The Westin Excelsior Florence

Piazza Ognissanti 3, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy | 5 star hotel
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... before I came in the interest of saving. The rolling out was cathartic and how exciting when you see real pasta coming through the other side. I marvel at the fact that i made my own pasta. As much as I loved making it, I'm getting anxious about eating it. Stop talking steve and move this thing along so we can cook and eat!

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... our place. This is the part that I know all of you are thinking, "I told you to pack light" YES you were right! But we made it up the four flights eventually and now we are all moved in. All that’s left is the decorating. We will be officially moving out of the hostel Friday afternoon. Tomorrow we have to go back to the agency to hand out an inventory form (luckily its relatively close to our apartment because ...

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This 5 star hotel, located in the Historic District/City Center area of Florence, is near Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella, Palazzo Strozzi, Museo Marino Marini, and Ognissanti.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Westin Excelsior Florence

    Reviewed by patches_mcgee

    Lovely but very large

    Reviewed Feb 26, 2013
    by (8 reviews) Sydney , Australia Flag of Australia

    Theres no doubt that the Westin Excelsior is grand and opulent - from the minute you walk in, its a sensory overload of decadence! The over the top grandeur continues into the rooms. Our room was gorgeously decorated and the bathroom was massive. The beds were the highlight though - they felt like they were made from real clouds!! So soft and cosy.

    The only criticisms I have is that despite its luxury, it is a mammoth hotel and felt quite impersonal. I'd spent the two previous nights up the Arno at Antica Torre which only has 11 rooms and the most personalised service you can imagine. I was also very annoyed that for the cost of The Westin Excelsior, they still charge and exorbitant amount for wifi access which should most definitely be free as it is in most other hotels charging a premium (in fact, even in cheap hotels and hostels you get free wifi).

    It's a beautiful hotel but for my money, I'd rather Antica Torre.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by rubyroy

    Most beautiful views of Florence

    Reviewed Jun 1, 2012
    by (19 reviews) Montreal , Canada Flag of Canada

    A beautiful hotel once the home of Napoleans sister, a hotel for 100 years with great views of the Arno, a roof top restuarant which is heavenly. The ice coffee in the afternoon devine. Breakfast is well worth it and try the baked fish hmmmmm. The conseirge, Front Desk and bellmen are helpful and wonderfully knowledgable. The hotel is beautifully located for walking with lots of great little neighbourhood restaurants around.. Well wortth the stay!!

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by jcmirocke

    Fist Class Hotel

    Reviewed Jul 30, 2011
    by (2 reviews) North Canton , United States Flag of United States

    Wonderful rooms, great service and delicious food!

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by susanbollinger

    Great Hotel

    Reviewed Nov 5, 2010
    by (2 reviews) Houston , United States Flag of United States

    What a great hotel. Wonder service and even better location. The lap of luxury.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews The Westin Excelsior Florence

    Rossinis' restaurant

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    Just returned from a week-end spent in The Westin Excelsior. Used Starwood points for the stay in a suite. Very 5* quality throughtout. We travelled by hired car from Pisa airport from London Stansted to get a feel for Tuscany before arriving in the centre of Florence. Really good decision both economically and to a get a really good feel for the areas. There are all of 2 signs for the Leaning Tower of Pisa!!!! (Torre Pendente) Siena is fantastic spend a whole day ther if possible as is Lucca. Florence is very big and confusing however the 'real' Florence is from The Ponte Vecchio to the Grand or Westin Excelsior Hotels virtually in a square. But the real reason I am writing this review is for a brand new restaurant opened 3 weeks ago called ROSSINI absolutelydevine in every respect. The food was gorgeous, presentation unbelievable, service beyond question but unashamedly expensive (300 euros) for two persons which included 5 courses and a v.good bottle of wine. Champagne with fresh strawberry type Kir Royale was compliments of the house. We would return to Florence just for the opportunity to eat at this restaurant again ... absolutely superb in every way ambience, presentation,atmosphere etc. I found out that the owner used to work at Harry's Bar for the last 43 years, Leo, an absolutely devoted, charming and welcoming individual. AND NO I DO NOT HAVE SHARES IN THE RESTAURANT!! If you enjoy the finer things in life and you can afford it, you will definately not be disappointed..Enjoy

    Excellent!

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    I stayed here for 2 nights on a reward stay. I'm a SPG Gold and mentioned in the reservation that it was for our honeymoon.

    Entering the hotel, it was beautiful. It's not a modern hotel but the marble columns and ambience was very nice. Upon check in, we were upgraded to a 4th floor corner room overlooking the Arno river. The room itself was huge and the bathroom impressive. There was even a bottle of champagne waiting for us! I had absolutely no problems with my hotel stay and the concierge was very helpful in pointing out where Enoteca Pinchiorri was.

    The only complaints are that the toiletries aren't of the same high quality as the N American Westins and the location is a little out of the way from the main attractions. These are extremely small quibbles and would recommend this hotel to everyone.

    We adored the westin excelsior in florence

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    we were guests of this marvelous hotel late october, 2003. from the moment we arrived we knew we had chosen one of the best. the staff is extremely helpful, we were upgraded to a beautiful suite overlooking the arno river and were thrilled to find flower and chilled champagne awaiting us. the service was consistenly perfect. this hotel will forever be one of our all time favorites.

    Bravo!

    from

    This hotel is amazing! The staffs are so friendly and helpful. They would not be tired or annoyed by our non-stop questions. We went there during Easter and they gave very good suggestions on how we should plan our "advanture". They made very good efforts in accommodating our needs, from makeing reservation for excursions to getting train tickets. This hotel is just the extreme opposite of Hotel Danieli in Venice and I definitely would recommend it to all future Florence visitors.

    Lovely, Great Location

    from

    This is not your usual Westin. It is more of a boutique, historic hotel that's beautifully decorated and upgraded. Our room overlooking the Arno River was palatial. The bathroom was the best hotel bathroom I have seen since the Raffles in Singapore: big, two sinks, all the amenities. Concierge and rest of the staff were helpful and professional.

    Excellent Customer Service

    from

    I had a wonderful experience at the Westin Excelsior in Florence. From the moment I walked in I was treated like Royalty. I am a SPG Member and was upgraded to a beautiful suite. Whenever I walked through the Lobby I was greeted warmly by the staff. They go the extra mile with feaures such as; heated towel racks, turndown service, elctric shutters, and a gift upon arrival witha note from the Hotel Manager.

    Great Hotel

    from

    Stayed there over Thanksgiving. The hotel is only steps away major shopping and sight seeing. The service was impeccable, from housekeeping to dinner reservations. Our room was on the second floor facing the plaza. The room was very large for a family of four. The conceige was very knowledgeble and helpful. After we came back to the States, we needed the name of a store in Florence, we called the hotel and they actually sent someone to walk down the street to find the store for us. We would definitely stay there again.

    Exquisite, the name is well deserved!

    from

    I usually like staying in small, charming boutique hotels, so was feeling a bit apprehensive in checking in. The red carpet treatment started from the doorway and never ended, I was charmed and sold on this elegance and service. Never did I feel out of place or amidst an elitist staff, which often occurs in reknowned hotels of the world. My room, even though a single, was large and right on the front, complete with balconey overlooking the Arno -and views that I will never forget.

    A welcome gift of wine and biscotti greeted me. The concierge desk was gracious and friendly. Because I was here during August 2003, I was able to get a heavily discounted rate on the room. Would love to share the experience on return but not sure I could afford regular rates.

    Highly recommended if you are celebrating something special -or have this budget.

    You know when you're at the best hotel in town!

    from

    I can only echo the many words that have been written and said in regard to this magnificent institution. When you walk in the door, you're king of the world...It's all there...the sense of being part of history, the royal treatment by a skilled and interested staff, the accommodations that dwarf all the others in decor and size and style. Most of all, all this high-end treatment is executed without even the vaguest feeling of snobbery or arrogance. Staying at the Excelsior feels as natural as staying at your Aunt's house. Maybe even MORE natural! I showed my Starwood membership card and was immediately upgraded (I had a wonderful rate guaranteed) to a splendid room with a balcony overlooking the Arno and the Piazza Ognissanti. It was like a dream...

    Felt like royalty!

    from

    My family and I stayed here the summer of 2001. We felt like royalty when the bellman opened the door. We actually thought there was a mistake and we were in the wrong room! The room was large and overlooked the Arno. The bed was like heaven and the drapes were rich looking, elegant, and as high as the ceiling. The bathroom was gorgeous! The service was exceptional! Every recommendation was fabuous from restaurants to private drivers...We ran into Laura Bush...yes, our First Lady...who was staying in the hotel with her daughter! I guess we really were like royalty...American royalty! We can't wait to go back!

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