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Riva Lofts Florence
Ranked #159 of 662 Florence B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 April 2012

Me and my fiance had the pleasure to spend a couple of days in Florence during easter. I can easily say that the staff at Riva Lofts made all the difference to our trip. The hotel itself exeded our expectation by far, impeccable arcitecture and design, beautiful location just by the river, fantastic food (they held a traditional Italian easter-picknic for all their friends and guests in the beautiful little garden) but the best thing was the increadably helpful staff. We got tips about where to go to see the "real Florence" and all shops, parks, museeums, bars and restaurants was worth the visit.
We can't wait to go back soon!
Love Nina & Mattias from Stockholm, Sweden

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

As soon as you step through the glass door you are immediately in a different place. It's as if you just left your busy world behind you. Peace after all! And nevertheless you are only footsteps away from a gorgeous town filled with world heritage Renaissance architecture, statues frozen in time, narrow streets in a medieval maze, local trattorias, fashion shops and the Italian way of life! But now you are here, at Riva Lofts. The modern setting invites you to share with Alice, Juliette, and Alessandra (the Riva girls!) where you have been, what you have seen today. And you immediately get sucked into one of these engaging discussions about art, food, and many other topics – this is family, you think right away. It seems as you know all of them already for a long time; the feeling of being home. And not only that; their knowledge of the city/region, the willingness to reserve tables and/or to help organize almost anything is outstanding!!! Service is Riva Lofts key element.

All of their ten rooms/lofts are unique. It is an exciting mix of old and new, European modern, with great passion for details. If you step into your room you will be amazed how Alice and her father played with the decors and forms, colors, fabric textures and vintage artifacts. All is very tasteful, not overwhelming, but contributes to the overall expression of the space. Very well done.

One should also mention the breakfast – there you’ll get a caffè that sends your taste buds to paradise. This traditional Italian breakfast is rather sweet, so don’t expect some English muffin junk – you are in Italy now! Real food! Enjoy, reflect, remember, and relax!

Some complain that they are too far away from the city, but that is ridiculous. Let’s face it you are only 7 minutes away from the main train station (Santa Maria Novella) if you ride one of their vintage bicycles (also included in your rate). It takes you not more than 10-20 minutes using the bikes to reach all cultural attractions in a city you don’t want to drive a car! If it rains the street car is just in walking distance (5 minutes). In contrary the best part is that Riva Lofts is away from the noisy mass tourism places. In today's world where no one has time to slow down this boutique hotel offers absolute retreat and relaxation. I shall return.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

Great value. Good breakfasts. Wonderful interiors and modern design. Helpful staff.

Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 December 2011

Reserved one loft as part of a quickly planned getaway to Florence. While it may be located a bit outside the tourist area of Florence - Riva Lofts has surpassed my expectations and all 'on offer' attractions made the stay very enjoyable. For instance the bicycles that are available free of charge - such a great way to see the city and move around! The deisgn of course -as with any architecturally significant conversions was impeccable! and the interiors - outstanding - minimalist but with a flare . The little private roof top terrace in the loft was such a great place to sit in and have a glass of wine! The common room - entertainment area was also impressive with a magnificent fireplace and stunningly cosy ambience! Despite the high price (220e/night is a bit steep) i do recommend the place and would be a returning customer.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 December 2011

I just love this place!
Each time I am coming there I will like being home. A great atmosphere, everything is beautiful until the last detail, warm welcome, nice people.
Relaxing, not a normal business or main stream boutique hotel.
In summer the garden is a nice place for a break.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

An oasis from the hub bub of Florence located in a more local area. We found the tram really convenient and the walk along the Arno in the morning towards Florence made a great way to start a day of sight seeing.

We really enjoyed our stay and the enthusiastic and helpful manager and staff provided us with excellent recommendations on place to eat.

The Italian breakfast was a great way to start the day with freshly squeezed orange juice and a freshly made espresso machine made coffee. We loved the simpleness of the breakfast and it was spot on. Substantial but not too heavy.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed 29 October 2011

Very simple to describe: excellent service, super stylish location, great rooms, amazing common living room and a sooo familiar atmosphere. We recommed Riva Lofts for everyone who is into style and design without spending a fortune. And for everyone who wants to live in Florence instead of beeing a tourist. We had an unforgettable stay there.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Nina1968
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Address: Via Baccio Bandinelli 98, 50142, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #159 of 662 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
Price Range: $222 - $497 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riva Lofts Florence 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautifully renovated 19th-century factory on the southern bank of the Arno River, the Riva Lofts provides a modern oasis in easy reach of the rich historical attractions of Florence. ... more   less 
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