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
- 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
Arrived at this treasure in the heart of Florence with my family for a wedding. The hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Florence close to the train station, shops, sites and several cafes and restaurants. The roof top garden is breathtaking with panoramic view of this beautiful city.
Breakfast is a lovely experience with a good variety of choices,
Rooms were a good size and beds we’re comfortable. Cleanliness I will award full points.
Staff are good and do their best to make your stay special.
Teresa at the reception is a star.
We had a great time in Florence and the hotel was a true treat for us all
The hotel is so gorgeous - full of old world charm and character. At the same time, it had all the modern conveniences you would expect, with great aircon.
The minibar is free and re stocked daily which was so nice. The breakfast was a huge array of options. We particularly liked the scrambled eggs.The rooftop bar and restaurant has amazing views across the city and the service was very good.
Reception staff were very polite, especially Lorenzo who was really helpful to us on checkout, arranging to look after our cases whilst we went for a final limonata.
I visited with my two young adult children in a twin bedded room and there was plenty of space for us. we loved the windows and shutters - such lovely features everywhere. I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to be in the centre of everything. I am a very light sleeper but I never heard any noise from the street or from other rooms.
We chose this hotel for its central location and rooftop bar. Wow! We were thrilled with our choice.
The hotel is located close to the train station and 5 minutes walk from the Duomo and central Florence so we walked everywhere with ease. On arrival the doormen welcome you and help with your luggage. Reception staff were friendly and helpful and we were given a room on floor 4. Previous reviews had said the hotel was dark with small rooms. We had a large room which easily accommodated 3 adults. Yes the decor is dark but it’s an old hotel and the woodwork is traditional and beautiful. The room was spacious well equipped and cool- essential in July heat! The room was quiet and we slept brilliantly.
Now for the terrace. It was very large and there was always plenty of spare seats. The views were spectacular and the terrace had lovely shady spots in the evening. Our only criticism of the hotel was the limited wine selection at the bar very little choice and no rose on offer. Staff could also be more attentive to check when glasses need refilling.
Now for the best part- the restaurant. Above the bar were further terraces and to our surprise we found this was the area for eating dinner. We were half board and that was a great decision. Each night we were treated to a culinary feast sitting in what must be the best spot in Florence on the roof, in the cool surrounded by the dome, towers and spires if the city. The food and service here were excellent and we highly recommend you use it. On half board we were allowed anything on the menu which is unusual in hotels as it’s often restricted. Food presentation was superb.
Breakfast is buffet style served inside but again you are in a room high up with amazing views.
We would highly recommend this hotel.
My wife and I had a wonderful stay at the Grand Hotel Baglioni. The hotel is in a very convieient location, well within walking distance of many of Florence's historic sites.
Room was very large and clean with a window overlooking an active shopping street.
Furnishings were aging but still quite lovely. Restaurant and rooftop garden have wonderful views over the City.
We werent sure what to expect. Photos online could be interpreted as a dated hotel but we were wrong. I would describe the rooms as having an Italian decor and are large, spacious, comfortable and very clean. Also quiet...didnt hear voices or movement of other guests in adjacent rooms or hallway. The room has all the amenities you need including a free minibar. The staff is excellent, hospitable, friendly, and helpful. The hotel is conveniently located close to train station and places of interest. There is a roof top area for drinks and dining you must experience in the evening. I will definitely stay here again. Really enjoyed our stay.