Hotel Loggiato dei Serviti
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Settling in at the Loggiato
Completed our long trip to Florence this afternoon after yesterday's PDX-Phoenix-Philadelphia legs, the transatlantic Philadelphia-to-Brussels overnight, and a short 2-hour hop from Belgium to Florence, Tuscany, Italy. Can never (and couldn't again) find a position comfortable enough in which to sleep on the 7+ hour overnight, so we …
Buonasera on Wednesday night, friends and family!
Yesterday, Tues April 24, was a full day spent seeing most of Florence on foot, starting with a 3-hour walking tour of the 'Renaissance' part of the city, followed by a tour of the Uffizi Gallery and its world famous collection of works by the Renaissance masters, and topped off by the …
Falling further and further behind on these blog entries, this being Friday morning and getting ready to check out of our wonderful hotel in Florence (Firenze) and head south to Siena.
Wednesday was another full day of art, architecture, romance, and walking. We started the day at the Museum of San Marco, a 15th …
Thursday, we took a day-long trip to the Cinque Terre National Park on the Italian Riveria to do some serious hiking on a trek organized by Walkabout Florence.
The weather was beautiful (probably should have packed more sunscreen!), the scenery was spectacular, the villages were colorful and quaint, and the hiking …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Loggiato dei Serviti Florence
room 28 looks over the court yard of art university.... very quit and always an interesting view. the staff was so kind.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Loggiato dei Serviti Florence
Good location, but noisy
Overall we had a nice stay at the hotel. The room and bathroom(small) were clean and well kept. The staff attitude was mixed but overall ok. The location was excellent and you can walk to everything. The breakfast was very good and we had some great cappucinos.
The only major complaint is the noise if you have a room facing the piazza. As wonderful as it is for the historical value, listening to people screaming and talking and the motor traffic that cuts through the piazza at all hours. And the fact that the city decided to clean the sewer line at 6am one morning was not the most pleasant experience.So, Make sure to ask for a room towards the back.
Overall a nice stay, and we would stay again, just not facing the piazza.
We had a huge, beautiful family suite with a lovely bathroom at the Loggiato dei Serviti. It was spotless, with lovely furniture, rugs, and comfortable beds. Our rooms faced the incredibly historic square, which made it a bit noisy, but the bells that rang at 7 a.m. every morning were kind of fun! We were a bit concerned about the few homeless (but harmless) people that seemed to camp out on the loggiato -- However, the hotel was part of an old monestery and, as far as we could tell, the monks still use a portion of the building and apparently are still providing for the poor. Thus, it is part of the history of the building. We certainly felt safe and found it to be a beautiful and extremely comfortable and convenient hotel. A.H., Bethesda, MD
Overpriced for What You Get
We stayed there for 4 nights in Sept. 2004. The common areas of the build were nice with a flair of old Florence, but our room was another story. The room was furnished with what they called 'antiques', but in actuality were weathered pieces of furniture. The rug in the room had holes from where it had been worn through. The bathroom was small with the shower over the stall, if you can picture it. The location was excellent and convenient, and I had no complaints about it. Also, the staff was not the most courteous and receptive to problems or complaints. We complained about a foul smell in our room on 2 occasions and the attitude was "well... what do you us to do..", rather than explain the issue with the old sewer systems, which we finally learned about from one of the maids. Overall, the hotel is not worth the money you pay. If there rates go down by half, then yes. We stopped by another hotel one block away and it was $90+ less, and it was cleaner and just as convenient.
So much promise...
We traveled to Florence with another party. The other party received a room that was well appointed and had the charming characteristics described in the hotel's brochure--exposed beams on the ceiling, artwork on the walls, rug on the floor, armoire, etc. Our room was like a cell--stark. It was roomy and was okay, but for the same rate, we got no artwork on the walls, no rug on the floor, and our inoperable windows faced an interior rectangle that looked directly into another opposite window that was the hallway. So we could never have our blinds raised.
Having said that, the staff were nice and the breakfast room was large.
The square out front had some unsavory characters in it and I was surprised that the hotel didn't do more to keep the vagrants away. We were verbally accosted walking by the group that seemed to congregate to drink and pass out on the steps.
I would have given this hotel a higher rating, but the room and the square did detract from it for me. It was nicely located near the Duomo and Accademia. I am sure that our travel companions would give it a higher rating because thier room was nicer and actually looked out onto something.
Sleeping with Da Vinci
The Loggiato dei Serviti is a grand, well-preserved and beautifully decorated hotel. While we were there, CNN ran a piece on the hotel, saying that Da Vinci may have been staying there when he met the model for Mona Lisa. (I wonder if he had as much trouble with parking as we did.) The clerk at the front desk provided invaluable information about local sights, parking options, etc. The only downside was the embarrassingly squeaky bed.
The only Place I'll stay in FLorence
The Loggiato dei Serviti is one of my favorite hotels. It is simple, but I prefer a less opulent decor. The staff is wonderful and bends over backwards to make you feel comfortable and taken care of. The location is perfect. I alway get a great rate.
Wonderful location, timeless grace
I first stayed here in 1988 and will not stay anywhere else in Florence. It quietly takes you back to 14th century Italy. The location close to Duomo and San Marco musem is an extra plus.
Book directly by telephone and request best available room.
Old and overpriced.
Overpriced and overrated. Rooms vary a lot...ours had narrow uncomfortable beds.
A trip in time
What better way to see Florence than in a beautiful small hotel on a square, just minutes from the Duomo? The hotel is stunning and our room overlooked the courtyard. Absolutely wonderful! This is a place for people who enjoy staying in historic properties that have not been Disneyfied beyond recognition. The service was superb; the whole experience magical.
Can't wait to return
We loved this hotel - and 4 years after our stay - it remains one of our favorites. Intimate and elegant on a quite but very well located square. Beautiful rooms & baths, very gracious service. We have an opportunity to return this year for a night, and even our children (now 10 & 15) remember it fondly and look forward to another visit.