The Westin Excelsior Florence Hotel Review – 360 Degree Views

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When staying in Florence if you are seeking unobtrusive spectacular river views, then the Westin Excelsior Florence is your hotel. The hotel, part of a historical building, sits right on the banks of the Arno river with its entrance located at Piazza Ognissanti. Its location makes it ideal to visit famous landmarks within easy walking distance such as Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Della Signoria, and the famous Uffizi museum.


The reception area is stunning and a beautiful way to enter the hotel. The area has plenty of antique furniture and historical artwork alongside high ceilings, it sets the tone of being here in Florence. The bouquet of fresh flowers is a nice touch too. The Italian marble flooring is an art piece in itself.

Covid-19 Measures

The Westin Excelsior Florence has a digital device that measures your temperature every time you enter the hotel reception area. There are arrows for entry and exit of the hotel. There is plenty of hand sanitizer throughout the hotel, near the lift areas, restaurant, restrooms and of course in the reception area. Masks are supplied for all guests and there are more in your room. Only on request, your room will be cleaned if you are staying for more than one day. The staff is always wearing masks.

Se-STO On Arno

The Se-STO On Arno restaurant has to be one of the most spectacular 360 views I have seen here in Florence. Having breakfast with these views was just wonderful. To be able to soak up the city like this and take in how beautiful Florence is was a priceless experience.

Regarding lunch let alone cocktails this is a place where even if you are not staying, is a must-do experience. There is a dedicated meeting room with views of Florence, so for business, I would certainly book.

Arno River Deluxe King Guest Room

I stayed at the Arno River Deluxe King Guest Room which had the pleasure of having a view of the Arno river as well as Piazza Ognissanti. The room came with a large terrace that came with comfortable outdoor furniture. Surprisingly the area was very quiet of traffic noise as it is located within the ZTL (limited traffic zone). So I enjoyed in calm, with a few glasses of Prosecco the change from day into night. I must say the sunset from here is spectacular.

Sipping beer, wine, and prosecco during my stay made it even more relaxing.

The interior design was modern, and the furniture was of high quality. I loved the green chair with the footstool which I could move around and look at the views. The dedicated working desk was very comfortable and large enough to get my work done during my stay.

The king-size bed was huge, and the bed linen felt and looked lovely. There were ample fluffy pillows to choose by as well. I liked how there were plenty of cotton towels around the room. For me, this is an environmentally friendly idea. When in Italy one must appreciate the Italian fabrics they create.


A very large bathroom with a double sink meant no need to be fighting over sink space. The separate bath and shower access which was very relaxing and the use of luxury amenities from Aqua Di Parma just added to my wellness retreat. The towels were large and fluffy which I always love at any hotel.


With views of the Arno, the Riverview breakfast had to be my favourite past time. Due to COVID-19 there was no buffet and there was individual table service instead. You can downlaod the restaurant menus via a QR-code onto your mobile to avoid touching a printed menu.

The local fresh fruit and cold meats were presented to a high standard. The eggs were delicious and the staff very friendly and professional. There was plenty of food to choose from and it was all very tasty. As for coffee, tea, and water, I just had to ask each time I wanted some.


The Weston Excelsior Florence is a beautiful hotel on a top location when it comes to views. The views of Florence and the access to the city make it perfectly situated. I loved walking over the three bridges that were close to the hotel. Throughout the hotel the décor is stunning. Instead of taking the lift, I would recommend taking the stairs to explore the hotel. The hotel is pristine in its cleanliness and the staff is very helpful and friendly. Thanks for a fantastic stay.


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