A great place to stay when you are in Florence, Italy.
Spent two nights at the hotel and must say from the time we drove up front until the time we checked out the staff was friendly and hotel was clean. Then why are you wondering it was only rated Very Good. Well nothing in this world is perfect, but Hotel Rivoli comes close - very close.
There were the patches of the wall paper that were visible, the runner carpets on the stairs looked worn and needed cleaning, but the interior of the room and the hotel was clean and smelled fresh.
It is recommended that you take the upgraded room. Ours had a little terrace with a small table. Nice to sit outside in the warm weather and have a class of wine and chill out after a day of sightseeing.
The hotel does have a contract with a parking garage. They will take your car and delivery the car when you want. This is a great feature because you do not want to park on the street. The hotel is located in a residential area close to the train station and hence parking is permitted. If you do not have a permit expect a tickets. The Italian police love to ticket foreign vehicles in the area. Pay for the hotel parking as it is well worth the expense.
Being close to the train station and the neighborhood being very ethnic, it still is relatively safe. We experienced two incidents that made us uncomfortable but we still felt safe.
The hotel does allow pets and I would recommend that you request the first floor. Makes it easier to get in and out of the hotel with your pet.
One place to avoid at the hotel is the restaurant for dinner. We ate dinner there one time and one time was enough. The food was not that great. As one of the party members stated - she liked pate before she had it at the restaurant, but after eating it there it will take a while for them to get over the experience. The food was mediocre and seemed to have been prepared in advance so it was somewhat dry. You will have to have breakfast at the hotel restaurant which had a very good selection in the form of a buffet. The wait staff at breakfast was great and attentive.
Be prepared to pay for internet. WiFi costs Euro5.00 for 24 hours. Seems that the lesser expensive hotels offer free WiFi but when you start getting into the four star hotels, they start charging.
Thumbs up to the desk and room staff of the hotel. You do your jobs well and should be proud. You deserve to be applauded.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the old town of Florence, the Hotel Rivoli offers class hospitality with charm, as well as spacious and elegantly decorated hotel rooms and suites. The Hotel Rivoli 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 Hotel Rivoli 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