The Grand Hotel Minerva is in a great location; just two minutes walk from the station in a piazza next to the lovely Santa Maria Novella church, one of the most beautiful church interiors in Florence. If you get a room at the front of the hotel on one of the upper floors you have a great view of the Duomo. Even if you don't, there is a roof terrace which you can access for the view. You can walk to San Lorenzo market in 2 minutes, the Duomo in 5 minutes, and the Uffizi in less than 10.
The Minerva is comfortable, but a little tired, rather than grand. There are some really grand hotels in Florence and this isn't one of them. The bathroom had black mildew on the sealant around the bath which is never a good look. The staff are friendly and helpful and my room was large, clean and comfortable with a king size bed. I would probably stay again, primarily because of the location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Hotel Minerva, renovated in 2015, is a 4-star superior hotel in the heart of Florence's historic center in its illustrious Piazza Santa Maria Novella, which is close to the main railway station. Florence's key tourist attractions are all just five or ten minutes' walk from us as well as the Congress and Fair Center. The hotel boasts 97 rooms, suites and family solutions and a breathtaking rooftop terrace (open all year round) with an open-air swimming pool (open from May to September). It also offers a restaurant with its "al fresco" extension on the Piazza and five meeting rooms with day light. High speed wi-fi is free in all common areas and rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Florence