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Florence- We arrive into early morning into Rome with a scheduled flight to Florence. The flight to Florence was cancelled, so straight to plan B- we rented a car. By 10:00am we were on the crowded roadways of Rome and on our way to Florence.
This being our first trip to Europe, I had a a few assumptions about driving that turned out to …
We found that the treasures in Florence are on the inside of the many buildings here. Today we toured the Uffizi, and the Accademia, where we enjoyed works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Botticelli and many other Renaissance masters. The portraits and busts of important people of the past lined the walls of these museums.. the …
... far side’ of the building is stunningly illogical.
Next stop: the Santa Margherita dei Cerchi – more commonly known as the church of Dante and Beatrice. Supposedly, this is where Dante first laid eyes on the love of his life, Beatrice. Beatrice’s body is entombed in this lovely little church, tucked in a side street, dark and filled with beautiful music. While Langdon might have spent his time in here bullying old ladies in to ...
... of traffic. The rule is to stay to the right. This lane is always full of trucks so i found myself quite often in the middle lanes. Off to my left I have another lane where vehicles are travelling at 130kms, who as soon as they pass you move into the middle lane.. The drive to Florence took us a little over 4 hours. We found the hotel easy enough and also secured ...
... shirts when you travel the world. Just don't.) Part of the appeal of these buildings is that they offer an unparalleled view of the Florentine skyline and the Tuscan landscape beyond the city limits.
You have the option of climbing the infamous Duomo itself and walking along Brunelleschi's masterpiece--or, you could climb the Campanile, trading in the Duomo's long line for a "walk right up" experience and ensuring that all of the ...
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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).
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