Staying at this hotel was a highlight of the trip in itself. The proximity to the sights literally cannot be beat. It is maybe a 5 minute walk to the Duomo and the views you can get of the cathedral on the rooftop terrace are amazing.
To me the rooftop bar/cafe was the best feature of this hotel. We ended up capping off every night with a drink while just staring out at the cathedral lit up in the night. If you are lucky enough to have Claudio wait on you while you're up there, be sure to put his extensive wine knowledge to use in helping you select the perfect glass to suite your tastes. We were going to end our last night there with a bottle of red and asked his advice. He listened to what we liked and brought out 10 bottles letting us look at each one, explaining the subtleties of each, until we had narrowed it down the one we wanted. He was right, it was wonderful! He is truly a wine aficionado, and it shows in his work.
Again, this was by far my favorite hotel, and I can't imagine that we'll stay anywhere else when returning to Florence.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Laurus al Duomo is located in the heart of Florence, just 70 meters from the Cathedral and 150 meters from the central train station Santa Maria Novella.The hotel is part of the cultural centre "Centro Congressi al Duomo", together with the Auditorium al Duomo, Cafe Astra al Duomo, Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio.Located in the historical via de' Cerretani, between the Cathedral and the Santa Maria Novella train station, the Hotel Laurus al Duomo stays at a short walk from the most elegant shopping streets, and it is ideal for both leisure and business travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Florence
- Laurus Hotel
- Florence Best Western