Personal and stylish, this excellent four star hotel is just the ticket for anyone looking for a casually relaxed stay in the city. Based in a building of historical significance right next to the River Arno, this establishment has wonderful views and is right next to the Santa Croce Church. The hotel restaurant is a wonderful place to experience both traditional and worldwide flavours, while the pretty bar is a great place to relax after a sightseeing session in the city. This hotel also caters for business visitors and boasts very good professional business facilities.
All the guest rooms feature room service if required, a laundry service, cable TV, a safe, a high speed internet connection and a well stocked mini bar.
Our top picks in the local area
The bronze piglet at Il Porcellino is part of local folk lore and tourist tradition. Legend has it that if you rub its snout and place a coin into its mouth, you will return to the city one day. By doing so you are also contributing to a good cause as all the money collected goes directly to a local children’s charity.
Like others in the sophisticated audience, catch a performance at the sublime Teatro della Pergola and immerse yourselves in the romantic atmosphere, Romanesque design and detail and fine acoustics.
The Basillica at Santa Croce features some of the richest frescoes and stained glass in the whole of the country and as it is next door to this hotel, you simply cannot miss it.
Pucci is Florence’s very own darling designer and the flagship shop here a treasure trove of 1960’s inspired design and flare. Expensive, but very, very worth it for any true fashionista worth their salt.
For eating out
Bookings are mandatory for a table at the excellent Il Latini. There is a menu but you are rarely offered one as the well versed waiting staff are happy to recommend the best house specials which run from platters of local meats, antipasti and melting moment’s crostini.
The Fusion Bar is based in the most ancient part of the city and is in total contrast to its historical surroundings. Funky modern Pacific Rim inspired cocktails are offered alongside contemporary bar snacks to the young, hip and sophisticated crowd which gather her every night of the week.