The palazzo stands on the busy crossroads between the elegant-yet-Bohemian Santo Spirito (a personal favourite) and the more workaday San Frediano neighbourhoods of the Oltrarno, a block south of the river. It’s a good location for accessing the city’s main sights (mostly a ten-minute walk away) and the buzzy bars and restaurants of the Oltrarno.
All but one of the 12 suites, furnished with yet more antiques, have separate living rooms and some are vast; one has two bedrooms so is good for families. Sumptuous marble bathrooms are supplied with Bulgari bath goodies, fluffy robes and slippers. My favourite room is actually the smallest; it’s a romantic boudoir on the ground floor covered in frescoes and with access to a little private garden.
The multiple public areas include a huge breakfast-cum-sitting room (I must say that the faux-zebra print, Roccoco-look armchairs jar a bit first thing in the morning), billiard room and a fabulous roof terrace with views over the city.
Eating and drinking
A fine breakfast is served by white-gloved waiters until 10.30am. There are tea and coffee-making facilities on each floor. The Palazzo Bar moves onto the roof terrace in summer. Some of my favourite restaurants are located in this neighbourbhood (have a look at my restaurant page), but if you are feeling lazy, you can order dinner to be served either in your suite or, more romantically, on the terrace.
Small but well-equipped gym. Billiard room.
The palazzo prides itself on providing very personalised service and the concierge is on call 24 hours a day to provide advice and bookings for restaurants, tours, museums and so on. The smiling staff are unfailingly helpful starting with the uniformed doorman.
Who stays there
Mainly English and American tourists who are prepared to fork out for the palazzo atmosphere and upmarket services and facilities. Lots of honeymoon and special occasion bookings.
All the suites are very spacious and have more or less the same services, so you may decide it's not worth going for the more expensive rooms.
- Culture vultures
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Fabulous roof terrace
- Great service
- Atmopshere of a private palazzo
- The 60 stairs up to the terrace