Hotel Regency Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Florence, Italy

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Pros

  • Quiet, boutique hotel in a historic Florentine villa
  • Rooms have high ceilings and old-world decor
  • Most bathrooms have Cararra marble and towel heaters
  • Some rooms have big balconies with dining tables
  • Free soft drinks in minibars
  • Fine dining restaurant serving Tuscan cuisine and local wines
  • Seasonal outdoor garden is available for dining
  • Free Wi-Fi and excellent free breakfast buffet
  • 24-hour concierge service

Cons

  • Not in the historic heart of Florence
  • Advertised as a 5-star hotel, but not up to 5-star standards
  • Many rooms and bathrooms need updating

Bottom Line

The Hotel Regency is a 35-room luxury boutique with an unpretentious, friendly atmosphere. Elements such as ornate wallpaper, dramatic drapes, and tray ceilings give the rooms old-world charm, but decor varies, and most rooms are in need of updating. The exterior of the hotel looks like a stately residence, and has decorative ironwork. Inside, comfortable couches and rich colors dominate the decor, and there is a lovely private garden where guests can dine. Extras include free Wi-Fi, a free breakfast buffet, free minibar soft drinks, and 24-hour concierge service, but the hotel's location is a bit far from Florence's major sights.

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 Location

A bit removed from Florence's main attractions

The Hotel Regency is located in historic Florence, but is a bit farther away from the main attractions than other hotels. Many guests report that this location makes for a quieter stay, while others complain that the area's narrow streets make it difficult to navigate.

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.

  • 18-minute drive to Peretola Airport
  • 10-minute walk to the Galleria dell’Accademia where the Michelangelo's famous David statue is housed
  • 15-minute walk to Florence's most famous landmark the Duomo
  • 18-minute walk to Piazza de Signoria -- the historical political center of Florence
  • 18-minute walk Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's town hall
  • 10-minute drive to Oltrarno -- the southern and more working class part of the city with great family-run restaurants
  • 10-minute drive to Piazzale Michelangelo for stunning views of the Arno Valley and the city of Florence
  • 11-minute drive to Santa Maria Novella -- a 14th century monastic church with archetypical Gothic architecture
  • 11-minute drive to Libreria Cafe de la Cite, one of many salon-like cafes
  • 11-minute drive to Basilica di San Minianato al Monte -- a 13th century church offering gorgeous views and architecture
  • 15-minute drive to the Uffizi Gallery which houses Botticelli's "Birth of Venus"
  • 1-hour drive to Lucca
  • 1-hour, 16-minute drive to Siena
  • 1-hour, 17-minute drive to Pisa
  • 3-hour drive to Rome

 Bottom Line

The Hotel Regency is a 35-room luxury boutique with an unpretentious, friendly atmosphere. Elements such as ornate wallpaper, dramatic drapes, and tray ceilings give the rooms old-world charm, but decor varies, and most rooms are in need of updating. The exterior of the hotel looks like a stately residence, and has decorative ironwork. Inside, comfortable couches and rich colors dominate the decor, and there is a lovely private garden where guests can dine. Extras include free Wi-Fi, a free breakfast buffet, free minibar soft drinks, and 24-hour concierge service, but the hotel's location is a bit far from Florence's major sights.

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Address

  • Piazza M. D'Azeglio, 3 Florence, FI 50121 Italy

Room Types

  • Classic Double Room
  • Deluxe Double Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Suite

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Internet Access: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Florence, Italy
Address: Piazza M. D'Azeglio, 3 Florence, FI 50121 Italy
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