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Historical Traveler Reviews Relais Uffizi Florence
Charming little place, great location
As everyone here has already written, this is a charming and friendly small hotel with an outstanding proximity to most of the sites. Rooms are pretty well-sized, and on their own are relatively spartan. Our bathroom was huge and very nice, with excellent fixtures. The breakfast was standard, but the view from the breakfast room overlooking the piazza was great. Alessandro was very friendly and helpful, helping us reserve restaurants and museums (to avoid the long lines). Although our room was adjacent to the small alley way where there isn't much foot traffic, the walls are somewhat thin and we could hear motorcycles and talking on the street at night. Overall, great location and good value make this a good choice for Florence.
Perfect in every way
The Relais Uffizi was everything others on this web-site said it was. It was charming, quaint and very clean AND the location was superb. However, I must add that I have never encountered such helpful and friendly people in all my trips abroad. Everyone, without exception, at the Uffizi was so nice it was hard to believe. I could never say enough about this hotel; truly one of the best I have ever stayed in.
Wonderful Hotel, Relais Uffizi is a 'sure bet'
We spent 4 nights at this hotel at the end of Dec. It was truly wonderful. Our room was huge. 3 times the size of a normal Italian room. Large marble baths, towel warmers, canopy beds. The location is perfect and in the heart of Florence. Breakfast was plentiful and fresh. Hint: Ask for a room away from the reception area, as you may get some noise otherwise. Great hotel at an unheard of Florentine price.
Best hotel of the trip
Very accommodating, reasonable rate for July, wonderful staff, excellent location. Only the breakfast was a bit lacking. Highly recommended!
Found Relais Uffizi through Karen Brown website and I was not disappointed. Ideal location, walking distance to all key sites -- including a beautiful walk across the Ponte Vecchio, up to Fort Belvedere and Piazza Michelangelo for fabulous views of the city and a break from the crowds.
Relais Uffizi is on a small side street centrally located, while still providing a quiet nights rest, and the rooms were clean, roomy, and very comfortable. Not too lavish, but high quality for the rate. I would definitely stay there again!
Great little hotel
The Relais Uffizi is a wonderful little hotel with a location that would be hard to beat anywhere in Florence. It's on a peaceful little lane that is off of the Piazza della Signoria. The Piazza is a gathering place that is complete with restaurants, shops, and places to rest your weary feet under statues that you studied about in your art history courses. Right around the corner from the hotel is the copy of "David" under the Loggia where you can sit and eat your lunch and people watch to your hearts content. The hotel's rooms are comfortable and the staff is one of the friendliest that we encountered in Italy.
The rooms are large and though they aren't as fancy as the high priced rooms the we stayed in in Venice, I felt much more at home here. The hotel even kept my luggage for a week until we returned to leave. Yes, I knew I'd over packed before I even made the flight into Florence.
That is a huge "DON'T" if you are planning on ever catching a train to travel around the country. My daughter and I consolidated our things into one bag...and even that was too large to haul around. It will ruin your trip! We just got back and when I called my husband at home, I told him about our feet (ouch!) he sat on our sofa and told me not to be such a sissy. I told him to go to the beach at home, pour a bucket of water in his shoes, get a 70 pound suitcase and haul it up and down the rock jetties in 97 degree heat for 18 hours a day and THEN he'd know what I was talking about! This summer the heat in Italy is unbelievable...when I'd remark that my feet were so sore and swollen they'd say it was the heat and humidity...well, I'm from south Alabama and it doesn't get more humid and hot than where I live...I think their water has a higher sodium content, combined with the walking on cobblestones and general condition of your feet from a long flight over, it's a recipe for foot disaster. Get the Dr. Scholl's big blister pads, a roll of sticky medical tape, and the best high tech walking sandals that you can afford, and you should be set! Back to the Relais Uffizi, I can't recommend it highly enough for a moderate priced hotel (or not!) It's charming, has a good Italian style breakfast, and the location really can't be beat. You won't even be in your room except to sleep anyway! The shopping in Florence is great and the sights are remarkable. It's almost too much for your eyes to take in. The people are friendly and of course, the food is great. You don't need to eat at a real restaurant to get a great meal, as a matter of fact, it's a waste of money. You can get about the same thing on the street for one tenth of the price and sit outside and enjoy beauty like you've never seen. Remember, good shoes, blister pads, no luggage over what you can run with for an hour, and an adventurous attitude, and you'll have the time of your life!
wonderful boutique hotel! great location, staff, and huge rooms....
just make sure not to book a room close the the concierge desk due to the buzzer from the outside door.
Loved this place! Great value.
Chose the Relais Uffizi based on a Karen Brown review and was so pleased with the decision. Incredible location around the corner from the Uffizi Museum -- tucked away, so it wasn't too noisy. Small hotel ambiance. Clean & surprisingly large rooms. Very reasonable rates. Pleasant, helpful (but small) staff. Not ideal if you need a business center (though there's an Internet center across the Piazza) or lots of extra amenities. Breakfast included in a dining room off the living room -- which faces out over one of the most famous and lovely piazzas in all of Florence. This place is a real find. Karen Brown comes through again!
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... but there were not. So. After that we had lunch. We had (lots of) wine, some water, and different sorts of bruschetta. There were two different pasta dishes, both delicious, and we ended the meal with espresso and dessert wine. I actually really liked the espresso—but not so much the dessert wine.
We then got back on the bus and made our way to Florence. Again, we arrived earlier than our appointment, and got to wander for a bit before ...
... St. John the Baptist is the patron saint of the city. We were going to see the Basilica of St. John, but inside the church a movie was being filmed. I was so exited when we almost saw Tom Hanks. Then we toured the cathedral Santa Maria del Flora. The cathedral was built of different colored stone, each color presenting a virtue. Red meant charity, white meant faith, and green meant hope. Fourth we went the square of the ...
... site of a Roman forum with a large stone arch on one side. But today is covered in cafés (and people) and a small (perhaps temporary) funfair! We nipped down a side street to avoid some of the crowds and found ourselves in Piazza della Signoria, and right in the middle of the crowds again! This square was littered with cafés, full of shops and people. On the eastern side is the Palazzo Vecchio - a fortress palace, now museum - and a large copy David ...
... snacks and a bottle of wine to take with us - but the only wine shop we found seemed to have bottles which started at E40! Not what we had in mind. Luckily there was a supermarket next to the McD's by the station so we shopped in there for crisps, chocolate and ...
... and go out for a bite to eat. We walked the streets of Florence in the rain, ah romantic . Since we had to leave early the next morning we decided to get take out and eat at the b&b . On our way home....we got lost. Do you see a pattern here? We walked and walked and walked. I think we were walking in a circle as we past the same laundromat twice. Ha ha. Finally found our way back to the B&B . Dinner was a bit soggy but tasted great! Off to bed for our next adventure. ...