February 11, 2018 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Hotel Helvetia & Bristol in Florence, Italy
Set in the center of Florence, the fantastic Hotel Helvetia & Bristol is an essential component of the city's magnificent architectural history. This restored building retains a period feel in rooms awash in lush silks, figured-tile flooring and 17th-century Florentine paintings. Visit the Hostaria Bibendum restaurant, where Chef Roberto Cordisco deliciously interprets Tuscan cuisine, while the sweeping windows of the fifth floor suite make guests feel as if the Duomo is right in their own back yard.
When it comes to exploring the city, there is no better place to begin than at this popular gathering place for artists, celebrities and aristocracy. Pay a visit to the renowned Uffizi Gallery, take in Michelangelo's wondrous statue of David, shop on the Via Dei Tornabuoni, and wander picturesque streets that have changed little since the 15th century. Sunsets are a particular delight, especially when paired with a view of the Ponte Vecchio and the Arno River.
Location of Hotel Helvetia & Bristol
Nearest Airport: FLR
Amenities for Hotel Helvetia & Bristol
- General Information
- 72 Guest Rooms
- On-Site Amenities
- High-Speed Internet Access
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- CD Players
- Marble Bathrooms
- Individually Designed Rooms
- Cooking Classes
- Meeting Rooms
- Business Services
- Historic Sites
- Train Station
- Public Transportation
- Culture & Arts
- Food & Wine
Reviews for Hotel Helvetia & Bristol
We loved this hotel for its fabulous location, friendly staff and great food. Our room was sumptuous and quite large for a European hotel. The staff proudly showed us the antique furniture in our room and told us a little of the history of the area. Great breakfast and dinner. Lobby very comfortable- we sank into the sofas and enjoyed an evening drink each night. Only downside was that only one lift working but otherwise the hotel was quite special. ATM across the road and 10 minutes from all major attractions and shopping. Walking distance to the train station. Would return to this hotel.
AngieP712 - Sydney, Australia
This is an excellent property with spacious and comfortable rooms, but the standout was nothing was ever too much for the staff who treated my family so well. Its location ticks all the boxes, being central to all the many historical and shopping attractions Florence has to offer. There is one negative, being the late night crowd noise from the Piazza outside, which is beyond the control of hotel management.
OvationGX2 - Adelaide
This place is in a fabulous location, just a short stroll to the main piazza, duomo and almost everything else. The staff are amazing with nothing too much trouble, from arranging restaurants, giving accurate instructions on where to find a laundromat and the like. Always a smile on entry or exit.
Neil S - North Sydney, Australia
Let me start by saying that Helvetia&Bristol is well located beautifully designed old Pallazzo converted into a hotel that I would recommend for staying in Florence. That said, one must be very careful in choosing a room as 8 out of 20 rooms per floor (40%!) are facing a very small interior atrium (sort of a vertical shaft) and never see the sunlight at all. Most of these 8 rooms/Jr Suites resemble prison cells, hence the title of my comment. Now, obviously there is nothing wrong with that in an old Pallazzo ... but the hotel needs to advertise or at least disclose such information when asking a guest to pay 400eur/night for a Jr Suite, rather than intentionally hide that â€śsmall detailâ€ť. And when failing to do so, should change immediatelly the room on no extra charge. The hotel management should be aware of the EU Health Regulation (that probably applies also to most civilised countries in the world including USA) that all inhabited rooms in any new building should have direct access to sunlight at least 1.5hours every day (in winter time, when the sun si low). For old buildings, if that is not possible, this â€śsmall detailâ€ť should be disclosed so that people are aware and can take an informed decision of voluntarely staying in a no natural light room. As the hotel reception gentleman mentioned to me: â€śI am sorry Sir, you were not lucky to get a room with lightâ€ť, I believe it should not be a matter of luck when you pay for a service. On my part, I will file complaints to the relevant authorities.
AndreiDiaconescu - Bucharest, Romania
Helvetia Bristol has the best possible location in the middle of the historical center on a quiet street close to all sights and high end shops. It is a very classical hotel in Belle Epoque style. Very friendly and helpful staff. We were upgraded to a suite and you should probably book the bigger rooms or suites. Very high standards and amenities. Some more electrical outlets easy to reach would have been good though. Excellent breakfast. We loved it. It is a bit "old school" but if you like that style it is amazing.
Per S - Marrakech, Morocco