Helvetia & Bristol Hotel
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... the street but couldn’t find the restaurant for anything. Because it was getting close to 12 noon and we had to walk to the other side of the Duomo to meet the group, we ate close by the recommended place. I had wonderful seafood pasta and Sunny had a 4 cheese pizza. We could see the large oven where the pizzas were being cooked. A glass of red wine helped take the aches away as I was the only one to push the wheelchair.
Now off to ...
... him was really remarkable, and seeing him "in the flesh" definitely does add something. You see really different things at different angles. Most pictures seem to be an angle where he looks confident and poised, but look at his face straight on, and the serenity vanishes; you could read verious things there, but I think he looks ...
Osteria dei Baroncelli (two people recommended this restaurant for their bistecca fiorentina (steak florentine). Since we read so much about this steak, it was certainly somthing we must do while here. Minimum order was1 kil (2.2#) for 40-euro, which is enough for 2 people; we were "stuffed." ...
... top of the bell tower next door. We wound our way up each level, stopping only to get photo's on the grate suspended high above the ground where the bells used to be. This time we got amazing views of the Cathedral Dome itself and more views across the city. Happy with our exercise for the day we exited the bell tower and decided that we had seen enough cathedrals on this trip to wait in line again to see this one too. In a few hours we needed to be back at the train station so ...
After a nice train journey we arrived in Florence, a beautiful city that is much less hectic and crazy than Naples. We had a nap then went to a nice restaurant, where we ordered local dishes that were very good. At night we went for a walk past the Pontevecchio bridge and other such attractions. Next day we went to the Duomo, then to Piazza del Signoria where there are many sculptures, including a replica of the statue of David. Later, we went for a ...
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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