Friday, June 29, 2012

HOTEL CHECK ITALY, part 9, Hotel Savoy Florence



This soothing Roccoforte hotel  has a perfect location on Piazza della Repubblica, a short walk from the main attractions of the Renaissance city. Best spot to chill is Hotel Savoy's popular Florentine restaurant Il Contro, which opens out onto the square. Here you can dine al fresco in summer, watching people flow by.

Piazza della Repubblica is lively but not absurdly touristy. You are among designer shops and just a short walk from the Duomo, Uffizi and Ponto Vecchia.
Not to forget the hotel’s pleasant service and a concierge who can book you Tuscan restaurants and at the last minute find you tickets for Michelangelos’ David, thus avoiding impossible queues.

Accommodation

Rooms at the Savoy (116 rooms & suites) feel tastefully and demurely luxurious – though small as five star rooms go. However, if you have views of the Piazza out front or the Duomo out back they feel much larger. Our Executive room (a mere 28 sqm) gained a summery sparkle and sense of space from the fifth floor view of the sky and the square. Rooms are contemporary with a Tuscan feel emanating probably from the bedspreads which bring in a softer country touch. The small bathroom is richly adorned with marble and mosaics, with toilet and bidet squeezed in – and shower over the bath. Roccoforte amenities add luxury touch.




Executive room with great Piazza view on fifth floor

 

With such hot real estate on Repubblica one can understand that room size is not the main allure at the Savoy. Lead in size Classic feels small (25 sqm) but as already noted Executive feels adequate (28 sqm), uplifted by higher position and better view. Deluxe definitely is more spacious at 32 sqm and studio at 38 sqm. In addition to 88 rooms there are 14 suites.

Their equivalent of Presidential (Suite Repubblica) is 70 sqm and can be interconnected with a deluxe room for more space. Highest suite with best view is Suite Brunelleschi (50sqm) including steam room (no balcony) – this is also the newest suite.

As to accommodating children, they have many connecting rooms, and deluxe rooms and suites take an extra bed for a child.

Who to stay

Those who love the buzz of a city and being right in the middle of things, who enjoy alfresco dining, art and shopping. Among child-friendly features the hotel boasts special crockery designs for kids and special food including pizzas (one called Pinnochio). Gifts are adapted to various age groups, starting at a teddy on the pillow for the little ones; learning guide to Florence for older children in English and other main languages; DVDs for kids.


Facilities / Food & beverage

The restaurant L’Incontro is under a 2 Michelin starred Chef Fulvio Pierangelini. We did not try it except for breakfast and an enjoyable cafe latte at the restaurant's tables in the piazza.


Floretine lifestyle and the Savoy's piazza dining 

Food prices did not seem over the top at L'Incontro compared with other delightfully placed restaurants – but the prices of individual items at breakfast could seem irksome so its worth having breakfast included.


Wide selecton of cured meats including Parma ham


The continental buffet breakfast does not include your eggs but is more than adequate for those who like a selection of cured meats and hunks of Italian cheeses. Not to mention the pleasant feel of eating al fresco (under sunshades), encircled by the privacy of the Savoy’s rosemary bushes, or in the restaurant opening out onto the pavement through glass doors.

The concierge was on the ball for dining arrangements and suggested authentic Tuscan food at other venues in Florence.

Nice feature is the free gym on the top floor with a view of the Duomo.

How to get to Hotel Savoy

20 minutes by car from Florence International Airport. A taxi costs 20 to 25 euro and needless to say you can meet traffic jams in the narrow streets.

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