Grand Hotel Minerva

Piazza Santa Maria Novella 16, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy
(4 star hotel)
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Great Location & Accommodation

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 19, 2007

My friend and I were in Florence in Oct 2006 and we stayed at the Grand Hotel Minerva, which is located in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the historic centre of Florence. The property is an old building from the Middle Ages (I could see the old bricks on the old wall adjoining the Hotel) and is one of the oldest hotels in town.

The hotel is close to the central railway station (2-3 minutes walk) and the Duomo (5 minutes), and short walking distance to Uffizi Gallery and all the major artistic and historical attractions.

I enjoyed my stay at this Grand Hotel Minerva. The hotel was very nice, the staffs were warm and friendly, the rooms were cosy, and the view from the roop top was great, especially at night.

Unique Quality: The hotel enjoys a nice view of the Piazza (square) and the church of Santa Maria Novella. The hotel also has a panoramic roof-top complete with a small swimming pool, a terrace solarium and a snack bar. I bet the roof-top will be very popular in the hot sunny days.

Our double bedroom with a double bed was quite large and it was very nice and cosy. The bathroom was medium size, and was OK.

The daily breakfast buffet was great with large selections of food and excellent italian coffee (not the instant kind!). If you don't like coffee, you can also have tea or hot chocolate. The breakfast was served in the Breakfast Room, next to the hotel's courtyard garden, from 7 a.m. until 10.30 a.m.

Directions: From the railway station, walk towards the Santa Maria Novella Church (you can't miss it from the station), and you will reach the Piazza Santa Maria Novella. The hotel is next to this square.

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Excellent choice

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 5, 2005

My family, two adults and two teenage children, spent two nights here after refusing to stay at Hotel Ambasciatori in late December, 2004. Now part of the Concerto group of hotels, this place was wonderful. The rooms were large, lavishly furnished and comfortable. The terrycloth slippers were a really nice touch. Breakfast was held in a sumptuous lounge with a large assortment of hot and cold foods. The staff to guest ratio is quite high, especially for these rates. The front desk staff was helpful, well-informed, and fluent in English. The bartenders were very pleasant and could certainly mix a good martini. I would highly recommend this hotel, especially since it is within a short walk of the train and bus stations, but also within walking distance of the center city.

Unique Quality: Beautiful square. Complimentary terrycloth slippers. Wonderful breakfast. Walking distance to everything.

Directions: A few short blocks from the train and bus stations.

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Grand Hotel Minerva

by written on August 25, 2002

Prices are in IT£--visit the site for special offers for the summer.
Single--360.000
Double--500.000
Junior suite--800.000
Suit--1.200.000

Unique Quality: This hotel was certainly an experience! A very expensive one I may add--but, after over a month of free lodging, my parents decided to slurge for ONE night at one of the oldest and most respected hotels in Florence. In fact, when the top-end hotel recommended in my Lonely Planet guide was full, they sent us to the Minerva. The setting cannot be beat--right in the Piazza Santa Maria Novella! It wasn't until I took Art History at university that I realised just how special that square is! Inside, it was heaven--air conditioned, feather beds, white linens, CNN, showers with actual water pressure. Best of all--'un camera con vista'--'a room with a view' that would have made E.M. Forrester proud. Shuttered doors opened out to a terrace that overlooked the Piazza and the city. To top it all off (literally), the hotel has a pool on the roof that boasts a breathtaking, sweeping view of the city.

Directions: Piazza Santa Maria Novella, 16
50123 Florence - Italy

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Amenities at Grand Hotel Minerva

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Business Services
  • Pets Allowed
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Suites
  • Bar / Lounge

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