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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Visited this hotel in september
It was our anniversary
Though the entire setup was a change from the usual and was very nicely decorated but at night the place felt deserted and the empty hall downstairs had an eerie feeling to it
The breakfast was very disappointing for what is charged per night a better breakfast and facilities should be provided and the place should not depend alot on the private butler or palace set up coz it wont hold up much longer as people who visit it once would not visit it again

Stayed: September 2017
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Leone Blu D, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Leone Blu, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

We really thank you for the time spent in writing your experience at Leone Blu.
The reviews of our Guests are very important for us in order to improve our quality standard and to understand if our job meets the satisfaction of our Clients.
We appreciate your comments, in particular those about the breakfast and the facilities provided and we consider your opinion helpful to grow up and continue our precious work in the hospitality even better.
We respect the high standard of quality and freshness. A great choice of local and biological products is offered to our precious customers. We hope that the birthday cake we have offered has been appreciated.
The Hall downstairs is a 15th century atrio with its particular charm that transmits feelings of extreme strength by telling the story of the Ricasoli family that owned the Palace since it was built in 1474.
The Lounges are at the complete disposal of our guests. Relax, silence and comfort are guaranteed by a warm atmosphere with soft lights and camera music. The 9 suites of Leone Blu for 1500 square meters have the advantage of giving to our guests the sensation of discretion and the freedom of being home far away home.
We hope to have the chance to have you again as our guest.
Best regards,

Anastasia Marcolini
Leone Blu Manager

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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Located on one level of an old palazzo that is still occupied by the original, vineyard-owning family (on the top floor), Leone Blu is a boutique hotel (with the spirit of an upmarket guest house) in the heart of Florence. Each of its 9 spacious suites is each decorated in a unique style that effortlessly blends the splendour of an old family palazzo with the most modern of amenities and design touches. Each object in the rooms appears to have a purpose and has been placed with extreme care. Most rooms feature split levels or raised "balcony seating". The staff is extremely gracious and friendly. I realise this sounds like an owner-sponsored review, but this is truly a hidden gem in the heart of Florence - though it is not necessarily inexpensive...

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

This 15th century palazzo has been in the famous local Ricasoli family for hundreds of years. Now converted to a luxury B & B where each room is a unique suite on two levels decorated to a high modern standard.

Friendly and helpful staff will make you feel like you are a special guest. Our room opened onto the reception so there was always someone at hand.

Breakfast was very good and adequate for our tastes and typically Italian; don't expect a huge range or choice.

Situated on the Lungarno a 5 minute walk from Ponte Vecchio and the Uffiizi, 10 minutes from the Duomo and very quiet even in peak season.

This is at the higher end of the market in price. If you like the classic hotel with all the extras, noisy neighbours, the sound of car horns, impersonal staff where you are just the couple in Room 501 then don't stay here. if you want something smaller, more intimate and grand you cannot go wrong.

Room Tip: Choose a river view
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ray C
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Reviewed 30 June 2017

From the outset, I need to state, if you are looking for a hotel where you are surrounded by many fellow guests during breakfast, having a porter at the door, standing around awaiting your command, with tourists dragging in and out their suitcases, with facilities of lunch, dinner and room service, this is not the place for you.

If you want a residence, a suite, with discreet service, relaxing and at times, incredibly quiet atmosphere, with the touches of a home, that still houses the owner of this building, where you get the feeling, that you are in fact a member of the florentine community, not a tourist, well this is the place for, as it was for me.

We stayed in Leone Blu for 4 nights and simply, it felt like home and we could have stayed there for months. I often wondered in my travels, what is behind those huge timber doors of European building you see the locals come out of, how does it feel to be a local ? Well I felt it and have absolutely no regrets in trying an alternative, to the typical hotel chain scene.

The building is one of history, with the building being owned now by the same family, 3rd generation. The original owner was the "Baron" of chianti wines, which in the afternoon, they offer in a family atmosphere, a taste of their own wines. Throughout the building are clear touches of family, with photos of children, weddings, antique furniture with the occasionally splash of modern fixtures, like light stands.

Our suite room was the "Geremia", which was huge with an equally huge double shower. Our views were of the river, the historic site of Florence, and the community going about there business on a hot and steamy period. Our air conditioning was excellent, keeping our room cool consistently after a long day walking the streets.

Within the room is an elevated section with a comfortable lounge to sit and reflect on the day. The ceiling is at least 6 metres high, so for those who hate stuffy hotel low ceiling rooms, like me, this is a welcome surprise.

Breakfast is typically simple and Italian, with very hot coffee, without asking for it to be extra hot, wonderful. Location, absolutely perfect, 10 minute walk from the railway station, 5 minutes from Ponto Vecchio, with numerous, down to earth "casa linga" type restaurants plus some classy ones too.

So if you are looking for a place like home, not your typical hotel, where you feel you're the only guest, do try Leone Blu residenza, you won't be disappointed.

Stayed: June 2017
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Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

This historic palace is a hidden gem that has enhanced my experience in Florence. With the antique fixtures, vaulted ceilings, and spaciousness really has exceeded my expectations. This hotel room is more like a home than a standard hotel room. The staff has been so helpful for finding a market, sights to see, to the best restaurant recommendations. I would highly recommend this for your stay in Florence.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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