During our time in Florence, we stayed at the Westin Excelsior Florence. We also stayed there during our trip to Italy in 2007 and 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.
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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.
On 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 various different light.
We enjoyed an 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 and I are long-time members of Starwood Hotels SPG Program (now Marriott Bonvoy) 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.
The Westin Excelsior Florence is located at 3 Piazza Ognissanti. Interestingly enough, the hotel is directly across the courtyard from The St. Regis. Photographer Kirsten Alana of Aviators and a Camera stayed in both properties and you can see more detailed photos of the Westin and the St. Regis in her post about her trip.
Things to do in Florence
- Want an excellent itinerary for 3 days in Florence? Check out my friend Laura of The External Expats post.
- Eat your way through Florence with this Foodie Tour.
- My favorite place for an afternoon snack in Florence, Procacci.
- My favorite restaurant in Florence, Obica Mozzarella.
- While you are staying in Florence, adventure out into the Tuscan countryside and do a 1-day road trip.
- My friend Katie did an amazing farm tour, wining and dining in the Tuscan countryside.
- Florence is SO photogenic, so here are more Florence scenes.
- Here are 9 more of the best rooftop bars in Florence to check out!
How about you? Have you returned to a hotel you really like? Do you have a favorite rooftop terrace?
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