What We Love
- A boutique city-center escape, including breakfast, a welcome drink and a dining discountThe unbeatable location in Florence’s Santa Maria Novella district
- Bubbling away in the hotel’s heated Jacuzzi in the courtyard
- Sampling the gourmet delights in Ristorante Benedicta, holder of three Michelin forks
- Enjoying your perks, like breakfast, a welcome drink and a dining discount
What To Know
- The hotel's courtyard has a Jacuzzi and small pool
- You're within walking distance of the Duomo and Santa Maria Novella Station, so you can easily make your way to other Florence hotspots
- Free WiFi can be spotty
Florence is teeming with world-famous artworks, architectural wonders, gourmet restaurants, to-die-for gelatos and wonderful wines. Perfectly placed to help you relish all of these is boutique gem Hotel Rivoli. Celebrating over 50 years of hospitality, this former 14th-century convent still offers a calm ambience, with beautifully restored walls, complete with stone columns, cross-vaulting and coffered ceilings. Wander the city’s historic streets, marvel at Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpieces at the legendary Uffizi and Accademia, then meditate on the sights you’ve seen, as you soak in the hotel’s heated Jacuzzi pool, in the courtyard.
The attractions don’t end there. Kick back with a cocktail on the flower-filled inner patio; in the warm environs of the Garden Bar, with full-length sliding glass doors; or one of the traditional sitting rooms, packed with original antiques. The hotel’s Ristorante Benedicta proudly possesses three Michelin forks, and dining here will prove to be a revelatory experience. Retreat to your spacious room which, with vaulted ceiling and marble bathroom, invites a restful night’s sleep. Add to this the worldly temptations that abound on legendary shopping street Via de Tornabuoni nearby and you’ll find that this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner has everything you need for a perfect stay in the Tuscan capital.
Designed in elegant Florentine style, Superior rooms have an airy and spacious feel, with vaulted ceilings and grand marble bathrooms. Soundproofing ensures a quiet and restful night’s sleep.
With three Michelin forks, Ristorante Benedicta is headed up by Executive Chef Luciano. Expect modern updates on traditional Italian cuisine, in an elegant, refined setting.
Hotel Rivoli sits in Florence’s Santa Maria Novella district, with the train station of the same name close by. Within walking distance are a host of museums, galleries and churches, such as the Duomo cathedral, Dante’s house and Santa Maria Novella. Climb up to Fortezza de Basso for great city views, or visit the Uffizi Gallery, 10 minutes away. Enjoy a splendid shopping spree along Via de Tornabuoni, with its upscale fashion boutiques, or soak up some local flavor at lively Lorenzo market.
How to Get There
A smaller older hotel with well preserved historical decor, not luxury or grand. The staff was very friendly. The location was great, less than 5 minutes walk to the Piazza Santa Maria Novella and about 10 minutes to the train station. Close to restaurants, shops and attractions. Our room was nice and clean but quite noisy early in the morning as it was facing the main street. Nice sitting area in the courtyard with a small Jacuzzi pool, and a comfortable lounge right by the bar. The restaurant was small and breakfast was just OK, and the regular coffee was bad.
Stayed 3 nights this week while visiting Florence. The hotel was very nice. The room was comfortable and cleaned each day. The two ladies at the front desk, Paola & Francesca were simply amazing. They were very personable and went out of their way to assist us with a tour booking and provided us a few restaurant recommendations. The complimentary breakfast was very good and the wait staff did a wonderful job. Would definitely recommend this hotel when staying in Florence.
The excellent service of this hotel started before we arrived. A friend recommended this hotel for my parents 50th wedding anniversary because they would be treated like royalty. Paula received my email informing her that I wanted to ensure that my parents would have a wonderful time because this was a lifetime trip for them. She graciously replied that they would do be at our disposal when we arrived.
Upon checking in we were greeted by Daniel who was very friendly, readily shared his knowledge about where to eat, shop and what tours to take during our stay. He went out of his way to be extra helpful and always provided the best service with a smile--very grateful.
The overnight staffer took care to book our day-trip at the last minute and was attentive with every detail. Every time you encounter staff around the hotel they greet the guests with a smile and most importantly they are ALL extremely pleasant. Amila, the bar tender makes exquisite drinks (his own concoctions) you won't find in the U.S. and is the MOST pleasant bar tender I have ever encounter. His friendliness and attentiveness was the highlight for everyone at the bar each night of our stay.
The rooms are extremely clean, very spacious and quiet--you will get good sleep each night.
The common areas are decorated tastefully and provide an inviting setting for relaxation. The hotel has a rich history as it used to be a convent for the 11th century.
The location is quite central as its one block away from the train station and only a ten minute walk from the Duomo. You are never more than 20 min walking distance from the furthest tourist attraction (Ponte Vecchio). There are delicious restaurants and quaint stores for shopping on the same street.
CONS: I can't think of any
I will certainly return to this hotel next time I am in Florence as the hotel is perfectly situated and the staff make you feel like you're part of their extended family. BRAVO to the staff on providing excellent customer service.
p.s. My parents were delighted with their room and the beautiful extra touches they were surprised with upon entering their room.
We stayed 2 nights here this week and absolutely loved it! We booked the romantic room and they gave us a comfortable room with a beautiful terrace that overlooked the swimming pool! Beautiful! All the staff are exceptional! Also - the breakfasts ( and staff) were the best we had on our tour of Italy. The hotel is well situated to train station. Only downside is small bathroom. Would highly recommend - especially for price we paid.
The hotel has a cool antique look and is located at middle spot better the central market and train station. Station would be hardly a 5 minute walk and if you are planning on carrying you big bags then road conditions are also good around so you can easily drag then around. The central market, cafes and many tourist spots are nearby at 10-15 min walkable distance.
The hotel rooms are small but clean and comfortable. However the best part of the hotel is the downstairs garden they have which is definitely worth taking snaps. The restaurant for their breakfast buffet is also not very big so go at a non rush time. They have good spread of all continental dishes but the best part were the flavored yogurts.
The staff at the restaurant as well as the hotel staff is very friendly and in case you need any help for any directions then they gladly help you out.
There's many cafes outside too in case you don't want to eat in as well as there is a grocery store on the opposite street in case you need snacks or bottled water.