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Belmond Villa San Michele
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Fiesole
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Sunnyvale, CA
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21 reviews
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“Simply the Best”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

From the concierge to food to the views of Florence below, this hotel rates as one of the best.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank you for your lovely words regarding your stay with us! We are very pleased to know you enjoyed Villa San Michele and we hope to have the pleasure to welcome you back very soon.

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Marco Novella
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

The villa has amazing views over Florence from the restaurant and pool which makes it the most incredible setting.. The rooms are comfortable and staff professional and polite. Only downside is that it is difficult to leave the hotel to go into Florence as it is so nice there

  • Stayed June 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

The view takes your breathaway, the bar man makes a fantastic cocktail, the chef cooks a delicious Tiramasu and our room was stunning - if you want to spoil yourself stay here, fabulous. The hotel even runs a little shuttle bus into town, so when you have had enough of relaxing by the pool you can go into town and explore the sights.

Room Tip: If you want to spoil yourself, book a garden suite with its own terrace
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

If you are looking for a peacfull, authenicly original Florence experience and don't mind paying a little more for it, then the Villa San Michele is a MUST. Its about 20-25 munites out of Florence center city, but they provide shuttle service into the center city.It was a 15th Century Franciscian Monk Monastary nestled in the foothills. As you go up the winding road to the property....be careful your ears may pop. The facade of the property is very "Old World." It was designed by Michael Angelo. One of the suites in the main building is called the Michael Angelo Suite....it's comfortable so old world. The furnishing are do ornate and tasful. There are three other structures up from the original building mostly suites and Jr. Suites The Chef Lucca, is a Rock Star. Every this is great. They even gave Cooking lessons. You learn to prepare authenic Itailian fare...S0 So GOOD. The views are breathtaking. There are no elevators you walk up to the pool area...you can see forever!!! The staff gives true five star service. The bathrooms are extremely spacious--soaking tube and showers big enoungh for .....many! The art on the walls are great! This property is owned by The Orient Express. I had dinner with the Marketing VP for the Orient Express one evening. Very Italian-Very Personable. EXPERIENCE THIS PROPERTY!

Room Tip: **The Jr. Suites building that faces the city (Florence) have Breathtaking Views. **If you are Hone...
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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Coral Gables, Florida
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Reviewed 12 November 2011

The Villa San Michele is absolutely remarkable. The grounds are gorgeous and picturesque. The service and the staff were attentive and always greeted us by name. We absolutely loved all of the hotels recommendations and thought the cooking school was a lot of fun. My only negative comment would be that our room was a little small for us despite the upgrade. However, it was incredibly well appointed. The furnishings were beautiful and unique. I highly recommend this property and if you should visit ask the concierge for dinner reservations at Tullio. It was the most incredible meal and surprisingly it was the cheapest restaurant. We were told it is where the chefs eat when they want a great dinner.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

You will be hard pressed to find a more sensational and breathtaking view of Florence. This hill top hotel set into the rocks is incredible. THe garden suites are literally built into the rocks and wit their private patios to enjoy breakfast and the city of Florence they are a must! THe staff are attentive yet discreet and ensure your every request is taken care of with efficiency and speed. A wake up call followed by fresh coffee in the morning in your room should be a standard in every hotel. The swimming pool overlooking the hotel and the views down to the Duomo makes swimming even more pleasurable!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

Villa San Michele is an Italian landmark, which has worldwide fame. The famous house-museum is located on the outskirts of Florence, near Fiesole.

The exact date of construction of the house-museum is not known, but most scholars are inclined to think that construction began in the first half of the 16th century. At that time, the monastery, which became the foundation for the house-museum has been expanded and completely renovated by Giovanni di Bartolomeo. In 1980 the company «Orient-Express» started a large-scale reconstruction of the building: the work of employees were involved in the Museum of Fine Arts in Florence. In recent years, much attention is paid to the state house-museum is not small money spent annually on the repair of complex Villa San Michele.

It allows the guests to the house-museum, and stunning, the hotel, enjoy the cultural heritage and the real beauty of this magnificent building. The refined architecture Villa San Michele stressed the magnificence of the landscape: the tandem formed by nature and tenderness, while at the same time, the grandeur of an architectural masterpiece. In this regard, the park at Villa San Michele, plays an important role in this composition. Statues, entwined with ivy and moss-covered, are scattered in the garden. The number of objects in the park, executed in marble, stone, mosaic is approximately six hundred fifty-five. Composition of wood, metal, ceramics and textiles - were about six-thirty. Such is the nature that surrounds one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. It is worth noting that all these songs, did not meant to attract the interest of visitors: each sculpture - a work of art, with its history, created by craftsmen of different eras, "living" in the Villa San Michele for many years.

Today, the walls of the house-museum expositions of various ages, from antiquity to the early 1900s, classical antiquity - Roman, Egyptian and Etruscan. There are archaeological details and frescoes.

Franciscan Monastery of the 15th century, now turned into one of the most amazing, beautiful, European hotels. Just a short drive from Florence, Villa San Michele appears before the tourists, like an oasis of beauty, surrounded by its own gardens and woods on the hills of Fiesole. In addition to the great room, always open to guests, deserves special attention service Villa San Michele: staff have built a reputation, which, now, very proud. Most of these specialists worked at the Villa San Michele for many years, creating a unique system of care, concern and attention to guests hotel "families" of the guests. For this reason, tourists regularly come back to, again, to dive into the idyll: delicious Tuscan dining, and superb location, exceptional service and the sun.

Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Belmond Villa San Michele
Address: Via Doccia 4, 50014, Fiesole, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Fiesole
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Fiesole
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond Villa San Michele 5*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A short distance from the centre of Florence, Belmond Villa San Michele is housed in a 15th-century monastery with a façade designed by Michelangelo. It is surrounded by a large, wooded park and lush terraced gardens boasting magnificent views of the city and the Arno Valley below. The 45 bedrooms and suites are simple, peaceful and elegant while the Renaissance splendour of Florence is a mere 15 minutes away with the complimentary shuttle service, running every 20 minutes. La Loggia Restaurant provides a unique dining venue where guests can enjoy their lunch or dinner, based on Italian and Tuscan cuisine, while admiring the view over Florence. For a light lunch or a snack, the Pool Restaurant, situated directly by the hilltop panoramic swimming pool, is the ideal place. For food lovers, the renown Cooking School offers hands-on lessons to learn how to prepare the best Italian specialties. A Kids' Club and a dedicated Kids' Concierge are available to make the stay of younger guests truly unforgettable. The new Davanzati Room offers privacy and tranquillity thanks to its exclusive location, and a spacious terrace with a view for small banquets, cocktails and coffee breaks. Ideal for hosting meetings, launches and presentations, it also serves as a space for banquets for up to 100 people. ... more   less 
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Villa San Michele By Orient-Express Hotel Fiesole
Hotel San Michele
San Michele Hotel
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