The rooms were clean. The shower was great. The breakfast was delicious. All staff were helpful and their recommendations were great. Very convenient location. Wish I could go back tomorrow! Truly a great find.More
The rooms were clean. The shower was great. The breakfast was delicious. All staff were helpful and their recommendations were great. Very convenient location. Wish I could go back tomorrow! Truly a great find.MoreShow less
Thank you for all the compliments! We hope to have you back as our guest.
My husband and I traveled to Florence with my uncles for my birthday. Prior to our trip, my uncle warned me that Italian hotels are not like the hotels we are used to in the states (they are typically smaller and simpler). Boy was my uncle wrong about this one. The hotel room was spacious and gorgeous. The bathroom was incredible. Our room overlooked an adorable courtyard area, as well. The breakfast was typical of an Italian hotel and the service was good. Overall, I had a wonderful experience for my birthday!
Great feedback, thank you! I'm happy we were able to exceed your expectations and you had a lovely birthday.
Hotel Orto De Medici is a convenient walk to all the area sights and museums. The hotel is old, but clean. The furniture in the room was fairly dated, but comfortable. We stayed in a superior room that did not include an easy chair or side tables like in the website. It only a small desk with an 18 inch television. The people were quite friendly and helpful. The only downfall was the cost...it priced was for convenience not luxury.
I'm sorry Ms. AnnaLiisa that you did not enjoy the Superior room with private balcony. The Superior rooms have a typical Florentine style and a view over the rooftops of Florence. For whom prefers a more modern style I suggest booking a Deluxe room or a Junior Suite which have all been renovated and have a very nice garden view.
Great location: quiet and just a few minutes stroll to the city's key attractions. The building is full of charm, beautifully decorated throughout with a fantastic breakfast room in particular. Very attentive, helpful staff all of whose recommendations for restaurants were spot-on. If I go back to Florence, I wouldn't even think of staying anywhere else.
One word of caution about the range of towers that one can visit; the Campanile of the Duomo is certainly the best. After 'only' 414 steps, there is an incredible view from the top and magical sounds when the city's bells ring out but do get there early to avoid the queue. I know that some visitors have shamefully wasted their time on inferior towers.
Thanks for your kind review, and the nice suggestions about the hotel and the city. I am glad you enjoyed the Giotto's Campanile so much, especially convenient now that there is a combined ticket with the Duomo and the Baptistery.
The Orto De' Medici Hotel Florence was located in a quiet and charming neighborhood with churches, sidewalk cafes, and clothing stores nearby where one can rest in peace and quiet with a slow cup of “American” coffee or an espresso. We selected it because it was not far from the train station for a 3 day visit.
The hotel interior is a mix of modern and historic. The walls and ceilings are used to display a vast array of Italian art, in frame or painted, on the walls. The wooden floors are polished, shine and creak when investigating the 2nd floor art displayed in the sitting and dining rooms.
We were substituted to an “upgrade” 4th floor room, #40, due to a maintenance issue. The upgrade offered a nice balcony overlooking the main entrance below and Tuscan sunsets in the evening paired with a bottle of local wine. The bath was large and clean. The bedroom was large and the western side was all glass and doors leading out to a large patio, with floor to high ceiling drapes.
The self-serve breakfast room and patio was delightful. An espresso machine allows the user many cups as needed to jump start the day. We traveled in spring and found the mornings a bit cool but still ate out on the patio overlooking the interior garden below. We are mostly coffee and yogurt people so the breakfast offerings suited us.
Only a few blocks from the hotel, vertical historic streetscapes open up upon the Duomo, standing in a prominent Piazza. They’ve done it right, they limit the amount of car traffic in or near the Piazza so one can lean back and gawk at the local architecture and not fear being run down. For the hearty and sure footed, stand in line to wait your turn to climb the 400 spiral stone stairs up narrow passages and between the skin of the dome, all the way to the top. High heels are not advised! See the interior dome paintings up close and personal ,“ the last judgment” that shock and surprise. The tour takes you along an interior balcony, up high in the dome, places you at the artist’s perspective, to paint large figures on curved walls, that would need to be seen or viewed from many stories below. The view across the city is spectacular.
The town market in the Piazza del Mercato Vecchio is worthy to browse. Step back to see Ancient world delights, tripe, as among the nearly lost food rituals that were once staples in most human diets. The smoked and cured meats are outstanding and a must for the carnivore minded. The hard cheeses, like Parmigiano-Reggiano, have nice large flakes of salt that provides a crunchy blast of flavor.
The Galleria dell’ Accademia di Firenze is within walking distance as well. The statue of David is the featured attraction and has a prominent place for viewing. Tickets can be purchased on line prior to your visit or in some of the local shops near the art museum.
The Uffizi art museum contains Sandro Botticelli Primavera, a stand out among the plethora of religious themed art. The upper floor garden terrace cafe on a sunny warm day offers views of the Piazza below, while enjoying a gelato, a beer, or watching the local song birds bathing in the fountain.
Dear Hafe, your commentary is more than a review, it is a city guide! Thank you! I am sure all next travellers will enjoy reading it and find helpful tips.
I am glad you enjoyed your stay in the hotel, specially the Superior room with balcony and the breakfast.
I booked one of their romantic junior suite for my wedding proposal last weekend and I don’t regret it. I dont know about the other rooms but this one completely answered my expectations. I got the one depicted on the reservation page. King size baldachin bed next to a lounge area with view on the little garden. We also enjoyed a marble bathroom with an Italian shower and a comfortable bath. There is also a useful dressing room . The only negative point for the room is the AC. We didn’t really managed to make it work therefore it was quite hot, but opening the window for 5 minutes solves the problem.
The welcoming is very friendly and professional especially one of the staff member at the front desk. Thank you Sir for your kind hospitality.
The location is perfect making it a 6 minute walk to the Duomo and 10 to the Ponte Vecchio. The valet parking is convenient and will save you time struggling for a parking lot.
The breakfast doesn’t really matches with what you would expect from this hotel type.
In conclusion it is a charming hotel for a romantic stay. I definitely recommend it.
Thanks for choosing us for such a special occasion as you marriage proposal! I am very glad to read how you fully enjoyed your stay, especially concerning the room (our romantic Junior Suite!) and the staff. A/C is not active in winter (yes, March is still winter), when heating is on. I am sorry.
Nevertheless I hope to see you back on another travel to Florence and Tuscany!