Quality hotels in Florence were once limited, but today they are plentiful, thanks to new openings over the last decade. Many properties have also in... Read More
Quality 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. In high season (May to September), book well in advance to secure the room of your dreams.
For those who demand the utmost in luxury, the best hotels in Florence include the elegant J.K. Place, set in a Piazza Santa Maria Novella townhouse, and the Golden Tower Hotel on Piazza Strozzi. History buffs can stay in 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 (pensiones) located within easy walking or driving distance from the city's main attractions. Think carefully about location; the city center hotels may be close to everything but the streets are often stuffed with tourists. Check out the possibilities in the Oltrarno neighborhood south of the river; it is much less crowded but still within easy walking distance of most sights. In high summer, head for the hills, where the temperature is several degrees cooler than in the hot and sticky city center. Hotels such as Villa San Michele and Villa Cora have lush, shady gardens, beautiful pools, and regular shuttle bus service for runs into town.