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In early September, Hyatt announced that it would be adding six new European properties to its portfolio with two of those properties opening their doors to guests as early as this month. The Tribune Hotel in Rome opened just a few days ago (with no fanfare at all) and now Hyatt has confirmed that the IL Tornabuoni Hotel in Florence is accepting bookings as well.
ll Tornabuoni Hotel in Florence, Italy
The Il Tornabuoni Hotel in Florence is a luxury boutique 62-room hotel built inside a former palace that has joined the Unbound Collection as Hyatt’s first property in Florence.
The historic hotel (it was formerly the Palazzo Minerbetti) shares its name with the road on which it stands (Via de Tornabuoni) and is within walking distance of attractions like Giotto’s Campanile (a marbled Gothic tower with spectacular views across the city) and the historic Ponte Vecchio (a medieval bridge).
Hyatt says that each of the property’s guestrooms has been “carefully curated in colors of red, blue and gold” to reflect the Renaissance era that Florence is known for and to bring back visions of the “rich history and artistic magnificence” of the period that made Florence so famous and significant.
Top-tier Hyatt Globalists will be pleased to note that the Il Tornabuoni offers a number of different suite types (good news for suite upgrades), but having any kind of elite status when you stay will probably be useful as it may see you upgraded from a 215 sq ft entry-level room (which is quite small) to a King Deluxe room measuring 270 sq ft (which is a lot more acceptable).
As well as beautifully adorned guestrooms, the Il Tornabuoni Hotel offers five restaurants that each offer “fine food and wine”
From breakfast, to an aperitif, to dinner, Il Magnifico Ristorante is open to both hotel guests and locals alike, connecting guests with the surrounding community throughout the day.
The neighboring Il Magnifico Cafè is a place to enjoy an evening aperitivo with small bites complemented by cocktails and a complete Champagne and wine list.
La Cave is the property’s wine bar which boasts a vast selection of renowned Italian, French, and other international wines while the Lucie Restaurant provides guests with a one-of-a-kind rooftop view of the city and the Butterfly Terrace serves signature cocktails providing a gateway to the rich history and charm of the Renaissance capital.
Considering the ll Tornabuoni is home to just 62 rooms, that seems like an impressive number of dining and drinking venues for guests to choose from – I’ve stayed at properties with three times the number of rooms that the ll Tornabuoni offers where a small bar and a small restaurant were all that were available.
Lastly, it’s probably worth mentioning that the ll Tornabuoni also offers a fitness center (probably just as well considering how easy it is to eat and drink at the property!) which Hyatt describes as “bright and spacious”. The fitness center is said to offer state-of-the-art equipment and personal training sessions while anyone looking for “less conventional fitness experiences” can take advantage of yoga on the rooftop terrace and the private golf courses in the surrounding countryside.
World of Hyatt Information & Pricing
The ll Tornabuoni has joined the World of Hyatt as a Category 6 property which means that once peak and off-peak seasons are introduced in the next few weeks, standard rooms will cost between 21,000 and 29,000 points per night.
If you’re interested in visiting this property and hope to use points, booking sooner rather than later is the best way forward.
Right now, a 3-night stay in May (a fantastic month in which to visit Florence) is pricing up at $1,435 including taxes (and that rate is only available because of the current sale)…
…while the same three nights can be booked with just 75,000 points.
Using points to make a booking such as this one would see a World of Hyatt member get 1.9 cents of value out of each point used and I can’t think of anyone who would argue with the fact that that’s a great use of points.
The same booking in a few weeks’ time will probably cost 87,000 points (I expect May to have a lot of peak dates in a destination like Florence) and the value on offer will be noticeably worse. It won’t be bad value, but it will be worse.
The Il Tornabuoni Hotel has now joined the Unbound Collection and it welcoming guests as Hyatt’s first property in Florence, Italy. The property has been designated as a World of Hyatt Category 6 property and as such will cost between 21,000 and 29,000 points per night.