Hotel Degli Orafi
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Governorphil stayed here on Mar 23, 2011 during their trip titled: Europe March 2011.
Florence - well, all a bit close for comfort today - bought some train tickets at the station ( in the automated machine) and only left 11 minutes between connections to get Florence, needing to change trains at the small town of Padova. - first train was late and after sprinting ( yes, Christine ran!) we jumped on as he was blowing the whistle - …
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 …
My eyes love things that are fair, And my soul for salvation cries. But neither will to heaven rise Unless the sight of beauty lifts them there. -Michelangelo Today the alarm came early... we had 8:00 am reservations at the Uffizi Gallery; supposedly the Uffizi has the greatest collection of Italian paintings in the world. We walked over to the …
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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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Degli Orafi Florence
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!).