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.
- 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