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“Magic place”
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Villa La Vedetta
Ranked #59 of 412 Hotels in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Cassis, France
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Magic place”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

We booked a Suite and we went upgraded to the best one the suite "201" having a magic view over Firenze and a very wide jaccuzi bath . La Vedetta is located near the Michelangielo Piazza , some 25 mn walk from the Ponte Vecchio...but La Villa makes your life easier having a free "navette" to drive you downtown and to pick up on demand (or close). Staff is miling and very present to make your stay a magical one. The restaurant is fine but not so special has the lodging in La Vedetta

Room Tip: Suites woth the price , pick the 201 ..;
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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GM_VillaLaVedetta, Direttore at Villa La Vedetta, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Dear Mr. Philippe,
Thank you so much for your very nice comment in Tripadvisor!
We was very glad to offer you the opportunity to live your stay in our exceptional and unique Bellavista Suite, located on the 2nd floor of our Villa. With its large windows this wonderful and luxury suite boasts a spectacular view on the Florence’s skyline and it is the perfect accomodation to live a magical stay in our city.
I hope to see you soon again at our Villa La Vedetta.

Best Regards

Antonio Dondiego
General Manager
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Paris, France
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17 reviews
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Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

We stayed 9 nights here...almost perfect. The staff is most gracious and friendly. The only problem was the smell from our toilet, covered up by an odor product that was worse. We were told that the hotel will be completely remodeled starting in November 2013 and that this problem will be corrected. The breakfast buffet is exceptional with anything one wants. Super view over Florence. Very good king size bed. Good restaurant with great club sandwich and cesar salad. Wine list excellent. Pizza may be ordered in. Proseco wine included in the afternoon. We shall return!

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Susan M
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GM_VillaLaVedetta, Direttore at Villa La Vedetta, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Dear Mrs. Susan,
thank you so much for your positive review in Tripadvisor.
We are glad that you enjoyed your long stay with us and in our panoramic 5 star Florentine property.
As mentioned in your comment, Villa La Vedetta will close at end of November 2013 for “winter holidays” until the end of February 2014. During this period, it will be carried out some maintenance works to make our hotel even more beautiful.
Looking forward to welcoming you again in Florence and in our Villa La Vedetta, I send you all my

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Antonio Dondiego
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Geneva, Switzerland
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Three main plusses to this hotel: superb location overlooking Florence yet within easy walking distance; very friendly, competent and helpful staff, and very nicely appointed / furnished rooms throughout the property. Also a very pleasant pool and good parking. The property is just the right size, small enough to have very personalized service. I will not hesitate to come here again next time in Florence.

Stayed September 2013
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GM_VillaLaVedetta, Direttore at Villa La Vedetta, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Dear Aveneg,
Thank you so much for your positive comment posted in Tripadvisor.
Your opinion perfectly resumes the strengths of our Villa and we are very pleased that your stay was perfect.
We hope to welcome you again in Florence and in our Villa La Vedetta.

Kindest Regards

Antonio Dondiego
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

We enjoyed a very pleasant stay here in a delightfully appointed room in the stylish annexe, which is only a few steps from the main building. The swimming pool was much appreciated as the temperature was over 30 degrees Centigrade. All the staff were very helpful and welcoming and the site and situation were superb.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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GM_VillaLaVedetta, Direttore at Villa La Vedetta, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Dear Mrs. Wendy,
First off all our best wishes for your 40th wedding anniversary.
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your opinion on Tripadvisor.
We are very glad to have been chosen as location for this special and unforgettable moment of your life and that you enjoyed and appreciated your whole stay in our Villa. We are also delighted that you have appreciated the accommodation, your accommodation and our hospitality and services.
We hope to remain your preferred location for your next visit to Florence and look forward to welcoming you back to Villa La Vedetta.

Best Regards
Antonio Dondiego
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Yokohama, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2013

I stayed at the Bellavista Suite of Hotel Villa la Veddeta with my wife and daughter in mid August.
The suite was awesome - everything were perfect.
Hotel services were also very comfortable and reliable, all staff were gentle and friendly.

The hotel locates just 15-20 minutes walking distance from famous Ponte Vecchio, 10 minutes drive from S.M.Novella train station by taxi, but the surrounding environment is very quiet and comfortable, you can feel that you are in a very high class resort at a beautiful highland.
We could retreat us from a hustle and bustle of central district of Firenze city, where a lot of tourists crushed everywhere under typical summer holiday season.

Bellavista Suite:

- perfect setting with panorama view of Firenze city from wide windows. We could stay everyday in a famous "post card" view.
- well appointed room facilities : air-conditioning, well equipped two bathrooms, very comfortable bedding even in the upper side of duplex, appropriate lighting set-up etc. etc.
- the suite is always kept clean.
- swimming pool is beautiful and charming. This is perfect place in the late afternoon to relax after spending busy time at the Firenze city.
- breakfast at the terrance under fresh air is also perfect set-up before starting busy day at the Firenze city.

I definitely recommend to stay Bellavista Suite at the Hotel Villa la Vedetta.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2013

We had a perfect romantic wedding at the Villa. No glitches at all- how many can say that on their wedding day? I left it all in the wonderful hands of the event planner. From the moment we arrived every detailed was not only to our specifications (considering that it as all arranged only via email) but the hotel extended extra touches to add to our wedding experience. Alina the party planner was exceptional and professional. I did not have to think about anything the entire wedding day, it was all taken care of. Our grand delux room was a good size, quite with view of the garden and fountain, the bathroom Jacuzzi tub was wonderful. The wedding banquet was superb, I was impressed with how considerate they were with many of the food restrictions and allergies my guests had. The new chef is excellent. The views are exceptional of Florence and the grounds ideal for family to enjoy the day. The pool definitely helped cool off and entertained my guests between the day's events. The free shuttle into and out of the tourist area of Florence is a bonus. I can not thank the staff and hotel enough for my special day.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank Giang N
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Montreal, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
447 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2013

We spent 2 nights here, staying for a wedding held at the hotel. This property has many plusses, most obviously the stunning panoramic view of Florence from its terrace, as well as its gorgeously landscaped grounds. Our room was in the category the hotel calls a Double Gran Deluxe Room, and we were very pleased with it (some wedding guests remarked that their rooms in other categories were too small for comfort). The bed was a bit too firm for me, but not enough to keep me from falling asleep. Our room had one window overlooking the garden and the other Florence, though we spent little time looking out them since even better views can be had from the main terrace and the rooftop terrace. The bathroom was fit for one of the Medicis, not huge, but all old marble with beautiful inlays, not to mention a jacuzzi tub.

We had a car and found it very convenient being able to come and go from Villa La Vedetta's own lot, free of charge. Parking in central Florence can pose more of a challenge and be quite expensive.

However, there were a few negatives. There to attend a formal event, we needed to press the travel creases from our clothes, but apparently because of the historic nature of the property, guests may not iron in their rooms, and instead must have the hotel's laundry service do this. This pressing service was quite costly and though they did a decent job, it wasn't as good as I can manage, not to mention that "express service" (= 50% more expensive vs. non-rush service) to press two shirts took more than 2 hours.

Though the front-desk staff were superb, the hotel's waiters were not as professional as one would expect from a property of this calibre; they were personable enough, but during the wedding banquet they were excruciatingly slow with the service. We were also unimpressed by the service during our dinner for two the previous night at the hotel's Onice restaurant (reviewed separately). Another minor irritant: there were never enough serving utensils at the buffet breakfast.

Free wi-fi was provided, but was so slow and unreliable that we gave up on it after our first evening.

Overall, we preferred our stay the next 2 nights in Florence across the Arno at Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni. However, clearly the items I flagged above as problematic should not be difficult for the hotel to rectify if it so chose, and with those points attended to, Villa La Vedetta would earn a higher recommendation.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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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:
#39 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#39 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#59 Family Hotel in Florence
#90 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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