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Hotel Helvetia & Bristol

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"Traditional grand dame, just keeping up with the plethora of designer openings"

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Hotel Helvetia & Bristol

The thing that hits you first about this hotel is the smell - of old polish and fine leather. It's a well established grand dame of Florence, but one that has been modernised for 21stC tastes with elegance and style, while losing none of its classiness. The 64 guestrooms are decorated with tasteful engravings on fabric patterned walls, in a variety of subtle colour and fabric combinations, with fine antiques and lamps, with hifis as standard. Bathrooms are old fashioned. <BR><BR>Downstairs, grey stone and cream walls mix with wood panelling, parquet flooring and oil paintings in classic Florentine style. There is an emphasis on top quality servic here, a rarity in Florence, so for many this is the only place to stay. It's also in a perfect position - central but quiet, unlike the Savoy, for example, where buskers can keep you up half the night. True, there's a touch of scruffiness in places, but its a lived in scruffiness rather one that suggests lack of care.

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