Where to stay in Florence: from elegant palazzi with arty interiors to stylish suites with romantic views
Firenze is one of the most visited cities in the world. Its artistic and cultural treasures attract millions of visitors each year. And as you’d imagine, the city is packed with stunning places to stay in. From aristocratic palazzos to museum hotels, there’s a fabulous selection of luxury stays and boutique hotels in Florence. Lucky for you, we’ve done the research for you and picked out our favorite accommodations in town.
AdAstra Hôtel Particulier
Via del Campuccio, 53
This aristocratic home in the Oltrarno neighbourhood is just 10 minutes away from Ponte Vecchio and overlooks the stunning Giardini Torrigiani. Adorned with lavish frescoes, chandeliers and classic elements mixed with contemporary touches, Ad Astra will give you a cozy and luxurious feeling during your stay. Each of the 14 guest rooms is decorated independently, with original moldings, parquet flooring and Italian furnishings from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Two rooms offer views of the garden while the remaining overlook Via del Campuccio. Located on the first and second floors of an ancient aristocratic villa, one of the highlights of Ad Astra is the 270sqm terrace with a panoramic view of the Torrigiani gardens.
Helvetia & Bristol Firenze
Via dei Pescioni, 2
This hotel offers timeless elegance in the heart of Florence and a strategic location just a stone’s throw away from Palazzo Strozzi and the exclusive Via de’ Tornabuoni. When it comes to detailing the luxury of this hotel, the palazzo speaks for itself: established in 1885, it’s a private residence turned boutique hotell, owned by the Star Hotels. Helvetia & Bristol Firenze has recently undergone a makeover, and who better for the job than Italian artisans? The hotel also has a gourmet restaurant Bristol Winter Garden and a bar Il Baretto del Bristol.
Via Maggio, 35
For a more retro feel, each of the 13 guest rooms at Soprarno Suites will delight. Tucked away in the cool Oltrarno neighborhood, footsteps from Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti, you’ll find this charming townhouse boasting roms with original frescoes and in-room bathtubs! Each room has its own theme and seven have views of the tranquil internal courtyard while six have views of Via Maggio. For some yummy food, head downstairs to Sottarno – a bustling deli where you can get yummy panini, pies and much more!
The Place Firenze
Piazza Santa Maria Novella, 7
Located in the heart of the city, The Place Firenze is an exceptional haven, more like a sophisticated home than a hotel, adored by everyone who stays behind its discreet townhouse facade. Inside, it is elegance epitomized, with centuries worth of artifacts and lovingly homemade food served all day in its comfortable lounges. This is where different stylistic philosophies are harmoniously joined together: a Charles X fireplace, objects from the 70s, neoclassical furniture and lamps from the 50s, fit perfectly with the sleek masculine soft-colored décor. In between forays to explore the city, retreat to the hotel for drinks or perhaps a homemade cake. Watch the world go by on the al fresco terrace in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, relax with a spritz in The Bar or on the private rooftop terrace with its citywide views.
Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1
Via de’ Tornabuoni, 1
Who wouldn’t like to stay the night in a 13th century Medieval tower turned exclusive historic residence? In Florence, you can. Right in the haute couture shopping street Via de’ Tornabuoni, you’ll find the lavishing Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1 – a place where you can immerse yourself in Renaissance artworks and enjoy one of the best views of Florence from their panoramic terrace. The boutique hotel also has a restaurant and is just a stone’s throw away from Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo.
Foresteria Florentine River House
Via De’ Coverelli, 2-4
Experience a side of Florence fit for noble families, writers and artists. Situated on the last floor of Palazzo Barocchi, Foresteria Florentine River House is an historic 14th-century rental apartment that boasts three luxury apartments, each complete with a fabulous private terrace, a full kitchen and a living room. Each room has its own characteristics – from wood panelling to terracotta flooring and wood-beamed ceilings. Just a stone’s throw away from San Frediano, Foresteria is close to all major sites and offers wow views of the Arno river.
Piazza delle Repubblica, 7
This lavish 5-star hotel owned by the Rocco Forte Group is situated in the splendid Piazza della Repubblica, footsteps from the Duomo. Established in 1893, the iconic property was renovated in 2018 by Olga Polizzi and Laudomia Pucci, reducing the guest rooms from 102 to 80. Each room boasts top-notch amenities and dreamy views. For a fine dining experience, let chef Fulvio Pierangelini surprise you with his Italian menu composed of regional products at Irene. And for drinks, Irene Bar awaits you.
Baglioni Relais Santa Croce
Via Ghibellina, 87
If you’re searching for an 18th century Renaissance palazzo, Relais Santa Croce is it. Just a few blocks from the Santa Croce church, right in the centro storico, this 5-star luxury hotel offers guest rooms with sumptuous furnishings and frescoes and even boasts the largest suite in all of Florence: the Santa Croce Royal Suite with 260sqm of privacy and top notch amenities. In the same palazzo you’ll find the Guelfi & Ghibellini restaurant and on the first floor, the renowned three Michelin-starred Enoteca Pinchiorri.
Via dei Serragli, 7
If you’re not looking for the services offered by a hotel but need a characteristic bed and breakfast, the Oltrarno Splendid will be just right. The same owners of Ad Astra and Soprano Suites also own this splendid boutique bed and breakfast offering 14 guest rooms, each decorated in its own style. Located in the Oltrarno neighbourhood, just a short walk from the historic center and Pote Vecchio, Oltrarno Splendid offers views of the Florentine rooftops and guest rooms adorned with frescoes.
Where to stay: Florence Neighborhood Guide
Via dei Serragli, 88
Tucked away in the less touristy part of the Oltrarno neighborhood you’ll find this little gem with seven guest rooms. From a former workshop belonging to a Renaissance baker, Ottantotto was transformed into a four-storey noble residence boasting rooms with botanical prints and antique and contemporary furnishings. Breakfast is served in the charming garden.