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Grand Hotel Minerva

Last updated: 04 January, 2024

This conveniently located 4-star hotel offers smart, comfortable modern rooms (many of which have views over historic piazza Santa Maria Novella and its eponymous church), good service and – the USP – a rooftop pool and bar which is an unbeatable spot for sunset cocktails.

Once a pilgrims’ hospice, it was overhauled in the 1950s by famous Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa, and the interiors are inspired by that era.

The hotel is a good all-rounder, popular with tourists and business folk and welcomes families.

The hotel is located a few minutes’ walk from Santa Maria Novella train station and the tram stop for the airport; the mian sights are all within a 10-15 minute walk.

Surrounding area

The hotels stands on wide, open, pedestrianized Piazza Santa Maria Novella which throngs with tourists in high season.

It is lined with tall, handsome town houses; at the northern end stands the church of Santa Maria Novella with its magnificent swirling marble façade.

Piazza Santa Maria Novella is a lively square lined with pavement cafés and restaurants, but good double glazing keeps any street noise at bay.

The famous Santa Maria Novella pharmacy is a short walk away, housed in a 13th-century frescoed chapel and founded by Dominican monks.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed