overpriced for what it is.
The best thing about this hotel is most definitely the location. The staff is pretty helpful and well trained as well. But that's kind of it. How does a 500euro a night not even have free wifi is beyond me. The flush in the bathroom was also one with very old school plumbing. Would I stay there again probably because of the location so close to the train station and all the main sights. But didn't love it.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Hotel Savoy

Address: Piazza della Repubblica 7, 50123, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Florence
#21 Family Hotel in Florence
#27 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#28 Romantic Hotel in Florence
Price Range: $525 - $960 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Savoy 5*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The five-star Hotel Savoy offers luxury and style in the heart of Florence. Located on the Piazza Repubblica, close to Florence's renowned landmark the Duomo, the hotel is just a short walk from the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio. Just steps away from the main Florence fashion houses, the Hotel Savoy is the ideal base from which to visit the key attractions of this beautiful and historic city. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Rocco Forte Savoy
Forte Hotel Florence
Forte Florence
Florence Forte

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