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Villa La Vedetta
Ranked #49 of 421 Hotels in Florence
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Magnificent Hotel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Great hotel, friendly and efficient staff and incredible view of Florence from the terrace. Situated on a hill, few minutes walk to Piazza Michelangelo, where you can see a copy of Michelangelo's "David". Unbelievable stay!
I would gladly come back!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I stayed here once in January 2013 and visited the property a couple of times. Outside, the hotel is great. A beautiful South of France type building, a terrace with an amazing view over Florence and a nice garden with a restaurant and a large pool. Really great.

Inside...a different story. The furniture in the lobby and the living room/library is very cozy, but old and tired. The elevator to the rooms upstairs as well as the reception look like in a 3-star city hotel. Stairs, walls, everything cry for a renovation. Upstairs it smells like in my grandmother's medicine closet. The rooms are quite nice, but also rather old. Bathrooms are ok though. The restaurant is sort of in the basement and definitely stuck in the 80s in terms of age and decoration.

Obviously this hotel would be totally ok if it didn't ask for so much money and didn't aspire to be a 5-star property. I don't mean to say that it should only have 3 stars - but for €500-600 per night, I would rather stay at Salviatino and get 10 times better quality. My criticism is also directed towards the owners who pretend that the hotel still has the same class as 20 or whatever years ago and let this beautiful property deteriorate. It's a shame. This hotel could be the best hotel in Florence - the location, the appearance are amazing. But everything inside requires a massive renovation.

Some good points: there is a shuttle bus to Ponte Vecchio, people are extremely nice and helpful and the view from the rooms - well, the best in Florence (except for Torre di Bellosguardo)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This was our first trip to Florence and we could not have stayed in a better place. From the minute we arrived we were made to feel really welcome. We were taken to our room and it turned out that the hotel had very kindly upgraded us to one of the suites. It was a gorgeous room with the most beautiful view over the city. All the staff were excellent with special mention of Valentina who went out of her way to make our stay so fantastic.
The Villa itself is a beautiful old building set up high on the outskirts of Florence, with wonderful panoramic views over the City. It was a pleasure to come back to the quiet surroundings after a busy day in the bustle of the City. The courtesy car into Florence was a really nice touch and very useful. If you are going to Florence, stay here!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Beautiful villa a couple of hundred meters from Piazella Michelangelo with a superb view of Firenze and the surrounding mountains. Friendly, beautifully decorated, wonderful service. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013 via mobile

We only stayed here for one night, thats y we cant try every bits of the facilities here, but the service here was excellent, feel like a home away from home, people may thought this place was far away from city, but VLV gpt free shuttle service and we can actually walk down to town.
breathtaking view with nice people.
I will definitely visit here again in the future.

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Bucks County, PA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

This hotel is very handy for those travelers who are driving! My newlywed wife and I planned a driving tour of northern Italy with this hotel being our second stop. Villa La Vedetta is grand and luxurious in service and appearance alike. Lots of marble, I believe our entire bathroom was made of marble. The bed although large was not very comfortable I recall.

The front desk manager was extremely helpful, including providing assistance with museum ticket booking.

The hotel has a shuttle that runs every half hour back and forth to town. We didn’t take advantage of the shuttle, we walked. This is only recommended for those of a more athletic nature as the hotel sits on the hill by the Piazzale Michelangelo. We also did not use the spa, it did look nice though.

The breakfast is absolutely stunning! A bountiful variety of; meats, cheeses, fruit, bread, pastries, cold/hot cereals, to name only a portion. Unfortunately, the restaurant, in the hotel’s lower level, leaves much to be desired. Overpriced, under portioned and sadly to say unsatisfactory servers. The food was decent from the kitchen, just not enough of it for the large price.

Room Tip: Try and get a room facing out towards the city.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This hotel is a short walk out of town and away from all the hype. Service was impeccable, Room well appointed with everything you could require. The breakfast was a little light on for the overall standard of the place and I must admit we did feel disappointed after everything else was so nice.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Villa La Vedetta
Address: Viale Michelangiolo 78, 50125, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Piazzale Michelangelo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#32 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#39 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#59 Family Hotel in Florence
#88 Business Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa La Vedetta 5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A true 'Urban Resort' unique in Florence. Romantic neo-renaissance villa, today a lavish hotel of only 18 deluxe rooms and suites in exclusive panoramic position on Piazzale Michelangelo, with breathtaking view of Florence only a few steps from Ponte Vecchio. ... more   less 
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