FH Hotel Villa Fiesole
What We Love
- Outdoor heated pool overlooking Florence's historic skyline
- The alfrescoo terrace for a pre-dinner glass of prosecco
- Refined, helpful staff can provide a personalized itinerary for visiting Florence
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $5 (4€) per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Around 20 minutes from Florence; accessible via a cheap, easy bus or taxi
- Comprised of two separate buildings; there's no elevator in the main house, The Villa
- There's no gym on-site
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
High up in the Florentine hills, surrounded by centuries-old cypress trees, Hotel Villa Fiesole is a leafy hideaway that peers over the Tuscan capital. The ground floor reception area and sala camino (fireplace room) set the tone: warm, refined and elegant. Soft, creamy walls, comfy chocolate-colored leather and suede furniture, stylish cowhide rugs, and a speckled marble fireplace topped with anglepoise lamps and bell jars decorate the public spaces. Walls are adorned with mirrors and simple artwork.
Bed and Bath
The hotel is split into two parts: a former 19th-century residence and its adjoining greenhouse. The 10 rooms in the greenhouse are all Deluxe and offer exceptional views. The decor is light, modern and airy, with pale wood flooring, stark white bedding and sleek glass and chrome furnishings. Rooms in the original villa vary considerably; some are traditionally Tuscan, with bold ceiling frescoes and marble flooring, and others are decidedly more modern, with monochromatic color schemes. Bathrooms are simple but spacious; book a Deluxe Room to guarantee a separate bathtub (some Classic Rooms have only a shower).
The heated outdoor pool is set in the leafy grounds and overlooks Florence’s historic skyline. For even better views, head up to the Panoramic Terrace, where coffee-colored wicker chairs, simple glass tables and romantic candle lanterns create the perfect ambience for a pre-dinner glass of prosecco. With unfussy shabby-chic decor, Ristorante Villa Fiesole serves tasty Florentine specialties and scrumptious desserts. The torta del giorno (cake of the day) is a particular highlight.
In the Area
Dubbed the Beverly Hills of Florence, Fiesole is an upscale hilly haven a 20-minute drive from Florence. Explore the 15th-century Villa Medici, one of the best-preserved Renaissance residences, and spend time strolling through the area’s many magical gardens. Dine on fine Tuscan food at Terrazza 45 and Ristorante La Reggia degli Etruschi. Last but certainly not least, Florence, with its endless profusion of architectural gems, artistic treasures and world class galleries, is within easy reach; ask the front desk to prepare a personalized itinerary.
How to Get There
I have been to Florence, but never up to the hills of Fiesole above. I was searching for a well priced hotel, with a pool, and easy parking, and, at least a bit of Italian elegance. FH Villa Fiesole was charming and perfectly sited (views down the hill with a sweep of Florence beyond), had parking below (steps up to the lobby/rooms), smallish but nicely appointed rooms (elegant and simple), charming staff at the front desk, a lovely breakfast room and dining terrace, and, a small, heated pool - not for swimming but for a great aerobic workout! It met my requirements, save for the very small (but nice) bathroom adjoining my room.
We were looking for somewhere comfortable away from the heat and hustle of the city. This hotel was perfect for our needs. There was a special deal to upgrade our room which we welcomed. We were travelling by public transport and the bus taking 20 minutes from the city was reliable and easy to use. The stop going up the hill was right outside the hotel, whereas to go back into the city it was about 100 yards down the hill. The bus was about every half hour and cost one euro twenty. The hotel was on a hillside which meant a few short flights of steps to climb up from the road. We ate well and slept very well. Getting into Fiesole required a walk along the fairly busy road or two stops on the bus.
This place was AMAZING! its pretty rare that I give out five stars but this place had it all PLUS the extras! My room was beautiful with one of the most comfortable beds! It has big windows I could open and enjoy the fresh air. Their breakfast included champagne and was solid, good food. Their patio had an amazing view and the wait staff was so friendly! As was the check in counter folks. The pool was small but nice and cozy. They got their five stars from me because of the extra toiletries they provided: robes, slippers, LOTION (thats a big one for me), the standard body wash and shampoo, AND an essentials kit with shower caps, q tips, etc.
This place is not in the heart of Florence but it deserves a round of applause and is worth the 20 minute bus ride to Florence. Plus Fiesole is a town much older than Florence so it has it's charm and history to enjoy as well.
Like the Ivory movie, no other description for this location. Being in Florence but out Florence. Few miles from Brunelleschi dome and Palazzo Vechio. Good staff, amazing food, fine wine, I drinked a very nice Chianti wine called Palagio Castello. Unfortunately the pool is very small. Right prices and unforgettable view.
This hotel is a perfect alternative for a stay in Florence.
It is much cheaper than being in the city. It offers a breathtaking view of the city from the hills and it has a direct bus connection to Florence. On top, Fiesole itself is definitely worth a visit. It has Medici's villa, the monastery and the archaeological site, all worth a visit.
The hotel itself is a perfect hotel for a relaxing stay. It is rather small and very quiet. Our room was not big but very comfortable. The bathroom had a shower and no tub.
The toilet is in the bathroom.
Breakfast is in a small cozy room but may get overcrowded. The choices at the breakfast are limited (compared to the luxury hotel chains) but there is some fresh fruit. A limited offering of meat and cheese. Two choices of bread and some danish pastries. Plenty of choice of jam and scrambled eggs and bacon.
The same room is also used as a restaurant where you can have a decent lunch or dinner.
The location has also its disadvantage. In the evening there is not so much one can do as compare of being in the city center. And the bar is just a few seats in the small entrance area. I would categorize the hotel more as a family type of hotel with a very friendly service.