My family, including 2 children (ages 12 and 8), stayed in the Panoramic Suite at this lovely hotel. We came from staying in a suite at the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand and this hotel did not disappoint!
As many reviews mention, the location can not be beat. Our lovely room was spacious, with a private terrace overlooking the Arno.
The rooftop terrace and restaurant is the place to be in Florence. The view from this terrace is spectacular, and the complementary breakfast is good. We were lucky to be in town for a fireworks show and the guests all gathered on the roof top balcony for the best seats in town.
But, a hotel is only as good as its staff, and in this area, this hotel is peerless. We didn't plan ahead and found that the horseback riding excursions (outside tour company) in Tuscany were sold out. The front desk began making calls in the morning, and found a driver who took us to a private ranch where we enjoyed a day of horseback riding. The driver also took us to a restaurant that had probably the best view in Tuscany.
The staff, especially the restaurant staff, made us feel like family. Always trying to do something special, and my children fell in love with them. Latiffa and others gave our children a special gift during our last breakfast before check out. My kids were almost in tears because they were so sad about leaving. ### To Latiffa, Madison and Austin say "hello" and they miss you ###
We continue to recommended this hotel to our friends and to anyone considering an amazing hotel (and staff) in Florence.
This hotel is a destination in itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We personally enjoy welcoming our guests, we wish to reinvent the concept of hospitality, and we have the inspiration to provide the warmth of home in every detail. This is how the Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1, Florence came to be: a tower-house built in the mid-12th century by the Guelph family of Ruggerini. At the beginning of the 20th century, this palace became "Pensione Piccioli," and quickly turned into a privileged residence for aristocrats and English writers. Closed after the Great War, Pensione Piccioli reopened in 2001, as a Period Residence called "Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1." Thanks to attentive restoration to preserve all its original charm, the evocative ambiance of the Palace on Via Tornabuoni has regained life and warmth. This magnificent complex is considered one of the typical "tower-houses" of Mediaeval Florence, and, to this day, it still preserves all its characteristic architectural elements: it is an admirable example of the human ability to convert buildings built for war into oases of peace, culture and hospitality. In this ancient tower, we have created a world of harmony, privacy, and attentiveness to our guests' needs. Luxury, peace, and beauty are all in traditional Italian style, and give the concept of comfort new aesthetics. Almost all rooms enjoy an enchanting view of the city or the Arno River, and all are furnished with the highest in comfort: satellite plasma TVs, DVD players, wireless internet connection, direct line telephone, minibar, electronic safe, air conditioning and heating, private marble bath with tub and/or shower, hair dryer, slippers and shoehorns. Some of the Rooms and Suites are decorated with a Renaissance flair: with frescoes, drapes in coloured precious fabrics, bathrooms in red Alcantara or Gold Calacatta marble, and romantic four poster beds. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Antica Torre Di Via Tornabuoni Hotel Florence