A country hotel in the heart of Tuscany.
The Demidoff Country Hotel is a typically Italian resort set deep in the Tuscun Countryside just 16km outside of Florence. We spent a six day break here, using it as a base to explore the rest of Tuscany. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re thinking of booking a stay at the Hotel Demidoff, Florence.
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Location of the Demidoff Hotel, Florence
The resort is located in the Pratolino region of Tuscany, just outside of Florence. In fact the views of Florence on the road out of the town of Vaglia, the closest town to the Demidoff, are the best I’ve ever seen.
The Demidoff is located slightly out of town down a narrow road. Making you feel like you’ve landed in the middle of nowhere. If you need anything then it’s just a quick drive into Vaglia. Where there are some lovely restaurants, a small grocery shop and even a laundrette to wash your clothes. It’s so much cheaper than the hotel!
For a city experience then it will only take you half an hour to the beautiful and bustling city of Florence. Pretty much a must visit destination for anyone touring Tuscany. During our stay we also visited Viareggio, San Gimignano, Siena and Pisa. None of which were more than an hour and a half drive away.
Family friendly features at the Demidoff
There’s quite a lot available to keep the kids entertained at the Demidoff. Obviously they’ll love the pools but there is also table football, Ping Pong and some books to read.
Food at the Demidoff Country Resort
Breakfast was included in our room rate. There was a pretty good selection of pastrys, some fruit, breads and my favourite, the daily tortilla. It is all self service, even down to the coffee machine so don’t expect egg stations or freshly cooked bacon!
We ate at the onsite restaurant 1556 on our first night. The food was good. We had some seafood which was really well presented and tasty, the portions were just so small. The service was much like the rest of the hotel, a bit hit and miss and the meal turned out to be very expensive. You can get a much better meal in town for a third of the cost with friendly service thrown in! If you do want to eat at 1556 then make sure you book. It was pretty quiet when we were there but I’ve heard of people being turned away for a table.
The hotel has a small bar with indoor and outdoor seating. We found that it was often unmanned so we couldn’t always get a drink. When we asked at reception it was often met with a typically Italian huff and shrug. But they got there eventually. The bar shuts at 11pm which was no issue for us as we had our eight year old with us. But it may feel a bit early for some. Room service is also available.
Restaurants near the Demidoff
We found our favourite restaurant in the whole of Tuscany just down the road from the Demidoff in Vaglia. The Restaurant Zocchi is an authentic Italian restaurant with a wide menu of all your favourites. It’s like pizza and pasta heaven, Piper was in her element. The service is wonderfully friendly, they spent ages trying to translate the handwritten menu for us. When we visited for lunch it was pretty quiet. But in the evenings it was positively rammed with locals all enjoying a family meal. Seriously, visit this place, it embodies everything a visit to Tuscany should be.
Pools and the Spa at the Demidoff Hotel
The Resort has two pools, one indoor and one out. We spent most of our time in the outdoor pool as the weather was so hot. Although the indoor pool was also pretty cold.
The outdoor pool has a stone base which makes it pretty dangerous for little feet. Piper cut her heels several times so make sure you take some water safe shoes to go in with. There also seems to be a wasp problem around the edge of the pool. We had to step over loads to get in. No one got stung but it was pretty off putting and there was a lot of squealing from Piper.
There seemed to be a bit of confusion about towel rental. You had to leave a deposit of €10 at reception in order to get a towel. We were then told we would get €8 Euros returned when we gave them back. However there was a sign in the lift saying towels were available to rent for €5. I never did fathom which was correct.
There’s a newly renovated spa at the Demidoff hotel. Although we didn’t get to use it as we were out exploring most of the time.
Rooms at the Demidoff Country resort
We stayed in a Classic Double Room which had a large double bed and one single. It had most things we needed. We changed halfway through the holiday due to a Wifi issue, our first room had a tiny balcony overlooking the front carpark, our second had a much larger balcony overlooking the pool.
The bathroom had plenty of toiletries to see us through the week and a bathtub and shower.
Cost of staying at the Demidoff Country Resort.
The Demidoff Resort is a four star hotel in Europe so you can expect the prices to be pretty steep. Being slightly off the beaten track however probably makes it one of the best value luxury hotels in Tuscany. Our stay in the peak of the summer holidays cost less than £100 per night.
Just be aware that the extras add up a lot! We had a few drinks from the bar and one dinner and on checking out and settling our bill it seemed huge, there was some kind of Florence tax and lots of bar receipts without signatures, based on the general speed of check out I knew we didn’t have time to argue but I really wish we had.
Things to do near the Demidoff Country Hotel
You can read my full post on visiting Tuscany with kids but a few things close to the Demidoff include:
Founded on the remains of the old Pratolino Medici Villa, Pratolino Park was one of my favourite places to visit during our Tuscany tour. We would never have found the place if we hadn’t been staying at the Demidoff, it’s just down the road towards Florence, keep an eye out for the sign.
Piper loved having some green space to play in and we found a cute little play area by the cafe for a swing and climb.
The proximity to Florence may well be reason alone to choose to stay at the Demidoff Country hotel, it’s close enough that you can visit in a day – even half a day, but, being in the countryside, it doesn’t feel like you’re on another city break. Even in the height of summer it’s very, very quiet.
The Demidoff hotel offers a shuttle service, which you need to book the day before, into Florence at certain times during the day. We didn’t use it as we had a hire car but it would be useful if we didn’t or if you wanted to visit the city and have some drinks. (I wouldn’t recommend driving back to the hotel after having even one, the roads were pretty windy!
Florence itself is a beautiful city, full of culture, history and one of the most popular Duomos in the area.
The Tuscan countryside is absolutely stunning and if you’re fans of a more active holiday then I highly recommend you break up all the city breaks with a day exploring the rural areas. Komoot has an excellent list of 20 top hikes in Tuscany ranging from the challenging to the super easy for little ones. Their Leonardo da Vinci loop from San Domenico is probably the closest to the Demidoff and will take you through delightful olive groves with gorgeous views back towards Florence.
Adventure Park Il Gigante
The Il Gigante Adventure Park is a fantastic aerial adventure park with routes suitable for all areas. It has ziplines, high jumps and treetop bridges. It is located pretty much opposite Pratolino park with plenty of parking available.
What I liked most about the Hotel Demidoff, Florence
The location for me is what sells this hotel, the town of Vaglia is delightful and the countryside is stunning giving plenty of opportunities to get outside and explore. I also loved how easy it was to travel to all the parts of Tuscany we had to tick off our bucket list.
What we didn’t like about the Demidoff
The wifi is pretty non existent. Being a travel blogger this is my worst nightmare, I have to work on the go so free wifi is one of the first things I check when booking somewhere. It really annoys me when this isn’t available as promised as was the case at the Demidoff. We logged on to the general free wifi which simply didn’t work, the hotel tried to upgrade us to a paid version. Urmmmm no! I eventually had to pull out the travel blogger card at which point they allowed me to log on to the staff wifi which eventually worked. They also ended up switching our room so we could get better signal. I wouldn’t exactly call it an upgrade but it did have a balcony!
The Hotel Demidoff, Florence just feels in dire need of an upgrade, although our room was pretty clean the hallways and public spaces were not. The lifts were highly temperamental and we even found ants in our room. There was also no water in the room and with the bar being closed a lot of the time and no shops within walking distance it made it pretty tricky to get our daughter a drink when she needed one.
You can read more honest reviews and run a price comparison for the Demidoff Country hotel here.
While we were staying at the Hotel Demidoff, Florence we toured a large part of Tuscany taking in some beautiful hill towns, rolling countryside and even a beach in Viareggio. You might also be interested in my post on San Gimignano with kids and why it’s my favourite town in the area.
If you’re planning on touring Tuscany then take a look at this Tuscany in a week itinerary.
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