T+L Reports: Ferragamo-Owned Hotel
Published: May 2009
If Continentale, a cocoon-like urban dwelling overlooking Florence's Ponte Vecchio, suits your style like a pair of kitten heels, there's a reason. The 43-room hotel was recently opened by Lungarno, the hospitality division of the Salvatore Ferragamo fashion empire. Built around an 800-year-old tower, the seven-floor mansion embraces design motifs from every era: Faye Heller prints mimic Pop art of the 1960's; a Michela Bönan L-shaped couch in the elevator is a throwback to seventies' lounges; live street scenes from outside the hotel projected on lobby walls are pure post-millennium. Not only does the property cater to the fashion-forward, it's outfitted like them. Curtains, bedspreads, and staff uniforms are cut from signature Ferragamo fabrics. Continentale, 6R Vicolo dell'Oro, Florence; 39-055/27262; www.lungarnohotels.com; doubles from $365.