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.

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.

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.

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.

Housed in a 19th-century palazzo within walking distance of the Duomo, Hotel Cellai is filled with nooks and crannies that are now transformed into sitting rooms, terraces, and lounges.

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.

Far enough away from the centro storico to seem tranquil, but close enough to walk into town, Hotel Villa Vedetta is a classical-revival villa built in 1800.

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.