At the recommendations of friends who had been here before we stayed 4 nights in July 2011, and I would recommend to my tripadvisor friends to do the same.
A few pieces of advice first though. We booked the infamous Gold Suite (Room no. 1), and there was indeed street noise as mentioned in other reviews. However, one night this noise was the beautiful music of the symphony playing in the square, which was fantastic. Other nights you could hear the street entertainers playing near the Ufizzi around the corner which was also nice. When the sounds werent as nice (in particular the screeching of the swallows that fly throughout Florence early in the morning), we were prepared with earplugs, which completely solved the problem. The restaurants all close at about 11 as well so assuming you are out enjoying a late Italian dinner that is not an issue.
Advice Part 2: the staff of the hotel do not work on Sundays, which is when we arrived. We were given a code to access the property and by an unfortunate series of events (did not bring a hard copy and had no blackberry coverage) it was a bit of a rigamarole getting in. The lesson: dont be dumb like us and bring the sheet they send you with all of the check-in info.
I would also advise that people with mobility issues should look elsewhere, as you have to go up a long flight of stairs before you reach the elevator.
Those things taken care of, you will have an unbelievable view out your window each morning, and you will get to enjoy what will probably be the most spacious room you will stay in on your trip. You will also be about a 5 minute walk to all of the great sights and shopping of Firenze.
The innkeepers were very nice and helpful, the place was spotless, and noise from within the hotel was virtually non-existent. There is even a small fridge stocked with cheap water and drinks. We hope to be back to Florence some day and would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Soggiorno Antica Torre is located in the heart of the city, in the most famous piazza in Florence: the Piazza Signoria. The pensione winds around the central part of an ancient tower from the XI century. Almost all the rooms have original ceilings and beams. The floors are oak wood. The wood furniture is in classic Italian style; all the rooms are furnished with antiques pieces, some coming from the Medici-Riccardi Palazzo, the city residence of Cosimo dei Medici. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Soggiorno Antica Torre Florence