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“The highlight of my trip to Florence” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Belmond Villa San Michele
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Fiesole
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, France
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113 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“The highlight of my trip to Florence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

We didn't stay at the San Michele, but one day my friend suggested we go there for lunch. We arrived by 12 and were invited for a cocktail in the gardens before going to the restaurant for lunch. It was so beautiful with such outstanding service. I would consider this paradise on Earth. During the 3 hours we were there, everybody took care of everything we needed impeccably. The food was outstanding, as it usually is in Italy, and the service was perfect. The setting was gorgeous....

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ParisGlenn
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

A true Italian classic. San Michele does not wow you with opulent rooms nor does it have amazing facilities however it has romance in abundance. If you want flashy or brand new with gym facilities, this place is not for you.
We had a garden suite which had its own garden overlooking florence. The rooms are a good size but not flashy (of course with an italian price tag). What you get here is career staff who really know how to treat you. We were looked after by Vittorio and his staff like nowhere else before. The restaurant in the summer overlooking the lights of Florence is spectacular. The food again is classical but excellent. The whole place oozes charm, from the frescos inside to the beautiful lemon garden. Having a bellini on the lawn at sunset is one of my favourite memories. It offers the perfect launch pad to visit Florence without being stuck in the sweltering heat of the city.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Adrian D
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

15min drive from the heart of Florence but providing breathtaking views across the City from a secluded and romantic setting in Fiesole. We found it hard to leave the hotel due to the freindly staff, large pool and brilliant restaurant. I will certainly be coming back.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CAP_ldn
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

All the management and staff were extremely friendly. The service is excellent. Most suites in the main building are great with nice view overlooking the city. Good location outside the overcrowded city of Florence. The cooking class with the very friendly Chef Attilio Di Fabrizio was really a great experience.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Alsherebi
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Venice
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

We just left the Villa San Michele and had a wonderful experience. The staff was so friendly and helpful that we immediately felt welcome and comfortable. The hotel is in an old monastery that has been decorated beautifully, but without destroying the history. The views from most of the property are a spectacular panorama or Florence. Upon our arrival, we were upgraded to a superior room. The room was furnished nicely and had a lovely marble bathroom. The dining area includes an outdoor covered terrace that feels very magical in the evening---delicious food with stunning views. My husband and I arrived feeling slightly under the weather and the dining staff prepared special items for us to aid our recovery. They made us feel like they truly cared about our well being.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lesley K
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Mamaroneck, NY
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50 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

When I arrived at the front of the hotel, I knew it was a special place, but when I walked out onto the terraced gardens on the way to our junior suite, I thought that I had died and gone to heaven. Was it the scent of the wisteria that climbs the villa wall or was it the perfect realization of landscape, architecture and design? They run shuttle buses into Florence for guests, but why would you want to leave this place for any reason? This is a destination hotel so the perfect trip would be three days in the city and then three days at the Villa by the pool. Did I mention it is romantic? And private? And discreet? With perfect service? And great martinis? Did I mention the view?

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank McWarg
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

Excellent, excellent, excellent. Expensive, but worth it! The Junior Suites are wonderful. The staff
is fantastic and the GM is the best, caring and attentive. So nice to be out of Florence in season.
Very busy and crowded.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Thomas D
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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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Also Known As:
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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