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“A Home in Florence”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Principe Hotel

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Principe Hotel
Ranked #208 of 421 Hotels in Florence
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Pompano Beach, Florida
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8 reviews
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“A Home in Florence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2008

I have just returned from 15 days in Florence and Tuscany. I stayed at the Hotel Principe for 8 nights. This was my second time at the Principe and I highly recommend it. It is ideally located, includes beautiful views of the Arno and is surrounded by a wonderful walled garden. Most importantly, this family run establishment welcomes you into their home. Rooms, furnishings, and staff make you feel like a guest at an old palace. I highly recommend this hotel for the total experience and for a good value.

Stayed May 2008
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2008

This is the most magnificent hotel-villa along the Arno to stay in Florence! The owners will welcome you like family and treat you as royalty. You will love the room, gardens, location ... Don't miss this jewel!! The owners are a family and they are willing to share all the history of the villa which dates from1850 and was built for the Kings mistress.
Enjoy!!!

Stayed April 2008
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2008

We were booked into the Hotel Principe by Airmiles and were so glad that they made this booking for us. Our total stay in Florence was 10 days so it gave us a good opportunity to judge the hotel. Firstly it was really good to stay in a small hotel owned by an Italian family rather than a large international hotel . The owners and staff went out of there way to make our stay a great experience. The hotel was friendly, very clean and comfortable. Florence is a buzzing typically noisy city, the hotel is nicely located on the River Arno and we can highly recommend the rooms overlooking the garden to the rear of the hotel which gave some degree of tranquillity from the city noises even with the windows open. Amenities such as rail and coach terminals, plus city centre and all facilities e.g. shopping, restaurants and sight seeing were all within walking distance. This hotel only provides bed and breakfast facilities (breakfast good choice for all cultures). We can highly recommend this hotel for a wonderful stay in the beautiful city of Florence.

  • Liked — Clean,comfortable with large window and balcony
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2008

We have just returned from our trip to Italy, and staying at the Hotel Principe made our visit to Florence a superior experience. Every staff member we encountered went out of their way to help. When asked tourist type questions, they not only gave the answer, but also provided similar options and services. Again, the staff is 5 star.

Staying at this hotel, a traveler can experience what it was like in Florence in the 18th Century. Authentic period rooms, furnished with period pieces. Just what my husband and I wanted for our stay.

Bathroom was magnificent, bigger than large, with luxury towels. Breakfast was wonderful having a continental breakfast that includes eggs if requested.

The only drawback we found (not the hotel's fault) was the smoking. As this hotel is small, non-smoking floors don't exist. Guests should know ahead of time that the quests in the adjoining suite might smoke, and there is nothing that can be done, even if you requested a non-smoking room.

Overall, a great experience. My husband and I recommend this hotel to travelers who want to experience Florence as it was, with the added bonus of staff who are willing to go the distance to make your stay great.

  • Liked — Friendly staff, room size, location, views, breakfast
  • Disliked — smoking
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Coos Bay, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2008

After spotting this lovely hotel on a previous trip to Florence, we decided we had to stay at Principe the next trip. It's just wonderful. It's right on the Arno, but away from the Ponte Vecchio, so it's a quieter neighborhood. You can still walk practically everywhere if you are there to see the museums, etc.

The staff is attentive and will suggest the best restaurants, not the tourist traps. The room is decked out in pretty antique furnishings and is oh so comfortable. If you liked "A Room with a View", and want to come close to this experience, this might just be it.

Stayed September 2007
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2008

Stayed here with my boyfriend for 2 nights. Amazing location, easy walk to the city centre, great view on the river, easy to get to from the main train station.
It is a family run hotel and the owners are so friendly and helpful. They recommended a great pizza place a few streets away which was delicious!
Big rooms, nice bathroom, really comfortable, had 2 balconies!
Breakfast was included in the rate and was great. As well as the buffet they cooked you omlettes and fried eggs if you wanted!
I would definitely recommend this hotel and would go back in a minute!!

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2007

My wife and I stayed in Florence for about 10 days (in two chunks) during our 3 weeks in Italy. This hotel was the best. Great room with a view of the river (beautiful at night), great breakfast, good value, clean, and so on. The hotel is family run and has a "classic Italy" feel - warm and friendly. But what really made it stand out was the Staff. They were always very helpful in taking care of our needs, recommendations for restaurants, booking mseums and wine tours - even helped us understand the train reservations. One of the highlihts of our trip was the evenings we spent sitting with Giuliano in the lobby drinking wine or cappuccinos and talking about the history of the hotel and life in Italy. When we return to Italy we will definitly be staying here again.

  • Liked — The Staff
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Principe Hotel
Address: Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci 34, 50123, Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santa Maria Novella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#96 Family Hotel in Florence
#99 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#102 Luxury Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Principe Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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