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“Good location, great view”
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Torre Guelfa Hotel
Ranked #66 of 421 Hotels in Florence
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Covington, Ga
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Good location, great view”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

I liked the Torre Guelfa. It is actually a 13th century palace, which is pretty cool. Our room was fairly spacious and we had nice tall windows and tall ceilings. We were on the third floor, which is where the breakfast room was, so that was quite convenient. There is also a really nice lounge on the third floor. I imagine if you were spending an extended amount of time at the Torre Guelfa that would be really nice as a way to sort of spread out from your room whilst still relaxing from your day. I only hung out in there once, the day we left, and I only ever saw one other person in there; however, it is a really nice space with a good energy.

Breakfast is good. The waitstaff will bring you coffee, hot chocolate, whatever your morning drink may be. I enjoyed their juices as well. The food was very typical--cold meats and cheese, a few pastries and toast, fruit, yogurt, and muesli. You can definitely get a good start to your day there, though, and then later eat an adventurous meal elsewhere!

The rooftop terrace is definitely the big selling point for this hotel. We sat up there every night watching the sun go down while starlings swam through the skies around us. It was incredibly peaceful and beautiful. The bartender up there is very sweet and knowledgeable about the city--she speaks several languages.

Florence in general took me a little while to warm up to. At first it seemed really overcrowded and strange. Like an Italian Disney or something. I can tell you, though, that the Pitti Palace is awesome, and there weren't a ton of people there. The ponti at night--I especially like the Santa Trinita--that is just down from the hotel--are lovely. Musicians and lovers and bike riders. We saw a sort of informal roller derby and listened to student violinists. Very romantic.

My two favorite restaurants in all of Italy were in Florence--Trattoria Marione which is on Via Spada, just around the corner, and Osteria Coccotrippone.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here last weekend and it was amazing. Staff are very helpful, reception very knowledgeable and happy to recommend and book restaurants for you.

The room we stayed in had a really high ceiling so remained nice and cool, humoungous bed and one of the best showers we've had when going away.

The room and staff are amazing, but what really pushes this hotel above the rest is the tower. This is open 24hrs but only has bar service in the evening. The views are amazing from up here and one of the best parts of our break was coming up here after dinner, buying a bottle of wine and and looking out iver florence lit up. The lady that serves up here is again very knowledgeable and happy to talk to you about florence.

When we go back, we will definately be staying here again!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

We stayed there for two nights during the first week of June. The service and the hotel itself are simply wonderful. Excellent breakfast, nice large rooms with modern bathrooms and the view from the roof terrace is simply stunning. It's perfectly placed for wondering around this romantic city as you're minutes from everywhere.

Reception will point you in the direction of most things and make reservations. Prior booking is a must for both the Acadamie and the Uffizi, as the queues will be lengthy at this time of year. The only minor gripe would be the lack of a view from our room, we looked out onto an alleyway which made the room rather gloomy, but it was fully booked so it's probably pot luck.

A nice touch is the roof top bar in good weather. What could be better, a stunning view with a glass of Chianti!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Corona, CA
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We stayed here for three nights in June, 2013. Be aware!!! Due to construction, it is impossible to get there, though they did have someone come out and meet us and the car was parked a few minutes away. This is an older hotel in a PERFECT location with great sitting room areas. There is a cool tower with a bar where you can see all of Florence.

Downside: It was difficult to sleep, as for some reason the locals like to walk down the street yelling in the wee hours. The food served at breakfast was not that fresh. We had a room that slept four - we all got bit from mosquitoes too. Within the first few minutes one of the floor tiles broke, the hook in the bathroom broke each time we put something on it and the shower is really small.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Rather small and simple hotel in the very centre of Firenze (near Ponte Vecchio) in and old building with high ceilings . The most attractive and interesting thing- is a kind of tower on the roof from where you may observe the city. Very beautiful!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 3 days and had a wonderful time. Everyone who worked there was so nice and helpful. Our room was very clean, spacious and nicely decorated. It is in a perfect location and within a few blocks of many of the main attractions. The tower offers an amazing view of Florence- we really enjoyed having a drink up there before going to dinner. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and I would love to come back here sometime!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vail, Colorado, United States
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

The location is great; only 1 block from the Ponte Vecchio and walking distance to all the main attractions, yet on a small side street away from the hustle and bustle. The rooftop terrace is the best feature of this hotel, providing 360 degree beautiful views of the city; a perfect spot to watch the sunset with a bottle of wine (the lady who manages the tower bar was very friendly and accommodating, always bringing us little snacks with our drinks). The staff is friendly and helpful-ask them for restaurant recommendations as each one they recommended for us was delicious!

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Torre Guelfa Hotel
Address: Borgo Santi Apostoli 8, 50123, Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Uffizi
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#50 Family Hotel in Florence
#75 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#83 Business Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Torre Guelfa Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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