Staying in this hotel was the absolute highlight of our trip to Florence. I cannot imagine finding a place that is more welcoming and comfortable. From the moment we arrived we were treated like family. Our double deluxe room on the 4th floor had a marvelous window that overlooked the rooftops of Florence. The room was very spacious as was the bathroom. The air conditioning was a very welcome relief as the temperatures in Florence were unseasonably warm the last week of August when we were there. It was a nice treat to be able to relax in our comfortable room during the heat of the afternoon. The location of the hotel made it very easy to walk to most attractions in Florence and there were many good restaurants nearby. The crowning glory of this hotel is the view from the two roof top terraces. Breakfast was served every morning on the rear terrace with a view of the Duomo and the surrounding buildings. Breakfast was very good with fresh pastries, eggs, and freshly made cappucinos. The honor bar provided a nice place to relax in the afternoon and we made it our routine to celebrate the sunset with a glass of wine on the front terrace overlooking the Arno river. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.
- 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