Luxury hotel holiday Grand Hotel Minerva Florence

Located in Florence’s historic city centre, the 4-star Grand Hotel Minerva is perfectly situated for exploring the city’s main sights and about 7 minutes’ walk from Santa Maria Novella train station. Remodelled as the Minerva in 1958 to keep up with the rapidly increasing tourist population, the boutique hotel has a significant history which is still evident in its architecture and furnishings. The 97 rooms, many of which offer views of Florence’s major historic buildings, are warm and inviting, contrasting the historic setting with contemporary art from the city’s leading art galleries. The main hub of the hotel is the scenic rooftop terrace with outdoor heated pool and bar.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flight from London to Florence or Pisa return economy
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Choice of upgrades available – rooms and flight

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to the Grand Hotel Minerva, Florence

The Grand Hotel Minerva is a boutique, 4-star hotel in the historic centre of Florence. Contemporary rooms with excellent views and a rooftop terrace with outdoor pool.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location In Florence’s Piazza Santa Maria Novella

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Florence

Distance from airport About 20 minutes by taxi

Closest railway station Florence Santa Maria Novella

Distance from railway station 7 minutes on foot

Hotel facilities and services

Rooftop terrace with seasonal heated outdoor pool, Rooftop bar, sky lounge, 2 restaurants, fitness centre with hot tub, valet parking

Out and about nearby

Florence is one of the must-see places of all art lovers. Florence is the centre of the Renaissance movement and the Uffizi Gallery houses a phenomenal collection of paintings from this era, as does the Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s statue of David. However, it is the atmosphere of the city which is overwhelmingly Renaissance as everywhere you turn there is yet another reminder of the period either artistic or architectural, which creates a superb museum-like ambience to the historic centre. All the sites are easily reached on foot from the Ponte Vecchio to the Church of Santa Maria Novella, to the Accademia, to the Duomo and it is by visiting on foot that you can soak up the amazing atmosphere of the city.

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I enjoyed every minute of the tour. Cindy-Marie was simply fantastic and her knowledge, kindness and humour was all that I could have asked for. This was a first class experience. Thank you for making it all happen.
Customer on Tuscan wine tour, June 2022

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Premium double room for 5 nights

From about

£1,470

Holiday Code EXH46378

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to the Grand Hotel Minerva, Florence

Room descriptions

The Grand Hotel Minerva has 97 rooms and suites, all equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities, evening turn-down service, in-room safe, minibar, flatscreen TV, bathrobe and slippers, hair dryer and toiletries.

Premium room 22 sqm
Deluxe room Florence view 26 sqm
Deluxe Junior Suite 30 sqm
Suite 40 sqm
Duplex Suite 75 sqm
The Romantic Room 35 sqm
The Terrace Junior Suite 45 sqm
Open Space Frescoed Suite 55 sqm
The Romantic Suite 55 sqm
The Frescoed Suite 65 sqm
2-bedroom Frescoed Suite 120 sqm

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I enjoyed every minute of the tour. Cindy-Marie was simply fantastic and her knowledge, kindness and humour was all that I could have asked for. This was a first class experience. Thank you for making it all happen.
Customer on Tuscan wine tour, June 2022

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Premium double room for 5 nights

From about

£1,470

Holiday Code EXH46378

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to the Grand Hotel Minerva, Florence

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Grand Hotel Minerva in Florence, our clients usually fly to Pisa airport, Florence airport or arrive by train at Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station. From the airport, we recommend a private car transfer which we would include in our holiday price. It is a short walk from the train station to the hotel. If you are visiting Florence as part of a tailor-made touring holiday, we recommend returning your hire-car upon arrival in Florence, and then if you need a car to continue the itinerary, collecting another one when you leave.

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I enjoyed every minute of the tour. Cindy-Marie was simply fantastic and her knowledge, kindness and humour was all that I could have asked for. This was a first class experience. Thank you for making it all happen.
Customer on Tuscan wine tour, June 2022

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Premium double room for 5 nights

From about

£1,470

Holiday Code EXH46378

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to the Grand Hotel Minerva, Florence

Highlights of Florence

The markets in Florence are great for browsing for leather bags and shoes, but be prepared to haggle the price, as these markets are now really geared up for tourists and you can end up paying more than you need to. Fiesole can be reach by train or bus and has lovely views of the city. The Boboli gardens are an enchanting place to spend a few lazy hours and can be reached on foot over the other side of the River Arno from the main sites. Hire a car and visit Siena, Lucca, San Gimignano, Chianti, Montepulciano, Perugia and many more fascinating mediaeval towns nearby.

Cultural highlights of Florence

The Duomo, The Battistero, Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, the mausoleum of the Medici family in the Medici Chapel, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, The Piazza della Signoria.

Festivals in Florence

There are a wide range of fashion shows held in Florence in January, which can make finding hotel availability difficult during the show period. Otherwise, Florence holds any wonderful festivals throughout the year including the Scoppio del Carro or the explosion of the cart on Easter Sunday, which is really a firework display, but the atmosphere is tremendous. Calcio in Costume in June is a fun spectacle and a slightly different take on ‘Calcio’ or football! Alternatively, in September there is the Festa della Rificolana where children carrying candlelit lanterns converge on the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata to celebrate the eve of the birth of the Virgin Mary. The most notable festival in the area however, is of course the Palio in Siena, just south of Florence and easily reachable by train, which takes place in July and August. Early booking is essential.

Gastronomy in Florence

Florence is famous for its food, namely Bistecca alla Fiorentina and many grilled meats and game dishes, but of course it is the centre of the Chianti wine producing region and thereby has access to some of the most prestigious wines from Chianti and the hearty reds of Southern Tuscany. Olive oil is also in abundance here and is used with everything, from cooking to dipping and even tasting!

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