Santa Maria Novella Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Santa Maria Novella Hotel Florence
We stayed here for two nights in September, 2005. There are several other newly renovated, lovely hotels on this piazza, such as the JK Place and the Minerva. The location used to be pretty dicey, but it's been cleaned up and is now more a meeting place for people from foreign countries rather than for drug deals. I felt perfectly safe there. And it's very convenient to everything. Florence is small and you can walk to almost anywhere.
Should be a five star hotel!
This place is amazing.The staff is very friendly, the rooms are beautiful (they upgraded us for our honeymoon) ,and the breakfast is great. The only thing that we weren't big on was the piazza they need to clean up the area, but this is no fault of the hotels. Thank you Deborah and everyone at Hotel Santa Maria Novella!
We just returned from an 18-day trip to Holland and Italy. We stayed at 9 different hotels and this was, by far, our absolute favorite! Our room was absolutely gorgeous (a junior suite) and immaculate. It's much nicer than the photos show and very roomy! The bathroom was large and done in marble. Our room faced Piazza Santa Maria Novella. While there was construction work going on around the hotel, we were never disturbed by it.
What a divine little gem this hotel is! We were a little worried before we arrived as we had only the hotel's web site and other advice from trip advisors to go on but once we arrived- WOW! The staff are really friendly and helpful, the breakfast is sumptuous, rooms are clean, well appointed and with marble showers big enough to have a party in. The decor of the hotel is stunning. It is like staying in a really lovely palazzo rather than a hotel. There are two gorgeous sitting rooms, all green velevet sofa's and decadent aubergine walls with art and antiques everywhere. Not to mention, with temperatures outside of -2 degrees c when we stayed in February, very welcome roaring fires that made the lounges into a cosy haven. The dining room is like sitting in a little jewel box, all glittering mirrors and vaulted ceiling, with beautiful oil paintings all round. Breakfast consists of lovely rolls, a wide selection of cheeses, fresh fruit platters, cakes and croissants as well as bacon, scrambled eggs and crackers. Fresh juice, water and coffee, hot chocolate or tea are also available. It set us up for the day.
Booked this hotel last minute on wotif, got it for Euro 125. It was a bargain for this place. We stayed for only one night on 5th December. Would have loved to stay longer if we had known how nice it was beforehand. It's a 4 star price for a 5 star accomodation for sure, You'd be hard pressed to find something else in this city for the price. The staff are very nice and curteous, nothing is beyond them, even letting us use the Hotel internet in their office, instead of sending us all over town to find an internet cafe, only to use it for 5 minutes. One of the staff named Roberto was very informative, personally attended to our enquiries for over 30 minutes, in the evening during our welcome drink session. The breakfast was comprehensive and satisfying, as expected for an establishment of this calibre, well worth the time. Location is great, just across the square from the Church of the same name, Santa Maria Novella, about 5 minutes walk from the main train station. But beware the hotel name is not very prominently displayed. It's walking distance to the Duomo and the shopping area.
Very nice stay- but one thing is missing
I just returned from this hotel--this is a 4 star hotel but could easily be a 5 star hotel, rooms are of a nice size, bathrooms are all in marble, and there are the hotel has some great details to it...rooms are very quiet. Breakfast is very ample also have eggs and bacon. My only complain is that the stuff is not outgoing enough--they are polite but are lacking a spark in them--if the management could make them a little more enthuastic than this would be one of the best hotels in Florence!
This hotel is a beautiful little gem conveniently located within walking distance of the SMN train station. The lobby and various sitting rooms were well appointed and downright gorgeous! Our room was upgraded to a deluxe room which was of average size, but the furnishings were anything but average! The bathroom was brand new with floor to ceiling white marble and decorative inlays. The room was right out of Architectural Digest, with beautiful, expensive fabrics including a canopy over the headboard. We couldn't have been happier. The view was perfect and the windows were soundproof when closed. Everything about the hotel was perfect, and the value overall was excellent. My only regret was that we could only spend one night there due to our itinerary. If you like smaller, boutique type hotels, this is it!!
My husband and I stayed at the hotel in early August and thought it was wonderful. The rooms were beautifully decorated and the staff very friendly and helpful. The location was also excellent- only a 5 minute walk from the Duomo, train station and 15 minutes to the Ponte Vecchio. The only reason this doesn't get an excellent rating is because of the renovations taking place on either side of the hotel which some people might find unsightly. We didn't hear the building work once inside the hotel though!