Historical luxury in the centre of beautiful Florence is served up to you when you decide to book a room at this five star establishment. Richly decorated and opulent to a fault, this hotel is a premier choice for either tourists or business guests with the great range of facilities and services available. The hotel boasts a first class business suite with a range of meeting, board and conference rooms available. The fully equipped rooms are bound to make your event a successful one, especially with the professional secretarial and translation services that are on offer.
For winding down after a hard day in the board room or in the city, there is a snooker and billiards room, a relaxing massage suite and a modern gym and fitness centre. In addition, there is also a well stocked DVD library, floristry and VIP services, an airport shuttle service, a hair salon, valet, laundry and room services, a pay per use parking garage, a limousine service, free internet in the lobby and pay per use Wifi. The 24 hour reception can also organise complementary newspapers, the use of safety deposit boxes, private car and taxi transfers, theatre reservations and city tours. There is a lovely terrace for guest use.
All the sumptuous guest bedrooms and suites are individually designed and feature air conditioning, a bathrobe, slippers and complimentary toiletries in the luxury en suite bathroom, cable and pay per view TV, a flat screen LCD TV, a CD/DVD player and CD library, a city map and information, complimentary mineral water and tea and coffee making facilities, a daily housekeeping and turndown service, a safe with note book plug, a work desk with a lamp and internet connection, a well stocked mini bar, a lounge area and a hairdryer.
Our top picks in the local area
Giardino dei Semplici is Florence botanic gardens and it houses a range of medicinal plants as well as exotic ones. With its shady trees, tranquil pools and quite possibly the only wildlife you may see in the city – a rather ancient tortoise – these botanic gardens will interest everyone, especially if you take the opportunity to pack a picnic.
Il Palagio is a ‘blow the budget because they’re worth it’ kind of place with food and service to match. The staff are gracious and accommodating while the food is unbelievably good. Start the evening with a cocktail at the chic bar before being shown to your table and let the candlelight and ambience do the talking.
The touching and poignant Florence American Cemetery and Memorial is a well maintained memorial to all the GI’s who fell during World War II.
Intimssimi is the best shop to head to for all your underwear essentials at very good prices. Simple designs and natural fabrics are the order of the day for the selection of smalls.
For eating out
The News Cafe sells art in coffee cups! The selection of coffees in unbeatable and the baristas certainly know a thing or two about this essential brew. The breakfast pastries are out of this world and the smell when you walk into the place is positively heavenly.
La Dolce Vita is a popular spot with hip students on the south side of the river and is a perennial Florentine favourite.