Helvetia & Bristol Hotel
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- Minbar in room
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
- Wireless internet connection in public areas
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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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Travel Blogs from Florence
... to the King of England. After the Palazzo, our guide takes through other parts of Florence, giving a lively commentary as we go; it was very interesting and informative.
After the tour ends, we head off to lunch at a nearby outdoor Cafe. Pam and Kim are off to shop for Florentine paper, shoes, and scents, while Andrew and the kids take a carriage ride around the old town, including down to the river. Warren’s back is a bit achy so he returns ...
... sweaty and a little winded but my list in hand.
I tell you that story to try to make a bigger point. Never try to see the Uffizi as part of a tour group that is only going there as another stop on a larger tour package. They will try to literally run you through the entire renaissance period in 60 minutes or less. Mary and I had to get out of the way of several, lest we get run over. Either take a tour offered by the Uffizi ...
... in marble and bronze, overlooked by Michelangelo's David, probably the most famous statue in the world. This one is a copy, the original is in a museum, it was sculptured from one piece of marble. We wandered further to Ponte Vecchio, which crossed the river Arno. This iconic bridge was built in 1345, it is lined with jewellery shops, we did some window shopping and managed to get to the other side without purchasing anything more than a very ...
... There's some Roman sculpture, but it's mostly renaissance paintings - including Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, a rare Michelangelo painting, and Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus". All very impressive, but a bit overwhelming...there are only so many Madonna's you can take in one day!
Footsore and very tired, we made our way back to the station and a train home for a quiet night!
... question! Da nun na na, dud na na narrrr! Clearly in between massive bouts of booking accomodation for all these places on our trip, I just errr, well like I umm, ok I doubled up in Rome. I had two reservations. Whoopsie daisy, my bad! Anywho, we stopped at a beautiful medieval town for lunch today. It was located on the top of a hill (this is common for the area) and we had to take a ground based cable car to get there. The local delicacy was wild boar (pork) sandwich. So obviously I ...