My hubby and I poured through a million websites, trying to find the perfect Florence hotel for our honeymoon. I truly believed we found it in Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni. We stayed there from March 24, 2013 - March 30, 2013, before moving onto a week's stay in the Chianti Hills. We selected this hotel because of the AMAZING rooftop dining/bar area and its fabulous view of the Duomo. It did not disappoint! And the night view (with the Duomo all lit up) is simply stunning. The hotel's staff was very kind, conversational, and extremely helpful. One of the bartenders gave us the most wonderful recommendation of a nearby restaurant for dinner. Breakfast was filled with delicious bruschetta, antipasti, fruits, breads, and cheeses. AND, the rooftop bar is an honesty bar after hours; you simply help yourself and write down your room number. So easy. The rooms were huge (at least ours was, located directly under the rooftop bar with one quick staircase to the top--trust me, it came in handy; the elevators moved at a glacier-pace). And the baths were modern and welcoming after long days in the chilly, wet month of March. We loved where this hotel was located, along the Arno River, one bridge away from Ponte Vecchio, away from all the tourists, yet still close enough to jump into all the tourist action if so desired. Truly, this hotel did not disappoint.
Except for this: If you love massages at all, DO NOT order a massage here. Their masseuse is not on-staff, which is fine (you simply pay her direct), but it was seriously, legitimately the ABSOLUTE WORST massage I have ever had. No pressure at all. She basically just smoothed her hands along my back, legs, and feet; and jjjjuuuuuuussssstttt when she was about to touch a spot in desperate need of a deep elbow-dig, she would barely push on it (teasing me), then slide right on by, continuing her general rub-down and neglecting all my desperate, overworked muscles. I was so tense and stressed and annoyed with all my muscles being heckled. Horrible. Horrible. Horrible. Can't say that enough. $200 wasted. Don't do it. Seriously.
Otherwise, hotel itself and everything about it (aside from masseuse) deserved a perfect 10!!
- 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