Helvetia & Bristol Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Helvetia & Bristol Hotel Florence
One of the best anywhere
The hotel is wonderful in every way. classy, gorgeous, from top to bottom. not a detail overlooked. small suite was great for 2 adults and child. location is perfect. staff was fantastic. stay a long time.
Charming & Perfect Location
This is the perfect hotel to explore Florence. It is in the heart of the historic center & next to the Palazzo Strozzi where the wonderful Botticelli exhibit is being held. My room was small but beautiful and I was treated like a queen...the staff was very helpful at all hours. If you like a lovely, small & charming *****hotel in the center of the city this is it. I also got an excellent rate thru expedia (which is where I found it).
Florence in style!
We just returned from four nights at this wonderful hotel -- our room was spacious and beautifully decorated, and the bathroom, with shower and two-person jacuzzi, was spectacular. Room service was impeccable -- a bowl of fruit was delivered to our room the afternoon of our arrival, compliments of the management. Nightly turn-down service, candies on the pillows, fluffy bathrobes -- the works! The hotel itself could not be more centrally located -- you can walk to every spot in the city with ease. We had some chilly nights, so it was a pleasure to return to our hotel and settle down with a late-night drink in front of the cozy lobby fireplace. One word of caution -- breakfast is not included with the room, and is a whopping 30 Euro a person. There are, however, any number of espresso/dolci places in the area, so this never really presented a problem.
Best Service in Florence
Best hotel in Florence with a great staff that is highly attentive to your needs. My wife and I have stayed twice and have also stayed at numerous other hotels in Firenze. The rooms are wonderful and the location can't be beat.
Not Worth the Money
5 Star Hotel? You've got to be joking, the only thing that's 5 star there are the prices. I stayed in a superior single room, paid the full price which is definitely too high for what it is: a cage with a view on a wall. Hotel is worn out, so was my mattress (and that in a 5 star hotel???!), restaurant is closed, the staff was nice, but that doesn't make it up. I have stayed in many European luxury hotels, and this was, by far, the worst. Think of it as a 3 star, and you'll be happy.
Review Oct 2003
Review Oct 2003The restaurant has been closed for the last 6 months and therefore the only facilities available are in the bar\breakfast area.
The staff are wonderful but the room was poor.
Great hotel, great location
This hotel is a short walk from everything you need to see and everywhere you need to be. But location is only part of what's great.
This was one of the nicest hotel rooms I've been in, and I've been in some expensive ones throughout Europe! "Well-appointed" is the best description. Lots of closests and drawers; bathroom has shelves for you and your companion's toilet kits, etc.
This is a smallish hotel with friendly, helpful staff. Couldn't give a stronger recommendation
We were in florence in May 2003. We reserved a junior suite at the Bristol and Helvetia. It was expensive but it was money well spent.Perfectly located near everything you want to see: Piazza Republica, the Duomo, etc. The hotel is on a quiet street. The staff is always ready to help and service is excellent. The room was large and very nice. However there was no view. I suspect that most rooms have no view. The breakfast was also excellent. I would certainly highly recommend this hotel. It is really a luxury 5 stars.
A slice of heaven in Florence
One of the nicest places I have ever stayed at. Small, intimate with a wonderful staff. Very clean. Large, gorgeous room with great AC.
Terrific breakfast in an intimate breakfast room. Great location to walk anywhere. If you have a chance to stay here you won't be sorry.
Only complaint is the lack of a shower curtain to keep the water out of the bathroom when you shower--minor glitch.
Special place -- the Helvetia
We went to Florence for our wedding in November. I found a great rate for the Helvetia through TripAdvisor ads and so was expecting a room on the small side. Yet, the Helvetia took great care of us. They gave us the one room - 363 - with its own balcony. And everything about it was wonderful. Fruit and flowers when we arrive, different treats on our Italian linen sheets each evening, delicious buffet breakfast, reservations at all the good restaurants. It was more than I could have asked for... And, this is my second time there so it wasn't just the wedding! If you want to splurge and be in the center of the city, I highly recommend this hotel
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On Chris Terren's recommendation, we headed to Bettino Mario's nearby. This is supposed to be one of the top places in Florence. They do not take bookings in advance, only on the day of dining!
Always a good sign to see a line outside. It was very crowded but everyone was very considerate and patient. They have a choice ...
... I had lunch with my friend Sarah, as well as when I fell asleep for an hour. But the book was so good I couldn't put it down! Every other page mentioned another landmark of Florence and it would get me very excited cause I have visited that, see this one, past by another, it was ...
... here – they are leaving today – when I said they had a long 9 hour drive she told me they are actually getting a train – for the car as well. Lucky them. Their car is a fancy, white Audi A5 sports.
After a lovely chat with Giorgio – he is such a nice man – we had a yummy lunch at home which included a slice of pizza from the local producers. We did go back and get the washing done and managed a lovely little walk in ...
Sounds of Firenze: early morning, around 6:00 a.m., every day but Sunday, I'm awakened by the refuse collectors picking up the bins of sorted recyclables just down the street from Palazzo Virginio. My roommates and I carry our tiny bags of trash and empty water and wine bottles to dump in the recycling bins as we leave the apartment every day. Florentines in this residential area seem to be intent on keeping the city very clean. You just don't see refuse thrown on the sidewalks , streets, ...
After settling in to our B&B by midday, our first walk through the interesting streets really was great. I have developed a real appreciation for all the doors here. sounds silly, but once you get focused on something unusual like that....it's all you can see, especially if you are OCD like myself. Baz...word is getting around Europe. See the padlock area starting on Ponte Veccio ...