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
We were blown away by this 14th century villa on arrival. Beautiful decor, great room and amazing views. The staff were lovely, friendly and so helpful and the pool, which was one of the main reasons for booking this hotel, was heated, clean and great to swim in. The gym had very good equipment and it even had a Turkish steam room.
We ate in the restaurant one night and, although very pricey, it was fantastic!
What lets the hotel down however is that the breakfasts are typically Italian ie very sparse. If you like cake, cheese and ham then you’re onto a winner but the selection of cereals ( not even muesli) juices ( just orange) and the absence of mushrooms, beans and sausages didn’t go down well with us at all!
Although we loved the Tuscan views from the hotel and the vineyards and olive groves we didn’t love that we either had to get a taxi ( approx 15 euros a trip) or the local bus ( every hour and not Sundays) to the City of Florence.
Also, the hotel only provided 2 bottles of water in our room for the first night - after that you had to buy it which, for a five star hotel is not acceptable.
Saying all that though, we had a lovely time and will certainly recommend this hotel.
Hotel was really beautiful, rooms comfortable. Bed was medium firm. Trying to figure out how to work faucets for shower and sink was kinda tricky in our junior suite. Ads say all suites have frescos, not true, junior suites don't. Only two rooms (both suites) have that. Ads also imply it's a 10 minute walk to Florence, was more like 10-15 mins in cab to get to center of town. It's on a steep hill, you gotta really like walking to do that one multiple times a day. Pool area was awesome, nice view. Got a chefs tasting menu for my birthday which as adventurous as we are with our pallet, it was a little weird, but they pour wine very liberally so I didn't care that they served octopus with a thick bean soup or pigeon. Would def go back the views are just amazing and I like the quiet break from being in the city.
Five stars does not do this hotel justice! Superb accommodation lovely friendly helpful staff and an un paralleled restaurant panoramic views of Florence this place has everything. I heartily reckoned this hotel
We arrived very late in the evening so difficult to have a good first impression - the hotel is tucked away at the top of a hill accessed via a winding road and was extremely quiet. For the first couple of days it felt like we were the only guests there - but not in a good way, it’s kind of creepy!
The location, whilst beautiful, is a little awkward being a 20-30 minute hilly walk away from old town Florence. Taxis are available quickly, but it gets fairly pricey to do this a few times a day. To be fair, we were aware of the distance from the centre of Florence before we booked, but perhaps not aware of the terrain!
The breakfast was good, a buffet with lots to choose from, and the staff were very friendly and attentive. The view across Florence is stunning.
The pool is nice, again a beautiful view. The gym (one of the main reasons we booked this hotel) was perfect for us. Good equipment and we basically had it to ourselves. Towels and water not always available, those small touches would have been appreciated.
But where the hotel flourishes is the restaurant. Dinner is not cheap but wow, the food is incredible. We ordered the beef if I remember right and it was one of the best meals we’ve ever had. The dessert was also perfect and presented beautifully.
This would be a reason to return for us.
I was bought this trip as a gift, so when I read a couple of bad reviews, I was a little worried. My worries were completely unfounded! What a fantastic place. Huge rooms. Spotlessly clean. The views from the dining room and pool are amazing. The staff have been superb, from the twice a day maids, to the receptionist, the restaurant, and especially the guys at the pool.
We ate in the restaurant on our last night. It was absolutely faultless. One of the best meals I have ever had.
A couple of tips- wear the flip flops provided round the pool. I picked up a splinter from the deck. It’s also easy to miss , but the far side of the pool has a small jacuzzi area. The button is under the waterline.
We enjoyed the walk into town but always got a cab back. Avoid the long queues for cabs at the station. Flag one down in the nearby streets . There’s another rank in piazza Santa Maria.