“Classy apartments (sleeping 2-4) with kitchenettes and all the comforts of a hotel, slap bang in the heart of Florence”
Each of the 12 airy apartments (or 'suites', as they call them) has a sleek design and plenty of space. You get a comfortable bedroom, a living area with kitchenette (these are separated in the Deluxe) and a bathroom. There are teak parquet floors, calm off-white walls, soft beige furnishings and the occasional colour accent - relaxing orange sofas in the standard suites, or light blue throws on the beds.
The furniture is mostly modern Italian designer, with some Philippe Starck pieces and the odd family antique. Original double-height, double-glazed windows are hung with fine cream curtains with blackout and shutters that ensure a perfect night's sleep on the Simmons mattresses. Personal touches include fresh roses grown by the family and, for those who stay longer than 3 days, complimentary bottles of wine and oil. A few judiciously placed pieces of classic artwork - architectural drawings in the main hall, German romantic paintings in the apartments, and old plant prints - maintain the clean, classy effect.
Bathrooms are spacious, well-fitted (hairdryers are included) and classy; soft beige walls covered with fine Italian porcelain contrast with black marble surfaces around the basin and shower or bath.
There are 3 classes of apartment - Classic, Superior and Deluxe in ascending order of size. All have one double bedroom and space for a cot (Classic/Superior) or an extra single bed in the living room (Deluxe only). The quiet Deluxe on the top floor is preferred for honeymooners. Some Superior apartments have views over the Via dei Servi towards the Duomo; others face towards the Brunelleschi Rotunda.
Although the hotel does not have a restaurant, all the apartments are fitted with cleverly designed kitchenettes. Arranged along one wall of the living room (sliding opaque glass doors neatly hide them in some suites), their off-white and black colour scheme is in keeping with the rest of the decor. You get a 2-ring hob, microwave oven (with grill), toaster, sink, tea and coffee making facilities, fridge and a dining area with table and 4 chairs; ideal for whipping up a simple meal or snack but not a Cordon Bleu dinner party. A basic welcome pack awaits you.
There are 3 supermarkets nearby for those who want to prepare food in the suites, and free delivery is part of the service. You can order provisions in advance of arrival - a shopping list is provided on confirmation of your booking.
But most guests eat out - no surprise given Florence's excellent choice of restaurants. Next door, guests can enjoy delicious breakfasts and light lunches at the famous confectioners, Robiglio, who also offer free food and drink delivery. The staff at the front desk are only too pleased to make recommendations and reservations for restaurants, bars and clubs.
For a full list of recommended restaurants in Florence, see our city guide.
Florence can be over-whelmingly busy with tourists. Residence Hilda is a great option for families: a cool tranquil self-catering sanctuary, just three blocks from the Duomo. A host of baby equipment can be provided on request. Don't forget to mention that ice cream was invented in Florence...
Children under 12 are welcome - sleeping in an extra bed (just one per suite) in the Superior and Deluxe categories only. Suites can ideally accommodate two adults, 1 child under 12 and a child under 3 (they can be flexible on the ages). Teenage children (13-18) are only permitted by prior arrangement.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
All Suites can take a baby cot. Superior Suites have a sofabed and Deluxe Suites can take an extra bed.
Babysitting available by arrangement, see Rates
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
In the event of an emergency, Residence Hilda can provide an English speaking doctor who is on call 24 hours a day.