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Belmond Villa San Michele
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Fiesole
Certificate of Excellence
New York
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“Magnificent hotel”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

Wonderful staff. Magnificent hotel with view over Florence. Glorious gardens. A really luxurious hotel with 5 star staff attention wonderful food . Beautiful rooms. Great views over Tuscany luxurious place to stay with amazing service. Would recommend to anyone wanting a luxurious hotel in Florence.great food and service.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

My wife and i had the pleasure of staying a couple of days just recently in Villa San Michele and considering this to be my 3rd visit to Florence, this has to be the most amazing one by far..

The Hotels is impeccably presented inside and more importantly outside as well as the property is situated in the hillside on a little mountain next to a forest. caters to a discerning customer who appreciates comfort, quality and peace and quiet(apart from the birds)

The views are unrivalled.

The amenities are quality driven.

Service is amazing from the first step into the property, to attending to our needs, to the complimentary transport to and from Florence centre......amazing.

Definitely will go back again.

Room Tip: we walked throughout the property and no matter which property/room you take you will be amazed. an...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

We recently had the good fortune of spending a few nights at Villa San Michele and are still giddy over the experience. From the moment one arrives at VSM and is met by staff, until one (sadly) departs, every possible attention to detail is given in order to make for an unforgettable stay.
VSM enjoys a privileged location in the hills of Fiesole, a charming and quiet town with a fantastic view of Florence below. The suites are large, airy, elegantly furnished and have private patios. The bath area was comprised of three rooms: one containing a large tub, surrounded by marble and mirrors, fresh flowers and bath salts, his and her armoires, double vanities, plush towels and the finest Bvlgari toiletries; a separate room was a walk-in shower and the final room contained the commode and bidet. The bed was blissfully comfortable and adorned with the finest linen sheets, which were changed daily. Turn-down service was provided nightly and slippers were presented bedside. Towels and toiletries were replenished twice a day.
Breakfast at the villa can and should be enjoyed at The Loggia, where one can dine on the beautiful terrace with breathtaking views of Florence. Do have dinner at the villa - the Tuscan cuisine is fabulous and the service is impeccable.
Villa San Michele is a former 15th century Franciscan monastery, with a facade attributed to Michelangelo. (I can't help but think that the monks who once inhabited the monastery are somewhere having a good chuckle over what has become of their cloistered digs.)
I can go on and on singing the praises of this elegant and sophisticated hotel, but in the end, what sets Villa San Michele apart from all the rest is the unrivaled service bestowed upon each and every guest by the discreet and gracious staff. A special thank you to the General Manager, Marco Novella, as well as to the fabulous Adriano and sweet Sara, for giving us wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

An amazing stay in an amazing hotel! We went to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary, and it was everything we could have wished for. As an old Monastery, the hotel has an understated elegance, without the over-the-top frills and bows some 5star hotels rely on.
The staff were lovely, nothing was too much trouble, they seemed to genuinely want you to enjoy every single minute of your stay. Blissful food, wine, views to die for, 100% linen sheets (changed every day), marble bathrooms and sunshine. What more could anybody want?

Room Tip: Ask for a city view; breathtaking
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We spent a few days in Villa San Michele and I have to say that our stay was absolutely fantastic. By staying there you are able to live Florence ( use their complimentary shuttle to the city rather than drive ) and then retreat to the peace and tranquillity of the Villa at night after a day of walking. We particularly enjoyed the garden with it's splendid view and peace. Service was impeccable and attentive, the staff seasoned and the General Manager, Mr. Marco Novella, a refreshing young and talented manager, was there to ensure our stay was flawless. Many thanks to all the staff for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Villa San Michele is an Italian landmark, which has worldwide fame. The famous house-museum is located on the outskirts of Florence, near Fiesole.

The exact date of construction of the house-museum is not known, but most scholars are inclined to think that construction began in the first half of the 16th century. At that time, the monastery, which became the foundation for the house-museum has been expanded and completely renovated by Giovanni di Bartolomeo. In 1980 the company «Orient-Express» started a large-scale reconstruction of the building: the work of employees were involved in the Museum of Fine Arts in Florence. In recent years, much attention is paid to the state house-museum is not small money spent annually on the repair of complex Villa San Michele.

It allows the guests to the house-museum, and stunning, the hotel, enjoy the cultural heritage and the real beauty of this magnificent building. The refined architecture Villa San Michele stressed the magnificence of the landscape: the tandem formed by nature and tenderness, while at the same time, the grandeur of an architectural masterpiece. In this regard, the park at Villa San Michele, plays an important role in this composition. Statues, entwined with ivy and moss-covered, are scattered in the garden. The number of objects in the park, executed in marble, stone, mosaic is approximately six hundred fifty-five. Composition of wood, metal, ceramics and textiles - were about six-thirty. Such is the nature that surrounds one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. It is worth noting that all these songs, did not meant to attract the interest of visitors: each sculpture - a work of art, with its history, created by craftsmen of different eras, "living" in the Villa San Michele for many years.

Today, the walls of the house-museum expositions of various ages, from antiquity to the early 1900s, classical antiquity - Roman, Egyptian and Etruscan. There are archaeological details and frescoes.

Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

The views from and the history of VSM are extraordinary (facade by Michaelangelo, no less!) but all else needs work to warrant the price and reputation, in my opinion.
We had two connecting junior suites and both were in need of some modernization and beautification. The AC was glitchy, causing the temperature to flucuate greatly during the night. There was only one light switch for the whole multi-sectioned bathroom (so it was all on or all off with no possibility of a nightlight). The tubs and showers employed a dial to control water temp that was very hard to adjust. The TVs were embedded in oddly placed, unattractive, table-type things that didn't work very well. The doors could only be locked from the inside with a key, and the locks were sticky and hard to use. The decor of the rooms in general was old-fashioned and bland. The beds were hard and the sheets were rough.
There's a way to maintain a historical, authetic look and feel while still making things pretty and highly functional. VSM could learn a lot from the Four Seasons Florence down the road where they have masterfully converted an old palace and convent into a stunning, modern hotel. The rooms at VSM were just not very comfortable or attractive, aside from the gorgeous views.
Oh and the gym was one of ths saddest I've ever seen at a high caliber hotel. A tiny room filled with flies and bees (fresh flowers in a gym the size of a bathroom don't make sense).
The service was good but not exemplary. Some folks were very nice (gentleman serving at pool restaurant was wonderful, for example) but many were stiff and unfriendly. Because we were on our honeymoon, they put candles and "rose petals" in our room for us when we were at dinner one night. A very nice, unexpected treat. But the "rose petals" were made of paper which struck me weird, surprising and a little tacky?
The food was decent but hugely overpriced, especially at dinner. 12E for a bottle of water?!
Speaking of water, the ones in the minibar were also 12E, which seems exorbitant. And we were charged 6E for the Wall Street Journal, though there was no mention of that cost when we were asked at checkin which papers we preferred.
We visted many 5 star hotels on this trip to Italy. VSM had by far the highest room rate and was the only one to charge for water and newspapers. I don't like feeling nickeled and dimed when I'm spending thousands of dollars a night somewhere.
All in all, it was a rather disappointing stay that did not nearly live up to the cost or the reputation of the place. We'll happily remain at the Four Seasons next time (an absolutely FANTASTIC hotel in every way).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Belmond Villa San Michele
Address: Via Doccia 4, 50014, Fiesole, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Fiesole
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Fiesole
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond Villa San Michele 5*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A short distance from the centre of Florence, Belmond Villa San Michele is housed in a 15th-century monastery with a façade designed by Michelangelo. It is surrounded by a large, wooded park and lush terraced gardens boasting magnificent views of the city and the Arno Valley below. The 45 bedrooms and suites are simple, peaceful and elegant while the Renaissance splendour of Florence is a mere 15 minutes away with the complimentary shuttle service, running every 20 minutes. La Loggia Restaurant provides a unique dining venue where guests can enjoy their lunch or dinner, based on Italian and Tuscan cuisine, while admiring the view over Florence. For a light lunch or a snack, the Pool Restaurant, situated directly by the hilltop panoramic swimming pool, is the ideal place. For food lovers, the renown Cooking School offers hands-on lessons to learn how to prepare the best Italian specialties. A Kids' Club and a dedicated Kids' Concierge are available to make the stay of younger guests truly unforgettable. The new Davanzati Room offers privacy and tranquillity thanks to its exclusive location, and a spacious terrace with a view for small banquets, cocktails and coffee breaks. Ideal for hosting meetings, launches and presentations, it also serves as a space for banquets for up to 100 people. ... more   less 
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Villa San Michele By Orient-Express Hotel Fiesole
Hotel San Michele
San Michele Hotel
Belmond Villa San Michele Fiesole, Province Of Florence, Italy

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