Four Seasons Florence
Florence's 116-room Four Seasons hotel is located in grand, fifteenth-century Palazzo della Gherardesca, which stands in the largest privately owned garden in the city. The city's first resort hotel, public spaces include monumental frescoed halls with magnificent stucco work, vast chandeliers, and museum-worthy antiques, while rooms range from opulent Renaissance suites to others in discreetly elegant, neoclassical style. Facilities include a superb spa using delicious Santa Maria Novella products, a large outdoor pool, and the Michelin-starred Il Palagio restaurant, one of the finest in the city. Part of the hotel is housed in the more sober Conventino (an ex-convent) on the far side of the park. Service—as you would expect from the brand—is top-notch.