I loved the Continentale. It's not cheap but I felt the quality of the hotel merited what we paid, and more. You also have access to the services at two other hotels within the tow other Salvatore Ferragamo hotels in town - one of which is directly across the side street and has a great bar.
The reception staff were incredibly helpful with dinner reservations and other recommendations throughout our stay. The service felt genuine and good-natured.
Our room was perfect, stylish, and extremely comfortable. It's rare that a hotel room itself makes me feel relaxed and rested, but the decor, layout and extremely comfortable (and large) bed did the trick.
The hotel also has a "Relax" room which looks out over the bustle of the Ponte Vecchio but otherwise is the opposite of bustle - large chaises longues, cushions, photobooks of incredible locations and hotels around the world... You'll be asleep in no time.
As another reviewer has mentioned, the roof terrace bar was under renovation while we stayed, which was a disappointment but I blame the travel agency rather than the hotel for not informing us. We did get up there to look around and it is stunning (the renovations were nearing completion). I'll go back just to have a cocktail or two watching a Florentine sunset.
Others have already pointed out the fine location so I won't repeat it, but it's worth noting that while its central to all the sights it is tucked away on a small side street so there is something of an oasis away from the Ponte Vecchio crowds. In fact, on one end of the lobby they have a live black and white projection on the wall of the people walking across the bridge - it's a clever contrast which highlights the sanctuary feel of the hotel.
Overall, we were delighted with the hotel and will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A vibrant and dynamic yet romantic design and luxury hotel in Florence, beautifully evolved in the energy of the 50's. The Hotel Continentale is the place to see and be seen, a catwalk for fashion and desire in the heart of Florence. The elegant and inviting white colors chosen by Florentine architect Michele Bönan evoke harmony, simplicity, and fantasy. Discover refined design and attention to detail throughout this 4 star hotel in Florence near Arno, from handmade leather trunks used as a desk to witty clocks used as a side table. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Continentale Hotel Florence
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