Review: OneWorld Extravaganza – The Style Florence

Introduction
W Taipei
CX 401 TPE – HKG 77W J
CX 251 HKG – LHR 77W W
Sofitel London Heathrow
BA 572 LHR – MXP 319 Y
Hotel Villa Franceschi Venice
The Style Florence
St. Regis Rome
Le Anfore Lounge Rome
CX 292 FCO – HKG 343 J

Location 3/5 Service 3/5 Modernity 5/5 Little things 3/5 Meals 3/5 Overall 3/5

For the next night, as we decided to use the night and the next morning to explore Florence, we chose the Style Florence. Both the St. Regis and the Westin were out for my dates, so I chose the Style as it was selling at ~HK$1,800, which is more than generous for a suite and looked pretty nice.

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite rate (this is a dummy booking, sorry for the dates and final cost)

My stay at The Style Florence

Expecting a more modern hotel than the Villa Franceschi, we departed Venice (or rather, Mira) in the late afternoon.

While the Style Florence isn’t a hotel you’d expect to have a glamorous entrance, I’ll still say this is the most hidden hotel entrance I’ve seen. I almost missed it. Did Hans Brinker help the hotel design the entrance? I kid…

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The Style Florence entrance signage and exterior

The lobby was minimalistic, which, for some reason, isn’t really my cup of tea. lulu really liked it, though.

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The Style Florence lobby

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The Style Florence lobby

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The Style Florence lobby

It’s worth noting that the lobby was really, really, really cold. I got ready to call Santa Claus to send over his penguins…and polar bears…and factory…and igloos…until I remembered he was probably too physically unfit to hold up a phone. 😉

The associate who checked us in was rude at best. He sat down at the desk while checking us in and reclined in his chair as he tried to find our booking. I’ve stayed in quite a few hotels with bad service, but this is the first time I’ve literally been growled my room number at.

We were assigned rooms C and D (I was assigned C and lulu D), and we went up to our rooms to see how they looked like.

The Style Florence
Check-in: Sunday, August 3, 2014
Room Type: Classic Studio Suite
Room Number: C
Stay duration: 1 night
Check-out: Monday, August 4, 2014

The room was amazing. It featured a compact kitchen, a dining table, a sofa bed, a giant flatscreen TV, a desk and a comfortable bed.

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite dining table

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite desk

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite bedroom

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite sofa bed

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite desk

As if the room weren’t nice enough, there was an even nicer bathroom that featured a single sink, a radiator, a huge jacuzzi tub, a separate shower, a toilet and a bidet.

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite bathroom

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite bathroom

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite bathroom

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite bathroom

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite bathroom

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite bathroom

The toiletries were hotel branded and okay.

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The Style Florence Classic Studio Suite toiletries

It’s worth noting that bubble bath and jacuzzis do not mix. When lulu came over to see our room (which was, apparently, identical) he slipped and fell over the bubbles I had used half an hour shovel out of the jacuzzi tub.

Overall I thought the room was great, and practical too, at least we didn’t find any flaws for our night there. I thought it was modern without being too over-the-top snazzy (no, the W Taipei wasn’t, but I’ve heard some Ws are).

As far as the service goes, it ranged from the worst service I’ve seen (front desk agent) to really good service (the rest of the associates). One of them made sure every aspect of our stay was perfect (he didn’t go near the front desk, though). Kudos to him!

We didn’t have time to visit the hotel’s other facilities, as it was off to the St. Regis the next morning.

The hotel is a sub-5 minute walk to downtown Florence – which was beautiful, with a few big churches and ancient buildings – and the central tourist area with plenty of gelaterias (where you buy gelato – if you haven’t figured), pizzerias and enough Hermes, Prada and Chanel shops to please my mother (hey, just because you’re 40+ doesn’t mean entertainment isn’t necessary).

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Florence Cathedral

Bottom line

I think the Style is a great place to stay in Florence. Apart from the abysmal service at the beginning, our stay was great, and I would recommend this hotel to others (especially at their sub-HK$2000 rate). I’d stay at the St. Regis Florence if I had enough cash or Starpoints, but if I didn’t, this hotel is a great choice.

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