The attractions of the capital of the Renaissance need no introduction. The dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s bell tower, the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio are just some of the treasures that ensure Florence is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and certainly one of the most famous. Every corner of its historic centre oozes charm and romance, with the exceptional artistic heritage sitting side by side with stylish boutiques and trendy bars and restaurants serving gourmet Tuscan cuisine.
In keeping with its standing as a major tourist destination, the city abounds with top-class hotels that attempt to reflect the mood of the city in the hospitality experience they deliver. The selection below includes some of the best boutique hotels available.
From €115/ night
Facing a park that lies on the other side of the River Arno, Riva Lofts Florence is situated in a residential area of the city. The hotel comprises ten studios, all air-conditioned and accessible via their own private entrance. The studios’ amenities includes a kitchenette, gym gear and a yoga kit, while bicycles are available to guests too. The main attractions of the city centre are just a mile away, but in good weather the garden and swimming pool are also a tempting option. The hotel provides a range of experiences that allow guests to explore different aspects of Florence, including cooking classes, shopping sessions and wine tasting.
From €103/ night
Housed in a 14th-century building, Hotel Milu brings together classic design, elegance and modern comforts. The rooms range form superior single to deluxe with balcony, all featuring modern design, top-quality finishes, minibar and espresso machine. A rotating collection of artworks is scattered across the hotel, while the top floor is home to a library and a terrace boasting spectaculars view over the city. Located in the heart of the historic centre, Hotel Milu is just minutes away from all of the main attractions of Florence.
From €183/ night
Hotel Brunelleschi is truly a piece of Florence’s history. One of its buildings, the 6th-century Torre della Pagliazza, is probably the most ancient structure existing in the historic centre of Florence, and today is home to a ‘tower suite’, a meeting room and two restaurants. Next to the tower is a former Medieval church, recently renovated and featuring a range of rooms fitted with elegant furniture and contemporary design. Overlooking the architectural marvels located in Piazza del Duomo, Hotel Brunelleschi also comprises a private museum displaying artifacts and historic relics.
From €130/ night
Minutes away from Santa Maria Novella train station, Palazzo Castri 1874 is a refined boutique hotel in the centre of Florence. The grounds comprise a 1,000 square metre garden complete with lush greenery and Jacuzzi pool, which adds to the well-being treatments offered by the in-house spa. The room options available range from classic rooms to exclusive suites, including a ‘Brunelleschi Suite’ overlooking the iconic dome of Santa Maria del Fiore. In addition to its simple yet refined seasonal menu, the Florentia Café serves ‘Aperitivi’ and afternoon tea.
From €60/ night
Though housed in a centuries-old building, Rodo Hotel Fashion Delight is characterised by contemporary design and refined décor. The rooms and suites reflect this fusion of historical and modern taste, individually furnished to offer a vast assortment of styles and atmospheres. Modern comforts are included in all the rooms, while some boast a view over the Duomo. In the communal areas there’s an elegant terrace overlooking the central streets of Florence, and breakfast includes a wide range of gluten-free options.