Grand Hotel, Florence
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d expect!from PhillyBoyz
We sued Starwood points to stay for free (using the deluxe room option)and were pleased to see that that's what we actually got: a big, beautiful corner room, with balcanoy doors overlooking the Oggnizanti piazza and the Arno. Honestly, how can you go wrong with that?
The staff were friendly and attentive and most of the conceirges bent over backwards to help out, incl getting us last minute tickets to the Academie and Ufizzi (who knew there'd be long lines even in March!!??)
Only downside of this place? The food and beverage costs: we had two drinks in their bar before heading off to dinner and it totaled $26...the first and last time we did that.
Oh, and if you're an SPG member and the Grand is sold out, the Westin Excelsior is 100' feet across the piazza and looks just as grand.
The Grand is definitely a great way to stay in Florence!
Grand Hotel Florence -- the perfect place to stay in Florencefrom jimlerbs
This was our second time back to The Grand, and we intend to return again.
Staff and service is excellent. Food and service in their new bar/restaurant in the front lobby were also excellent, but the restaurant is a bit too modern for the rest of the hotel. Breakfast, which was included with our package, was good but not as good as The Excelsior in Rome.
We stayed at The Grand as part of the Westin's Luxury Collection's Welcome to Italy program -- you must stayed at least seven nights in total in any of their Luxury Collection hotels in Italy. The hotels came at an all inclusive rate of $489 per night. At first this may seem high, but when you consider the price is in dollars (not euros) and includes all taxes, service charges and breakfast, it is actually very reasonable for the level of service and quality of the hotels you are staying at. This was our second time in two years that we utilized the Welcome to Italy plan. In addition to The Grand we stayed at the Excelsior in Rome, this time, and previously at The St. Regis Grand in Rome and The Regina-Europa in Venice.
Location is everything, and you won't find a better spot in Florence to stay. Right on the River Arno, and easy walking to all sights and restaurants.
Be sure to dine at Trattoria Pandemonio, just across the river on Via del Leone. We have dined there three times now (twice this trip), and will plan future trips to Italy to include a stop in Florence and diner with "Mamma" at Pandemonio.
If you are going to Florence, The Grand is the place to stay.
Brilliant but expensive!from Amospring
The Grand is Grandfrom MassTraveler
Outstanding Roomfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The concierge was extremely helpful and useful for recommending restaurants. And one of the porters saved us quite a bit of money by pointing out that the car we rented had more damage than was accurately shown on the rental form, which we subsequently had adjusted.
The negatives were minor and did not mar the experience. First, the location was not as central as I would have liked. Second, the public areas of the hotel are rather uninspired. This latter point did not really affect us, but it is nice to enter a place that has some life to it.
In any case. this was a great place to stay.
Gorgeousfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Highly Recommendedfrom JamesL.
Fantastic Hotel!from TrvlDva
The room was beautiful - very large, nicely decorated, VERY comfortable beds, and a wonderful marble bathroom. The location was excellent: 5 minutes to the Ponte Vecchio, 10 minutes to the Uffizi, 15 to the Duomo and about 20 to the Galleria dell' Accademia. Beautiful views of the Arno River.
The service was outstanding - I twisted my knee the day before I arrived in Florence. 2 nights I had to order a bag of ice to ice down my knee. They delivered it to my room, and I was never charged for it. The staff was very nice, accomodating and friendly.
Recommendations: *Il Profeta trattoria about three blocks from the hotel. It was so good, we ate dinner there twice. If they have it, try the wild boar with white beans in olive oil. One of the best meals on my 2 1/2 week trip. We loved our waiter - Ernesto! Ask the conceierge for directions to the restaurant.
*Rivoire Cafe - at the Piazza della Signoria (near the Uffizi) - it's rather expensive, but a great people watching place, and wonderful for a cappucino and brioche for breakfast.
*Definitely go see the Ufizzi and the Galleria dell' Accademia. But don't wait in the long lines! Go on-line to SelectItaly.com, and reserve your tickets in advance. At the Ufizzi, the reservation line is at Door #3, which is on the right hand side (not clearly marked). And at the Accademia, go to the front of the line and let the person who works there know that you have reservations (show him or her your paper with your confirmation number on it), and they'll direct you inside. We were SO glad that we made these reservations in advance. No one likes waiting in long lines!
Highly recommended.from A TripAdvisor Member
Simply fantastic, a great hotel with most friendly stafffrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Florence
Don't miss this restaurant You have to go to Pandemonio istorante. Take a cab it will be about 15 min from the hotel. Make sure you greet mama and it will be the best meal ever! Make sure you sign a 1 dollar bill out of your wallet and put it up on the wall. Enjoy!
Close to central train station The hotel is very close to the central train station. It is just 10 minutes walking or 5 minutes by taxi.
Wines Florence is the perfect place to buy great wines
Other names for Grand Hotel
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- Address: Piazza Ognissanti 1 - Florence - 50100 - Italy
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