Much have I travelled in the realms of gold.... well, off and on. There is a very small group of hotels that combine true architectural magnificence with grande luxe - the Paris Ritz, the Villa d'Este on Lake Como, Cliveden (on occasion!) and this gorgeous palazzo.
And we think this is the best. There is one glitch, but because it is avoidable, I have ignored it.
Top of the praise list is the staff - drivers, doormen, receptionists, concierge, bar, room service, spa - everyone we came into contact with was so friendly and helpful. In particular room service was so prompt.
The glitch (if management read this) was the food in the restaurant Il Palagio. I hate writing this because the waiting staff were so charming, but the food was dreadful! Dried, poor combinations, endless boring identical amuse-gueules. Out of about 10 offerings, only the carpaccio of pineapple was beautifully presented and delicious. Even the chicken was inedible! This needs fixing in a hotel of this quality - urgently.
But it can be easily avoided by using room service. A wonderful base to explore Florence from.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. An enchanted city sanctuary in the midst of Florence, where an art-filled Renaissance palazzo and conventino frame a centuries-old private park. Relax amidst original frescoes and sculptured reliefs, graced by sunlight and airy garden vistas. Sip espresso under majestic trees, lounge by the open-air pool or bask in Italian spa secrets. Wonders of the Uffizi and Duomo are a stroll away. Tuscan hill towns beckon. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Firenze
- Florence Four Seasons