Renaissance and the Mona Lisa

The Monna Lisa Hotel is a boutique hotel located in a historical XVIIth century castle in Florence, in Italy. The hotel has a large territory and several flower gardens near the renaissance style building.

The hotel is located in a large building, parts of which date from the XIIIth century, back when it was a convent. At the start of the XVIth century, the powerful Neri family bought the house, and many of the paintings which still cover the hotel’s walls belonged to members of the family. The hotel looks like a small palace of the Renaissance era, with XVIth century cotto floors and wooden ceilings. Some of the furniture dates back to the XVIth century. Some of the most well known art works are the portrait of San Filipo Neri, which hangs behind the bar, and the statues made by Giovanni Dupré, both of them prominent family members.

This renaissance themed hotel has 45 double rooms with their own bathrooms. Some rooms have views towards the gardens and a private balcony. There are several different types of rooms and while some of the rooms are located in the main building, other rooms are located in the annex standing next to the gardens. The decoration of each room reminds one of an antique, renaissance era dwelling.

The hotel has several individual rooms, double rooms with a double bed, twin rooms, and even larger triple rooms for families or groups. These four types of rooms can be either standard rooms with less space and the basic amenities, or superior rooms, with more space, a jacuzzi in the bathroom and garden views. Some rooms can be interconnected, allowing guests to create quadruple rooms.

There are several suites and junior suites which have a spacious bedroom and a lounge area. The Junior Suites have a sofa bed in the living room, allowing an extra person to sleep in the suite. The Suites have a master bedroom and a bathroom in one area and an extra bedroom with a guest bathroom near the living room. Some of the rooms are adapted for people with disabilities. All rooms have an antique design, as well as modern elements such as safes, telephones and televisions. Each room has newspapers delivered every morning and an honour bar.

Price varies according to the type of room and the season. Average price per individual room is around 90€ per night, while the average price for a double room is slightly higher, at around 129€ per night. The superior rooms are more expensive, with prices starting at 159€ per night, and the triple rooms can cost a minimum of 199€ per room per night.

One of the hotel’s most notable features is its collection of different kinds of Mona Lisa paintings. Some of the best works include a Mona Lisa painted as Frank Zappa, and other humorous pieces such as a Mona Lisa before and after coming to the United States and undergoing cosmetic surgery.

The hotel has its own bar right net to the breakfast hall, which boasts views towards the gardens. Even though the hotel does not have its own restaurant, guests will be able to enjoy a delicious continental breakfast, which is already included in the room rate, or a selection of sandwiches in the afternoon. The hotel has a large conference room. Next to the meetings hall stand the gym and the computer room with access to the Internet.

The hotel has a large territory full of green gardens and is comfortably located in the very heart of Florence. Only a few minutes away from the hotel guests will be able to visit the city’s most famous landmark, the Duomo. Nearby stands the famous Michelangelo Square, with views towards the river. Guests will be able to get a taste of the real Italian cuisine in one of the many restaurants crowding the main streets in the centre of the city. Other major historical and cultural landmarks include the Ponte Vecchio and the famous Uffizi Galleries. For those with time to spare, a day trip to the picturesque village of Fiesole is a must, for this place is renown for its traditional cuisine and its panoramic views towards the city of Florence.

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