After a lot procrastination about going to Florence, Mr Smith finally pulled his finger out and organised a trip.  It was part of a slightly longer trip to Italy, but the 3 nights in Florence were spent at Riva Lofts, find out how it went…

After being dropped off by the Uber driver in Florence, yes the only one, Mr Smith received a very warm welcome from Carlotta at Riva Lofts, apologies if the spelling of the name is not correct.  The place has an incredibly relaxed feel about it and as Mr Smith was being shown round he started to relax instantly.

The design of the building is rustic, but as it is relatively newly converted so you get the benefits from that.

The room Mr Smith had was lovely, a nice little kitchenette, dinning area, bedroom (very comfy bed) and a lovely little shower area tucked away under what appeared to be an old part of the building.

There was no formal bar as such, but the honesty bar in the main sitting area of the hotel was fine for what was needed and there was also the chance to get some pasta sauces to cook in your room.  They did look very nice, but Mr Smith resisted, only falling to the temptation of the Panatone.  Breakfast was also served in this same area and was a buffet, which met most of the requirements.  Cereal, continental style options, plus cheesecake or cake (something new to Mr Smith).  This was good for 3 days, but any longer than that and Mr Smith would have probably looked for somewhere in town for breakfast.

The lofts are just so relaxing, the service was incredibly good and relaxed (and Mr Smith extends his thanks to all of the staff for helping him out with every request, especially the restaurant bookings).  The biggest compliment that Mr Smith could give is that he felt instantly relaxed when he arrived and had the best 3 nights sleep he has had in years.

In terms of location, the lofts are slightly out of town, but they are against the river, the park across the river is great for running or strolling and there is a tram nearby.  However, do not bother the with tram, just walk if you can, it is not far, it is good for you and you get to see a lot more of the interesting parts of Florence.  The Ponte Vecchio is under 30 minute gentle still away.

Would Mr Smith stay at the Lofts again if in Florence?  Without a doubt, yes he would.

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