I spent 2 nights at the Four Seasons with my girlfriend recently and it turned out to be the greatest hotel stay we have every experienced. We are used to wonderful hotels but this was in a class of its own and calling it 5 star does it a dis-service.
We arrived on the friday afternoon and were taken to the Royal Suite. Usually a suite had a lounge area and possibly two bathrooms but this was larger then my own apartment in London and I genuinely got lost a few times. The bedroom was simply stunning with original painted ceilings and antiques all over the room. The bathroom had a full steam room, shower, enormous free-standing bathtub, TV in the mirror and several sinks. A hallway led to the lounge/ living room with huge TV, two full cabinets of books, a grand piano and desk area. The hallway was the best though and I urge anyone to check out the photos of the curved ceilings, original flooring and stuning furniture that adorned it. At the end was a dining room and bar for eight people, with a huge chandelier hanging down. No words can do it justics and, as Conde Nast Traveller also wrote, it can only be described as the best suite on earth.
The rest of the hotel was equally stunning. The communcal areas and lounges were all so unique and so striking. We were given a tour of the property by the best PR we have ever met and she explained the history and rationale of each area. We saw the amazing gardens, the stunning spa, the beautiful restaurant (more of that later) and two different ballrooms both the venues from heaven. This is the most palatial and tranquil hotel on the planet and yet it is within a 10 minute walk of the Duomo.
On Saturday evening the restaurant lived up to its promise. Incredible food made from the finest ingredients, attentive staff and a gorgeous setting. Five courses later and we were full but happy!
My review misses off one thing- just how amazing ever single member of staff was. They made what could maybe have been a stuffy hotel be extremely welcoming full of smiles and fantastic ambience.
I did not have a spa treatment but my girlfriend said it was the best she had experience. The food was the best I have had in a long while. This is the best hotel in the world with the best suite in the world and I would be amazed if anyone went there and could disagree.
- 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