Florence

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.

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.

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.

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.

Formerly Lungarno Suites

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 classic Florentine palace dating from the 15th century, this iconic hotel is situated within a six-minute walk of the Duomo, Galleria degli Uffizi, and Piazza della Signoria.

Formerly the Grand Hotel Firenze, this 15th-century landmark reopened as the St. Regis Florence in 2011 following a multimillion-dollar renovation of the entire building, which was originally designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1432.

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.

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.

The views are the trump card at Florence’s Hotel Helvetia & Bristol, where all 67 rooms and suites look onto the Renaissance city.

The hotel, located in the bohemian Oltrarno neighborhood, is run by members of the families behind budget airline Blu-express and fashion company Save the Queen. Though small in size (there are only four suites), the hotel is high on style.

16th-century Medicean villa, the sister property to Lake Como’s historic Villa d’Este. 



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.

A former house of Napoleon III’s widow, Empress Eugénie, now a boutique hotel that overlooks the city center.