Modern, upscale hotel, a two-minute walk from Duomo
Rooms overlooking pretty streets; some with Duomo views
Beautiful marble bathrooms with contemporary fixtures
Free breakfast served in a pretty skylit room
Free daily drink from minibars, free cookies, and welcome Champagne
Lobby bar with fireplace and plush seating
Spa and sauna in contemporary setting
Atrium with 360-degree city views
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Stairs required to reach some floors
Modern decor not to everyone's taste
The 54-room Hotel Spadai is a modern, upscale property within a two-minute walk of the iconic Duomo. A glassed-in atrium space gives a bird's eye view of the famed monument. Other features include a lobby bar with a fireplace, a spa and sauna, and a free buffet breakfast served in a pretty skylit room. Guest rooms have a refreshing contemporary look along with marble bathrooms, minibars, coffeemakers, and free cookies. Many have views of the Duomo and some have beamed ceilings. Travelers that prefer more Old World opulence could try the Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo, which has frescoed walls and antique furnishings.
Housed in a classic palazzo-style building, the Spadai has subdued and refreshingly contemporary interiors (an antidote for travelers that dislike the overly ornate historic properties elsewhere in Florence). Inside, the lobby has a fireplace surrounded by bookshelves and purple velvet chairs. The hallway has a barrel-vaulted, coffered ceiling with plaster reliefs, while the dark-wood and marble reception desk sits in front of a detail photo of Michelangelo's David's hand. There's also an elevator, though some rooms require stairs to access. The property attracts guests from around the world, and its central location makes it a good choice for tourists who want to walk to the area sights.
In the heart of Florence, a two-minute walk to the Duomo
The Spadai is located in Florence's pedestrian-only center. Santa Maria del Fiore, better known as the Duomo, is a two-minute walk from the hotel. The splendid Medici-Riccardo Palazzo is only a minute away, while getting to the Ufizzi Gallery -- with its Boticelli collection -- takes around seven minutes. The Vecchio Bridge is a 10-minute walk away, while the Pitti Palace, Piazza San Felice, and Casa Guidi are all 15 minutes from the hotel on foot. Reaching the Santa Maria Novella train station takes around 13 minutes on foot, while Florence Airport is a 22-minute drive or a 17-minute train ride.
Snug but elegant rooms, some with wood beamed ceilings or Duomo views
The rooms at the Hotel Spadai face three different streets, and some have views of the Duomo. They aren't huge, and a surplus of furniture makes them feel smaller, but they're spacious enough. Decor in general is chic and contemporary. Some rooms have white-leather headboards and gray walls with white trim and/or rustic beamed ceilings. Chairs are upholstered in gray or purple velvet, and the beds have memory foam pillows. All rooms have air-conditioning, safes, and sound-proofed walls, plus coffeemakers and free cookies. Guests can choose one free drink from the minibar per day. The bathrooms are lovely and have lightly veined marble, soft lighting, bidets, and either blue-lit walk-in showers or shower/tub combos with rainfall showerheads (though there have been some complaints of showerhead malfunctions). Other amenities include hairdryers, magnifying mirrors, bathrobes, and slippers.
Chic dining room and bar, spa, and freebies such as breakfast, Wi-Fi, and welcome drinks
Features at the Spadai reflect its upscale status. There's a chic bar in the lobby with a fireplace, and an elegant breakfast room where a free continental breakfast is served daily. The spa and sauna feature contemporary furnishings: one room has walls upholstered in a sueded finish fabric, making the space feel cocoon-like. The hotel also has a business station with a Mac computer for guests' use. Other services include a 24-hour front desk with concierge services, welcome drinks of Champagne, free luggage storage, and free property-wide Wi-Fi. Small pets are allowed on request.