Florence is a city that is seeping in history, with centuries of art accumulated in its historic buildings and important museums. The hotels in the city have to maintain a very high standard to meet the competitive demand for accommodation, so we have chosen 10 exciting boutique hotels, all of which have unique characteristics, that set them apart from the rest.
Gallery Hotel Art is an exclusive and sophisticated hotel with excellent rooms and amazing amenities. Apart from the restaurant and bar at this boutique hotel, which are a great way of getting to know the country’s cuisine, there are interesting exhibitions held here throughout the year. This hotel aims help guests discover contemporary art and culture through the lens of modern day photographers, such as David Lachapelle, Steven Klein, Lise Sarfati and Elliot Erwitt.
Palazzo Vecchieti is a luxurious yet small boutique hotel consisting of 16 rooms. It is located by the most iconic building in Florence, the Duomo. There are a lot of things to do in this area, and some of the city’s best restaurants can be found here, but the hotel in itself is a wonderful gem to explore. It is a Renaissance palace dating from the 16th century, and is beautiful in its own right, with sumptuous decoration and elegant rooms. Especially remarkable are the deluxe rooms, dedicated to renowned Tuscan artists and writers such as Michelangelo, Dante Alighieri, Botticelli, Machiavelli and more. Each room has a theme, and the details and the décor compliment it, enabling visitors to learn about these important historic figures.
The Riva Lofts are a set of eight studios, each with their own private entrance, which all have excellent views. They are located by the Parco delle Cascine, the biggest open green space in the city, and the building that houses it used to be a factory. The space also served as an architecture studio for Claudio Nardi, who is behind the renovation of this building.
This hotel has a restaurant that offers one of the best brunches in Florence, and also houses another very exclusive restaurant, both of which serve visitors some exciting gourmet options. These two restaurants showcase the best of Italian cuisine – using fresh ingredients and drawing inspiration from different gastronomies – to create unique menus. Apart from the top-notch restaurants, this 19th century palace also has 46 rooms decorated with antique furniture, making it a perfect getaway option.
Situated in a 16th-century building steeped in history, this boutique hotel is one of the most luxurious in the city. Its central location means that all of the city’s main sights are reachable within minutes, making it a perfect point from which to explore all of the art and culture that Florence has to offer. The rooms imitate the decadent Baroque period, and some even have one-of-a-kind ceilings made in wood that were typical of 17th century noblemen’s palaces. This, combined with the elegant floors and tasteful furnishings, make the Palazzo Tolomei an excellent choice for a stay in Florence.
The Palazzo Magnani Feroni has a privileged position in Florence’s beautiful city center, as it is located in an historic 16th century palace from the Renaissance period. The establishment has many fabulous facilities, including a gym, a rooftop bar with excellent views, and entertainment rooms; but what makes it stand out is its magnificent decoration. Apart from a Murano crystal chandelier and a ceiling imported from a Roman palace, the hotel is dotted with original frescoes, furnished with antiques and decorated with paintings that are taken from the owner’s private collection and exhibited exclusively in this hotel.
A 15th-century villa, Il Salviatino, is located on the Fiesole hill, which overlooks the city of Florence and has some of the best panoramic views of the city’s elegant skyline. The hotel aims to merge all periods of its history into one beautiful ensemble, taking the best of each epoch. It has, for example, some stunning 19th-century frescoes, sophisticated 20th-century furnishings, 21st-century items, and, of course, an historic 15th-century building. On top of all that, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant provides a romantic setting in which to discover Tuscan cuisine with some unbeatable views.
JK Place Hotel is more modern than most of the other hotels on this list, but it is still a very special establishment. Located by the exciting Santa Maria Novella square, this chic and contemporary establishment has a lot of things to offer its culture-thirsty clients. Travelers who are staying at this hotel can enjoy the private library, browse and observe the hotel’s drawings, and enjoy architectural features such as Louis XV fireplaces or paneled walls. The hotel is open seasonally, from March to November, so visitors should take advantage of this and enjoy a great holiday at this unique building.
Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa | Courtesy Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa
Although this hotel is located on the outskirts of Florence, it provides for an excellent retreat in the Tuscan countryside, and is within short distance of other beautiful cities such as Siena. The Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa belonged to the Del Nero family, one of the most prominent families in the city’s history. It changed hands in the 19th century, and then became a seasonal hotel fairly recently (it is closed from January through March). The ample Renaissance rooms, luxurious decorations, wooden ceilings, mosaics and frescoes make this hotel a very elegant one, full of culture and art that is waiting to be discovered.
Built in the 19th century, the Helvetia & Bristol Hotel is a striking hotel in Florence’s city center. The interior is decorated with lush drapery and papered walls, velvet sofas and period furniture, as well as 15th-century Italian oil paintings. The hotel’s restaurant, Hostaria Bibendum, has an excellent selection of Tuscan food, made by Roberto Cordisco, and the bar is an ideal place to go for a drink after an exciting day of sightseeing. The hotel was frequented by some important Italian writers, such as Pirandello and D’Annunzio, so visitors can grab one of their books and read it, imagining the authors sitting in the same velvet chair, sipping on the same drink.