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Palazzo Guadagni, Florence: Form Meets Function

Want comfort, style-for-euro value and THAT view? Well, guess what poppets, lovingly restored inn Palazzo Guadagni has it all and then some.

Formerly the Pensione Sorelle Bandini, a sweet but rather tired guesthouse in a C.16th Renaissance palace run by nuns, Palazzo Guadagni is today reborn as a simple three star in Piazza Santo Spirito, packing in both historical charm and modern touches aplenty.

There are just 16 spacious, classic yet no frills rooms, many with high vaulted or frescoed ceilings, marble floors, fireplaces and bathrooms with painted tiles, plus all feature satellite TV, minibar and complimentary WiFi – so it’s really the perfect blend of character and function.

More good news: there’s an elevator so you needn’t haul your Globe-Trotter and shopping bags to the top floor room you’ve requested – an airy rooftop loggia with expansive views of old Florence and the hills in the distance, just the place to rest your lalls with a quiet aperitivo after trudging the corridors of the Ufizzi.

Palazzo Guagagni, Piazza Santo Spirito, 9, Oltrarno, Florence. +39 055 265 8376,

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