The Relais Uffizi is in a great location, in a hidden walking alley adjacent to the Uffizi Gallery. The front door is accessed by ringing a bell (security is good, but there is nothing to worry about). The alley is very well lit, so we were always fine coming back to the hotel at night. There is a small elevator to take you to the 2nd floor, where reception is. The desk staff was warm and welcoming, and a tour of the hotel showed us the breakfast room and the remarkable sitting room, with huge windows opening up right onto the Piazza della Signora! We were shown to our room, which was upstairs. The upstairs rooms are accessed by an elevator with a magnetic key fob attached to the room key for security. You can only get to the upper floors by using this magnet in the elevator. We were in room 15, which is a huge room with a very large marble bathroom. The room is up in an attic-type space, and has a queen or king bed and an armoire, and a sofa on the other side. There are 2 night stands next to the bed, and a wood bench type thing that is great to throw your bags on to keep them out of the way. The downside? there are A LOT of steps. There are some minor steps from the elevator to the reception desk, then there are a couple of steps from the elevator to the rooms on the 3rd floor (the upstairs), and room 15 has a lot of stairs from the hallway up to the room. But if you can manage the stairs, the room is worth it, and the hotel is more than worth it. They serve a nice breakfast in the morning, continental style, but with fresh meats and cheese as well. The desk staff was very helpful in recommending places for us to eat, and for getting us reservations at the different museums.
Note: the bathroom in room 15 only has a bathtub with a hand held shower. They can't put a stand up shower in there because of the ceiling slant. We had trouble with getting the floor wet, and did suggest putting a curtain up, as then the handheld wouldn't be a problem. I recommend this room, it has a view of the top of the tower at Palazzo Vecchio, but do ask for a shower curtain for the bathtub.
I would stay here again in an instant. Great location, helpful staff, and good price!
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- Also Known As:
- Relais Uffizi Florence
- Relais Uffizi Hotel Florence