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.
Though it’s just two miles south of Florence’s city center, this genteel family estate is set amid the woodlands, vines, and olive groves that herald the start of the Chianti region.
Formerly Lungarno Suites
16th-century Medicean villa, the sister property to Lake Como’s historic Villa d’Este.
Behind a traditional gold-and-stucco exterior, this five-story medieval structure is now a four-star hotel furnished by architects Detti and Scarpa. Located in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the hotel has a glass-walled lobby with black-and-white-striped armchairs and vibrant flower bouquets.
On the second floor of a Neoclassical palazzo near the Duomo, the nine-room Palazzo Galletti is classified as a “historic home B&B” and offers some of the best value accommodations in town.
About three miles from the centro storico (historic center), UNA Hotel Vittoria has a traditional stucco façade that belies an ultra-modern interior inspired by contemporary art.
Located on the upper floors of a 19th-century palazzo just a two-minute walk from the Duomo, Residenza dei Pucci is something of a hybrid between a bed-and-breakfast and a hotel.
Situated atop the hill of Bellosguardo, this distinctive hotel is housed in a Renaissance-era villa built around a 14th-century tower. Surrounded by olive groves and manicured gardens, the villa originally belonged to Dante’s friend Guido Calvacanti.
In Florence, Sertoli is impressed by the Palazzo Vecchietti, on the Via Strozzi, with 12 rooms and suites and two apartments-all flawlessly furnished with a mix of Tuscan antiques, contemporary art, and chic striped dhurries.
Recently renovated and expanded with four new suites, the property was originally built as a mansion in 1532 and has been run as a hotel by the same family since 1879. Each of the 10 rooms retains elements of the palazzo’s past—ours had 20-foot beamed ceilings and 17th-century frescoed walls.
The views are the trump card at Florence’s Hotel Helvetia & Bristol, where all 67 rooms and suites look onto the Renaissance city.
A 300-label wine cellar and a new Mediterranean rooftop restaurant, plus 171 rooms, in a 15-century palace near the Ponte Vecchio.