I stayed one night at the Rivoli.
Overall, the room as well as the bathroom (#125) was surprisingly spacious, but the decor and the furniture were very dated.
As noted, on the positive side, the room was really large with a very spacious 'living room' that included a safe, flat-screen TV, pants-presser and large clothes closet; the bathroom was similarly large and well equipped with a bidet, bath tub and separate shower stall with multiple water-jets. The bedroom was generally fine with a clean and comfortable bed and flat-screen TV (although with limited channel selection).
On the negative side, the decor and furniture are dated late 70s - early 80s. While, as noted above, the bathroom was overall excellent - tiles are a very dated grey color. Also on the negative side, the room which faced a small alle- like street was extremely noisy and I was awoken several times during the night. Better sound-proofing would have been very much appreciated. Finally, it was very difficult to find electrical outlets to use in the room to recharge electronics; I had to search high and low for a working outlet, and finally had to unplug a lamp.
Because we had an early flight, we skipped breakfast, but one is offered.
We didn't spend much time in the hotel generally, but it seemed clean and tidy, but again the decor could use some updating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the old town of Florence, the Rivoli Boutique Hotel offers class hospitality with charm, as well as spacious and elegantly decorated hotel rooms and suites. The Rivoli Boutique Hotel is a 4-star superior hotel that is set inside a restored 14th-century Franciscan convent, where guests can breath the charming and unique atmosphere of this ancient historic building in the city of Florence. The restoration has highlighted the architectural details dating back to 1500 such as arches and vaults, coffered ceilings and stone columns. Guests are welcomed in an enchanting setting full of cozy atmosphere, embellished by refined common areas, which are conceived as an oasis of tranquility away from the hectic pace of the city. The Internal Patio, which was obtained from a complete renovation of the Franciscan cloister, is now dedicated to relaxation and wellbeing, featuring an unforgettable 20 sqm-whirlpool that is also open during the winter with a constant water temperature of 36° C. The location could not be better, a few steps from the Santa Maria Novella railway station, the Duomo Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio Bridge, opposite the ancient and famous Officina Profumo di Santa Maria Novella, and the most important museums. In addition to the interior elegant and spacious patio, the Rivoli Boutique Hotel guests can enjoy the quiteness of the small "garden of medlar", an exceptional lounge where to spend moments of real relax; in summer time the garden is available for breakfast and dinners prepared and served by Benedicta Restaurant , 3 Michelin forks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Rivoli
- Best Western Florence
- Florence Best Western