Grand Hotel Minerva
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Wow! What can I say and where do I begin? Chris and I missed our first flight out of Charleoi Airport but we then drove to Brussels to catch a later flight. No problema... After taking the 30 min bus ride from the airport to our hotel, I realized that when the website said we were "near the Santa Maria Novella" that it actually was within a stone's …
... structures themselves was well worth the trip. We boarded the bus for the ride back to Florence, while munching on a sandwich we picked-up at a Subway(!) shop, and arrived at 8:30. It was a whirlwind trip, although not nearly as grueling as we had anticipated, and our overall impression of the "group" tour was favorable. Our lady tour guide was clearly passionate about what she does, while her interesting commentaries and bubbly personality made for a very enjoyable outing.
... Galileo museum, where we finally got to see his preserved finger (I'd thought it was supposed to be in the Vatican). There are a lot of fantastic scientific instruments, though I wish it'd been possible to have a peek through one of the telescopes or microscopes.
Ann had recommended we go up to a local monastery on the other side of the river to get some good views of the entire city -- she was right. Though ...
... br> PITTI PALACE: This imposing palace contains several separate museums (no backpacks or photos). The Boboli Gardens were lovely with great views.
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PONTE VECCIO lined with shops; a statue of Benvenuto ...
... return home. We even had a quick look around inside the four star hotel which was a little like stepping back in time. That afternoon, we found a place to hire bikes for a self guided ride around Florence. The bikes were bright pink and looked 50 years old but we paid the cheap price from the old Italian guy sheltering under his umbrella and headed off. With Jono leading the way it felt very strange to be riding on the right hand side of the road without a helmet (sorry ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Minerva Florence
This hotel was awesome! It was in the best location, right in the middle and every tourist site was walkable. Our window overlooked onto the piazza and they have an awesome pool on the roof that is open 24X7. Staff was VERY friendly and helpful.
I would go back and stay at this hotel!
Some tips on visiting floernce.. Go visit the Outlets for shopping anf spend a day in sienna ( only 1 hour drive from there) also there are day trips to Venice as its only about 2 hours away.
Grand Hotel Minerva is a very nice hotel with a beautiful roof-top swimming pool and a lovely breakfast room. I stayed in the two-level apartment room - which would be great for a family - probably the best room for a family of four or five in Florence. Be aware that the square outside of the hotel looks a bit sketchy and caters to a more transient crowd - but is harmless. There are several excellent restaurants nearby and you can walk to everything in Florence. The staff was excellent and very helpful as well! I would definately stay here again!
Beautiful hotel centrally located
This hotel is beautiful, the staff is enormously helpful. The hotel is located a short walk from the train and bus station. The hotel had a wonderful breakfast buffet with hot and cold items. The rooms were spacious and clean. The staff spoke english well and were great with providing directions and assistance with tours. The hotel has free internet service as well. There is a pool on the roof overlooking the city of Florence which is breath-taking in the evening. Beware of the bar as a glass of wine is 14 Euro. The restraunt we found to be quite pricey, but we enjoyed the mom and pop restraunts. If you get the opportunity, La Spada offers a good meal for a reasonable price.
Loved Grand hotel minerva
We stayed at the Grand Hotel Minerva on February 10th-13 of 2004. I went through hotels and it was better than my expectations. It was really beutiful and the room was amazingly big and so pretty. We had the view of the Church that's next to the hotel, I had taken many beautiful pictures from my room. The staff was very nice, and the breakfast buffet was also very nice. I do have only one complaint to make and that is the piazza that's in front of the hotel does get a mixed bunch of people and I did not feel so comfrotable. I did dread going through there at night coming back from dinner.
Minerva is not marvalous
Jan 28-Feb 2. This hotel does not deserve the ratings I have read. It was highly recommended from a friend so we did it. I think it was completely over priced, too much noise and the staff was only so so.
The maid would walk into the room unanounced and the piazza was loud all night every night. If you stay here, do not choose the piazza side.
It is a good loacation, around the corner from the train station, but still over priced. LADIES MOST INFORTANTLY, the water was treated with some sort of chlorine or beach or something. We could smell it in the water and after a day our skin was so dry that I still am have skin problems. On the bright side it was clean and had an excellent breakfast.
What a great hotel!
Everything about this hotel was fantastic. The location was perfect (whithin easy walking distance of everything), the rooms were comfortably huge, the staff was very pleasant and accomodating, the lobby had many couches and comfy chairs to relax in, and the restaurant had great food and a wonderful staff. The best part of this hotel is the rooftop deck and swimming pool. You could order drinks, take a swim, get something to eat, whatever you wanted. And it offered a panoramic view of Florence. Some of the best pictures during my trip were from the deck.
Great for families
Lovely hotel located in a convenient area on a strange piazza. The family suite was large, clean and beautiful. Our family loved relaxing after sightseeing by the roof top pool with its wonderful views of Florence.
we have stayed in many excellent hotels in Tuscany for many years,but in August 2002 our stay in the Grand Hotel Minerva, was by far the best. The staff were extremely efficient,friendly and helpful. The Hotel was superior in every aspect, and the prices very reasonable for a hotel of such high quality.We are definitely going back again in 2003. Viva Firenze!
I was there April 28-30 2002. The hotel is wonderful, helpful staff, clean, marvelous dining and breakfast service. Florence is not a large city but the hotel is convient walking distance to all of the wonderfull attractions in this artist's meca. The only caution I would advise is about the crowd that gathers every evening in the plaza that is in front of the hotel. It might be uncomfortable for unescorted ladies to walk through this plaza after dark. We had no incidents but it may not be acceptable for some individuals. It is a shame because everything about the Hotel is really First rate!