My husband and I stayed at Hotel Bretagna June 4 through June 7. Hotel Bretagna was formerly a palace and sits on Lungarano Corsini facing the Arno River. We booked a double classic room which was small but had a nice bathroom with double shower heads and plenty of hot water. The hotel has a small balcony (and a larger balcony off the breakfast area) where we sat enjoying our evening wine and watching all the action on the street below. This is a popular area for young and old alike with plenty of restaurants and shopping. If you turn left exiting the hotel, you will run into the Ponte Vecchio area. Turning right on Ponte Vecchio will lead you to an area selling jewelry; and there is a market (store) where you can shop with the locals and purchase food and beverages at a good price. Turning left on Ponte Vecchio will lead you to another popular area with numerous restaurants, shops and cafes. You must stop at all'Antico Vinaio (www.allanticovinaio.com) for a made-to-order panini...best panini on the planet!
Hotel Bretagna serves breakfast from 7:30-10:00 a.m. The selection is plentiful with fresh fruit, yogurt, eggs, sausage, fresh mozzarella, Italian meat/cheeses, breads, excellent pastries, cereal, juices. They will even make you a cappuccino upon request. Breakfast is served in an elegant room reminiscent of the palace it once was.
Lastly, the staff was friendly and helpful. Sylwia and Giulia answered all of our questions; gave us advice on sites to see and restaurants for our consideration. I enjoyed a chocolate left daily in our room; and upon departure Giulia remembered I liked it and gave me some to enjoy on our train to Venice. I would highly recommend Hotel Bretagna!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Bretagna **, as well as Residenza d'Epoca Bretagna, are located within the Gianfigliazzi Palace (former home of Louis Bonaparte King of Holland). The position of the building is the best we can expect to enjoy the artistic and architectural beauties of the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bretagna Hotel Florence