Virtuoso Review: Portrait Firenze Hotel, Florence Italy

Review-Portrait Firenze Hotel-Florence Italy

 

This Portrait Firenze Hotel Review in Florence, Italy is part of a trip report featuring the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Florence, Rome, Singapore Suites, Air Berlin Business Class, and luxury hotel stays, dining and activities in Berlin and Italy. 

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TravelSort Clients enjoy Virtuoso benefits at Portrait Firenze:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • A bottle of Italian sparkling wine in room upon arrival
  • Complimentary one-way transfer to airport
  • Complimentary internet access
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Portrait Firenze Location and Check-In

The Portrait Firenze, at Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, 40, has the perfect central location in Florence, right on the Arno River and steps from the Ponte Vecchio, and just a 4 minute walk to the Uffizi Gallery and 6 minute walk to Piazza della Signoria. Thank goodness, since we had a very tight schedule, having arrived at the hotel about 20 minutes before we were to meet our private guide at Piazza Signoria.

Thanks to the warm yet professional and efficient Portrait Firenze reception team, we were able to drop off our luggage, enjoy very welcome glasses of chilled mineral water, and double check walking directions to Piazza della Signoria. When we later returned to the hotel after our tour, our luggage had already been transferred to our Superior Suite, River View and the staff, asking how our tour had been, escorted us to our room.

 

Portrait Firenze Superior Suite River View

We were thrilled to be upgraded to a Superior Suite with River View, a spacious 560 square feet suite with bedroom and separate living room, both with a lovely view of the Ponte Vecchio and Arno River:

View of Ponte Vecchio and Arno River from Portrait Firenze, Florence Italy

 

A beautiful fresh fruit welcome amenity and bottled water also greeted us. The Portrait Firenze and Portrait Roma both had immaculate fruit displays that included fresh cherries and strawberries, definitely a cut above what I typically see in a fresh fruit welcome amenity.

Review-Portrait Firenze Hotel: Fresh Fruit Welcome Amenity

 

The living room included a sleeper sofa that was converted into a bed for our son, during turndown service.

Review-Portrait Firenze Hotel Florence Italy-Superior Suite Living Room

 

Each suite is individually decorated, and ours had an Audrey Hepburn theme for the photos–very appropriate, given that Salvatore Ferragamo's specially designed ballet pumps for her helped define her elegant yet effortless style.

Audrey Hepburn with Salvatore Ferragamo

 

An alcove of the living room included an espresso machine with espresso pods, Dammann Freres tea, minibar, and even microwave, dishes and silverware.

Dishes and Microwave, Portrait Firenze Suite Kitchenette

Review-Portrait Firenze Hotel-Espresso Machine

Review-Portrait Firenze-Silverware, Espresso Pods and Dammann Freres Tea

 

It's also the only suite of this size that I've stayed in which even came with a mini dishwasher–fantastic if you actually decide to dine in your suite or are traveling with a baby and need to sterilize bottles.

Mini Dishwasher, Portrait Firenze Suite Review

 

The King bed in the bedroom was very comfortable, with supremely soft linens:

King Bed, Portrait Firenze Superior Suite River View

Portrait Firenze Review-Superior Suite Flat Screen TV and doorway to Living Room

 

An iPad was available on the bedside table for guest use:

Portrait Firenze Review-iPad for Guest Use

 

The marble bathroom isn't huge, but still managed to have double sinks, which we love. 

Review-Portrait Firenze-Superior Suite Bathroom with Double Sinks

 

As at Portrait Roma, bath products were Tuscan Soul, by Salvatore Ferragamo.

Salvatore Ferragamo "Tuscan Soul" Bath Products, Portrait Firenze

 

My son loved the fact that even the toilet paper had its own compartment and silver door that was flush with the wall, and insisted that I take a photo of it:

Marble Bathroom: Toilet Paper Cabinet, Portrait Firenze Review

 

The marble shower was spacious and tall, which my 6'5″ husband appreciated. Sometimes European showers have unduly low shower heads–not the case here.

Marble Bathroom Shower, Portrait Firenze Review

 

Portrait Firenze Breakfast

As at Portrait Roma, breakfast at Portrait Firenze was a highlight. It's held in the Caffe dell'Oro, which was on the first floor, just down the stairs from our room.

Caffe dell'Oro, Portrait Firenze Review

 

There's a generous cold buffet, which would be ample for most appetites as it included fresh squeezed juices, fresh fruit, smoked salmon, cold cuts, cheeses, yogurts, cereals, breads and pastries.

Portrait Firenze Breakfast Review-Organic Yogurt, Fresh Squeezed Juice, Smoked Salmon, Fresh Fruit and Cheeses

Review: Portrait Firenze Breakfast Buffet--Fresh Fruits, Cereals, Yogurts

Breakfast Pastries, Portrait Firenze Review

Agrimontana Jams, Portrait Firenze Breakfast Review

 

There was also a menu of hot dishes, from which we selected the frittata and crispy bacon. Both came in cast iron dishes and were excellent.

Portrait Firenze Breakfast Menu-Hot Dishes

Breakfast Frittata, Portrait Firenze Review

Crispy Bacon, Portrait Firenze Breakfast


The Verdict

Florence is a great walking city, and Portrait Firenze is the perfect luxury boutique hotel given its central location close to everything. I highly recommend reserving a suite with a view of the Ponte Vecchio and Arno River. Even my husband, for all his joking about Italian designer shoes, smirking as he spied yet another picture of a Ferragamo shoe, had to admit that this was a fantastic place to stay, and the Superior Suite was a great setup for us with our son in his comfortable sofa bed in the living room. Attention to detail was evident, from the magazine-perfect fruits in the welcome amenity to the well-stocked kitchenette and built-in international power outlets for electronics. Service was attentive and friendly, and breakfast was extremely high quality and delicious. Highly recommended.

If you've stayed at Portrait Firenze, what was your experience?

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Disclosure: I enjoyed a complimentary stay at Portrait Firenze. The views expressed in this post are mine.

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