Updated: October 4, 2017
Florence Hotels – Tips and Recommendations
- The best restaurants in Florence are Trattoria dell’Orto (traditional Tuscan food), Osteria L’Antico Noe (amazing food at a charming restaurant tucked down a busy alley), and Trattoria Borgo Antico (wonderful restaurant on the enchanting Piazza di Santo Spirito).
- The best pizza in Florence: Gusta Pizza (wait for a table, or take to go and eat with the locals on the steps of Piazza Santo Spirito) • Mangia Pizza (close to Ponte Vechio) • Pizza Man (simple name, great pizza, close to Santa Croce)
- The best gelato in Florence: Gelateria Santa Trinita (south of Ponte Vechio) • La Strega Nocciola (close to the Duomo)
- The best bars in Florence: Volume (great vibe on Piazza di Santo Spirito) • Off The Hook (beers and burgers near Santa Croce) • Mayday (fun cocktails with a trendy feel) • King Grizzly (super fun dive bar with good beer)
- The best Florence tours: Florence Walking Tour and Skip-the-Line Uffizi Gallery (4 hours) • Cinque Terre: Train & Boat Tour from Florence (Full day or 3 day options) • Pisa Day Tour with Leaning Tower of Pisa (5 hours) • Florence Food Walking Tour (3 hours) • San Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Guided Tour (11 hours) • Pizza and Gelato Making Class (3 hours, super fun – if you only do one do this one)
The 9 Best Hotels in Florence, Italy
Enjoying a fantastic location on the River Arno in the city center, this splendid luxury boutique hotel has very classy rooms, suites and private homes with chic, nautical interiors, original artwork, antique furniture, blackout shades, tea/coffee facilities, mini-bars, complimentary ipads & bluetooth bose speakers, and enchanting River Arno & Ponte Vecchio views. River view rooms with balconies are recommended. Upgrades get you sofa beds, private terraces/balconies, hydro massage bathtubs while the top end suite has a fully equipped modern kitchen with services of the private chef (on request). Has a Michelin-starred restaurant and attractions, galleries & more are all within easy walking distance. Hotel Phone: +39 055 27261.
Lavish, city centric hotel set on the Piazza della Repubblica square, featuring very elegant contemporary Italian style rooms and suites with artwork, parquet floors, marble bathrooms with mosaics, tea & coffee facilities (upon request) and city views. Suites add sitting rooms, guest powder rooms, walk-in wardrobes and a variety of complimentary services such as personalised fashion consultations & concierge services, full buffet breakfast in the suite/restaurant, in-house movies, one-way Mercedes airport transfer etc. High-end suites add balconies, high ceilings, and a personalized experience of choice (wine tasting/Florence tour/city boutique tour with personal shopper & more). Superb location close to Florence’s high-end fashion street and a short walk to key sights & attractions. Hotel Phone: +39 055 27351.
Exqusite historic residence, set on the head of the fashion street, featuring beautiful, individually decorated, Florentine Renaissance style rooms, special suites and apartments, with hardwood floors, antiques, hand-painted headboards & walls, marble bathrooms with tubs (some), mini-bars and stunning city/street/internal views. Suites include tower suites (sofa beds & libraries), hammam suites (chromotherapy systems, double jacuzzis, turkish baths), panoramic suites (4-poster beds & private terraces, alcove beds) etc. to name a few. Apartments have full kitchens, spa tubs, video libraries etc. Hotel is reknowned for its spectacular terraces and rooftop bar that have breathtaking 360 degree panoramic views. Hotel Phone: +39 055 2658161.
Marvelous, grand historic palazzo, across the road from the Duomo Cathedral, with aristocratic palace-style rooms & suites with marble bathrooms with tubs, Nespresso machines, mini-bars and magnificent closeup cathedral & city views. Suites add sitting rooms with 18th century frescoes all over the walls, jacuzzi baths in the sitting rooms, canopy beds etc. Excellent central location, surrounded by major sights. Hotel Phone: +39 055 282412.
With opulent interiors and rich furnishings, this luxurious hotel right next to the Arno river, has fresh, traditional Florentine-style rooms and suites, with tall ceilings, antiques, balconies (some), marble bathrooms with tubs and lovely city/river/courtyard views. Top-end rooms have spacious terraces with terracotta tiles and top-end suites (corner locations) add home theater systems, decorative fireplaces and panoramic views. Hotel has a glass-enclosed roof garden with 360-degree city views. Easy walk to key attractions. Hotel Phone: +39 055 27151.
Set in a historic mansion overlooking Piazza Santa Maria Novella, with a vibe blending classical & modern styles, this hotel has rooms and special suites, featuring marble bathrooms with tubs and mini-bars. The unique, princely-type suites have (depending on the category), 4-poster beds, high cofferred/frescoed ceilings, ipod docking stations, jacuzzi bathtubs (some round), walk-in closets and great views of the Minerva square. Hotel has a spectacular roof garden & rooftop pool. Hotel Phone: +39 06 695201.
Magnificent 12-suite palazzao, with stunning apartment-size, opulent, ornate suites with high vaulted ceilings, vintage furniture, hydromassage showers (with chromotherapy & music), marble bathrooms with tubs and in-suite services (upon request) such as an esthetician/masseuse/private dinner etc. Upgraded suites get private laptops/tablets and top-end suites feature original antique frescos all over the walls, open air private courtyards and spacious salons (filled with private collection antiques & artworks). Has a panoramic terrace. Short walk from attractions and the neighbourhood is great for craft shopping. Hotel Phone: +39 055 2399544
Illustrious hotel set in a 19th-century palazzo, a short stroll away from the Duomo Cathedral, that features richly decorated, sumptuous Renaissance-style rooms and suites with antique furnishings, master paintings, mini-bars and marble bathrooms with tubs. Suites add lounge areas and hydromassage tubs and the top-end suites have Bose sound systems, Illy espresso machines, butler services (on request) and more. Hotel Phone: +39 055 26651.
Set on a hill side, well outside the city center, this former 15th century monastery-turned historic hotel features lovely rooms, suites and suites/villas with custom-made furniture, marble bathrooms, mini-bars and views of Florence/gardens/cloister etc. Suites add lounges, private terraces, wall-to-wall glass doors and upgrades get you ornate fireplaces, canopied beds etc. The top end suite & villa has an ipod dock, private garden with a heated plunge pool & small waterfall, kitchenette and terraces with lovely city views. Hotel has a beautiful 15th-century terraced garden. Hotel Phone: +39 055 567 8200.