Grand Hotel Villa Medici

Via Il Prato 42, Florence, Italy

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18
Rating

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Ratings Breakdown

  • Rooms18
  • Public Spaces18
  • Service18.5
  • Overall18
23
Reviews

Most recent review:

What I liked:

location was ok. service was very attentive.

What the hotel could do better:

upgrade the decor. too old-fashioned and cheaply furnished in guest rooms

Stephen

Stayed June 2015

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Hotel Description

The Grand Villa Medici is possibly the most relaxing hotel in Florence, for two simple reasons: Its slightly out-of-the-way location, and its swimming pool. Florence is lovely, but in the summer, with tourists jamming the streets and aggressively hot temperatures, you may easily reach your limit of cathedrals and Botticellis. And if this is indeed the case, the Grand Villa Medici is the perfect place—at least in the city center—to retire.

Though this former palazzo is decorated in eighteenth-century fashion, which may not be everybody’s favorite, it is without that blinding baroque heavy-handedness so often associated with that period. The gold brocade on the walls lends an unexpectedly light and summery feel. Most of the rooms have terraces—just stay away from the rooms at the back, which offer up the cheerless prospect of a convent under renovation.

Also, in a city where hotel gyms are few and far between, there’s a fitness center where you can whittle away those few pounds you got from indulging in the local pasta. Though you can work them off on the half a dozen or so exercise machines, we prefer sweating them off in the sauna. Carrot-chewing health freaks take note. You can book yourself into a non-smoking bedroom, which, in Florence, is the only thing harder to find than a gym.

And of course, there’s the pool—the only sizeable, outdoor hotel pool in Florence, surrounded by a small but lovely garden. Lunch at the poolside is a truly soothing experience, and they have a piano player (a touch chintzy, true, but enjoyable all the same) here for cocktail hour.

While some people find its location (west of the historic center) a slight drawback, we appreciate the quiet. The Teatro Comunale is nearby, with its regular opera, ballet and concert performances. For American visitors, the American church is just round the corner in Via B. Rucellai, should they have a sudden Catholic attack of guilt. Which, apparently occurs quite frequently here, regardless of your beliefs or your denomination—it may be the gelato, the shopping, or just the very large number of churches.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 103 Rooms
  • Style: Traditional Elegance
  • Atmosphere: Secluded

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • 24 hour medical assistance
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Steam rooms
  • Turkish bath
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

Valid credit card required.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

Hotel Booking Widget

Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • 24 hour medical assistance
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Steam rooms
  • Turkish bath
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

Valid credit card required.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

Map