Saturday, August 20, 2011

HOTEL BOTTICELLI FLORENCE



HOTEL BOTTICELLI -  FLORENCE

                                                                                                                                                            Hotel Botticelli is situated in a delightful 16th century building, a small Renaissance gem located in the historic center of Florence.
This fine and popular three-star hotel is strategically located within a few minutes walking distance from all the most important monuments including the Duomo, the Medici Chapels, the Uffizi Gallery, the Galleria dell'Accademia and the most famous shopping streets. The railway station is only a few hundred meters away. Also located near the congress center, Palazzo dei Congressi and Fortezza da Basso, headquarters of the Florence Fair, the hotel is ideal for business visits or congresses in Florence. Together with comfort and elegance, the hotel offers its guests courteous and professional service in a special Renaissance atmosphere enhanced by a splendid Florentine Terrace where, while enjoying a glass of excellent Tuscan wine our guests may give themselves over to pleasant moments of complete relax.
The facilities include a private garage, free bicycle rental for pleasant hikes and romantic city rides, the Internet Point and Wi-Fi in all public areas.
Hotel Botticelli is one of the hotels that are part of Panorama Hotels Italy, a group of hotel titles, established in Florence in 1997 with the idea of creating a "landscape" of various proposals that could meet the needs of every type of client wishing to stay in a prestigious hotel in Florence for business or pleasure.



HOTEL BOTTICELLI FLORENCE DESCRIPTION

Witness to good taste and attention to detail, Hotel Botticelli is in a characteristic 16th century building in the historical center of Florence. The hotel been completely restored to revive an ambience of Renaissance flavor and enhanced by modern services and equipment to reopen its doors to guests.
Charm and elegance are everywhere: the rooms are elegantly refined in every detail; the public spaces are decorated with splendid frescoes; and the classic "Florentine loggia" has a pure Renaissance style. Enclosed within the hotel, the delightful central alley which once separated the two original buildings that today make up the structure makes the setting even more distinctive.
At the guests' disposal there is also a spacious, bright hall, with traditional ribbed vaults, where an inviting and substantial breakfast buffet can be enjoyed.
All this makes Hotel Botticelli the ideal location, which in addition to the fascination of the Renaissance palace, brings first class comfort and courteous, pleasant, professional service to your unforgettable stay.


HOTEL BOTTICELLI FLORENCE HISTORY AND CURIOSITY

The construction of the "Palazzetto Serragli" in which the Hotel Botticelli is located dates back to the second half of the 16th Century as can be seen from ancient plans of Florence from various historical periods. The building, which is recognized by the Supervision of Architectural Heritage since 1935, has several major elements: the ribbed vaults on the ground floor, the internal "kneeling" window with shelves made of stone and iron grating and the characteristic loggia on the second floor. The vaults of the entrance are painted (probably at a later period) with floral and cherub motifs.
On the front façade stands a coat of arms belonging to the Serragli family. The Palace Hotel opened in 1890 when the owner at the time asked the City of Florence for a license to open an “inn with a stable”. Little more than a century later (we are now in 1995-1997), the hotel underwent a complete restoration under the constant supervision of the Superintendence of Architectural Heritage, which made it a hotel with an excellent standard of comfort. An interesting curiosity is given by an inner space overlooked by the beautiful "kneeling" window, which was mentioned in the architectural notes and which previously opened to the outside.
In this space during the last restoration a "road" was re-created in “the old Florence style” that we thought about calling Via Alessandro Filipepi (real name of the great Botticelli) because of a road plaque in the "old Florence" style that has been a subject of curiosity and comments from our guests.




HOTEL BOTTICELLI FLORENCE ROOMS

Very charming and comfortable, all 34 rooms of Hotel Botticelli are finished with indisputable good taste and great attention to detail. Furnished in refined Tuscan style, with predominance of light, delicate colors, the rooms are equipped with every modern comfort; in addition, many of them offer views on characteristic sights of Florence.
Each room counts with air conditioning, satellite TV, mini bar, safe, hairdryer and direct dial telephone.


SINGLE ROOM

Charming and decorated in warm shades of color, with superior finishes, single rooms are relaxing and pleasant, and being equipped with all the modern comforts, they make guests feel completely at ease. These rooms feature a single bed with air conditioning, satellite TV, mini bar, safe, hairdryer and direct dial telephone. Smoking rooms on request




DOUBLE ROOM AND DOUBLE SINGLE USE ROOM

With either a double bed or two single beds, double rooms are decorated mainly in warm colors and classic furniture conducive to relaxation and, thanks to all the modern comforts, they make guests feel completely at ease. Equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, mini bar, safe, hairdryer and direct dial telephone, some of these rooms offer views of characteristic sights of Florence. Smoking rooms on request




SUPERIOR DOUBLE ROOM
Beautiful and elegant rooms where the furnishings and colors combine perfectly with the structure of the hotel. Bright and spacious, they welcome guests to total comfort and relaxation and offer views of characteristic sights of Florence. Available with double bed or two twin beds, they are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, mini bar, safe, hairdryer and direct dial telephone. Smoking rooms on request



TRIPLE ROOM

In triple rooms, the warm tones of the furnishings and accessories create an aura of familiarity, making it pleasant to spend relaxing moments, thanks to modern amenities that make guests feel completely at ease. Some of these rooms offer the possibility of views on characteristic sights and streets. Available with double bed –or two twin beds - plus one extra bed, these rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV, mini bar, safe, hairdryer and direct dial telephone. Smoking rooms on request



JUNIOR SUITE ROOM

Large and bright, the Junior Suite has two rooms, a bedroom and a sitting area, and can accommodate up to 4 guests. The refined appointments and furnishings combine perfectly with the architecture, and the warm colors of the accessories are conducive to total relax; it also offers the most modern amenities, allowing guests to feel completely at ease. The room is equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, mini bar, safe, hairdryer and direct dial telephone.





HOTEL BOTTICELLI FLORENCE PLACES OF INTEREST


Piazza San Lorenzo: with its lively market, is named after the Basilica of the same name. The entrance to the cloisters and to the Biblioteca Mediceo Laurenziana, designed by Michelangelo, opens onto the square. On the right there is the statue of Giovanni delle Bande Nere, the father of Cosimo I. The statue was made by Bandinelli. On the east side, the back of Palazzo Medici Riccardi can be seen, built on a long, protruding base which is used as a bench to rest and to admire the surrounding buildings.

Ponte Vecchio: one of the main symbols of the city of Florence, is suspended over the River Arno at the narrowest point. The first construction dates back to Roman times, but it was damaged several times when the river flooded. In 1442, the city authorities obliged the butchers to move their shops onto Ponte Vecchio in order to isolate them from the palaces and the dwellings in the centre of the city, aiming above all to eliminate the unpleasant smells which could thus be dispersed directly in the current of the river.



Piazza della Signoria: is Florence's main square, in the medieval centre, south of the Cathedral (Duomo) and a few dozen yards from Ponte Vecchio and the Arno. Palazzo degli Uffizi, also known as Palazzo Vecchio or Palazzo della Signoria, built by Vasari in the middle of the XVI century and completed by Buontalenti, is found in the square. On completion, 13 Uffizi (offices), previously housed in various seats, were all moved into the building.

Piazza del Duomo: is in the heart of the historic centre of Florence, dominated by the imposing cathedral, the Campanile (Bell Tower) designed by Giotto and the Battistero di San Giovanni (the Baptistery of San Giovanni or sometimes called the Florence Baptistery or the Baptistery of St. John). Florence's Cathedral is one of the most important architectural works of the period, in Gothic-Renaissance style, and one of the largest and most beautiful cathedrals in Europe.


Piazza San Marco: surrounded by elegant buildings, is dominated by the monastery and the Basilica di San Marco, from which it takes its name. The church was built in 1437, when Cosimo il Vecchio (Cosimo the Elder) commissioned Michelozzo to build the church and the monastery for the Silvestrine monks, although the complex was later taken over by the Dominicans. In ancient times, the area was called San Marco al Cafaggio (faggio = beech), because of the fenced-in wooded area which once existed here.


Piazza Santa Croce: is located in an area which in ancient times was an island formed by two branches of the Arno, which separated near what is now Piazza Beccaria,to join again in front of the walls situated near Via de' Benci. Like Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Piazza di Santa Croce was built to contain the crowds of the faithful who gathered to listen to the sermons of the monks.

Firenze Fiera: is the Florentine complex which organises congresses, meetings and exhibitions in the city of Florence. The structures which house the various national and international events are the Fortezza da Basso, the Palazzo dei Congressi and the Palazzo degli Affari. They are positioned side by side and are in the area of the historic centre beside the Santa Maria Novella railway station.