This hotel is in a good spot as not only is it walking distance from the train station and bus depot, but walking distance to main tourist area.
Efficient check-in, older style reception area which in front of extends to a bar area and lounge area.The lift will only take two people plus suitcases, and don't worry about the creaks as it works fine!We were in room 215 which included a balcony which had a round table and 2 chairs and overlooked a lovely courtyard area.Walk into room and to the left is a small table and two sofa chairs, to the right is room for suitcases and cupboard space to hang clothes and also drawers, there is also a safe here to put your valuables.There is then a step down to the bedroom with the bed (2 singles joined together) to the left, and directly in front is a work desk which includes cupboard space to incorporate the bar fridge, and on top of desk is a TV.
The bathroom is very small ( very typical in a lot of European Countries), but has everything you need including a hand held shower hose over the bath. For the small size I was amazed they also squeezed in a toilet and bidet! The room was quite clean and tidy although the maid did not come and clean on the Saturday whilst we were staying there.The included buffet breakfast is in the Restaurant (Benidicta) used for fine dining in the evenings, a nice area where you can eat in or outside. The service was quite good but felt there was a lack of variety, and in some areas a lack of quality (cost cutting?). Also if you wanted extras like an omelette or freshly squeezed juice it was an extra 5 euros. The hot item supplied were scrambled eggs,bacon and sausages.
Overall I thought the breakfast provided lets down the Hotel.
- 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