Pros

  • Prime location in front of Santa Maria Novella Church
  • Stylish boutique with whimsical contemporary decor
  • Modern rooms with electric kettles, minibars, and stylish bathrooms
  • Free breakfast buffet with pastries, cold cuts, and cheeses
  • Small bar serving drinks and cappuccino
  • Free Wi-Fi
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Cons

  • No full restaurant on-site
  • Breakfast lacks hot items
  • Whimsical touches, like superhero statues, not for everyone
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Bottom Line

Opened in 2014, the 22-room Garibaldi Blu Hotel Florence is a modern, mid-range hotel with whimsical contemporary decor in a convenient location within walking distance to several of the city’s main attractions. Part of the WTB hotel chain, this property is adjoined to Hotel Rosso 23 facing the Piazzi di Santa Maria Novella. Serene guest rooms have deep blue walls, low lighting, and stylish bathrooms. The hotel serves a breakfast buffet including the standard fare of pastries, cold cuts, and cheeses. There’s no full restaurant, but there is a small bar on-site. Overall, this stylish hotel offers excellent value and polish for a mid-range property. Guests looking for a more traditional hotel may want to check out Santa Maria Novella Hotel, a luxury boutique with a roof terrace providing views of the namesake church, though rates tend to be higher. 

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Internet
  • Pets Allowed

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Hotel Garibaldi Blu

Scene

Whimsical, modern design abounds in public spaces

Garibaldi Blu Hotel Florence is a modern hotel with a sense of humor. The lobby has beautiful vaulted ceilings with stone columns and a skylight, but the most dramatic element by far are the towering sculptures of palm trees made from industrial metal. Round mirrors and exposed ductwork add shine, while velvet furnishings soften the effect. The front desk is tucked into a small room with black-lacquered cabinets and a frilly glass chandelier. Perhaps the most startling of all these decorations is the life-sized statues of comic book superheroes that line a hallway. (Spiderman can be found crouching appropriately on a ledge under the wooden ceiling beams.) Breakfast is served in a modern dining room with checkered floors and gray banquettes. Additional bistro tables are lined up in a hallway with huge windows offering views of the courtyard. 

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Location

In a pedestrian piazza in front of a church

Garibaldi Blu Hotel is located in front of the Santa Maria Novella Church, the first great basilica in Florence. It’s in a lively pedestrian piazza usually full of tourists. The Firenze Maria Novella Station is a seven-minute walk, and most of the city’s main attractions are within a 10-minute walk including the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, and the San Lorenzo Market. The airport can be reached in under 20 minutes by car. 

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Rooms

Dimly lit rooms with a modern vibe plus chic bathrooms

Guest rooms cast a serene mood, with low lighting, dark parquet floors and deep-blue, gray, or rose walls. Floral curtains and graffiti-style artwork add some patterns to the space, but the most striking rooms have original 19th century frescoed ceilings and walls. Modern furnishings include small desks and leather headboards, while funky cubby nightstands give a little mid-century feel. All rooms have wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, electric kettles, and minibars. Bathrooms are stylishly decked out in black-and-white pebbled tiles. Some bathrooms have stand-up showers while others have shower/tub combos, and all are equipped with hairdryers and slippers. Some rooms offer views of the Santa Maria Novella Church. Wi-Fi is free throughout. 

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Features

Free breakfast buffet, small bar serving drinks and cappuccino, and meeting rooms available

Garibaldi Blu Hotel serves a breakfast buffet with pastries, yogurt, cereals, cold cuts, and cheeses, but no hot items, in a lovely breakfast room with a jaunty checkerboard floor and oversized tufted banquettes. The hotel also has a spacious, stylish lobby with seating areas and a small bar where guests can order a cocktail or a cappuccino. Meeting rooms with modern decor are available for private events. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Cribs

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pets Allowed

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Swim-Up Bar

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