Grand Hotel Baglioni
What We Love
- An aperitif in the rooftop garden, complete with view
- The old-fashioned, regal Florentine style of the hotel
- Free WiFi
- Anti-allergy rooms available on request (ask when making a reservation)
What To Know
- Heating and air conditioning are turned off at certain times of the year, so the room temperature can be difficult to control
- The full beds are actually two twin beds pushed together
- Avoid street noise by requesting a room that opens onto the courtyard
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The location of the Grand Hotel Baglioni is unbeatable for Florence: being close to public transport and many of the city’s most popular attractions makes it a particularly good choice for families who prefer to walk rather than deal with the hassle of bringing kids on buses or in taxis; plus, the family rooms are generously sized. It’s not a new or hip property—the historic building was once the home of the Bertolini princes—but it makes up for it in spades with a classic Italian ambience and elegance. Leaded windows and heavy dark wood furniture are standard in the 193 spacious (and recently renovated) rooms, while the rooftop garden, though open only in the warm months, has a postcard-worthy view over the city and of the Duomo. Make time to have coffee or a cocktail there. Prices are high, but the location and old-world style make this a good value proposition.
In the Area
The hotel, just a few minutes’ walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station, is within spitting distance of enough Florentine sights to keep most guests occupied for several days. The glorious gothic cathedral of the Duomo and the epic Palazzo Vecchio, with its Roman ruins and medieval fortress, are both nearby. Within a short stroll is the Mercato Centrale, a beautiful 19th-century building that’s home to a must-visit market, which features a fabulous selection of home goods, food stalls, and shops selling fresh pasta, Italian sweets, and other treats that make excellent souvenirs. We recommend stopping first at the Da Nerbone market stall for traditional Tuscan food, followed up with an energizing espresso at Caffe Rondinelli, before embarking on your shopping expedition.
How to Get There
We had the pleasure of spending four nights at the hotel during our trip through Italy, and by far this was our favorite hotel. From the accommodating staff, to the breakfasts offering postcard views of the city, and finally a wonderful dinner offering in addition to the aforementioned views. When we return to Florence, we will stay again.
My husband and I wanted to find a hotel that wasn’t the Westin or St. Regis. We came upon Baglioni and decided to give it a try because it looked like it had great views of the city.
The hotel is right by the train station. We loved the idea of taking a train through Italy so the location was ideal for us because it was a block and a half away. You can take the underground tunnel from train station to the very front of the hotel to avoid surface street traffic. Our family decided to drive into the city and realized there were excessive fines to pay.
The staff was amazing. Upon check in, I desperately needed to get my nails done and they quickly made an appointment at Maniboo for me. All of the staff were extremely friendly and pleasant.
The room was very clean. My husband wanted to be an architect when he was younger so we was impressed by the design of the hotel. There is a lot of woodwork and it’s like you’ve been taken back in time. The ceilings are about 20 feet high. Even in the hotel rooms.
The view was spectacular! Totally worth the stay. Words cannot describe how beautiful it was. We just stayed on the rooftop and looked out while having a nightcap.
Oh! And the breakfast views were wonderful too! We had the yummy breakfast there and just looked out in awe. Definitely recommend Grand Hotel Baglioni!
This hotel is steeped in history. The halls are quite dark being such an old building but there are lots of pictures that tell the historic stories of Florence. The hotel is adjacent to the train station so is quite central to all the sights that Florence has to offer. The staff were very friendly and reception staff were helpful with any issues or questions. The room we had was lovely with a small terrace, perfect for a bottle of Prosecco in the evenings. The bed was very hard but we asked at reception for a topper and by the time we got back in the evening the topper had been put on. The bathroom was great and included a bath, which was very welcome after a long day walking around the city. Breakfast offered quite a big choice of the usual things. The view over Florence and the cathedral was stunning both during the day and at night. The only down side for me was the coffee. The coffee in the urn was too strong for me. We found out a couple of days in that Cappuccino and latte can be ordered from the staff, which was better but sadly Luke warm. The best option seemed to be tea. We did eat at the restaurant one night which was nice but the steak was underdone for my liking. I think medium in the Uk is equivalent to very rare in Italy. The roof top terrace was very pretty with covered in areas, which was good as it was a little windy but it didn’t matter as these areas made it warm enough to sit out in the evening. We found this a great central base for sightseeing in Florence and would definitely visit again if we ever return.
That old aristocratic hotel next to the central station and at the tram line to the airport next door ,minutes away from the cupola and all the action in Florence ,can go on foot almost every were
The ambiance is incredible feel like you stay in the castle
Room and bathroom are having all the plugs and amenities updated a digital era in an old environment
The Terrace of the hotel has an guch a hotel reat view and next to it is the breakfast area also with an incredible view BUT serving a 2 star breakfast ,unexeptable for such a hotel
Worst hotel experience of our trip! We are currently at the hotel & they are hosting a fashion event. It is midnight and the music is unbelievably loud. We asked for a new room & was told by the front desk that many other guests were complaining as well and there is nothing they can do about it. I was told to wait for the party to end. Absolutely ubsurd after a long day of sight seeing. All I wanted was a good night's sleep. The lack of caring from the hotel staff is extremely fusterating.