When you’ve exhausted yourself with all there is to see in Florence, you’ll need a place to rest and recharge. Here are a few luxury and boutique properties in the region and why you’re going to want to call them home when visiting.
1. Hotel Rivoli
This boutique property was once a fourteenth-century Franciscan monastery and has a quaint sitting rooms and a ‘secret garden’ courtyard that’s ideal for relaxing. Weather permitting; the garden is a lovely spot for dinner served up by in-house Ristorante Benedicta.
2. Santa Maria Novella Hotel
The rooftop terrace and bar at this 4-star property has fabulous city views, especially of the Basilica Santa Maria Novella. It’s located right in the heart of Florence; walking distance to most everything you’ll want to see and just steps from Florence’s central train station.
3. Hotel Brunelleschi
This elegant and very romantic property is located in the historic district once owned by popular Renaissance architect and engineer Filippo Brunelleschi. Popular with honeymooners, it’s also located in the central part of the city, close to the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery.
4. Bernini Palace Hotel
Perfectly located for those keen to do some serious high-end shopping, luxury brand lined street, via de’ Tornabuoni, is just a short stroll away. The 5th floor terrace is a wonderful spot to enjoy a bottle of Tuscan wine from the bar.
5. Golden Tower Hotel & Spa
The home of the historic Strozzi family until 1492, when they moved to Palazzo Strozzi, near the popular square now named for them. Located near the city centre, this luxury hotel is now regarded for its indulgent day spa and wellness retreat.
6. Hotel Savoy
Centrally located near the Piazza della Repubblica, the Hotel Savoy is one of the city’s finest. In- house bistro Irene is an ideal place for lunch with its more casual approach on fine dining. Travelling children also get an adorable gingerbread man at turndown.
7. Montebello Splendid
This grand luxury hotel is set in a beautifully restored 18th century villa near the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence’s historic centre. During the evening, in-house restaurant Capriccio serves traditional Tuscan fare from a candlelit terrace for a little extra romance.
8. Rapallo Hotel
This boutique property just might offer the very best included breakfast in Florence; a great way to kick off your day of sightseeing. Rooms reflect a more modern décor and some offer a private terrace with views of San Lorenzo and the Fiesole hills.
9. St Regis Florence
The St Regis is located near the Arno River and many of its rooms offers spectacular views of it and Ponte Vecchio. This grand hotel has an in-house Michelin-starred restaurant, Restaurant Winter Garden by Caino, which is located inside a glassed in garden.
10. The Westin Excelsior
This modernised five star palace is the epitome of luxury in Florence. Set along the Arno River, you can enjoy a drink on one of the hotel’s terraces with some of the best views you’ll get in the city, especially from the rooftop deck bar.