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“Old World Style, in a Great Location”

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Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci
Ranked #124 of 411 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 12, 2013

We selected this hotel on a recommendation from our wedding planner. I wanted something that had old, European style that didn't break the budget. This hotel definitely delivered on that.

We think, perhaps, that we received some sort of room upgrade, but were given room 26 on the fifth floor. The room was large and tastefully decorated with antique-style furniture. The view from windows was amazing, and I was amazed at how much sound the windows actually blocked from the street below. Though we did sleep every night with the windows open. The air was fresh and we found the sounds of city delightful.

Our favorite part of the hotel was definitely the roof top terrace. It can be enjoyed for breakfast, or after dinner cocktails or anytime. The views of the city are stunning -- don't miss the sunset. There is a small bar just inside that is almost always staffed by a friendly bartender. We enjoyed returning after touring the city each day to have a prosecco and relax before getting ready to go out to dinner.

There were two small cons to our stay. The mattress was a little tired and a bit too firm for our liking. Also, as to be expected with older buildings, the plumbing could use some updating. Takes a little while for the hot water to get going.

The staff was friendly and helpful, and my husband wanted me to mention that he found the mini-bar quite affordable. And the location was wonderful -- around the corner from the Ponte Vecchio, and a short walk from just about anywhere you want to visit in Central Florence.

We would recommend this hotel without reservation.

Room Tip: The elevator only goes to the 4th floor, good to know if stairs could be an issue. Street facing roo...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is a beautifully located hotel cobbling several palazzi/buildings together so that each room is different and there are lots of twists and turns in hallways-here and there a lovely comfortable living room thrown in. Decor is authentic with lots of elegance if sometimes a little faded. For Florence, not especially expensive - although it was our splurge.
Roof garden and lounge very pleasant. Breakfast comes with delicious fresh fruit.
Caveats: Although multiple, spacious elevators, you will sometimes find a step or two up or down as you move from building to building. Check room location if any step is a problem. Also bring a flash/book light. Our room was dark, although others weren't, depending on location and windows.
Steps from Arno and very close to Uffizi, Duomo etc.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank irenmpage
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Fantastic service, great location, beautiful rooms. We can't say enough good things about our stay here. They have a fantastic rooftop terrace--one woman told us that she loves the hotel so much that she has come back to stay here every year for the past twenty-seven years! I think her comments sum up what a special hotel that this is.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

The Tornabuoni Beacci is is, I suppose, what all hotels used to be like, until the world – actually, let’s be honest, the USA – decided that Renaissance Boulevard by RadissonMarriott Towers™ would define the way we expected our travel: uniform, sterile and faux-old/bling, where we judge hotels on whether they have 14 or 17 settings for the shower, and vie to be Platinum Plus+ guests offered bonus points to stay in one of the other 40000 identikit establishments with the lure of an ‘upgrade’ from standard double to ‘executive mini suite’ and a free bottle of fizzy water. This ancient converted palazzo is absolutely not for those people, because their holiday will be ruined by the window that doesn’t quite fit, a dusty shelf – God forbid – a wholly non-standard arrangement of rooms and corridors, no bacon and egg for breakfast, and intermittent and patchy wi-fi. Anyone depending on 24/7 wi-fi in Florence shouldn’t be there in the first place in my view. But if you need to look at Florence on a screen rather than experiencing it live, this hotel will be torture, and we saw quite a few very distressed North American folk, mostly baby boomers and older, looking suicidally frantic because they couldn’t link their several pads and devices; there was one poor soul whose text to a next door room didn’t get through, and I think the whole holiday had to be abandoned as a consequence. For us, any downsides – and they were minuscule – were magnificently compensated for by a 4th floor room that overlooked – gloriously – the Duomo and Giotto’s campanile, with bells that you could hear direct and didn’t need to go to YouTube to experience, and by staff who seemed to relish saying ‘buongiornio’ – with a smile – and a genuine one, not one that had been drilled into a snarly 20 year old delinquent manqué at a customer care awayday. Not ‘have a good day’ in the expectation that it just might not be, but a seemingly heartfelt ‘good day’ – as one would be anticipating in the centre of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The little bar on the top floor is staffed by smartly uniformed and obliging people who double as hotel factotums, and do so rather well. From afternoon onwards there is a pitcher of excellent iced tea on the counter and gentle service on the rooftop terrace. The older – thank goodness – people at reception were welcoming, helpful and chatty. The little breakfast room, also on the top floor, can get a little congested, so don’t arrive at 9-00 am. Decent coffee, good patisserie, fresh fruit and fresh rolls. Bresaola made a welcome appearance on one day.

One warning: the Florentine mosquitos have a cruel streak not dissimilar to that of the city’s glorious past inhabitants: I was thinking Lorenzo the Magnificent when irked, and Machiavelli when just behaving normally. Our room was missing its electronic repellent, which was a distinct disappointment to my neck and ears. Be careful.

We loved this place, and hope it goes on for another few centuries. It was a joy perusing letters (remember?) sent by grateful guests and pasted in the annual visitors’ books. The only way you could experience a similar hotel in the UK would be at a so-called country house establishment, and that’s probably owned by Marriott or Whitbread small print, and will set you back 3 times as much. And you won’t be able to bowl out of the place in the morning onto the pedestrianized Via Tornabuoni, a street matched by probably only a handful worldwide for its breathtaking style. We considered that a privilege, and we didn’t take any pictures at all of the plumbing, all of which seemed to work rather well, though we missed the 400-setting Jacuzzi. We turned on the TV only once to hear the news, which wasn’t worth it, but it meant that we had to waste time wandering around the finest Renaissance city in the world when we could have been watching share prices on Bloomberg TV. Life can be cruel.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank David L
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

This was a lovely hotel on the most expensive street in Florence!
Room 306 was lovely and big and there was hardly any noise from street but there was a a lot of noise from up above. There is a lovely roof Terrence upstairs for breakfast and a place for pics too. Breakfast was adequate, lots of packed things to take away which was perfect on my tours.
Location wise, it's fab, walking distance to everything yet a little away from the main crowds, I would definitely go back here without hesitation. Thy staff spoke English and were a great help. Well done!

Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Our family of 5 spent 2 nites (in two rooms) at this hotel during our July trip to Italy. This was our favorite hotel of the trip. The hotel is old and it is showing its age, but I tend to like older hotels with a little character, as long as they are clean and the service is good; this one delivered on both.

The location of the hotel was wonderful. We took a cab to the hotel from the train station when we first arrived, not because of distance, but because we couldn’t find the hotel. (*see below.) After that, we were able to walk to everything we wanted to see and do.The hotel is on a street with a lot of retails shops, so shopping is literally at your doorstep. There are many options for food available nearby. Noise was not a problem. (*General suggestion-don’t count on your usual AT&T cell phone app for directions while in Italy. The GPS/map program with our International Data package didn’t play well with the Italian system and was completely useless most of the time that we were there. On our last day in the country, some other guests from the US told us about an app specifically for Italy that they had learned about late in their trip. I don’t remember the name but if you are counting on using your phone for directions, I would look into it before you get to Italy and need it.)

As stated above, our family had two rooms. We arrived early and were allowed to check in, which was wonderful. Our room was in the main building. Our kids had a room on the same floor, but it was quite a distance from our room and to get to it, you wandered down, around, up, over…..definitely ask for directions or have someone from the desk escort you to your room the first time. Our room was large, even by US hotel standards. It was furnished with antiques, had a spacious sitting area, and a stocked mini-bar. The bathroom was a little small (long and narrow) but was clean and had what we needed. The air conditioning was great for beating the July heat; it kept the room cool and comfortable for us.

The halls have antiques and sitting areas scattered. The bar and the breakfast room were on the same floor as the terrace. As mentioned in other reviews, the terrace was beautiful. Shady, flowers everywhere, and lovely views of the rooftops of Florence and mountains in the distance. Stop by and enjoy breakfast on the terrace and return in the evening or after dark for another beautiful view. (Warning: don’t leave food unattended, or you’ll think you’ve stumbled into an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Pigeons are a little too comfortable with the whole arrangement and will gladly take care of your breakfast should you step away.)

Breakfast was the typical Italian breakfast. Not spectacular, but enough to start your day.

Staff was friendly, courteous and helpful.

We enjoyed our stay here. It’s not flashy or modern but it is in a great location; it’s clean, the service is good and you will be getting a little of the historical feel of Florence just from staying here.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

My husband and I stayed at this hotel in the beginning of August, and we could not be more satisfied with the stay. Our room was beautifully furnished, clean and quiet, in addition to a cool break from the hot climate outside. We enjoyed at several occasions a drink on the beautiful roof terrace, and no matter if it were a glass of wine, cappuccino or a delicious Bellini, the staff were eager to give us good service, always accompanied with some snacks and a smile. At all of the occasions we asked the staff about something, whether it was to book a table for us at Harry's Bar, call a taxi or store our luggage, this was not at all a problem for them. I have read some reviewers who are dissatisfied with the breakfast, and to them I can only say that you can't really expect a huge continental breakfast buffet for free in Italy, as Italians barely eat breakfast. Also, I noticed some other guests complaining about the service, but to be honest, these guests were incredibly rude to the staff, and I don't think you can walk around acting rude to people, and then expect good service back. I can't say I understand the poor reviews this hotel has gotten, as we were so happy with our stay that if we ever return to Florence, we won't hesitate to book this hotel again, as the location, service and rooms were some of the best we have ever had in our many travels to Italy.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Aurora B
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Address: Via Tornabuoni, 3, 50123, Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#77 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#102 Business Hotel in Florence
#126 Family Hotel in Florence
#152 Romantic Hotel in Florence
Price Range: $123 - $477 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bechi Family is happy to welcome you to the site of the Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci to discover this charming hotel which is located in two Renaissance palaces, the Palazzo Minerbetti and the Palazzo Strozzi del Poeta, on one of Florence’s most elegant shopping streets and close to the monuments which have made this city famous the world over. The Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci with its heirloom furnishings, refined elegance and modern comforts is a charming and enchanting location on Florence’s most elegant shopping street, the Via de’ Tornabuoni. The hotel consists of two Renaissance palaces, the Palazzo Minerbetti and the Palazzo Strozzi del Poeta, two unique buildings in the heart of Florence’s artistic and historical centre, close to the Ponte Vecchio bridge, the Uffizi Art Gallery and the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore with Brunelleschi’s famous dome and Giotto’s belfry. ... more   less 
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