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Il Guelfo Bianco
Ranked #26 of 422 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“Highly recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

After reading the great reviews, we booked direct on the hotel's website and got a great deal. The hotel was easy to find as it has a very central location between the Duomo and the Accademia. Our room on the first floor was decorated in a traditional Italian style and was very quiet, however there was a shortage of power sockets. The bathroom was spotlessly clean and had the best hotel hair dryer ever! The buffet breakfast was served from 7.30 till 10.00 and during our 4 day stay was never too busy. There was selection of fresh breads, pastries, meat, cheese and cereals and lovely tomato bruschetta. The staff served coffee and constantly refreshed the food so that even latecomers had the full selection. During our stay, the staff were all very pleasant and overall the whole trip totally stress free.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gladstone, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Everyone at the hotel were very helpful. Our welcome drink was delivered with great charm by Sharms our waiter which made us come back for lunch another day. Our room was spotless and well appointed. The hotel is very central to a lot of attractions which allowed us to stroll to the duomo and ponte vecchio. Darius and Daniel on the front desk helped out with dinner suggestions and tour bookings. Wonderful place to stay and would not hesitate to return.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

From the welcome at the desk to every other aspect of our stay we were very happy with our stay.
We were given a voucher for a snack and drink at the bistro on our first afternoon, and received a selection of delicious antipasto and a small glass of wine. The waiter was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the food, which made us want to eat a meal there.
Our bedroom, executive grade(which I think is the cheapest) was spacious, with antique desk and huge mirrored headboard; the bathroom even had a corner bath.
For the buffet breakfast was a selection of cereals, dairy products, rolls, bread,croissants, cakes, preserves, eggs, cheese, meats, fresh fruit, tea, coffee and juices. Plenty to set us up for a day in the city.
Location is excellent for Duomo area(Baptistry closed at present) and even closer to Academia for Michaelangelo's David.

Room Tip: Our room, 122, overlooked a quiet garden area
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Athens
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Excellent hotel, we stayed at room 118 on first floor, which was fantastic! Spotless clean, very big room with beautiful antique furniture. The breakfast was delicious and the staff very helpful and kind.The hotel is located 5 minutes from the duomo and 10 minutes from ponte vecchio.You can walk from the hotel everywhere in the city, piazza della signoria, piazza della republica, galleria uffizi, pallazo pitti and Santa Croce are on a short walking distance.The tourist office is next to the hotel and from there you can purchase the firenze card, wchich is very usefull if you are planning to visit a lot of sightseeing in florence.The cost is 50 euros per person and with this card you can skip the lines in galleria uffizi and pallazo piti.
Don't miss this hotel if you are planning a trip in florence.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

If you're looking for a great hotel in Florence, than look no further. Il Guelfo Bianco was fantastic!
The rooms are charming, staff is warm and helpful, and the location is excellent! We had a wonderful meal at their bistro which had organic vegetables from their garden. This hotel definitely added to our Florence experience. The hotel is family run and owned and they are delightful! I am going to recommend this hotel to everyone I know who visits Florence!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

This hotel came highly recommended by the Tripadvisor visitor ratings and that's how I came across it, as I intented to have a very central location within the district of Santa Maria Florence... The Cathedral Duomo was only 5 mins walk away...which sits in the heart of the city and never lets you feel lost.
Guelfo Bianco is perfect in location and has a good walking distance along the main street route to Palazzi Signoria, Straw market and Ponto Vecchio with Dali musemo, Leonardo de Vinci musemo being on the same street Cavour... The train station via a few streets is also close by and walkable.
These streets dont dissappoint either as you are surrounding with many individual owned designer clothes boutiques and affordable Ristorantes !.~ restaurants and lots of cafes.
This hotel is also approx 20 mins from Florence Airport..
The normal taxi journey is set @ 20 Euros with a given 1 euro tip to driver for per item of luggage.
We were glad of the pre arranged, MR Francesco,driving us to the hotel@40 Euros, as we had experienced a very early and lengthy connected flight via Paris from Dublin from Belfast.
Upon arrival, first impressions of Il Guelfo Bianco doesnt dissappoint you, it screams pure living history with perfect kept artefacts decorating each room and their hallways,,Every room is unique and to individual style.
Indeed every wall screams for you to be curious,,and to work out how old wooden doors are near the ceiling height.
I was immediately in love with this hotel individuality ,its uniqueness and its decor interest to mix modern art with the age old house Tuscany style.
The staff indeed are very friendily & helpful.
Our hotel room had flaws like the safe not working and only having a small inadequate bar fridge with low clothes storage space.
My only critisium of reception staff is that lobby bar never seemed open or would jumped to your need of needing warm cuppa , especially when there isnt the normal complimentary making service in your room.. this was also alcohol bar but you'll find its also works on very restricted service schedule.& just like the restaurant.
Although saying, hotel reception provides a voucher of a welcome drink and an platter of deli meats and cheeses.
Breakfast is basic and dont expect it to be cooked..on the plus side all what is available has been locally sourced and every morning can be tasted freshly made.

Our rooom was 202 that overlooked the main road. The room oouse charm of chest like multiple window shutters so the room was very peaceful and dark and privacy was protected by the thick room walls and it wasnt nowhere like the generic hotel rooms you find yourself in..
I had visited Florence back in 2008 for a short time and then pick pocketing was rife especially around Ponto Vecchio and around all the street vendors... this is now changed as police presence is much more noticeable and has changed the atmosphere.and feeling of safety.
Even though this has been stepped up please still be street savvy..!
My travel trip for this Florence is to stay away from sitting by any windows within cafes ristorante as you can be unexpectly scammed way above the normal for your latte or cappacinos meal etc.... so dont let the waiter lead you either to these tables.
Just like Il Guelfo Bianco hotel Florence can give up the most unexpected hidden treasures and I cant wait to have the excuse to revisit this hotel for a different room experience but most of all repeat my designer shoe,& fashion shopping hiest! :~)

Room Tip: 202 is hotel front facing and very peaceful at this time of year but can any room at this hotel will...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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GUELFOMANAGER, Manager at Il Guelfo Bianco, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Dear Andi042,

I really thank you for your long and nice review. This kind of review are very helpful for the readers as you really wrote many advices.
I am sorry the safety box didn’t work in your room but as I wrote several times if you have some problems you could advice our front desk (where there is someone working 24 hours a day) and we could check immediately and fix the problem. Regarding the small fridge is like a standard refrigerator where the customers could find waters several drinks and snacks and also some little bottles of alcohol. It’s not a real fridge where people can storage items but just a small refrigerator.
Regarding the small bar we have here in the lobby since we opened the bistro restaurant a couple of years ago just in front of it we do not use that bar anymore during the day as our bistro restaurant is open till 8,30 pm and there the customers could have hot and cold drinks and also tasty snacks. This small bar is open just in the evening after 8,30 pm and during the night and the people at the front desk are always ready to make coffee or the or drinks on request.
I hope to welcome you here again in the future and thanks again for the nice words you had for us.
Antonella Rocchini
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

This hotel is approx 20 mins from airport. 20 euros by taxi or if had a long journey, you can ask the hotel to supply adriver to pick you up for approx 40 euros which we done.
The hotel sits in a 1500's style building situated just 5 mins walk from the Duomo. Our welcome at reception was great & all reception staff were very friendly during our stay. Our room was 202 overlooking the street but with 4 different types of shutter on the window, we had a very peaceful sleep every night. The room had character & charm with high ceiling and period furniture. Just a few things not in room which was not a problem for me but worth a mention. No hot press, tea/coffee facility or iron. Draw space is limited to one draw in wardrobe.
Bathroom was clean with great shower.
Breakfast was taken in a pleasant dining room off reception area with contemporary artwork throughout the whole hotel. Food was excellent as was the selection. No cooked breakfast available for those who like it. Personally, I hate cooked breakfast and go for continental and there was enough selection for all. Staff were attentive and friendly.
Forget taxis from here. The hotel is situated just nicely for everything. Turn right out of hotel and 5 mins you at the Duomo, 10 mins Piazza Repubblica, 15 mins Ponte Vecchio. If going shopping which it is hard not too. What I found was that if you go right at the Duomo, you enter the centre but all high end shops but if you go left, we found shops like vintage clothing, art shops. shoe makers, chocolate makers and small wine shops. Please explore the little side streets. Just walk. The city is safe, plenty of police visible. Also plenty of restaurants nearby.
Railway station only 15 min walk if you decide to go to Pisa, Ticket approx 16 euro each and about an hour journey. Loved this hotel and Florence.

Room Tip: We had an executive room and from what I heard, the rooms on floor one or two seem to be the best.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Il Guelfo Bianco
Address: Via Camillo Cavour 29, 50129, Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > San Lorenzo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Florence
#18 Business Hotel in Florence
#25 Romantic Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Il Guelfo Bianco 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is right in the city center, between Piazza Duomo and Piazza San Marco , few steps away from Accademia (the museum where you can see the famous DAVID by Michelangelo). It's housed in two late 15th century building next each other. All rooms are different in size and position - executive rooms have a standard size - superior rooms are larger - de luxe and junior suite are very large with a sitting area. We have rooms overlooking the courtyard, gardens and several rooms overlooking Via Cavour which is the main street but 70% pedestrian and so it's not too noisy. All rooms have triple glasses and double windows. WI/FI available in all the rooms and the drawing rooms and it's free of charge if you have your own laptop or i-phone or i-pad. Bistrot restaurant next door "IL DESCO" open every day (12 till 10,30 pm but on Sunday it closes at 3,00 pm) with good menu' all day long (many organic products directly by the owner's farm. ... more   less 
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