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Hotel Davanzati
Ranked #12 of 410 Hotels in Florence
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

My bride of 30 years and I took a vacation to Italy and celebrated our anniversary at the Hotel Davanzati in Florence - it did not disappoint! All of the reviews are true!
I started planning this trip 10 months in advance and booked this hotel about 7-8 months in advance. The hotel could not have been more helpful and accommodating in preparing for our trip, helping us book reservations, recommending restaurants and so forth. The rooms are great! The breakfast is excellent! The service is phenomenal (and I worked for 5 star hotels for years). I only wish we could have stayed longer. The hotel has a fantastic location in the old part of the city.
When my wife and I got back from the trip we talked about which hotel and which city was our favorite of the vacation (kind of like asking what's your favorite color) - but in this case, Florence and the Hotel Davanzati were absolutely our favorite city and hotel.
Fabrizio was a veritable fount of information - consistently helpful with a desire to make every question easily solved. His son Tommaso was supremely helpful with our emailed questions and museum reservations. As the website says Marcello, the patriarch was the most charming.
We would recommend to anyone and we will be back!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

This hotel is owned and run by a family. These guys were SUPERB in their service and attention to each client. It is as if each person is a VIP here, they remember everyone's names. The hotel is very centrally located and we loved popping out and being right in the mix of things. They also were very helpful in setting up tours and restaurant reservations. The nightly happy hour is also a really nice touch and a fun way to meet other guests.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

I booked this hotel based on all the wonderful and positive reviews on tripadvisor and they were right. A lovely family run hotel with considerate and genuine staff. Our room was spacious and clean. And the location very convenient to all the main attractions on a side street that was quieter then the main roads.

If you are going to Florence this is the only place to stay.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

The hotel is in a great location, about a 10 minute walk from the Piazza Duomo, and about one or two blocks up from the river. Everything is in walking distance.

The first thing that struck us was our reception from grandson Tommaso (it's a family business) at reception. He was genuinely very warm and quick to offer help and advice. We were on honeymoon, and when I told them that they left us a special welcome and gift in our room.

The hotel itself is a superbly decorated, and you feel very much in the center of Florence from as soon as you scale the stairs.

They also have a happy hour where you can have free bruschetta and prosecco or chianti. You'll get a chance to chat to your fellow guests, or just enjoy some free and delicious food and drink.

I would definitely say that if you're unsure of what to do or where to go, just ask one of the family for advice and they'll draw on maps, explain highlights and book attractions or tables for you.

We adored our time in Venice, and that was in no small part thanks to the hotel and it's family of staff.

Room Tip: If you can, try to get a room at the back of the hotel where it's a little quieter. We had a roo...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

The moment we walked out of the elevator into the lobby we were greeted by our first names. From that moment we felt comfortable here. We were walked to our room and showed all of the room amenities, how to work the AC (keep the shutters closed), how to use the in room lap top, the WiFi, etc. The mini bar was well stocked and not as expensive as most chain hotels. The bed was really low to the ground, which I didn’t expect, but it was very comfortable. We really loved the white noise machine they provide in each room. We use one at home, but it’s too bulky to pack so we never have it with us, but wish we did. Imagine our joy when we found the one in the room! I thought this might be a sign that the windows and doors were very thin, but that wasn’t the case at all. Our room faced the street and was the first room next to the lobby. But we were never disturbed by noise from outside our room, ever. That in itself is a reason to stay at this hotel! We slept great. We had a superior double room which is extremely spacious. Spacious rooms are hard to come by in Italy, so this room was a warm welcome. The room wasn’t decorated very luxuriously, but it was comfortable. The bathroom shower did have some mildew in the grout, which I would like to see gone. Other than that, the room was great. We did have an issue with the shower draining slowly, but the same evening a maintenance man was in our room to fix it (after having to ask about it twice). The happy hour is a nice feature. We enjoyed meeting fellow travelers and appreciated the Prosecco and wine offered. I agree with a previous poster that the music was up way too loud for a happy hour setting. The hotel is in a great location, conveniently located in the heart of the city centre. I love that the entrance to the hotel lobby (by elevator) opens up right next to the reception desk, so you are warmly greeted whenever you are coming or going. Overall, I didn’t think the hotel lived up to all the reviewer hype, but it was a pleasant, family run place to stay.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Davanzati

Address: Via Porta Rossa no 5, 50123, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#5 Family Hotel in Florence
#9 Green Hotel in Florence
#24 Business Hotel in Florence
Price Range: ₹ 10,815 - ₹ 24,822 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Davanzati 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is situated in an ancient (1400) typical Florentine building, right next to the Museo of Palazzo Davanzati, in Florence historical center. After very accurate restoration, Davanzati Hotel opens its rooms once again: with original Tuscan furnishing and with all the comforts. The hotel counts 21 rooms: 14 doubles, 4 single rooms, 3 suites equipped with: Air conditioning, Minibar, Sat - TV, Built-in safe, Telephone, High speed Internet connection. Also in the lobby/reception and the breakfast room (which are hot spots with free wireless internet access), there are 2 computers for free use always connected to the web. ... more   less 
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