Bang in the middle of the Via Tornabuoni - designer shopping heaven.
There are 28 bedrooms in all, including eight singles. The suites and larger rooms have recently been refurbished and are really quite elegant, but the standard doubles are looking a little worn and some are a bit gloomy. They are, however, gradually being upgraded.
Wood smoke and floor wax are the pervasive smells in the comfortable, atmospheric reading room where a fire is lit in the huge old fireplace in winter. In warmer weather the large, flower-filled roof terrace, with its views over the city to the hills beyond, comes into its own as does the adjacent bar. Meals are served in the dining room in winter.
Eating and drinking
Buffet breakfast is served on the roof terrace in summer where there is also a bar, open from 7am-midnight. It's a marvellous spot for just about anything, but particularly magical for a sunset aperitivo. Dinner is available in the summer season and served on the terrace.
Genteel and old-school with lots of help planning restaurants, sight-seeing and trips out of town when required.
Who stays there
Guests are, on the whole, an older bunch (predominantly English and American) and there are many repeat guests who have been coming here for 30 years. The atmosphere is quite hushed - younger people might find it all a little staid.
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Retro atmopshere
- The roof terrace
- Fabulous location for designer shops
- Some room are a bit tired