This is our second stay at Eden Rock, 2.5 years after our first. The first time we stayed for 10 nights, this time around for 6 nights - so that should say something about how much we enjoy it.
If you're looking for the hustle and bustle of the Old City, you won't find it here. There's no cobblestone streets, centuries old buildings and hordes of people.
But the Old City is only 15 minutes away by bus, or less by car. We use it as a base not only to get-to-know and explore Firenze, but the surrounding countryside of Tuscany, including Umbria and Chianti and to the coast.
Eden Rock is a contemporary renovation of an establishment built in the 1950s into a wonderful location on the side of a rock in the hills to the north of Florence. It has a gorgeous picture postcard view across to the other hill of Fiesole and down the valley to the Duomo and old city - of itself, this is enough to instill a sense of calm and tranquility. The suites are comfortable, have everything you need (perhaps a microwave would be helpful) and are of high quality without being over-the-top. The breakfast is balanced. While a limited menu - which is understandable - the in-house lunch/dining was surprisingly very good and tasty on the one occasion we used it.
But most of all, what brought us back is the people. Led by Daniele, who is wonderful, and including Walter, Sylvia & others, the staff are friendly, warm, efficient and helpful.
We don't know when we will return to Firenze but we will; and when we do, we will stay here again.
In the meantime, Forza Viola!
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