Marco and Roberto’s Hotel Giglio lived up to its Tripadvisor hype, and then some! By way of background, my husband and I spent our first three nights in Tuscany in the small town of Fiesole, on a hilltop about seven miles outside of--and overlooking--Florence. We are not city people, and wanted to have a quieter experience in the evenings for our first three nights, after spending the days seeing the sights of Florence.
We took the #7 bus from Fiesole daily into Florence. On our fourth morning, we simply exited the bus a few yards from Hotel Giglio, since the bus’s path through Florence took us straight down Via Cavour, right in front of the hotel. Perfetto!
The hotel is in an historic building, and the public areas and guest rooms have been beautifully refitted to high modern standards of functionality while maintaining the ambiance and charm of an earlier time in the history of Florence. Our room was very large, with 20-foot ceilings, a spotless modern bathroom, and furnishings in keeping with the hotel’s Florentine past.
Breakfast was served buffet style beginning at 7:30 a.m. and was tasty and substantial enough to power us up for a morning of sightseeing, allowing us to postpone lunch until around 2:00 p.m. Selections included four types of dry cereals, sweet rolls, breads, ham and other cured meats, sliced cheese, fruit juices, yogurt, and a lovely bowl of cut-up fresh fruit--apples, oranges, kiwi, pineapple. You had but to request cappuccino, hot chocolate, espresso, coffee, or tea and it would be brought to your table, freshly made.
The morning of our departure, Marco drove us to the airport! Hotel Giglio is a mere 15-minute walk to the Duomo, and 5 minutes from the Academia’s David. It is a lovely oasis, on a major street, but still quiet at night, and an outstanding value for the money. My husband and I highly recommend Hotel Giglio.
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- Also Known As:
- Giglio Hotel Florence