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Ultra chic Ferragamo hotel
Ferragamo has several hotels in Firenze. I had to try one out, so I chose Continentale. The hotel is practically on Ponte Vecchio. The location is superb. The lobby is tiny and minimal. Cool elevators. Fab bar area on rooftop overlooking the Arno. For EUR 400 per night, you get a decent sized room impeccably furnished in minimalist style. Since we have been disappointed too many times by the big name, old European hotels, which cost double the price, we now tend to try out the new hip hotels. The rooms are smaller in most cases with these designer hotels, but they are cleaner and obviously newer. The only downside may be that these hip hotels tend to look the same anywhere once inside the rooms - NY, London, Paris, Florence... If you want the total cultural immersion surrounded by heavy curtains, the Old World atmosphere, along with stained carpets and creeky closet doors, then this is not for you. Personally, the price performance is a lot better with these new chic hotels though!
Don't go there!
We've just returned from a week-end at the Continentale Hotel in Florence.
This hotel is really disapointing and doesn't deserve his trendy reputation.
His situation in front of the Ponte Vecchio is perfect and his top-floor terrace wonderful but unfortunatelly that's all.
Staff members are very nice but are not trained about hotel management and special request as good adress or special places in town.
The concept of the Continentale is a copy to the Ian Schrager's hotels but unfortunatelly this new hotel looks already old: the white who's the omnispresent color looks grey and must of all dirty. The glass floor of the lift is broken and contain a lot of stains.
The floor of our deluxe superieur room was full of dust and the bathtub wasn't very clean with a lot of hair inside. The governant staff doesn't speak english at all, there's a problem of bad smelling in the lobby because of construction and finally the hotel is very, very noisy.
One advice, don't go there!!!
Continentale - it really IS as great as the reviews
My husband and I just returned from an eight day visit to Florence, and I have to say that the Continentale really IS as wonderful as the reviews say. The location cannot be beat...right AT the Ponte Vecchio and just down the street from the Uffizi. The staff was remarkable, the room was serene, romantic and - this is amazing- very, very quiet. After trekking around Florence and enjoying the hubbub and sights, the quiet AND the ammenities are blissful to come back to. Cannot recommend the Continentale too much!
Best Hotel Ever!!!
This is the epitome of an ultra cool and ultra luxurious hotel. The interior design of this hotel is remarkable and the service provided by the staff is literally second to none. This hotel cannot be recommended highly enough. The location is perfect and we can only hope to return again.
A remarkable hotel
We just returned from a 5-day stay in early March at the Continentale - and already I wish I could go back. Usually I am the most picky person on the planet so I viewed the earlier rave reviews with great skepticism. But everything turned out to be accurate. Excellent location, friendly, professional staff, beautiful (but not overly large) room and bathroom, all clean,very contemporary, upscale and with endearing whimsical touches. The staff could not have been more responsive and gracious in answering our every question and making arrangements. The breakfast was excellent, our room was nearly soundproof (amazingly so given that the hotel is steps from the Ponte Vecchio), the bed comfortable, top notch in cleanliness and upkeep. We could not have asked for a better base for our stay in Florence. A very well-managed hotel making for an excellent visit.
In a city with so much history we found this hotel to be the perfect hideout. Its a small but very stylish design hotel. We were upgraded to a better room and although we only stayed a single night we were sad we had to leave.
Ive stayed in many 4/5* hotels around the world - but this hotel is one I will return to. The service, style, location etc is fantastic.
PS make sure to try out the weekend brunch at the Fusion Bar just opposite - it is amazing - reservation is required.
Shhhhh...keep it a secret.
I echo the sentiments of everyone who has posted reviews about the Continentale and say that it was by far, our favorite hotel in Italy. The location, the rooms, the decor, the service, and the food were all top notch. If you're looking for a "traditional" Florentine property, keep walking. If you're looking for an upscale, design oriented property with so much to offer, this is your place. My only regret is that more and more people will hear about the Continentale and the next time I visit Firenze, the rates will be through the roof.
Fabulous hotel. Perfect location. Service impeccable. Would absolutely stay here again. Rooms are beautifully decorated in all white with generous closet storage. Spacious bathroom with a great shower.
Perfect hotel, amazing location
I can't say enough about this great hotel. We stayed 4 nights at the beginning of June & fell in love with the place. The stylish boutique hotel is partially located in a converted medeival tower along the north bank of the Arno River at the foot of the Ponte Vecchio - the famous bridge is literally outside the hotel doors. The entire staff is excellent, friendly and efficient, from the front desk to the dining room. We arrived late the first night, tired and hungry from traveling, and their kitchen was closed; so their sister restaurant across the street graciously brought food to our room. Make sure your rate has their breakfast included, which is just the right spread of delicious Italian yogurt and cheeses, plus eggs and bacon, good pastries, fruit, cereal, and good coffee and espresso - served in a fun second floor dining room it's the perfect way to start your day before wandering beautiful Florence on foot all day. And make sure to have an evening drink on the 6th floor terrace overlooking the Arno, where beautiful locals also seem to gather. Our all-white bedroom was a plush and modern sanctuary, including a very nicely updated bathroom. Our windows over the river and the bridge were surprisingly soundproof against the busy, scooter-filled streets below during the day. This hotel has a subtle, relaxed and charming beauty and made our visit to a great city just that much better. Highly recommended.
Sophisticated & Great Service
I stayed at the Hotel Continentale from 25 to 28 November 2003. The hotel is decorated in retro 50's style.My rooms was very comfortable and the bathroom was reasonably roomy. The toiletries were of good quality and were beautifully presented. The breakfast was tasty and featured an adequate selection of juice, fruits, cereals and cooked foods.Unlike some boutique hotels where staff members are selected out of their looks and not their skills, I found Hotel Continentale's staff to be well trained, courteous and they delivered great service (I am from Asia where many best hotels are located and I can be picky when I look for good service).It has been a great experience staying at Hotel Continentale.
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A wet morning in Firenze (Florence) and we were waiting in line at the Uffizi Gallery at 8.15am so we could get in when it opened. It's booked out online for the next month, so it was the only way to get entry. It is one of the oldest and most famous museums in Europe.
First stop inside was the cafe for coffee and focaccia!
Spent the next three hours marvelling at the Italian masters' works through the ...
After leaving the waterways behind we headed to the heart of the Renaissance movement in beautiful Florence. Who wouldn't fall in love with this city located on the river Arno with its beautiful museums, Duomo and plazas including one named after me Piazza Pitti. The city most famous piece of artwork is the Michelangelo statue David in the Galleria dell'Accademia that the crowds flock too. The Duomo is such an overpowering monument that can be seen from ...
... located in front of the cathedral and i think was the first religious building to be built, which is currently under external reconstruction, creating a blemish in the otherwise spectacular piazza, but internally is amazingly beautiful, lined with mosaics of 24carat gold leaf- similar to the Venetian style.
We also visited the da Vinci museum which was ok but very small, and came across the ...
... we got back to the apartment. We unwound for a bit before P and I headed for dinner (C wasn't hungry). We decided not to travel too far as the restaurant that was, literally, next door to us, Centopoveri, had fairly good reviews. It was our last night in Florence so we had our mind on one thing that we had to have before leaving: bistecca al florentina. Centopoveri offered a set menu for 28€, three courses with wine and coffee. We ...
... needed to be. Soon we were parked, with a few more grey hairs and on our way to see the statue of David by Michelangelo.
We stopped to ask directions and were guided a little but needed further help. A kind man stopped to ask and then another older gentleman stopped, asking the Italian man "are you familiar with the map?" He then proceeded to say follow me and we were on our way. He chatted with Ro along the way in near perfect English. ...