Helvetia & Bristol Hotel

Address: Via Dei Pescioni 2, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy | 5 star hotel
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This 5 star hotel, located in the Historic District/City Center area of Florence, is near The Best of Tuscany Tour, The Original and Best Walking Tours, Artviva, and Church of Santa Trinita.
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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

      TripAdvisor Reviews Helvetia & Bristol Hotel Florence

      4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

      Travel Blogs from Florence

      Catholic paradise

      A travel blog entry by andrew.bennin on Mar 26, 2015


      ... time between 2 and 15 minutes. In germany, not a single train was delayed by a second

      -My american eagle shoes with memory foam insoles have performed admirably thus far on the trip. Didn't break them in at all beforehand and haven't had any pain or soreness after walking and standing for hours everyday for weeks

      -Quite a few europeans wear american sports apparel. The team that's been the most well represented has been the chicago bulls, oddly enough

      Mossies, gelato and wine oh my

      A travel blog entry by heinzdora on Sep 19, 2014

      46 photos

      ... the major square in Sienna. We are told that in July and August each year visitors flock to Sienna to witness a famous horse race. The square is filled with sand and it is a very short race track for the horses. The various counties of the region (17 in total) come here to compete for the prestige of winning this race. We are told they are fiercely competitive too. We sit in the square with the locals and enjoy the end of the afternoon. We pass a set up for a wedding reception too and ...

      Day 1 in Florence

      A travel blog entry by belldallas on Jul 30, 2014

      1 comment, 23 photos

      ... of Artemesia' which is a very good read. It was fabulous to walk through history with Francesca as our guide. She certainly kept our interest throughout our museum tour. Next we walked across the Ponte Vecchio which spans the Arno at its narrowest point. Originally housing butchers, now most of the shops sell jewelry. Then a stop to make a wish at "Il Porcellino", the nickname for the bronze fountain of a boar from the early ...

      Churches, art and steps, lots of steps!!

      A travel blog entry by outoftheoffice on Jun 20, 2014

      30 photos

      ... opinion....it was absolutely breathtaking! First, it seems to be about 30 feet tall, even though it's roughy only 14, but the display, the lighting and the exquisite detailing of the piece is just overwhelming! We had to go back through the exhibits 3 times just to see it again. Worth the entry fee completely!

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      Last day in Tuscany

      A travel blog entry by sblady on Jul 24, 2013

      6 comments, 4 photos

      It is our last day in Florence. We take the train to Rome tomorrow and fly home on Friday. We had not made it inside the Duomo so this morning we braved the lines and went in. It is actually pretty plain, gothic, with the main ornamentation in the dome, which was an immense feat of engineering in its time. There is a good PBS series on the Medici which details the whole ...