Advantages Friendly, welcoming staff. Quiet location but close enough to attractions to walk.
Disadvantages No tea / coffee making facility in bedrooms
Choice of Hotel and historySo out of all the possible Hotels available in Florence, why did we choose the Orto de Medici?
I researched hotels reviews on the internet (including those on Ciao), I asked for friends personal recommendations and looked at photographs & websites.
I prefer quiet to busy. The hotel is close enough to all the attractions in Florence to walk but just outside all the noisy hustle & bustle of a city.
I loved the photographs. The hotel is filled with character. The hotel was originally a 19th century palazzo (palace) and still boasts original frescos and parquet flooring.
I liked the fact that is owned and run by an Italian family - father-and-son team Emilio and Giacomo Bufalini.
The Orto de Medici is situated in a long street – Via San Gallo to the north of the city. It is one short street away from Piazza San Marco which contains San Marco church & museum and the Academy Gallery. It is a mere five minute walk to the Cathedral and a ten – fifteen minute walk to Palace Vecchio, the Uffrizzi and Ponte Vecchio.
There are at least five restaurants within very close proximity – most very nice. There is also a small shop just opposite the hotel for drinks and snacks.
Entrance and lobby
The first floor of the building has a grey-stone exterior to the front with three pale painted floors rising above it each with three windows overlooking the street.
The entrance is through an arched automatic double glass doorway giving immediate views into the frescoed lobby. There are two large amber stained-glass windows to each side of the of the door. There is a plaque with the hotel’s name and a plaque bearing the Medici crest.
As you enter the lobby, you are immediately struck by the impressive high vaulted and frescoed ceiling looking down a corridor decorated in a similar manner. In the corridor are before and after pictures of the refurbishment of the hotel.
The reception desk is to the left of the lobby as you enter. Just beyond the desk is the Tuscan Serena Rock stairway beginning the ascent to the other floors. To the right hand side of the lobby are settees, chairs and coffee table. Just behind the settees are two workstations with free internet connection for use by customers.
In the corridor is the lift, public toilets and the start of the rooms.
The first floor houses the breakfast room with high ceilings, original parquet floors and frescoed panels depicting garden scenes all around.
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