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.
This list was curated by our Experience Designer, Courtney Mundy, who’s been named a Top Travel Specialist for Italy by Condé Nast Traveler.
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, which is owned by the Ferragamo family, 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 another member of the Ferragamo hotel collection, sitting mere steps from the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace. Artistic and architectural treasures surround the property, offering fabulous views of the Arno and glittering bridge from many of the suites.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
This hotel is perfectly located and set among 11 acres of pure tranquillity. 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.
This Rocco Forte is as central as it gets. Located in Piazza della Repubblica, all the major Florentine landmarks are within five minutes on foot. It recently underwent a major renovation and is now one of the most elegant and sought-after lodgings in the city, with style and careful attention to detail in both 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.
JK Firenze The JK Firenze is a boutique 5* option with a romantic vibe with sophisticated furnishings and artwork dressing its interiors, and only 20 rooms offering a sense of intimacy. Rooms feature marble bathrooms, complimentary fruit baskets and some boast terraces with views over Santa Maria Novella Square. Dining options include a rooftop terrace and a seasonal patio in the square.
Hotel Brunelleschi History rings through the Brunelleschi. Surrounded by 1,500-year-old Byzantine walls, The building was once owned by Renaissance artist and author of the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, Filippo Brunelleschi. You’ll also find a museum on-site that displays Roman artifacts found nearby. Charming rooms are dressed in traditional decor, with four-poster beds and marble bathrooms, some offering views of the Piazzetta del Giglio or the Duomo. Though on a quiet pedestrian street, it’s within walking distance of Florence’s main attractions.
Grand Hotel Minerva Renovated in 2017, everything at the Grand Hotel Minerva is polished and sophisticated—frescoed-ceilings and oil paintings get a modern touch with bold fabrics and quirky chandeliers. Its biggest draw has to be the rooftop pool that delivers postcard-perfect scenes of the Renaissance City, though its sumptuous cuisine is a close contender.
Ad Astra Florence This funky B&B option is really about the locations, a quiet detour from Florence’s busy streets in a stretch of grounds that watch over the largest garden in Europe. Each guest room is unique and showcases a glimpse of its past decor in the form of original mouldings and wood floors, with framed artwork handpicked by the owners and custom light fixtures. Perfect for those seeking a quiet location with charm and a distinctive flair.