Villa La Vedetta
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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.
The hotel is situated over the hills of Florence. It is beautiful scenery especially from the pool and terrace area. The downside is the walk to and from the city. It took about 20-25 minutes of brisk walking to get to the train station from the hotel. Going down isn't too bad, but going back up is a good workout. They do have a "shuttle" to get you down, but it is only if the staff have time to take you (we used once).
We didn't spend a lot of time at the pool, but it was very clean and relaxing. I would recommend that management look into more seating around the pool. Anytime we were outside most of the chairs were taken. Another suggestion is to keep the pool open longer (closed at 630pm). We could have enjoyed it more had it stayed open later.
The hotel restaurant is insanely expensive. We never ate there because the prices were outrageous and after looking at the seating and menu it was nothing special. However, any negatives were overlooked by the room and staff. Rarely do we have special request while staying at a hotel, but this time we did and they always tried to assist us. The staff definitely went above and beyond which makes this hotel so special.
Please note there is a camp ground right beside the property, but it didn't bother us. We only heard music one night and wasn't sure if it was coming from there or somewhere else. Overall, very pleased.
Price per night: 360 euros (average)
Arrival: August 30, 2005
A lovely escape
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.
Breakfast (included) on the patio was wonderful -- a highlight of our day. Dinner in the restaurant was outrageously expensive and not particularly good. However, the staff was very friendly and helpful in offering other alternatives and their suggestions were great. A particular favorite: Quatro Leoni (4 Lions) Restaurant in Florence.
Because Florence is hot & overcrowded in late August, we did not consider the villa's hillside location to be fatal. In fact, we enjoyed escaping to the lovely villa each night. It was frustrating that the spectacular pool (shown on the villa's website) is offlimits after 6:30 pm. This is probably due to the pool's location next to the restaurant serving dinner. (We assumed the staff did not want people splashing while others are eating dinner.) However, after a long, hot day in town, it would have been heavenly to take a quick dip under the stars.
Some fine tuning required
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.
It needs some magic as it is so beautiful but somehow the sparkle wasn't there. At hotels like Palazzo Sasso and San Clemente Palace people walk around with smiles on their faces but not here.
If you can negotiate a good rate then go but I don't advise you pay rack rates until the hotel has setled down and can come up with the missing ingredient.
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.
I almost had to pinch myself to believe our luck when we were shown around this place at check in. The first thing that impressed me was the amazing view over Florence, with the river, duomo and ponte vecchio all visible from the terrace, especially at sunset with all of those pretty terracotta rooves and rolling hills.
The villa itself and grounds were very beautiful especially the pool with the huge jaccuzzi. Despite the water being cool in the beginning of May I could not resist a swim. The sunloungers were really comfortable and I loved the poolside bar which served great little bar snacks with the drinks.
We ate in the michelin star onice restaurant on the first night and it was so good that we had to go back again the second night. It was not cheap, but the food was so great that it was definately worth the price, and the wine was out of this world.
Our room was very romantic. It had a four poster bed and flat screen tv with free internet access. The sound system was great quality and even sounded good in the bathroom. The bathroom was luxorious all marble with walk in shower and automatic flush toilet and taps.
The staff were very friendly, courteous and eager to assist. We enjoyed the turndown service, especially the poem/ quotation and weather report for the next day. It was so romantic that my partner actually proposed to me!
I would definately recommed this hotel for a romantic break, honeymoon or special anniversary.
Please don't spread the word!!!!
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!
we had our wedding and reception at the villa and i can only describe it as magical. we were married at the front of the hotel by the fountain, with the water flowing and the violinst playing it was heavenly, then onto the reception with what have one of the most magical views in the world. the food was out of this world our guests were treated with a culinary journey from italy to thailand(as the head chef uses a fusion of thai in his food). the staff were freindly beyond belief, special mention to gianluca the maitre'd, carolina the events manager also to the head barman to whom had a smile that would light up a city. thats enough of our wedding!!
as we started our honeymoon here staying for 4 nights, we ate at the resturant a few days later with friends and have never had an experience like that (and we are all very well travelled). the set menu was exquiste and the sommelier taught us things about wine we never knew were possible. accomodation wise ask for the room in annexe overlooking the front gardens with the balcony, the decor makes you want to wrap it up and take it home. myself and all our guests could not say enough for this hotel and its staff. one thing i would say is if this is to be your 1st visit to florence chose this hotel the next time you go as you won't want to leave this hotel and see florence.
i also have submitted reviews for hotel adler cavalieri in florence "which we stayed at together with 23 guests prior to the wedding" and villa il tesoro in tuscany where we stayed for the next part of our honeymoon.
also if anyone is thinking of having a wedding in italy we can not speak highly enough of "weddings made in italy" and the lovely rosa who made everything possible.
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!
Shhhh! Don't tell anyone
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!
Loved the Villa
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.
Beautiful and romantic
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.
Possibly the only negative is the location. It's either a healthy hike, 10E cab ride or bus ride away from the city center. It would have been nice to have been able to pop back into our hotel for an hour or two of rest in the midst of sightseeing. However, it was wonderful to be able to retreat to our quiet room after a long day.
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We then went to ...
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... the coffee that I had today is a zillion times better than Starbucks. Did you know they don't even have a Starbucks here??! Because Italians don't like to get coffee to go, they enjoy it standing up at a bar, talking to each other. I like the Italian way:) So far we have visited Rome and Florence, and we are still planning what's next in Italy....
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