The Loggiato overlooks Piazza Santissima Annunziata, one of Florence’s most beautiful squares (my second favourite after my local Piazza Santo Spirito!), and onto Brunelleschi’s Ospedale degli Innocenti with its celebrated arched portico. It lies about five minutes directly north of the Duomo and just round the corner from the Accademia and the wonderful Museo di San Marco, so in an excellent position for sightseeing. The square is a favourite haunt for homeless people, but I promise they are harmless.
As you would expect in such an ancient building, each of the 38 rooms is very different from the next. They vary from the small yet nonetheless pleasant economy rooms that would suit a single, to several really large two-roomed suites that sleep a family of four comfortably. The rooms have lots of character (less so those in the nearby annexe) and many have canopy or four-poster beds and splendid big bathrooms. A few have small terraces. Rooms at the top look over red rooftops and the city’s monuments; the quietest overlook the gardens at the back, but they miss out on the views of the Portico with is roundels of swaddling babes across the square. Bathrooms are generously supplied with goodies made from local organic olive oil.
There’s an intimate bar beyond the lobby area (where the reception desk is set in an old-fashioned wooden booth), a TV room and a lovely vaulted breakfast room.
Eating and drinking
The generous, above average breakfast earns lots of praise from guests. There’s no restaurant but drinks and snacks are available from the bar from 7am-10pm.
The staff seem to find a good balance between efficiency and friendliness and provide excellent advice on where to go and eat and what to do while in Florence. There’s valet parking (extra cost) for guests who arrive by car. Free internet access.
Who stays there
This is the sort of place that has legions of fans who return time after time. The quiet atmosphere attracts academics and a slightly older clientele, mostly Brits and Americans.
The economy and classic doubles are a pretty good deal in both low and high seasons and family rooms (two adults plus two children) are a bargain at any time.
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Views of Brunelleschi's portico
- Free internet access
- The historic setting
- You might be put off by the (harmless) homeless people that hang out in the square