Florence, the heart of Tuscany and a city I had never visited until this May. I chose Grand Hotel Minerva Florence due to its central location and proximity to the station. As my plan was to tour around Tuscany, I wanted to be close to the station.
Grand Hotel Minerva Florence is a modern classic. This term is probably not real in design or architecture but I find it the best way to describe the vibe. When in Florence, it is difficult to deviate from the city’s rich history and culture. I also do not think that hotels should be doing it. I loved Grand Hotel Minerva Florence modern take on history.
The welcome was impeccable, front desk greeted us and checked us in really quickly.
Our room was on the 6th floor, overlooking the Florentine, brick roof tops. Florence is an earthy brown colour, it is beautiful to observe from above and gives a feeling of peace. I definitely did enjoy hanging out on the terrace and just watching over the houses, and the green fields of Tuscany in the distance.
The room was spacious, with a walk in wardrobe and a gorgeous lounge sofa. Coffee machine in the room – check (by now everyone knows how important this one is). Loved the bathroom which was split in 3 parts – the douche cabin was huge. It is always weird when you have these tiny showers and it gets a little bit claustrophobic. I slept well, the only thing I did not like was the 2 joined beds, rather than having one king sized bed. It made it a little bit uncomfortable during the night.
The roof top:
The roof top garden and bar are amazing. It is worth visiting the hotel, if only to hang out there. The pool overlooks the Cathedral and the square, while the bar overlooks those roof tops, I mentioned earlier. This is where I spent most of my time. Just hanging out, watching over Florence and dipping my toes in the pool. The bar offers all kinds of freshly, squeezed goodness and a jasmine wall – it smells divine.
The wifi works good, which is always a bonus, so well done you guys.
There was a good choice of food, healthy and hearty. The breakfast room overlooked the greenery in the middle, which I thought was a really cool touch. It made one feel like they were eating in a jungle.
The main Florence square is about 7 minutes walk but totally worth it. You will pass by some gorgeous streets and cafes.
If I do go back to Florence, I would stay there again.