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... so back to work I went. I spent the day stabbing holes in the blu cheese, flipping the Buccia di Rospi and transferring the Lingotti d'Oro from their containers onto the metal grates. I chatted with Emmanuele about whichever topics came to mind -- music, cooking, Italian cities -- and he responded as best he could.
Feeling bored after work, I went back to the trail I had discovered yesterday and went the opposite direction, following a river that eventually ...
I headed to Firenze via the fast train which are very nice (free wifi!). I arrived and basically had a meltdown caused by me stressing out about my permesso. So the first day was a bit of a write off. The next morning I arranged to meet the mum of the family my cousin au paired for last year. The family were happy for me to 'use' their address in Firenze for my permesso, which was a huge relief, as I had come to the conclusion that I would just have to stay in Italy ...
... about Piazza del Duomo, which houses the third largest cathedral in Europe. The baptistery is the oldest building dating back to mid-11th century. They also have the 'Gates of Paradise' doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti depicting the old testament which took 25 years to model and cast. The original is in the museum and a replica is on display in the baptistery. The Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral ‘the Duomo’ is amazing and took 170 years ...
... be topped by 18 spires and a 560-foot tower. Words can't really describe this place, other than to say it blew us away with it's unusual beauty and the feeling of serenity while inside. Katie, Ken and Anika, you know exactly what we're trying to say, after having been inside.
We jumped back on the bus (we loved these hop-on-hop-off buses for getting around the city), and enjoyed touring around to some of the other sights such as big ...
... were here and there some people who clearly had come out only for the event or didn't live nearby us, because they actually had style. There were a lot of DJs either on the street or in stores, so there was constant runway music, but after a while of wandering I started to get really bored.
Luckily, we found Megan and Anicka, who had found two places where there were free drinks. One of them had champagne though, so we decided to go there first. Thank goodness ...
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Worst Stay Ever
I had just about the worst hotel stay Ive ever had at a supposedly "luxury" hotel. THe staff were rude and aloof, completely unattentive.
THe amenities were poor (1 elevator, etc.) and the room was mediocre.
But i must say, it has a great location
Amazing Hotel Experience
Sorry to be redundant with all the other reviews here, but it's true - The Hotel Savoy is amazing! We were greeted at this elegant hotel by extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. The rooms are beautifully and tastefully decorated with all the comforts one could expect. The location is ideal - with every interesting site, shopping and restaurants within an easy walking distance. We will definitely return to the Savoy the next time we are in Florence!
It's very hard for me to say that it's the best hotel I've ever stayed, however it is the best hotel during my trip to Italy (I also stayed places in Rome and Venice) that is not comparable to the Savoy.The Good: - It is in the heart of Florence a walking distance from all the major attractions (Duomo, Uffizi, Accademia) and restaurants (ask the concierge) - The staff was better than the staff in Rome and Venice. They upgraded us to a bigger room that included a small living room area, included walk in closets, and another perk were speakers in the bathroom (I could listen to the radio, news or MTV while taking a long bath). - Concierge was very helpful. We tried to go the Uffizi one day, however it had a very long time. Concierge then reserved us tickets for the following day and we walked right in with no wait. They booked our train to Rome and answered all our annonying tourist questions =) - Free use of business center (internet access)The bad:- Breakfast is not included. That would have been a plus. - It is noisy at times. They should try insulating their windows to keep the street noise down. - Our room was located right next to the elevator, therefore it gets annoying late in the night when you are trying to sleep. (request for a room away from the elevator and steps).
This is an excellent hotel in all respects. Best location in Florence.
We stayed for a week and had a view of the Duomo from our window.
Consierge was terrific and made reservations at excellent restaurants (his picks were better than the guide books and reasonable). Everyone was friendly, free internet access and about the same price as a Marriott in the US (210 euros, but this was off-season). The restaurant in the hotel was good, but very expensive.
La Creme de la Creme
Wow! Location, Location, Location! I had a faboulous time in Florence and the Hotel Savoy helped make it a pleasurable stay. From the minute I walked in they were so helpful and courteous and very personable. The concierge was also very eager to help and recommended a FABOULOUS restaurant. I love Florence and absolutely loved Hotel Savoy. I highly recommend it!
Loved the Savoy
The title says it all. We loved the Savoy. The location is superb, the staff friendly and very helpful. My baggage was lost by the airline and the Savoy staff stayed on top of the situation until my bag was delivered to the hotel. We were in Florence during the heat wave and I will testify that their airconditioning lives up to U.S. standards. I could not say that about some of the other hotels that we stayed in.
Look for their internet special rates as it is much cheaper than the rack rate and makes it inexpensive for a 5 star hotel.
The Best of the Best
I stayed at the Hotel Savoy in Aug. 2003. This is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at. The hotel is absolutely beautiful. Not only are the rooms elegantly done, so are ALL common areas. They have free internet access in the Business Room to be used by all hotel guests.
Everyone at this hotel was extremely gracious and helpful. Giovanni, the doorman went out of his way to help us with directions and what to do in the City.
You really can't beat the location. Its right in the middle of the City. You have the beautiful Piazza Republica right at your doorstep.
And the Duomo is 2 minutes away.
I absolutely LOVED this hotel and would definitely return. I would never think of staying anywhere else while in Florence.
Couldn't be better
Just returned from Florence, Italy where I stayed at the Savoy hotel. Couldn't beat the location, couldn't beat the staff who attended to every detail with a smile. The concierge staff was top notch. Rooms are clean and well maintained. Good amenities, and lovely modern ambience. Can't praise it enough. It does get noisy though since it's in such a central location in the Piazza della Repubblica.
Great Hotel, walking distance to all
I stayed at the Savoy in January. I was an absolutely stunning hotel. Service was impeccable. The price (220 euros) I thought was reasonable for that nice of accomodations. It is also very close, ie five minute walk to Uffizi, Academy, Duomo, etc.
Lives up to its billing
If you're looking for the best in Florence, it would be hard to top the Savoy. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, this recently upgraded Forte property sits right on the Piazza della Republicca smack in the center of town. It's only a few minutes walk to the Cathedral, the Uffizi, etc.
I spent six days there in October. Twice a day maid service, marble bathrooms (in all rooms), real king beds...what you'd expect, and more. Superb staff. Ran into John Malkovitch in the lobby. Definitely worth the money...if you've got lots of it, or can find a deal.
One caveat: also as expected, the hotel restaurant is twice as expensive as the equivalent restaurants in the area. For the best bargain in decent food, try the Grotto Guelphi across the piazza and half a block down.
The best gelato I ate in Italy is at Vivoli, a few blocks away but a little difficult to find.