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All reviews del principe boboli gardens terrace overlooking the pool minute downhill walk peaceful hotel lovely furnishings poster bed panoramic view of florence ponte vecchio main building old world charm florence centre breakfast choices rooms are large small hotel living room city break
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Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

I think this hotel was well worth the money. The pool was lovely and the area well maintained.
We didn't stay in the main hotel but in a separate little building in the gardens which was lovely. The room was clean and welcoming and I loved the blue and white tiles in the bathroom!
The only thing I would have liked would be a folder of information in the room about the hotel, timings for breakfast, info on when food was available etc.
All the staff we spoke to couldn't have been more helpful.
The only thing I would mention is that it is a bit of a walk into central Florence. I think realistically you need to think about 35 minutes. And the uphill can be a bit of a challenge in the August heat.
But I would highly recommend the hotel, we really did have a fantastic stay.

Stayed: August 2016
Thank Laura-Weller
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Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

We stayed there with my wife while visiting Florence. It is very well located, in a quiet part of the city, but still very beautiful.

With a bus stop in front of the hotel or a beautiful 20 minutes walk taking you straight to Ponte Vecchio, we really enjoyed going to Florence's main attractions. I have to admit that the bus service is very surprising for a touristic city (I would say that service is not existing in the drivers' vocabulary), but this has nothing to do with the hotel.

Our room (San Marco) was very quiet and very enjoyable. There is a construction site in front of the balcony, but we didn't hear anything during our stay (Friday until Sunday).
Breakfast on a terrace is very diversified and perfect to have a good start of the day.
The swimming pool is very relaxing after a hot day full of visits.

I would definitely come back !

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Stephane D
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Reviewed August 5, 2016

This was a beautiful hotel -- an oasis in a busy city! It is located not far from Piazza Michaelangelo -- the lookout over the city of Florence. I highly recommend it; the staff was very helpful, the pool was FANTASTIC, and the rooms are clean and spacious (relative to European standards). The breakfast was extensive -- a nice inclusion!

You can walk into the centre of the city from the hotel. It's about a 20 minute walk, downhill, under shaded trees. I wouldn't walk back -- it's uphill. Instead, take the bus.

Transportation:
To get there, you can take a taxi from the Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station -- it will cost you about 17 euro. Alternatively, and just as easily, you can take bus number 12 (catch it at the bus stop by the taxi line up -- the bus stop you want is on the other side of the taxi line -- moving away from the train station). Tickets are Euro 1.20 and you can buy them from any hotel or tabacchi. You can also buy tickets on the bus from the driver for 2 euro. Don't forget to validate your ticket by punching it in the little yellow box just past the driver!! We saw a couple of tourists get fined 50 euro each for not validating their ticket!! The stop you need to get off at is Galileo 01. Cross the street, walk past the statue, and you are there -- very quick!

To go downtown, back to the train station, take bus number 13. You can buy a ticket from the hotel front desk, or, alternatively, pay on board for a bit more.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with friends
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2  Thank janeenra
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Reviewed August 1, 2016

A charming old fashioned hotel on the outskirts of Florence was a lovely was to see the city but without being in the noisy bustle of the centre. It's a 20 mins walk downhill to the centre but beautiful quiet - a real escape from the city. It has a faded grandeur feel to it. Our room was beautifully decorated and the whole hotel exudes an old world charm. Downsides was the slight lack of attention to detail outside and the whole pool area needed a thorough clean and sweep. Their light supper for the first night was delightful and there is a restaurant 5 mins walk away that was lovely to try on the second night. Would return again when next in Florence.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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1  Thank ClareO124
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Reviewed July 22, 2016

What a gem of an hotel, staffed by the loveliest people! We wanted to stay just outside the city and this was the perfect choice.
A gracious and elegant building, filled with antiques and boasting a cool garden with pool.
When the heat got too much to return to the city centre to dine, dinner on the terrace was an excellent option; in fact, we ate at the hotel 4 nights out of 7.
The hotel is on the bus stop into town and even better is on the sightseeing bus route - so if you buy a 72-hour bus pass you can hop on and off for about 33 euros each. This pass even takes you up to Fiesole, high in the hills; home to the famous Roman amphitheatre, excavated ruins and fin de siecle villas built by the Florence-loving Brits
We had a room with a view - a view of Tchaikovsky's villa in fact, which is the honey-coloured residence right next to the hotel. We only discovered this when strolling to the Boboli Gardens the back way into town; we saw a wall plaque on the back of the villa showing that the composer had lived there. (He had a rich lady patron who installed him in the villa on an annual salary. She insisted they never meet up. Then she decided she was in love with him and when this love remained unrequited - for obvious reasons - she withdrew her patronage. Tchaikovsky returned home and it wasn't long before a "Court of Honour" forced him to suicide after an indiscreet affair with the nephew of a nobleman. He quite probably took arsenic; the ghastly symptoms from which mirror those of cholera - the official reason given for his death.) I found it moving to look out on the villa; the home of the tortured genius.
We'll be back at the Park Palace, in quieter and cooler months. I'm off looking for a Patron to fund the return...

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a high ceiling and a balcony!
  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Content-Rich
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