We have been here for a while... The Relais & Maison Grand Tour has been in business for many years (since 2001), owned by a couple that was from Florence and did a beautiful job, maintaining this 18th century building and theater. When they decided in 2018 to move on to other endeavors, a passionate Italy Connoisseur struck up a friendship with them and they sold their beloved property to her. She relocated to Florence to run the B&B full time and is so happy to have made such a find.
All suites had been renovated and have always been very popular with a great following of wonderful repeat guests that love the accommodations and the personal service. The 5 suites all have private bathrooms of course, some have a private patio and all are hidden away from the street which makes for a peaceful environment. Furnished with beautiful, carefully collected antiques, original flooring and many eclectic details, it is a special place to call home for a few days or more. The owner lives on the premises and is available most often for questions, guidance and of course always to check the guests in and show them their “Home Away from Home”. The B&B is listed in several Travel Guides, like Rick Steve’s amazing Guide for Italy and Florence, the Certificate of Excellence issued by Trip Advisor has been theirs for years, and they can be found in the Guide Du Routard as well as the Rough Guide. As many travelers still appreciate the wisdom of these very detailed guides to help them enrich their journeys, there is also a website with a booking engine to block your travel dates. They have an Instagram & Facebook presence and a lot of word of mouth from years of having done right by their many guests. Come visit us and see yourself, what the talk is all about! We can’t wait to show off our amazing medieval city, many breath taking sites, the fabulous food couture and so much more...Ciao Ciao till soon!
Once the dressing room of the theatre: suitable for a couple or a single traveler. The antique mirrors together with some original frescoes on the walls, the original wood ceiling and the small 16th century fountain inside the spacious room create a magic atmosphere. The space is perfect for the antique armoire where guests can store their belongings.
Suitable for two or three guests. This large room has a gorgeous Neapolitan double bed in black with mother of pearl inlays and flower decorations. The wood ceiling and the old marble sink tell stories of old days, and you will enjoy the beautiful bathroom decorated with hand-crafted majolicas in red and blue and a shower stall.
Suitable for two or three guests. This large sunny room hosts some family portraits of which one is a stage actress in the early 20th century...therefore the name of the suite. A double bed as well as a third single bed area. Also a couple of armchairs make for comfortable seating and a beautiful original 19th-century wardrobe finishes the room.
A large suite located on the 1st floor above the 18th-century theater. Consisting of two rooms, two smaller bathrooms (plus 1 large one with a bathtub on the theater level) and access to an amazing roof terrace. One bedroom has a matrimonial bed and the other has the same or two single beds upon request.
Small private theater that was turned into a fabulous apartment to sleep 5-7 and can also double as an event space. A galley kitchen and 2 full bathrooms, combined with the Terrazza suite with two bedrooms and 2 additional bathrooms, making it a stunning city apartment located in the center of Florence with access to a roof terrace.
This apartment is part of a B&B and an old but recently renovated theater located on a quiet street right in the heart of the historical center of Florence...5-15 min walking distance to many of the sights. The owner, Ulrike, lives on the premises and is available for any needed assistance most of the time.
A place of history with a personal touch.... At a perfect location right next to the busy streets of Florence, still being able to provide a calm and quiet atmosphere when you enter. It is a historic building with memories from the past and a story to tell. The host and owner is friendly and welcoming and she takes joy in giving the customer the experience they are after!
The Grand Tour This B&B is in the perfect location in Florence close to the city but still not in the middle of all the chaos. When you walk in you get the feeling that you are in the historic part of the city and it lookes like it. The host and owner is fabulous and knows how to great her guest and recommends the right places and spots that she likes and knows are good. I will recommend this B&B to other people if they want to get the feeling of being a Florentine.
Excellent Bed and Breakfast The Grand Tour was in a perfect location to walk to lots of the highlights of Florence. We had a charming room that was so comfortable. Ulrike Essex was a wonderful hostess with lot of great suggestions for sight seeing and eating. There was a self service laundry right down the street which was great.
We stayed in the beautiful Diva room, and found it elegant, comfortable, quiet and just what we needed after long days of visiting museums, churches, eating and shopping in fabulous Florence. The location is great, not too much traffic and yet still close to everything. Ulrike met us on arrival and spent some time with us giving us tips on how to get the most from our visit. I especially enjoyed the electric hot water kettle and selection of tea and coffee that was provided for a morning wake me up or a nighttime slow me down treat. We stayed two weeks in Italy, but sadly, only three nights in Florence. I wish we could have spent more time in this lovely B&B as it was a highlight of our trip.
CTucker (Austin, Texas)
Relais Grand Tour & Suites is so well located, we were able to walk to and visit 4 museums and 2 wonderful places to eat and shop. The owner, Ulrike is friendly, welcoming and very knowledgable about the area. She gave us excellent advice on where to eat. Our room and bathroom were clean and well appointed with interesting furniature. Everything in the area is ancient including this hotel. The walls have remnants of of actual frescos. With the hot, humid summer weather, we appreciated the AC unit that worked well.
Ulrike, the owner, was in contact via email with us before we arrived in Florence. She was quick to respond to questions that we had about location, easiest way to get to the BB from the central train station, and renting s car in Florence. She had great suggestions about what to do in Florence as well. She greeted us and took time to get to know us. We stayed in the two room suite which was clean and beautifully decorated. The rooms had a great AC system which was greatly appreciated after a long hot day of sightseeing in Florence. Showers were recently remodeled and were very spacious. The location is central to all Florence attractions and easy to get to the city center or Duomo area. We highly recommend this BB to families or couples.
Unser Aufenthalt in Relais Grand Tour in Florenz war sehr schön und wir würden jederzeit wieder kommen! Die Zimmer sind sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtet und sie sind die perfekte Kombination aus antik & modern. Alles war sehr sauber und wir haben uns sehr wohlgefühlt.
Ce B&B est remarquablement ditué pres du marché San Lorenzo, dans une rue calme. Chambre "attore", en fait une suite (photo), liberté totale, accueil et bon conseils de Giuseppe ; il y a un garage à 50m via Sant'Orsola tres pratique. compte tenu de ses prestations, c'est bien moins cher qu'un hôtel de même classe. je recommande ce B&B sans réserves.
Für 4 Tage habe ich einen Ausflug nach Florenz gemacht und im B & B Grand Tour von Ulrike übernachtet. Es war eine wunderbare Zeit, das B & B liegt in der Nähe aller Sehenswürdigkeiten, Restaurants und Cafés, ich konnte alles zu Fuß erreichen. Durch die besonders schöne Ausstattung, eine gelungene Mischung aus Antike und Moderne, Renaissance und Neuzeit, habe ich mich hier sehr wohl gefühlt. Ulrike ist eine liebevolle Gastgeberin, die in drei Sprachen (englisch, italienisch, deutsch) besonders gute Tipps für Ausflüge, Sehenswürdigkeiten und auch Restaurants gibt und sich um alles kümmert. Das B & B ist sehr sauber und großräumig, ich habe sehr gut geschlafen (gute Betten) und es war schön ruhig. Auf der mit Pflanzen ausgeschmückten Terrasse habe ich in den lauen Nächten bei einem Glas Wein oder Bier den Tag ausklingen lassen. Ich komme bestimmt wieder und kann das B & B Relais & Maison Grand Tour sehr empfehlen. Liebe Grüße von Beate aus Deutschland
Great room! We booked the I do it myself with Rick Steves/Rough Guide - The MOST convenient! It combines the "I do it myself" special and the additional 10% discount for Rick Steves/Rough Guide users. The offer "I do it myself" means you skip daily cleanings and linen change. At your arrival you have your room done and clean, with fresh bed linen and fresh towels (big, medium, small, and a shower mat) and keep them until check-out. This made our stay very convenient and with the large room and excellent bathroom, we were quite comfortable. Ulrike our hostess lived in the U.S. for over 30 years and speaks English perfectly. Our reservation included breakfast which was provided by a restaurant on the corner just a short walk (<2min.) away. The Florence Cathedral-The Duomo is about a 10-15min walk through town and the Uffizi is another 5min. from there. Great restaurants in the area as well.
Unexpected value and old world charm... Just spent a fantastic week in and around Florence and have absolute positive things to say about hostess/owner Ulrike and her hotel. The room was charming. Modern bath and air conditioning blended with old wooden ceilings and salvaged frescos to make a comfortable oasis just 5 minutes from the main train station at Santa Maria Novella and the Mercato Centrale. Of course access to the Duomo and historic district was incredible. The patio was a nice no view feature but brought the outdoors in after a long day of touring, or for morning coffee or tea. The price was right and the hotel was a great value. Although breakfast was not offered it was not necessary due to the proximity to in-town restaurants. Ulrike was beyond friendly. She speaks perfect English, German and Italian. Her 30+ years spent in the US gave us great comfort regarding her recommendations. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.
Lovely stay We stayed a few days at this beautiful B&B. Conveniently located a few minutes from the train station. Main attractions within walking distance. We stayed in the Golden Suite. Beautifully decorated, clean and plenty of space for our family. A nice little restaurant just steps away for breakfast. Ulrike, the owner was amazing; giving us plenty of restaurant recommendations and helping us navigate the city. She even went out of her way to help us find allergy friendly restaurant for our child with multiple food allergies. Overall a fantastic experience.
Beautiful suite in a great location! My wife and I stayed with our two young daughters in the Suite d'Oro at the Relais and Maison Grand Tour in late November, 2018. Our host Ulrike was gracious, helpful, and a wonderful conversationalist. She made our stay easy and pleasant, and offered useful tips for seeing and enjoying Florence. We unexpectedly arrived late to Florence from our previous stop and her welcoming smile immediately put us all at ease. The Suite d'Oro is exquisitely decorated in a style fitting of Florence. The beds are comfortable, the rooms are spacious, and the bathroom is modern. The bathroom is actually gigantic! A nice change after the miniscule showers of other places that we stayed. The suite is perfect for a couple that wants space or for a family with children. We had our two young (ages 1 and 5) daughters with us and the suite perfectly suited our needs. There is room to spread out with all of the stuff that usually comes with traveling with children. It was nice to not feel cramped. The inn is located only a few blocks from the heart of Florence. The immediate neighborhood is teeming with restaurants and stores. It feels like you are in a real neighborhood of locals, Florentines going about their daily lives, even though you are only 5-10 minutes walk away from the tourist center of the city. It was just a short easy walk to the Duomo, the Uffizi, the Ponte Vecchio, Santa Maria Novella, and other attractions. We greatly enjoyed our stay at the Relais and Maison Grand Tour. We will gladly stay there again when we return to Florence.