Villa Tolomei Hotel & Resort
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes buffet breakfast
- A stunning 14th-century villa set on 50 acres
- Just a 5-minute drive to the center of Florence
- The hotel produces its own brand of wine and olive oil
What To Know
- Set on a hillside with impressive views of the Tuscan capital
- The outdoor pool is typically open April through October
- Free WiFi
- The gym is open 24 hours
- A city tax of approximately $6 (€5) per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Set on 50 acres of orchard, vineyard and olive grove, Villa Tolomei is a 14th-century estate turned heritage hotel on a Tuscan hillside with jaw-dropping views of Florence. The villa is blessed with a treasure trove of original features, including Renaissance frescoes on the walls and ceilings. The 30 guestrooms and suites are lavishly decorated in royal blue and gold, with high ceilings, large garden-facing windows and cozy beds. The suites are reliably opulent, with added space and features, including private terraces, separate living rooms and garden access. Relax by the pool with a glass of Villa Tolomei Chianti, produced at the property’s own vineyard; then make a beeline for the sun-soaked terrace at Il Conventino a Marignolle. The restaurant’s hearty Tuscan menu includes squid risotto, and T-bone Florentine steak with roast potatoes and spinach. Work off the excess with a session at the state-of-the-art gym or a steam in the Turkish bath.
In the Area
Once you’ve had your fill of the wonderful Renaissance frescoes on the villa’s walls and ceilings, you may wish to visit the Uffizi Gallery to see the finest collection of Renaissance art in the world. Oenophiles need look no further than Vivanda, an enoteca with a list of 120 organic and biodynamic wines. Pair your vino with one of Vivanda’s to-die-for pasta dishes, then finish your meal with a fresh mint ice cream at Grom, arguably the best gelato joint in Italy. The villa is just a 5-minute drive from the center of Florence.
How to Get There
My husband and I spent 3 nights at Tolomei during our stay in Florence and we had a WONDERFUL experience. Definitely a relaxing, quiet setting away from the craziness of the city.
The room was extremely spacious, clean and comfortable. The hotel staff was very friendly and informative at recommending local vineyards. We did rent a car but would not recommend if you are adamant about narrow, winding roads. It is difficult to get around. Everything closes early so we took advantage of the hotel restaurant. However you can take a taxi for $10 into the city.
The service we received by Herman and staff was impeccable. I’m very surprised to hear such poor reviews. The complimentary breakfast was also a big plus. We would definitely stay again if back in Florence.
Everythings starts well when arriving at the location - problems starts at the first night with a very noisy room > Inside noise like hearing the neighbours in their bathroom without going into details and second morning with very low shower pressure and no possibilty to adjust temperature > finally we got proposal to change room after 2 nights out of 5.
Note the "relative" cleanliness > spiderweb on the ceiling corners
Next issue at the restaurant > we were supposed to get a free aperitive > was not proposed - so we have to ask for it ? - then we ordered a smoked salmon with mashed potatoes and we got a non smoked salmon with potatoe cube without notice and late excuses ... ordered a glas of Sauvignon > was sparkling and instead of changing the bottle we got a pino griggio ... seems unexperienced service team.
Every one in the personal was friendly but this seems to be a lack of supervision and like waiting for the customer to complain.
We chose this hotel because we were attending a wedding there. Couldn’t have made a better choice! The best of the hotel is the staff. Not one word to say against anyone. The place is beautiful, very well localized (not in the center, but close enough that one can enjoy both the Tuscan country view and the historical city within walking distance). The food is great! What an amazing chef!!! Highly recommend the house wine to accompany any meal. The rooms are cozy and comfortable.
Special thanks to our friend Vasilis, who works at the restaurant.
A fabulous place. Close to the centre of Florence, very welcoming, real quality and lovely people. The pool and gym are excellent and the food is fantastic. Breakfast options could be sharpened up, but our room and terrace were terrific and the location is beautiful. Don't stay in the centre of town - this is a great place.
The hotel is very well located relatively close to the center of Florence into a very quiet domain. Nice old buiding renewed nicely. The room we occupied was nice with good bed and mastress. Only issue the heating system not easy to manage (obliged to close it or to be too hot ...).
Correct bathroom but without bathrobe which is now a standard in 5*
After the lobby you will find a succession of rooms (salon) perhaps usefull in summer (but not in March).
The bar, the restaurant and a covered terrasse warmed is at the opposite of the lobby.
If you look at a spa as in majority of 5* forget it; you will have access at a fitness space where a small hammam is available (in summer the swimmingpool is certainly highly welcome).
We consider that the hotel would propose more activities to be in line with 5* standards and usage.
Service (people) is nice especially with Giovani who manages the bar and restaurant and is always available to give advices (a great thanks to him and also to his colleague)