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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa La Vedetta Florence
Villa La Vedetta is a beautiful hotel with all of the technology you could ask for in a hotel. All of the lights turn on by just entering your room pass into a slot in the room. Also, there are not 1 but 2 TVs in the room. There is a tub with jets which was nice after a day of sight seeing. Our room (#303) was extremely spacious and comfortable.
We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of August. After reading other reviews on the TripAdvisor website, we were expecting Villa La Vedetta to be a gorgeous place, in a quiet, romantic setting. We were not disappointed. The room/suite was spectacular, the gardens magnificent, view of Florence from the patio was breathtaking. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. If there was a downside, it was the hillside location. We knew the villa sat on a hill overlooking Florence, but we thought it was still within a "healthy" walking distance of downtown. Nope. The "walk" was too long & steep for us after a long day of trekking around museums in Florence, so we took cabs when we could not get the hotel staff to pick us up or drop us off. Cabs got expensive and were at times hard to find, especially late at night. The hotel offers a "shuttle" service, but it is unpredictable. The rules for when it was available were vague -- seemed to depend upon whether there were several people working the front desk or just one.
Lovely really with stupendous views and a delightful garden. Our suite was beautiful but if I'd paid the rack rate of 1500 euros (yes per night)I would have been disappointed. Maybe we got a bargain because it was Ferragosto so the hotel was very short staffed. We certainly appreciated our upgrade and we enjoyed our bargain but breakfast and the room it was served in was out of keeping with the rest of the hotel. We tried to dine at Onice but were put off so no comments about that.
I stayed for 2 nights at this hotel by accident, there was a problem in the hotel we were supposed to stay in, they had had some flooding so were were put up at villa la vedetta instead as is under the same management.
la vedetta, half of me wants to write this report, half of me does not as this will only spread the word of this truly great place!
True 5* luxury
This is the most lovely intimate hotel, it is a true 5* hotel with the most amazing views of Florence. It's only a 15 minute walk to the centre of Florence (down a very step hill, 20 minutes back-up the hill on a hot day - good for walking all the lovely food off). Perched on the hill overlooking the whole of Florecne, what a fantastic place to retreat to after a hot and busy day sightseeing - it has the most amazing garden with pool and 20 seater jacuzzi to cool off in - you are waited on hand and foot by very obliging staff. You must try the wonderful restaurant, expensive due to the award winning chef - but worth it for a treat - I would return tomorrow it was worth every penny!
My wife and I enjoyed this great hotel. We booked for two nights through Travelocity and the first night the hotel was oversold and they booked is in a nearby ***** hotel. The second night we moved to the Villa and we enjoyed the hotel so much we extended our stay one additional night. The hotel is up in the hills away from the city. The hotel is located next to a camp ground and you can hear the occasional announcement/partying. This did not bother us. The hotel has a mini-van and will drop you off and pick you up outside of the town. One evening we took a cab from central Florence to the hotel (about 15e). Excellent service and very great staff. If you want a very classy stay in Florence away from the hustle of the city this is a great choice. The hotel recommended two excellent restaurants just outside of Florence which we could drive to. There is a parking lot (no charge) available. The hotel has a large pool. There is free internet (via a flat screen TV) in the room. It was OK for basic internet and email.
Amazing wedding in La Vedetta
La Vedetta is truly one of the most amazing hotels we have been to. The Villa with its architecture, interiors, and views are wonderful, but add in the extremely friendly staff and amazing food at the Michelin Star restaurant you will find it difficult to do better, anywhere! We have stayed in some top hotels around to world and have yet to find a place as good. We had our wedding reception here which all our guests loved. So much so many booked into the Villa for an extended stay, it was that good. 11/10. JK place in central florence is also very nice, but you can relax by the pool in La Vedetta!
My wife and I have just returned from a 4 night stay at the Villa La Vedetta hotel in Florence. We found this to be the ideal hotel for us. It really is a 5 star hotel, the staff were extremely friendly, courteous and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The hotel web site certainly doesn't lie, it is a most beautiful hotel. The rooms were of an excellent standard. We were not in the main hotel but in a room in the hotel grounds. The view you get from the hotel terrace is outstanding; you can overlook most of Florence from there. The hotel restaurant serves excellent food and it was nice to sit on the restaurant terrace and overlook Florence. The hotel is just down the road from the Michaelangelo piazza which is a good place to go after dark when all stalls are set up selling all manner of trinkets. Yes it does require a good walk uphill when coming back from the city, but at least it is downhill into the city, (about 10/15 mind walk). After a good days sightseeing, it was nice to get back to the Villa La Vedetta for its quietness and gardens. We would certainly reccommend this hotel for anybody that wants to see Florence, but doesn't want to be in the middle of it. We will return there again.
My husband and I decided to book this hotel after seeing the lovely pictures of it on the hotel's Web site, and we certainly weren't disappointed! The common areas of the hotel are beautiful, the staff is friendly and helpful, the views are amazing, the breakfast was very good, and our room and bathroom were gorgeous. It was too cool to use the pool, but we did lounge by it for a little while one day and I imagine it would be heaven during the hot summer.