In the first part of our Insider’s Guide we introduced you to Florence, where some of the world’s greatest pieces of art reside within the walls of Italy’s most famous museums. And much like the Accademia does for David, a slew of well-appointed Florence hotels will make you feel like a masterpiece.
Fit for a Masterpiece
The St. Regis Florence
With aesthetics that perfectly capture Renaissance grandeur and refined elegance, this historic palace makes a remarkable Florentine retreat. Designed by Brunelleschi in the centre of Florence, it’s ideally located along the Arno River, minutes away from the city’s finest shopping, museums and the world famous Ponte Vecchio.
Situated just a few steps away from Ponte Vecchio, the exclusive and stylish Hotel Lungarno offers 59 rooms and 14 luxury suites, the gourmet restaurant Borgo San Jacopo and an extensive art collection dating back to the 900s. The beautiful terrace of the Sky Bar on top of the medieval Consorti tower provides stunning views of the famous sights of the city.
Centrally located near the Ponte Vecchio on the north side of the Arno River, this hotel is within steps of the Uffizi Gallery, and Pitti Palace, and surrounded by artistic and architectural treasures. You’ll enjoy fabulous vistas of the Arno and glittering bridge while you indulge with in-room breakfast each morning.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
This hotel is perfectly located and set among 11 acres of pure tranquility. Its relaxing atmosphere is an oasis amid the bustling Florence city centre, with all the main sights at your doorstep. If you are an art lover, the original frescoed rooms and sculptures will definitely impress. Amenities include an outdoor pool, full spa, fitness centre and meeting facilities.
The Westin Excelsior, Florence
Overlooking the famous Arno River, this former 18thC palace stands tall in the heart of exciting Florence. The Excelsior neighbours famous sights such as Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti. Rooms are beautifully decorated and offer all the comforts you can wish for: views of the Arno, wireless internet, 24 hour room service and the ever-popular heavenly bed will be hard to leave behind.
Palazzo Magnani Feroni
Once the family home of the aristocratic Feroni family, this hotel is composed of just 11 suites. Its grandiose 19thC décor is accentuated by the friendly, personalized attention of its staff, as well as the owners themselves. Just a short walk from Via Tornabuoni and the Ponte Vecchio, a stay here merits an exploration of the Oltrarno, and the traditional restaurants and artisans workshops in this authentic part of Florence.
The location of this elegant hotel in Piazza della Repubblica is unbeatable—all the major Florentine landmarks are within five minutes on foot. Closed for two years for a complete renovation, the hotel is now one of the most elegant and sought-after lodgings in the city due to its location, style and careful attention to detail in décor and service.
Hotel Regency Firenze
The Regency is an intimate, tastefully renovated hotel on a quiet square just outside the heart of the old city. Attached to the hotel is the highly recommended Le Jardin restaurant, and there is a wide range of restaurants to choose from within easy walking distance.
Hotel Continentale Florence
This very hip and contemporary hotel has 43 rooms and one penthouse suite. The rooms range from single, double, superior double, deluxe double, deluxe tower, and penthouse suite. The décor is simple yet sleek, all designed by the architect to the Ferragamo family.