Helvetia & Bristol Hotel
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... Modern is just 10 renovated modern rooms inside an old building. Very nice, cleanest, biggest & most modern arty room we have stayed in. Everything is white, which later in the night is not a good thing! We only have 20 minutes until the busabout walking tour. I get changed & we walk back to the hostel. An Italian guy in his sixties takes us for a walk around Florence for about an hour pointing out the main attractions & explaining ...
... part of the K/K wedding. I tried to take a picture, but it turned out more like a surveillance photo, so not helpful. Luckily that was the only reference to the wedding that we experienced.
We did a long walk around the city, stopped for some gelato and went back to our room to relax. While Ken was getting a nap, I did some research on dinner choices. Simone had given us two recommendations close to the hotel and they both looked to be good ...
... food. On the suggestion of the son (and his name escapes me) we tried his top 3 of the pasta dishes and shared all. The tagliatelli (tortollini essentially), the gnocchi and the pappardelle were all home and fresh made and unbelievably delicious. So I added to the out of my comfort zone of food tonight too - the pappardelle ...
... the nearby village for lunch. After six days in Italy I finally have my first proper pasta dish: a local fettucini-like pasta with a pork ragu. This is preceded by a large quantity of excellent antipasti and accompanied by a good house wine. After lunch we drive past the village of San Gimignano — as we are of course all snoozing by this point, the guide doesn't wake us until we get to the next small winery. Here they produce a white wine called Vernaccia, and their ...
... restricted the view, however I did manage to get a nice view out over Duomo!!
I then followed the directions Simon had given me to to the natural history museum so that we could meet up and check out somewhere else... but where I got to the place he had marked on my map.. there was nothing there.. So I walked around for about half an hour asking people where it was.. when all of a sudden I bumped into Simon.. who was still looking for it himself! ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
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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