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 13th 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 were always 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, a very detailed WordPress blog and lots 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!
Located on the first floor (few steps, no lift), this two-room Suite is perfect for a couple (1 room double occupancy) or up to a family of 4 (2 rooms), or for a small group of friends. One room hast the traditional Matrimonial bed (Queen size) & the other can have the same or two single beds.
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 ancient 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 can be separated from the third bed area by a curtain.
The hosts were gracious, welcoming, and open to all our questions during our stay. The rooms were bigger than most I have stayed at in Europe and very quiet. It was a warm and friendly environment with inviting decorating. The courtyard smells of jasmine and is perfect for a cup of coffee. We would definitely recommend.
Jessy P. (USA)
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)
Bit tricky to find, but was a great place to base ourselves for Firenze explorations. Easy walking distance to all the major sites. Elegant rooms, very comfortable. Super friendly service. Great little courtyard to sit and have a chat with other travellers. Reasonably priced. Would love to go back.
The owners live in the property and they treat all their guests like house guests. The owner was very helpful in pointing out the location of many nearby attractions and restaurants including a building just down the block that had a beautiful painting of the Last Supper. He explained that this painting was done before da Vinci's painting. There were other works of religious art in this building as well which was not shown in any guidebook and was not signed with any indication that such treasures were inside--and it was FREE! The hotel property is beautiful as are the rooms. We ended up with a suite which was reached by walking down a flower-lined, fragrant atria. The location was convenient to the train station (about 700 meters) as well as local historical sites. I would highly recommend the Relais Grand Tour to anyone visiting Florence.
Me_in_SD (South Dakota, USA)
We stayed in the "Actor's Suite". It was large and charmingly decorated. The room had lots of character and we felt we were living in another era. The owner was charming and gave us great suggestions for nearby restaurants. The location provided easy walking access to all of Florence.
Karen and Kathy (Bishop, California)