The Westin Excelsior Florence

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.

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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?

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The view from our room at the Westin in Florence, photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

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!

Westin Florence Rooftop Champagne

Like all apéro in Italy, drinks come with small snacks which are perfect for a pre-dinner snack!

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Despite the fact that it was overcast and grey, it was warm enough to enjoy the view and the clouds made it super dramatic!

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Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

Over the week we went at various times to capture different sides of the roof in the various different light.

Westin-Florence-Roof-View
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

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.

Westin-Rooftop
Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

While I held down the fort enjoying drinks!

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Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

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?

 

68 Comments

  1. Katie @ Domestiphobia
    June 4, 2015

    Beautiful! I didn’t catch views like that the whole time I was in Florence.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 15, 2015

      @Katie, bummer, a good reason to go back!

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  2. Amanda @ MoveLoveEat
    June 4, 2015

    I’ve never done the rooftop terrace thing which makes me sad. Florence looks AH-MAZING too and the perfect place for it!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 15, 2015

      @Amanda, aren’t you in Sydney? They must have rooftop restaurants or bars there!

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  3. What divine views from the rooftop! I loved Florence when I visited (a few years ago now) but I cannot wait to return, and I’ll be keeping the Westin in mind for our accommodation for sure! Thanks Andi 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 15, 2015

      @Amy, it is a great property, we walked conveniently from everywhere and enjoyed our stay immensely!

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  4. Amber
    June 5, 2015

    We stayed there for an anniversary years ago, in either 2006 or 2007. We also had a suite, as loyal SPG Platinum members, and our suite had a balcony overlooking the river. I swear I have a very similar photo of prosecco glasses out on the balcony.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 15, 2015

      @Amber, we stayed in 2007 as well and had a great suite, but not looking at the river, this time we had a view of the river, SPG rocks!

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  5. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    June 5, 2015

    That sounds like such a lovely place to stay! Florence is definitely one of those places on my bucket list that I hope to get to someday.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 15, 2015

      @Robin, it is lovely and I highly recommend it if you do get to mark Florence off of your bucket list!

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  6. OMG, what a view! I’ve always wanted to see Italy! If I ever get there, I’m staying at the Excelsior!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Stacie, you’ll love it!

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  7. Italy is on my list, desire is there, time has not been, but when I get there it sounds like The Excelsior is the place to stay! Your photos are beautiful! 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Tracy, it most definitely is – great location, great staff, great roof!

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  8. Melissa Pezza
    June 5, 2015

    The only thing more high end than that hotel is the view! What a gorgeous place!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Melissa, agree! Times two!

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  9. Tamara
    June 5, 2015

    My heart literally skipped looking at the photos they are so beautiful. I loved, loved, loved Florence the one time I’ve been and this location and property looks amazing. I’m also a fan of Starwood properties, and not just because I can get friends and family rates 😉 That picture of you on the rooftop terrace is amazing, you need to frame it just to reflect back on that moment. It looks like bliss.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Tamara, SPG has been amazingly good to us over the years, nothing but good times!

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  10. Cia | CiaDenise.com
    June 5, 2015

    Florence holds my heart. It was my fav destination when I toured Italy. The photos you captured were absolutely breathtaking.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Cia, glad that I could help you relive fond memories!

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  11. Christy Maurer
    June 5, 2015

    Those pictures are so beautiful! When my kids were little, we went to a hotel several times in Ocean City, MD because it was so family friendly.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Christy, that is sometimes hard to find, hotels that cater to kids and pets, when you find a good one, stick with it!

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  12. Chubskulit Rose
    June 5, 2015

    Whata beautiful place and that voew is just gorgeous! We have never been there yet but hopefully someday we can.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Chubskulit, it is amazing, hope you get there too!

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  13. Winter White
    June 5, 2015

    This post is SO making me want to go to Italy! It is on my bucket list of destinations i’d like to travel to.
    I am a Hilton Honor’s member and feel that I am never disappointed whenever I stay at a Hilton 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Winter, it is great when you feel like you are taken care of by the program that you have invested a lot of time and money in. What has been your favorite Hilton stay or memory?

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      1. Winter
        June 15, 2015

        Hands down the Hilton in Japan! The service, amenities, and beds were incredible.

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        1. Andi Fisher
          June 15, 2015

          @Winter, Japan is AMAZING for hotels! They really know how to make a guest feel like a king!

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  14. Donna Ward
    June 5, 2015

    Gosh – what a memory maker. Loving your photos and that Hotel Westin Excelsior looks like a place for us to visit to be sure! I am so want to be there!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Donna, thanks it really was very memorable!

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  15. Ann Bacciaglia
    June 5, 2015

    This looks like an amazing trip and so beautiful. I love to eat on the rooftop. Here in Ottawa we have a few really nice rooftop restaurants.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Ann, I didn’t think much of them before this trip, but my mind has definitely been changed!

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  16. Uplifting Families
    June 5, 2015

    We typically stay in a certain chain of hotel. It has been a while since we have gone on vacation. I would enjoy staying in a terrace or rooftop suite. The views would be amazing.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Christy, it is good to be loyal to a particular chain, I hope it has a loyalty program so that you can take advantage of perks when you do stay.

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  17. Jeanine
    June 6, 2015

    I’ve gone to a hotel a few times and will keep going back! When I like one I enjoy and keep going back. No roof. Tip terrace though. This looks lovely!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Jeanine, I am the same way, there is always a need to replicate good times!

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  18. Nicole
    June 6, 2015

    What an amazingly gorgeous view!! I haven’t been to a rooftop terrace mainly because of my fear of heights but I think the glass of wine you had might help to quell my fears just so I could take in that view.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Nicole, ha-ha I hear ya! If it is any consolation, the building isn’t very tall!

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  19. Bonnie @ wemake7
    June 6, 2015

    Wow! What a beautiful place to stay. I really love those photos. I have never stayed at a place that looked that nice. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Bonnie, it is beautiful, hope you get to stay in an equally beautiful hotel in the future!

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  20. Carly Brydon
    June 6, 2015

    Oh my goodness, the Westin Excelsior in Florence is absolutely gorgeous! I love the photos that you took!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Carly, thanks, glad they could inspire you!

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  21. Jessica Simms
    June 6, 2015

    What an amazing view and experience! I have always wanted to travel, this is definitely on my bucket list now.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Jessica, it is a good choice, Florence is a wonderful place to visit – art, music, history, food, something for everyone!

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  22. Christi
    June 6, 2015

    WOW! What an absolutely gorgeous view. I’ve never been on a rooftop terrace before but your post makes me realize I need to!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Christi, find one quick!

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  23. What an incredible view! This looks like it would be a wonderful place to stay!!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Michelle, it is, tons of history, great location, awesome roof!

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  24. Lynndee
    June 7, 2015

    The views are undeniably gorgeous. Visiting Florence is on my dream vacation list. I hope we get to visit it someday.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Lynndee, I hope you get there as well, it is such an amazing city!

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  25. Miranda (myrabev)
    June 7, 2015

    I so want to visit Florence one day its on my bucketlist the view is spectacular. I do not have a fav hotel to stay at yet

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Miranda, an excellent choice, the city has so much to offer!

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  26. Kelly Hutchinson
    June 7, 2015

    Wow! What a gorgeous view of sch an iconic city. I have never been to Florence but would absolutely love to go.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Kelly, it is a great walking city and the people are incredibly friendly!

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  27. ricci
    June 7, 2015

    I love The Westin in general and the one in Florence is just gorgeous!!! I will make it there one day!!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Ricci, I agree, I have stayed in some amazing Westins.

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  28. Paula Schuck
    June 7, 2015

    Wow, the view from your room was amazing! I would have been tempted to stay in, drink wine and admire the view.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Paula, oh we did that at least one night! How could we resist?

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  29. Sharon
    June 7, 2015

    That is amazing and honestly, loving the rain like I do, I would have loved the grey and overcast weather!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Sharon, you and me both, I love the rain so it didn’t bother me!

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  30. Jenna
    June 7, 2015

    I would LOVE to stay in this hotel in Florence. I love Starwood properties. My stepmom used to work for them, so we stayed at a few and of course loved every one of them.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Jenna, I have stayed in some amazing properties over the decades, they are the best loyalty program out there in my opinion!

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  31. CourtneyLynne
    June 7, 2015

    OMG what breath taking photos!!! I would absolutely love to make it to Florence one day! Definitely on my travel bucket list

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Courtney, keep it on that list, you must go there some day!

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  32. Rebecca Swenor
    June 8, 2015

    It looks like you had an amazing time. The views are just gorgeous. I have never stayed in a hotel like this but maybe some day I can. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pictures.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Rebecca, thanks, it is a magical place and I feel blessed to have been able to experience it!

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  33. Esther JuLee
    June 14, 2015

    jacob’s been a long time member of hilton since he always stayed with HH during business trips, while i definitely prefer SPG. 🙂 these are such pretty views of florence. We need to make it out to that side of Italy one day.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      June 14, 2015

      @Esther, for sure! Florence is so wonderful and such a walking town!

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