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Uffizi: Soggiorno Antica Torre

Piazza delle Signoria, 3, Phone: 055.216.402

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Reviewed by: Kevin Clark from Italy, review #1808

When: February 2007

A very comfortable hotel in a great location.

What more could you ask - walk out the front door and see Rivoire cafe directly in front of you!

Antica Torre is right on Piazza della Signoria, on the southwest corner (near the Loggia dei Lanzi). The building is built around a much modified 11th century tower house (hence the name); the hotel is on the 3rd floor. There is a small lift, but you first have to climb a fairly steep set of stairs to the 1st floor, so it's probably not a good choice for those with mobility problems. There are six rooms in all, around a central hall/lobby.

Our room, the Red Room, was on the back of the building. Because of that, it was extremely quiet for such a central location (there was some daytime noise when there was amplified music in the piazza, but no noise at night). Though only a "standard" room, it was much larger than most European hotel rooms and was very comfortably furnished and nicely decorated with artworks that didn't look like Ikea rejects. The bed was very comfortable. There was a chest of drawers, a wardrobe, night stands with lights on both sides of the bed (!), and a small sofa. It also had a minibar, a small TV, and air conditioning, none of which we used.

The ensuite bath was spacious and well finished, with a large bathtub with shower which had very good water pressure and plenty of hot water.

A possible drawback for some is that the desk isn't staffed full-time. We were given instructions for arriving after hours which worked with no problem. There was someone at the front desk during some daytime hours, but much of the time we were on our own, so if you require a lot of concierge-type services, you might be happier elsewhere. There was a wide range of tourist information available, both commercial brochures and pamphlets on various topics (parking, internet access, museum opening hours, etc.) prepared by the hotel which were very useful.

The rate for this room in Feb 2007 (through Venere.com) was 140 per night. Given the location and the quality of the room, we felt it was a bargain.

Reviewed by: Alexandra from FL, review #632

When: July 2004

Charming and Central {3 star}

We arrived and checked into the Gold Room, the largest room and only suite. We had booked the Ivory but the idea of not having a view in this beautiful city made us second guess ourselves.

Soggiorno Antica Torre is located directly in Piazza delle Signoria, the heart of Florence. It is charming and well run and a good choice if you do not require the amenities of a hotel.

The Gold Room was very large with high, beautiful ceilings and a modern, large bathroom. If you are not a light sleeper, it would be a wonderful choice. The large windows look directly onto the Piazza and were a source of pleasure througout the day. In the evenings and early mornings, however, there was a lot of street noise. The cafes below set up chairs and tables early every morning and late every evenning and the sound of trash and breaking glass woke me before 6 every morning. My partner noticed it but had no problems so this is a really a personal matter.

We moved to the blue room and this was perfect. Large, lovely and quiet.

The staff is helpful and Pamela speaks wonderful English.

If you have a problem with stairs, be advised there is a very long flight to get to the elevator on the first floor and no help with bags. For us this was not a big deal.

The prices are a bargain for the location and room size and quality.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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