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Forte16 4.0

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

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Pros

  • Apartment-like rooms have kitchenettes; some have balconies
  • Within walking distance of restaurants and attractions
  • Refreshing indoor heated pool
  • Spa with massages, saunas, and Turkish bath
  • Lovely rooftop terrace with stunning views
  • Charming outdoor courtyard with seating
  • Basic breakfast buffet offered (for a fee)
  • Rooftop bar (set to open 2017)
  • On-site parking and free Wi-Fi
  • Pet friendly (for a fee)

Cons

  • A 15-minute walk from Florence's city center
  • Parking and breakfast cost a fee
  • No full restaurant, gym, or business center
  • Housekeeping is every two days (daily cleaning costs a fee)

Bottom Line

The upscale Forte16 is a stylish, modern hotel situated away from the bustle of the tourist-filled areas of Florence, but within walking distance of restaurants, public transportation, and some attractions. Its 44 apartments are sophisticated and spacious, offering kitchenettes, pullout sofas, and free Wi-Fi, however, housekeeping services are only provided every two days. The indoor pool and spa are popular spots as is the rooftop terrace, which will be even more enticing when a rooftop bar opens in 2017. But it may be worth comparing rates with the Grand Hotel Minerva, which is a five-minute walk from the Duomo and includes a rooftop pool.

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Scene

Stylish hotel opened in 2014 with a rooftop terrace and lovely garden

This stylish hotel opened in May 2014 after undergoing a huge refurbishment. Modern touches make the lobby a stylish space with sleek dark wooden floors, a silver front desk, an artistic square hanging light, and brown leather butterfly chairs. The outdoor courtyard has a patch of green grass surrounding a brick-colored water fountain. The rooftop terrace has parquet wooden floors and a number of levels that are covered with a mix of outdoor furniture such as cushioned rattan couches, plastic tables and chairs, and loungers. On our visit, the hotel was in the process of installing a rooftop bar that was expected to be completed in 2017. Most guests are couples and families attracted by the property's spacious apartments and indoor pool. 

Location

Near public transportation and dining, about a 15-minute walk to the city center

Forte16 is located just off the SS67 highway in an area removed from the hordes of tourists that this historic city is filled with. It's surrounded by streets that have a few shops and a diverse selection of restaurants; Piazza Cesare Beccaria is a two-minute walk away. There's a bus stop just down the street, and it's a 10-minute walk to the Firenze Campo di Marte railway station. Several tourist attractions and historic areas are within walking distance, but some are a bit of a hike. The iconic Florence Cathedral is about a 20-minute walk from here, as are the Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery. The Basilica of Santa Croce is a 15-minute walk, while the Ponte Vecchio is a 23-minute walk or about a 10-minute bus ride. The airport is a 25-minute drive, or 30 to 45 minutes via public transportation.

Rooms

Apartment-style rooms with flat-screen TVs and kitchenettes 

The hotel has 44 apartment-style rooms that range from open studio or loft plans to suites with separate bedrooms. All are spacious and stylishly decorated with modern chocolate-brown or gray-brown furniture, wooden floors, white linens, cream bed runners, and sometimes a bold colorful accent wall. Many of the rooms include a single or multiple pullout couches to accommodate families or groups; some have balconies. All rooms feature air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and safes. They also have kitchenettes with mini-fridges, microwaves, sinks, dishwashers, two-burner stoves, silverware and dishes, and coffee machines. Bathrooms have trendy bowl vessel sinks and either glass walk-in showers or shower/tub combos. Hairdryers and toiletries are provided. Note that housekeeping only comes every two days; daily cleaning services incur an additional fee. 

Features

Indoor pool, spa, rooftop terrace, courtyard, breakfast buffet, and free Wi-Fi

Forte16 has many outstanding features, but none more so than its elegant indoor heated pool. While it's a little small for a genuine lap swim, it's good for a refreshing splash, plus it’s housed in the same area as the hot tub, saunas, and Turkish bath. The beauty center offers massages and beauty treatments. The rooftop terrace provides a lovely setting and views from comfortable outdoor patio furniture and tables, while the outdoor courtyard has a charming fountain with shaded tables and chairs. The property does not have a restaurant for lunch and dinner, but it provides a basic breakfast buffet for an additional fee. The hotel has plans for a rooftop bar, which is scheduled to open by 2017. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the property. On-site parking is available and pets are welcome, but both require a fee. 

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Address

Viale Gramsci 16, Florence 50136, Italy

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