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Palazzo Strozzi: Antica Torre Tornabuoni

Via Tornabuoni 1, Phone: 055.26581619

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Reviewed by: Goldengate from CA, review #1375

When: November 2005

Very nice moderately priced hotel in the heart of Florence. Great location close to shopping, Ponte Vecchio, etc.

We spent two nights at this hotel and it was perfect for us. It is small hotel with an excellent location. The rooms are on the 4th and 5th floors and are quiet. The top floor has a beautiful, large terrace with gorgeous views of the Duomo and most of Florence. There is also an enclosed room on the 6th floor with many windows where you are served breakfast each morning and where you can also have a glass of wine in the evenings before walking out on the terrace.

We stayed in room 501 which also had views of the duomo among other things. The bed was comfortable, the room was clean and the bathroom was nice. Our room was 180 euros a night (in November). No hotel rating; it felt like a 3-star hotel.

You walk out the front doors and you are in the center of things.

Reviewed by: CG from MA, review #451

When: August 2003

We stayed one evening at this lovely period residence near the Ponte S. Trinita on the Arno.

We booked two rooms and a suite at the Antica Torre and stayed overnight on August 15th, 2003 before we departed the next day for a villa rental in Southern Tuscany. It was all too short a visit, and I wished we could have stayed a few more nights at Antica Torre.

The accommodations were great: attractive furnishings, comfortable beds, gorgeous marble bathrooms, air conditioning (a big plus during this especially hot August), and a well stocked mini-bar and refrigerator.

The rooftop terrace affords a magnificent view of the city and environs. The location was superb, and Jacopo d'Albasio's (the proprietor) team were very hospitable and helpful for our group (three adults and two children {12 and 15 years old}) of jet-lagged Americans! I highly recommend this hotel.

Reviewed by: R.G. from CA, review #33

When: November 2002

Well located, lovely new Historic Residence (B&B) in a medieval tower. Near Piazza Santa Trinita.

I've stayed in Florence several times and just never found the perfect place. Either you're overpaying (and your room has a view of a wall), or underpaying (and you find out why when the hot water doesn't work), or the room's tiny...

So I decided to take a chance and try something new. The place has been recently opened, and has only 12 rooms, but they are done in four-star luxury. Every room that I saw was beautifully decorated, spacious, had a view, and some had terraces. Because it's right ON Tornabuoni, the main shopping drag, things quiet down at night, so you can sleep, and it's right in the middle of everything, walking distance to all the sights and even the train station.

The proprietor is looking to spread the word about his place. I fear, for my own selfish reasons, that it will not remain undiscovered long. I got an off-season rate of US$150.00 a night, and he arranged an early cab for me to the airport, which came off without a hitch. Of course, this kind of establishment doesn't have a full array of hotel services, but he seemed capable of helping with any request, spoke fluent English, and was very very excited about his conversion of the tower (formerly a bank).

Can't wait to go back with the husband.

I highly HIGHLY recommend this place. It is especially nice to be up high above most of Florence, a city which can feel hemmed in, without having to stay way up the hill.

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