Palazzo di Camugliano Florence
Utterly central yet secluded, the resort is located on a quiet, mostly residential street between Piazza Santa Maria Novella and the Carraia bridge. The principal entry is on the first floor; in the road, the one thing which provides the hotel off is the ivy-covered wall, on the top where you are able to glimpse the trees from the hanging garden.
Style & personality
Here is the family house of a Florentine Marquis, Lorenzo Niccolini di Camugliano, and even though a couple of things have changed because the Palazzo’s 16th-century base (en baths being one noteworthy advancement), lashings of ceiling fresco, cosmetic stuccowork and classic furniture stay. A hanging garden — in which breakfast is served in great weather — adds to the feeling of being at a privileged refuge from the city bustle.
Service & amenities
Very much in the manner of the location: one-on-one attention by a group that seems a component of their protracted family. Free perks include Wi-Fi as well as the whole contents of this in-room mini-bars (stocked with soft drinks and beer, which can be replenished daily).
The 10 rooms vary in size and aspect, however all have four-poster beds and historical details — such as frescoed or wood-beam ceilings. If I had been coming here between spring and fall, I would probably reserve the Limonaia package, which gives straight onto the backyard, however there are not any rooms I would not recommend. The entry deluxe doubles are spacious and refined.
Food & beverage
Served either from the garden or at an opulent dining area, breakfast is waiter-service instead of buffet-style, but that’s no forfeit as the variety of refreshing and baked goodies available is exceptional. Tea (or coffee) and snacks in the day, or prosecco and canapés at the morning, are provided to guests — ideal after a long day’s sightseeing.
Value for cash
Double rooms from #171 ($220), including breakfast. Free Wi-Fi. Considering you are staying at a museum-quality stately residence, the prices are extremely reasonable by Florence criteria, with even the junior suites coming in as low as #170 ($220) per night in summer time.
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