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Hotel Savoy Florence, Italy

savoy florenceFlorence’s Hotel Savoy, overlooking the city’s splendid Piazza della Rupubblica, is a foremost member of the prestigious Rocco Forte Collection of international hotels, offering 102 rooms including 14 suites of incomparable luxury.  Just steps away from the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio and the retail shopping district of Florentine fashion houses, the Savoy emanates both charm and class as this city’s pre-eminent deluxe hotel.  Here is the perfect place to absorb the rich culture, the contemporary Florentine atmosphere and to discover what founder Rocco Forte and his designer sister Olga Polizzi call “The Art of Simple Luxury.”

Feel the sheer, aristocratic pleasure of strolling through the door of your room to discover high ceilings and large windows that open wide over the street action below.  You’re caught somewhere between the Florence of old—where Michelangelo ran the streets as a boy and where Dante gazed upon his beloved Beatrice—and the bustling energies of Florentine life today.  You are here, standing upon the herringbone pattern of inlaid wood floors, glancing at the objets d’ art around your room, drinking in the exquisite splendor of this very posh suite in the city of the arts and of history’s most famous artists.  Though world renown treasures lay steps away, here where you can touch and enjoy are carefully chosen ceramics, artworks and fabrics that call out to be noticed and appreciated.  Special mosaics decorate the bathrooms, and you feel as though it was all made just for you.  Technology awaits your fingertips—from extra wide LCD television sets to high-speed internet connection.  A dressing room/walk-in closet allows sumptuous space for clothing and provides a stocked refrigerator mini-bar along with a safe for your valuables.  For maintaining your stylish figure or for just an enjoyable workout, a fifth-floor fitness center offers breathtaking views of the Duomo and its surrounding hills, and provides several exercise machines chosen by a consulting team of fitness experts.  Though built in 1893, the Savoy was entirely renovated in 1999 and reopened in 2000 as one of Rocco Forte’s finest hotels.  It blends the very best of the sophisticated charm of historic world-class tradition together with the contemporary feel and design of an ultra-modern hotel.

After a restful evening in our room where chocolates were delivered as part of the nightly turn down service, we arose in the morning to dine downstairs to the L’Incontro Bar and Restaurant where our breakfast buffet was offered.  Here an incredible panoply of gourmet foods and beverages awaited us:  Smoked fish, meats, breads, pastries, fruit preserves, yogurts, cereals, several kinds of fruit, and wonderful coffee, hot chocolate and espresso were presented with taste and flair.  In the summer the tables of the restaurant spill far outside the historic and impressive Piazza della Repubblica.  Over fresh strawberries and hot cappuccino we planned our day to stroll over to see Giotto’s bell tower, the Campanile, climb the 460-plus steps of Brunelleschi’s Duomo, visit the world famous Uffizi Gallery, and shop the jewelry stores along the Ponte Vecchio.

Our son thought his hot chocolate was the best he’d had so far on our journey.  He helped himself again and again to the many savoy florencedelicacies of the breakfast buffet.  During the time of our stay he would check his email messages from friends back home on one of the computers found in the hotel’s business center downstairs.  Two meeting rooms here accommodate ten to sixty people, while additional meeting space is available off-site as well.  Friendly service from a highly efficient staff helped us all feel comfortable and welcome in this magical place.  My wife particularly enjoyed the wide selection of aromatic scents and personal care products found in our room, and lounged dreamily in the terry-cloth robe heated by the towel warmer in the shower.  Twice a day our room was freshened and re-stocked, often with treats left behind. Today, I found myself staring absent-mindedly at the framed line drawings in our bedroom suite, my mind wandering to far-off places.  Then, glancing down at a hand towel, I realized that the Duomo had been tastefully embossed on its surface.  The little things, I thought—but myriads of them here—all add up to an incomparable luxury hotel experience.

Years ago as a graduate student in Renaissance history I read of the very wealthy Medici banking family, how they lived and ruled and commissioned art for this most delightful of all European cities.  And now, as a guest in the Hotel Savoy, somehow I sense an even closer connection to Cosimo and Lorenzo and all their kin than I ever could through merely reading about them.  The Art of Simple Luxury would be a phrase, I’m sure, that would put a pleasant and knowing smile to their lips.

Website: www.hotelsavoy.it
Email:  reservations.savoy@roccofortecollection.com
Telephone  +39 055 27351
Fax. +39 055 2735888
Address: Hotel Savoy, Florence
Piazza della Repubblica 7, 50123 Florence, Italy


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