During our time in Florence we stayed at the Westin Excelsior Florence. We stayed there during our trip to Italy in 2007 and had absolutely loved the beautiful suite we had for three glorious days.
And while we didn’t have a suite this time, our room, as well as the hotel in general, is in a really great location, the rooms are amazing and the views of the Arno river are gorgeous.
Would you agree?
Since the last time we stayed they have opened up the rooftop with a bar and restaurant. It is one of the best places to see sunsets in the city and it is a popular location for tourists and locals.
Our first evening after misadventures flying to Italy, we went to the roof to have a glass of champagne to celebrate our arrival. After our journey, we felt we deserved it and it was a great way to kick off our vacation!
Like all apéro in Italy, drinks come with small snacks which are perfect for a pre-dinner snack!
Despite the fact that it was overcast and grey, it was warm enough to enjoy the view and the clouds made it super dramatic!
Over the week we went at various times to capture different sides of the roof in the various different light.
We enjoyed apéro there several evenings and on our last afternoon we took a rest there as well, that is actually the perfect time to go to get photos of the city as there aren’t too many people (but do make sure you check out at least one sunset there).
Mr. Misadventures had a ball trying to catch different angles from the buildings in Florence.
While I held down the fort enjoying drinks!
I have said it many, many times. Mr. Misadventures are long time members or Starwood Hotels SPG Program and have enjoyed nights in amazing hotels all over the world from the far corners of Moorea, to Japan, to Italy and always in Paris. Interestingly enough, the Westin Excelsior Florence is directly across the courtyard from The St. Regis. My fellow AFAR Ambassador and photographer Kirsten Alana of Aviators and a Camera stayed in both properties last November and you can see more detail photos of the Westin and the St. Regis in her post about her trip.
How about you? Have you returned to hotel you really like? Do you have a favorite rooftop terrace?