Dimora Palanca: A Luxurious boutique style hotel situated in the heart of the city
By Lady Kendal Jaggar
A breathtaking ceiling captured my eye as I entered this elegant intimate boutique-style hotel, formerly a private villa built in 1863 by a family who loved to entertain their guests, showcasing the opulence they enjoyed on a daily basis. This boutique style hotel oozes in magnificence in the form of art, with “The Director” taking a personal interest in all the decoration details even down to the raw linen that encapsulates your body after a long day of sightseeing around the city of Florence.
I was shown to the old orangey where I would relax in my private suite along with my assistant, a perfect position as it overlooked the quiet, stunning gardens. Perhaps I might even be tempted into enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail before an exquisite dinner in the Mimosa Restaurant.
The hotel is a small boutique hotel that consists of 18 rooms, these cool modern rooms are decorated in luxury furnishings and fine art for the Dimora Palanca clientele to enjoy throughout their stay.
They offer two options by separating these rooms into the main villa or the converted old orangery. However, the same luxury is offered in both: the preference is defined simply by your own choice and the location of your room.
Luxurious furnishings finished with the richness of crisp raw linen to encase your tired body wrapping you in sheer heavenly delight as you lay your head down under the Tuscan sky.
The secret garden – opulence quietly expelled within the hotel walls set alongside a bustling city awaiting your exploration.
Below your feet lies a beautiful restaurant which offers the clientele of Dimora Palanca and outside guests the opportunity to taste the cuisine of head chef Giovanni Cerrioni – is this the future of award winning culinary cuisine? His passion and dedication to produce delicious creations focusing highly on the sustainability factor with the future aspect of culinary cuisine shown in art form.
Chef Giovanni Cerrioni is one of Italy’s rare diamonds, a young inspirational gentleman with a passion for the culinary palette, Giovanni as the head chef has been given full control of the restaurant by the owners of the hotel to offer its clientele a revolutionary gastronomic experience. The infusion to your palette is that of the eruption of magma to a volcano, an experience that changes the palette forever leaving his landscape markings from the infusion he has created.
The restaurant has a fine wine collection that the sommelier had perfected to accompany the five course meal Giovanni and his team were to offer my palate, one I would always remember. The sommelier poured the wine pairing to compliment Giovanni’s first course as he explained why with simple perfection. The wine selection continued to flow showcasing itself against this revolution of culinary cuisine igniting my palette, the infusion overflowing in abundance.
Long has it been since I enjoyed such a wonderful dining experience with fellow members of the press, everyone having their own perceptions and how they would express this gastronomic experience. Piers from GoldenPhotos.com had his eye firmly on the kitchen as he indiscreetly captured the dishes as they made their grand entrance to our tables.
As we all retired from the restaurant, we thanked our host Sharon “Creative Director – Arthouse Pr Company for the opportunity to showcase this hotel to our readers our first hand experience, retiring to our rooms, as we had a busy day ahead exploring the city.
As I headed up the staircase, I found a small room to my right in which I could relax with a brandy, unwinding down, before I took to laying my head underneath the Tuscan sky. The room again captures its own concept in celebrating Florence’s inherent connection to fine art which is flawless in design.
After a wonderful breakfast together in the bistro, which although is small and intimate, is just what is required for the modern luxury and unimposing setting required before I headed to explore the culture and history the city had to offer my insightful and curious mind.
Awaking from my beautiful sleep as I slowly drew back the bed covers placing my feet into the slippers provided reaching out for the dressing gown with such hesitation as I could have simply stayed in bed all day as luxury totally enthralled my body to sheer and utter satisfaction.
I headed to the marbled bathroom where everything I needed was all at hand, the water now cascading from the shower awakening me with notes of ginger and lime from the products now ready to join the group for breakfast in the bistro.
Intimate – a room with a view directly out to the secret garden, flawlessly designed as art captures your freshly awoken eye with a delightful breakfast and fresh Italian coffee.
Stepping out of the hotel you will find much to explore in this beautiful city, The hotel is situated in one of the most prestigious areas of the city with many of Florence’s major landmarks simply a short distance away, a slow paced 20 minute walk I found myself in a beautiful square where the stunning cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore took prominence.
Florence boasts an array of culture, history, restaurants, galleries, museums and art studios.
The Dimora Palanca are highly experienced and also dedicated to organising any excursion experiences their clientele require so that they can fully enjoy the wonderful surroundings that Florence has to offer in the knowledge that they have seen the very best of Florence whether it be the vibrant Florentine Culture, Cuisine or simply the Heritage.
For any further information please contact the hotel directly www.dimorapalanca.com
About the Author – Lady Kendall Jaggar
Lady Kendal Jaggar – known in the industry as LKJc is an advocate for Mental Health Awareness and Well Being. LKJ strives for excellence as a Freelance Current Affairs News Reporter, Travel Journalist, Travel Writer, Published Author and World Critic. LKJ as a published author believes the power of the pen can also unlock the freedom of your mind.