Portrait Firenze Florence
Quite simply ideal. The resort stands a couple of doors across the river in the Ponte Vecchio, directly at the center of Florence’s main sights. The Uffizi using its fabulous art set is just two minutes walk across the river, whilst 100m inland is Piazza della Signoria, with its renowned loggia and cafés, the website of Michelangelo’s David (marked by means of a replica), the Bargello sculpture gallery, along with the core of ancient Florentine authorities, the Palazzao Vecchio. The Palazzo Vecchio is currently open until midnight in summer (till October), perfect for an uncrowded visit whenever you’re remaining corner. Round the Ponte Vecchio is the great Medici Palace, Palazzo Pitti with its renowned 16th-century Boboli Gardens. A couple more moments (still less than 10) will require you to the Duomo, Santa Maria Novella or even Santa Croce.
Style & personality
The contemporary Italian designer interiors in greys, creams, whites and whites are tasteful and inoffensive. Rugs cover hardwood flooring and massive lamps abound. Clean white walls have been adorned with black-and-white 1930s-60s photographs of global celebrities in Florence, a lot of them Ferragamo’s customers; Clark Gable, the Duke of Windsor, Ingrid Bergman, Le Corbusier, Audrey Hepburn with Ferragamo himself. There’s also a reception to get a pair of lace shoes offered to Marilyn Monroe. Her wooden shoe proceeds can be understood along with those of several other renowned feet only up the street in the Salvatore Ferrugamo Shoe Museum, a magnet for shoe fetishists. The resort provides some wonderful small touches such as chairs in the lifts (welcome after beating the corridors of the Uffizi) and seats with handles on the rear for easy pulling outside. Technology is used widely but unobtrusively from the chambers, the lifts (have a selfie on the in-lift iPad, or pick the audio) and at the foyer.
Service & amenities
There’s not any position at reception desks here — without a desk to stand at. You’re shown to some creamy couch and check arrives to you – in the kind of a perfectly-turned-out member of personnel with exceptional English and a notebook — combined with a beverage of your choice. Staff are careful and incredibly helpful 24/7.
Rooms are enormous. The smallest is 48sqm, the biggest (a family room sleeping five) 120sqm; 32 of the 36 rooms are all suites, all but one having a view of the Ponte Vecchio. Each area has a kitchenette (within a cupboard) full with mini-dishwasher. Larger suites have two bathrooms, dressing rooms, dining table etc.. A ‘Goodnight’ button from the bed buttons off the area’s lights, along with a Bluetooth program permits you to place the television audio, or the audio from the telephone, to the sitting area, bedroom or toilet. Each area comes with an iPad using all the pillow menu and therapy menu to your spa in the Portrait’s sister Resort about 20m off, in addition to access to the complimentary (and dependable) Wi-Fi.
Food & beverage
Breakfast is great with fresh fruit, yoghurts and cereals, local cheeses, meats and smoked salmon, breads and pastries, in addition to cooked choices (the Italian frittata with spinach and cheese is mild and flavorful). Better yet, breakfast operates from 7am till 11am so you can catch a croissant prior to a first foray into the new silence of early-morning Florence and then return to get a proper breakfast afterwards. Dinner is great but expensive.
Value for cash
It is expensive but it provides. Doubles from $385 (#289) room only (and 10 percent VAT & $5 per tourist tax per person, per night). Free Wi-Fi.
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