January 5, 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
My husband and I recently returned from a two week stay at the Helvetia & Bristol in October to celebrate our wedding anniversary. This was not our first stay at this wonderful hotel, and being there was the very best gift we could have given each other! The central location is probably the best in the city; the large buffet breakfast--with Tuscan sweets and even Prosecco--is a delight; and I cannot think of a better way to end an afternoon than in front of the magnificent lobby fireplace enjoying a formal afternoon tea. As before, we found our room and the public areas, including the lobby and bar, beautifully appointed and elegant. Some have found the rooms small, but that is only because they do not seem to realize that the hotel is a Florentine Palazzo, and will not have the dimensions of cookie-cutter chains, even luxury ones. Also, guests need to realize that any "older" looking furniture in the rooms are actually genuine antiques. Additionally, we highly recommend the hotel's restaurant for outstanding Tuscan fare--but make a reservation!. But what truly makes the Helvetia & Bristol one of our very favorite hotels is the staff. They all seemed to anticipate our needs, and were always efficient, friendly, and knowledgeable--sharing their insiders' guidance to the city. Many went out of their way to provide little treats, like complimentary Prosecco on our arrival or a wonderful tart prepared for our anniversary. Whenever we stay here, we feel like family. If I had to note two things to consider, some rooms will hear noise on Saturday nights, but you can ask for a room that does not face the Piazza. Also, there is only a small outdoor dinning area, but we did not find that a problem with the cafes of the Piazza Republica only a block away from the hotel. Overall, when staying at the Helvetia & Bristol, you will simultaneously feel that you are staying in an elegant palace--and with family. It is a gem.
MMPB1963 - Arlington, Virginia
We stayed here for four nights in a small suite. It was old world but immaculate. The location of the hotel is great. Our room did not have any view...but in Firenze...you should not be in your room! The differentiator here was the quality of the Concierge staff. They were immensely helpful with restaurants, remembered your your name and seemed legitimately interested in your stay!! Daily breakfasts were of high quality and again staff were first rate!!
Rick L - Toronto, Canada
A wonderful well located hotel. The room was beautifully decorated with a luxurious bathroom. Alessandro, the Head Concierge was extremely helpful in organising day trips and local restaurants. The breakfast room was delightful with lovely staff and attentive service. Looking forward to hopefully staying here again.
Karen5653 - Sydney, Australia
The Helvetia & Bristol - Starhotels Callezione in Florence, Italy is a lovely hotel. The hotel is centrally located, the rooms are comfortable, the buffet breakfast was very good, and the staff was very friendly.
kathysellers - Frankfort, Illinois
Rooms well appointed lacked outlets and the three in the room were very very difficult to get to... should have a topper when putting beds together so it's not just two single beds slid together... staff very nice and occomodating... restaurant buffet was ok nothing special and very difficult to get coffee as they limit their staff... internet service was good but very inconvenient as you had to constantly sign in if you left the building and after being inside for more than 8hours...asked for iron and took literally over an hour to get one then it blew the fuse and no lights..with all this said, we would have no problem staying here again... location in the high end district and close to everything
Doslocosguyspvrmx - Rehoboth Beach