Hotels in Florence
Hotels in Florence were once limited but today they are plentiful, thanks to new openings over the last decade. Many properties have also invested in renovations, so chances are you'll find amenities to rival those in leading hotels in any other major European city. For those who demand the utmost in luxury, the best hotels in Florence include the elegant J.K. Place Hotel, set in a Piazza Santa Maria Novella townhouse, and the Golden Tower Hotel on Piazza Strozzi are considered gems.
History buffs would do better to turn to Florence hotels that date back to the 15th and 16th centuries, such as the Casci Hotel, centrally located between San Lorenzo and the Duomo. Finally, for travelers who are looking for more wallet-friendly options, there's an array of bed and breakfasts located within easy walking or driving distance from the city's main attractions. But be forewarned that even though there are more rooms available at hotels in Florence than ever before, the city draws so many visitors that it's still important to book well in advance.
Named for the Italian Renaissance architect and engineer Filippo Brunelleschi, this historic property in the heart of Florence occupies the Byzantine Pagliazza Tower.
This turreted villa has Art Nouveau touches and views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Situated in the town of Castagneto Carducci, in Alta Maremma it holds a pitch-perfect mix of antique furnishings and neo-Baroque accents such as beaded lamps enlivens the seven fashionable rooms.
Located just outside the village of Poppi, about 90 minutes south of Florence, Casa Ombuto is a restored 17th-century farmhouse (referred to as a villa) with a terracotta roof, stone walls, and panoramic views of the 80-acre estate surrounded by rolling hills.
In the mid-19th century, romantic British artists and writers flocked to Florence, and poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning were among them. In 1847, the couple rented a flat in Piazza San Felice in the Oltrarno, not far from Palazzo Pitti.
Famed hotelier Rocco Forte’s sister, Olga Polizzi, overhauled the storied Savoy's 102 rooms in a contemporary mix of snowy linens, dark wood furnishings, bright scatter cushions, and quirky pictures of shoes—a nod to the fact that Ferragamo actually owns the walls of this 19th- century palazzo on
Staying in the 18th-century Villa Olmi Resort—surrounded by expansive green acres just 10 minutes from Florence’s Duomo—means not having to choose between city and country.
A former house of Napoleon III’s widow, Empress Eugénie, now a boutique hotel that overlooks the city center.
Only a two-minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio, the 74-room Gallery Hotel Art is popular with members of the fashion industry thanks to its stylish interiors by local designer Michele Bönan.
The hippest of the four Ferragamo-owned Florentine hotels, the Continentale also has an unbeatable location—right over the Ponte Vecchio, a bridge over the Arno lined by teensy medieval shops.
This affordable guesthouse—opened in 2005 as a Florentine outpost of successful Roman experiment in a new kind of Italian lodging—features 13 themed accommodations in a prime location near Santa Maria Novella church.
Following a massive building restoration, Florence’s 116-room Four Seasons hotel opened in June 2008.
Fashion insiders love these 28 characterful rooms rambling through a pair of 15th-century palazzi, surrounded by haute couture boutiques and across a small piazza from the fresco-filled Santa Trinità church.
Housed in a 15th-century palazzo that was originally a convent, Hotel Monna Lisais located in the city's Piazza Della Signoria. Hotel features include a lush courtyard with a fountain, art-filled common areas with vaulted ceilings, and antique reproductions (and some real antiques) throughout.