Grand Hotel Minerva

  • City Breaks, Italy, Florence

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The Grand Hotel Minerva sits in a prime location in the centre of Florence, right on the edge of the popular Piazza di Santa Maria Novella looking out towards the stunning Dominican Basilica of Santa Maria Novell and just a ten-minute stroll from the Duomo. The building itself has a rich history, with humble beginnings as a hostel for pilgrims. It underwent a transformation in the 1950’s when the celebrated Italian architect Carlo Scarpa remodeled the interior with his careful balance of materials in his distinctive style. Some of these features are still recognisable today, seen in pieces of his custom designed furniture that sit amidst the now mod-retro décor.

The hotel provides an oasis right in the heart of the bustling city. High up above the buzz of the Piazza is a rooftop terrace with a pool (open April to October) and bar (open May to September) where you can enjoy an aperitivo with panoramic views over the city. During the summer months the terrace, equipped with sun loungers, is the perfect spot for a bit of relaxation by the pool.

When it comes to food and drink at the Grand Hotel Minerva you'll be spoiled for choice. Enjoy a buffet breakfast with delicious traditional Tuscan pastries, whilst overlooking the atrium garden. The hotels La Buona Novella restaurant serves freshly produced and locally sourced ingredients to create delicious Italian delicacies. In the summer months we’d recommend dining outside on the large terrace that extends onto the beautiful piazza.

Transfer time: approx. 20 minutes by private car from Florence Airport or approx. 1 hour 15 mins by bus & train or private car from Pisa Airport.

  • Official rating: 4


Premium Rooms measure 22-26m² and are available with twin or double beds (single rooms and triple rooms are also available). Finished in a contemporary style, they have views over the Santa Maria Novella Cloisters, hotel garden or inner courtyard. Facilities include air conditioning, free wifi, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary bottled water refreshed daily, minibar, TV, safe, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, bathroom with bathtub or walk-in shower.

Other rooms may be available on request. 

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: Yes

The Tuscan capital of Florence is a city made by art lovers for art lovers. The Renaissance took its first steps here in the 15th century, painting the city with architectural wonders like the Palazzo Pitti and Uffizi Gallery.

Climb to the top of Florence Cathedral – Il Duomo – to admire a skyline sculpted from Gothic towers, domes and terracotta rooftops. That’s where you’ll also discover how small Florence is. Best explored by foot, you can easily wander the UNESCO-listed city centre in a day.

Had your fill of Michelangelos and da Vincis? It’s time to explore Florence’s other love – food. Finish off your day with a Florentine steak or settle down with a glass of Chianti sourced straight from the Tuscan countryside.

Inghams operate a telephone Rep service in Florence.


Restaurant & Bars

La Buona Novella is open for lunch and dinner and uses local seasonal ingredients to create classic Florentine dishes with a contemporary twist. In the summer months (June to October) the restaurant extends into the terrace on the Piazza di Santa Maria Novella.

Three Sixty Rooftop Pool Bar opens during the summer and serves drinks and snacks by the pool.

General Facilities

  • Small Rooftop Pool (Open April to October 7:00am- 9:00pm)
  • Breakfast Room
  • Free wifi
  • Gym (free of charge)
  • Breakfast service:

    A continental buffet breakfast at Grand Hotel Minerva is served between 7am and 10.30am (11am on Sundays), with a choice of fresh fruit and traditional Tuscan pastries. There are also gluten free options available.

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 11.2468449
  • Latitude: 43.7739089

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Grand Hotel Minerva
Florence, City Breaks,Bed & Breakfast
20/10/2020 - 3 nights
2 adults
From Bristol
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