Grand Hotel Minerva Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Florence, Province of Florence, Tuscany

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Cons

  • On-site dining is pricier than other options in the area
  • The faux antique decor (such as door decals) sometimes comes off as tacky
  • Some complaints of noisy church bells waking guests up early
  • Pool only open from June to September

Bottom Line

If asked to picture a postcard version of Florence, the views from the Grand Hotel Minerva are most likely what would come to mind. The lovely rooftop pool and terrace offer up some of the most picturesque views in the city, and many rooms have balconies offering similarly excellent outlooks (most balconies have great views of the Santa Maria Novella Plaza, and those on higher floors have spectacular views of Florence's skyline). All rooms and suites are spacious, with high ceilings and elegant furniture, and bathrooms are modern (if a little tight); plenty of handicap accessible units are on offer. The hotel's central location, high-end restaurant, and regal historic ambiance make it easy to justify the splurge.

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 Location

Directly on a calm, scenic, grassy plaza in the heart of Florence

It's hard to ask for a better location the Grand Hotel Minerva: it sits adjacent to the calm, grassy Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, offering phenomenal views and a quiet locale close to many of the city's main draws. Everything from upscale boutiques to popular public squares is within walking distance. The Santa Maria Novella train station is also a very short walk away.

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.

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

If asked to picture a postcard version of Florence, the views from the Grand Hotel Minerva are most likely what would come to mind. The lovely rooftop pool and terrace offer up some of the most picturesque views in the city, and many rooms have balconies offering similarly excellent outlooks (most balconies have great views of the Santa Maria Novella Plaza, and those on higher floors have spectacular views of Florence's skyline). All rooms and suites are spacious, with high ceilings and elegant furniture, and bathrooms are modern (if a little tight); plenty of handicap accessible units are on offer. The hotel's central location, high-end restaurant, and regal historic ambiance make it easy to justify the splurge.

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Address

  • Piazza Santa Maria Novella 16 Florence, FI 50123 Italy

Room Types

  • Classic Room
  • Connecting Double/ Twin Rooms
  • Family Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Suite
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 102
Pool: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: Florence, Province of Florence
Address: Piazza Santa Maria Novella 16 Florence, FI 50123 Italy
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