Grand Hotel Baglioni Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Florence, Province of Florence, Tuscany

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Pros

  • Historic hotel housed in the former residence of the Bertolini princes
  • Stately rooms are large, with oak ceilings, bed frames, and floors
  • Rooftop garden has stunning views (especially of the Duomo)
  • High-end dining and dramatic city view s from Terrazza Brunelleschi restaurant
  • Convenient location within walking distance of Florence's most popular sights
  • Guests get discounted access to a nearby fitness center
  • Breakfast included in rate
  • Free wired Internet connection in rooms

Cons

Bottom Line

Housed in the former residences of the Bertolini princes, the Grand Hotel Baglioni lives up to the grand image painted by Florence's past. The hotel is filled with heavy-handed regal touches and ornate decor from top to bottom. The 193 rooms are very spacious (not often the case in a historic building), and feel luxurious, decked out with classic Italian furnishings, large leaded windows, gorgeous dark wood (the ceilings, floors, and furniture), and equally spacious dazzling white bathrooms (though there are some awkward shower/tub combos). Both the rooftop garden and Terrazza Brunelleschi restaurant offer stunning views of Florence. All of this comes with a hefty price tag, of course, but the convenient location and rich design make the splurge worth it for some.

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 Location

On a cobblestone street just steps away from the Palazzo dei Congressi

The Grand Hotel Baglioni is located a short walk from the Palazzo dei Congressi, offering a quiet locale close to many of the city's main draws. Everything from upscale boutiques to popular public squares is within walking distance.

Florence is extremely pedestrian-friendly, and is one of Italy's most beautiful cities -- it's more compact, and less gritty, than Rome. The Duomo is the most iconic sight here, but other popular attractions include Michelangelo's "David" at the Galleria dell'Accademia, the works of Botticelli and da Vinci at the Uffizi, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge, which dates back to the 1300s. The Piazza della Signora is a popular tourist hub, and many hotels are located near it.

  • 17-minute drive from Peretola Airport
  • 1-hour-and-15-minute drive from Galileo Galilei Airport
  • 2-minute walk to the iconic Duomo cathedral
  • 1- to 5-minute walk to dozens of bars and restaurants
  • 1- to 5-minute walk to designer shopping
  • 3-minute walk to Palazzo Strozzi cultural center
  • 4-minute walk to San Lorenzo Market
  • 4-minute walk to Piazza della Repubblica
  • 5-minute walk to Palazzo Rucellai
  • 6-minute walk to Museo dei Fratelli Alinari photography museum
  • 6-minute walk to Santa Maria Novella train station
  • 8-minute walk to the 14th-century Ponte Vecchio bridge
  • 8-minute walk to Piazza della Signoria -- the political center of Florence
  • 11-minute walk to Galleria dell'Accademia, home to Michelangelo's "David" statue
  • 12-minute walk to Museo Galileo
  • 12-minute walk to Teatro Verdi
  • 13-minute walk to Piazza Santa Croce
  • 14-minute walk to Giardini della Fortezza
  • 14-minute walk to Museo Horne, which houses a private collection of Renaissance art and furniture
  • 18-minute walk to Boboli Gardens
  • 12-minute drive to the Uffizi Gallery, which houses Botticelli's "Birth of Venus"
  • 13-minute drive to the Stibbert Museum, which features international artifacts

 Bottom Line

Housed in the former residences of the Bertolini princes, the Grand Hotel Baglioni lives up to the grand image painted by Florence's past. The hotel is filled with heavy-handed regal touches and ornate decor from top to bottom. The 193 rooms are very spacious (not often the case in a historic building), and feel luxurious, decked out with classic Italian furnishings, large leaded windows, gorgeous dark wood (the ceilings, floors, and furniture), and equally spacious dazzling white bathrooms (though there are some awkward shower/tub combos). Both the rooftop garden and Terrazza Brunelleschi restaurant offer stunning views of Florence. All of this comes with a hefty price tag, of course, but the convenient location and rich design make the splurge worth it for some.

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Address

  • Piazza Unita Italiana 6 Toscan Florence, FI 50123 Italy

Room Types

  • Classic Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Junior Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 193
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Florence, Province of Florence
Address: Piazza Unita Italiana 6 Toscan Florence, FI 50123 Italy
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