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.

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.

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.

A 300-label wine cellar and a new Mediterranean rooftop restaurant, plus 171 rooms, in a 15-century palace near the Ponte Vecchio.

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.

Following a massive building restoration, Florence’s 116-room Four Seasons hotel opened in June 2008.

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.

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

This 20-room townhouse hotel overlooking the precision Renaissance façade of Santa Maria Novella offers attentive, personal service in intimate, contemporary surroundings. And with a staff to guest ratio of 1:2, it puts a premium on service.

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.

Historic 18th-century palazzo with charming interiors near the Uffizi.

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.

Take a Tuscan country house that just happens to be at the gates of Florence, renovate it with post-modern minimalist chic into eight studio apartments, and you have Riva Lofts, opened in December 2006 by architect Claudio Nardi and his daughter Alice.