Hotel Degli Orafi
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I am so tired right now but am pushing to deliver here. I have not been able to write because we are only allowed to have one electronic device connected to wifi at a time here in the Florence Hotel, which also limits my ability to upload pics :( I will hopefully find a wifi spot to post on facebook or at our next destination be able to upload a …
We have completed the most difficult and stressful part of our trip thus far, the drive into Florence. It may have been beautiful looking down on Tuscan Valleys, but we were looking on them from a high narrow bridges packed wtih semis and sprinkled with rain. Once we arrived in Florence we drove in circles around the town for an hour before we …
Rising with the sun, we had to be packed and out of our hotel around 7:00am to make our Vatican tour (Viator Tour Co.). Our guide Katherine was a cheerful, enthusiastic girl from Kansas City who met us outside the Vatican Museum. The crowds at 7:30am were already getting big and we were glad to have purchased the "skip the lines" tour (being that …
Okay, back up to last night's dinner at da il Latini...our hotel got us a reservation at 7:30 for the first seating. When we came around the corner to the restaurant there was a mob of people standing in the door in no particular order crowding their way towards the entrance. We joined them and waited for the stampede when the doors were opened. …
After breakfast at the hotel (I know I say never eat at the same place twice...but it's free!), we left to meet our guide on the other side of the river. Our guide's name was Joseph and he was from North Carolina...at least raised there, and then followed a girl over 35 years ago and never left. We were joined by an Atlanta newlywed couple, an NYC …
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This hotel was simply wonderful and it made the city of Florence even more enchanting. The hotel is in the perfect location, within the Ponte Vecchio and beside the Uffizzi Gallery. The rooms were plush, the beds were firm and comfortable, and the bathrooms were quite modern. The hotel offers all of these extra touches that make your stay worthwhile. There is a free good night tea at the bar, where from the window you can see the Duomo and Florence. They also give you a free drink or cocktail as well. The breakfast is amazing with eggs, cereals, various fruit juices (apple, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, etc.), pastries, smoked salmon, proscuitto, salami, bacon, yogurt, etc. and it is in a beautiful room with frescoes on the ceiling. When they turn down your bed at night, they put a t-shirt with the Hotel's name on it as a keepsake and the other nights, they give you chocolates on your pillow. The staff are very friendly and helpful. More importantly, they speak English. They were able to recommend various tours and excursions for us and most of them you can book through the hotel once you get there. My sister and I loved this hotel so much that we are already planning a trip next year at this same hotel. We would recommend this hotel to anyone...it is well worth the money.
I almost hate to let this one out of the bag because it is so wonderful -- the nicest staff -- they really took care of the 6 of us gals from Texas. We stayed 3 days prior to our cooking school in Tuscany with Joanne Weir and then 4 days afterwards back at the Orafi. Roberto, Massimo, Daniel, Franco watched over us and made the stay memorable.
Excellent location, great breakfast in a beautiful room, lovely rooftop bar for the guests...can't ask for anything more!
Our wonderful few days in Florence was richly enhanced by staying at this gem of a hotel.
The location is fantastic! The staff were helpful and the "Room With a View" was very special - spacious, excellent A/C, great bed, and the private terrace overlooking the Arno-- WOW!! The breakfasts were generous, served in a former ballroom with a vividly painted ceiling!
We would definitely recommend it highly to anyone visiting Florence.
Fantastic--made Florence that much better!
I am currently residing in Italy for 2 years and traveling as much as I can. This hotel is exactly what I'm looking for when I travel. Top service, clean rooms, excellent breakfast. The hotel is located on the Arno right next to the Uffizi. The movie "A Room with a View" was filmed from the original site in 1985. The room has a huge terrace that overlooks the Arno and Ponte Vecchio. The roofbar has views of both sides, Duomo and Arno. The breakfast had scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, ham, their version of bacon, pastries, juices etc.. Maid service is excellent, front desk speaks 4 languages....Staying here made Florence one of my top cities.
My husband and I recently spent over 2 weeks traveling throughout Italy and found the quaint Hotel Delgi Orafi to be the finest of the 4 and 5 star hotels we stayed at. Opened just a little over two years, on a historic site including a beautiful frescoed ceiling in the breakfast room and centurys old remnants it was a perfect setting. Though it had a quiet and relaxed atmosphere it was located around the corner from the Uffizi Gallery and a very short walk from the Ponte Vecchio and the best Gellateria! It was centrally located to all of Florence, including sites on both sides of the Arno River.
The rooms were tastefully done and very clean. Bathrooms were totally modern and hairdryers worked well. The breakfast (included) was the best we had throughout our trip. Not only did it include eggs, fruit, cereal, rolls and muffins, yogurt and cheeses, but was the only hotel we found which included such delicacies as lox. The breakfast room was beautiful. During the afternoon the hotel had rooftop dining and included a complimentary wine, beer or soft drink and snacks. The view of the Ponte Vecchio, Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio was breathtaking.
The service given by all was excellent and friendly. We especially found that Robeerto, the manager at the front desk to be top rate. Stay at this hotel and it will add to your falling ion love with Florence.
It was absoultely wonderful
This hotel is very distinctive and quite lovely. Just off the arcade running along the Arno River and next door to the Uffizi Gallery and a short block away from the Ponte Vechhio. The architects have spared no expense to make a lovely hotel from the Medici stables and another property. Our room was quite attractive and very well furnished. The view was somewhat constricted by the Arcade but nevertheless was adequate. The Breakfast Room was amazing , especially in the painted celing , a vaulted structure which is quite long and nicely furnished. The buffet is quite comprehehnsive , full American so-called and kept fresh by an attentive staff. The coffee was particularly good , and the food offerings both hot and cold were not only tasty but always beautifully presented and the serving trays were chilled where needed ,etc. which added to the quality of the food.
The desk staff were particularly attentive and helpfull and added to our enjoyment with their suggestions.
We used the roof top lounge only once but it adds a nice touch to the hotel.
The only detractor from here is that they do not offer Dinner, though there are lots of restaruants in the area and the staff always made suggestions and resevations for us.
All in all a higly commended hotel and well worthy of their stars !
Florence on the other hand is very very crowded and full of tourists. The graffitti is terrible and reallly detracts from the otherwise beautiful buildings.
And the Arno seems to be rather fragrant [!!!] and as you walk thorugh the streets especially in the uffizi Gallery courtyard, every time you walk by a street drain the most unpleasnt odor of sewage permeates the air !
Apparantly this ancient city has combined sanitary and storm sewers which are of course outlawed in the USA. It defineitly made for a need for gas masks in some areas.
The delli Oragli is deifinetly worth a visit !
A perfect hotel in my favorite city !
I can only echo, enthusiastically, the other three positive reviews on this site about this hotel (as of 7/2/04). My wife and I stayed at this hotel two nights at the end of February, 2004. Everything was wonderful, the views and location perfect, the breakfast room amazingly beautiful; and the breakfast itself, the best I've ever had in Italy, or, probably, anywhere! I cannot think of a more perfect hotel in which to stay, in my favorite city on Earth! I loved this hotel, and the staff was wonderful and very friendly and helpful also!
Dress for breakfast as you would for dinner
The Hotel degli Orafi has everything, and does everything, right. What a stupendous address! You could practically take one flying leap and be in the Uffizi Gallery or on the Ponte Vecchio. Mopeds make for what amounts to be about the worst traffic noise you'll hear. At nightfall you can watch swallows darting about over the Rio Arno. From the terrace atop the building you can gaze across a sweeping vista of the city with the Duomo front and center. There's even a gorgeous 12th-century fresco in a "sitting area" on one of the upper floors.
The instinct is to look for a "jacket required for gentlemen" sign when you enter the breakfast area. Gleaming crystal chandeliers hang from the artistically-painted ceiling. The marble floor shines. Ample supplies of delicious food are displayed beautifully. You could linger there for hours if you arrive early enough, so serene and elegant is the atmosphere.
Guest rooms offer dark paneling, climate control at your fingertips, beds to cure the worst insomnia, cable TV with remote, spotless marble-tiled bathrooms, and in some cases even a pleasant and totally secluded private terrace.
The hotel staff was, without exception, attentive and hospitable. Each evening we were delighted to discover that the crib of the 6-month-old in our party had been given "turn-down service" - once right down to candy on the pillow!
Put aside some of your money that would've gone for purchases at the amazing variety of jewelry stores on the Ponte Vecchio and spend it on this jewel of a hotel right down the street.
A perfect stay
My fiance and I stayed here during the week before, and the night of, our wedding in Florence in May 2004. We had reserved the "room with a view", and were not disappointed! The terrace off of our room was huge and offered one of the best views of the Arno and Ponte Vecchio. The hotel's rooftop terrace offers a spectacular view of the other side of the city, including the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio. Our room had all the modern amenities, including a marble bath with dual voltage outlets. The service was wonderful and the staff could not have been more helpful. They even ironed my wedding dress! The location is excellent - quiet and close everything. The breakfast room is beautiful and the food is superb. We highly recommend it, and will stay here on our next trip to Florence.
Florence is a wonderful city, and staying at the Degli Orafi made it just perfect. Location is unbeatable, just between Ponte Vecchio and Galleria degli Uffizzi. It's just by the river although not all rooms have a view as the Vasari corridor runs just in front of it. Apparently James Ivory's A Room with a View was filmed here. I tried to book an Executive double room with a view at my travel agency but was told it was not possible and we had to book a standard room. So can you imagine this: when we got to the hotel, the concierge told us they had some rooms free so they were going to upgrade us to ... an Executive room with a view! I could not believe it, and even less when we went into the room: a really large and elegant room (with an incredible 4 meter high coffered ceiling), with an equally large and elegant bathroom (very well equipped too), and two large windows overlooking Ponte Vecchio on the right, the river and the Vasari corridor just in front and San Miniato al Monte on the left - we were absolutely delighted, it was a dream come true. Furthermore, we were offered to choose between the main newspapers from our country to be delivered to our room every morning free of charge. I must say all staff members were extremely nice, but a special thanks must go to Daniel. Breakfast buffet was excellent, by far the best we had in Italy. Another plus: the breakfast room has an incredible frescoed ceiling more two centuries old. Decor is really tasteful in common areas too. Also there is a very nice bar on the top floor with an open air terrace with views on the Ponte Vecchio on one side and the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio on the other side. I can't praise the hotel high enough, I would recommend it without a doubt and would definitely go back (hope I will!).