The Best Hotels in Florence

Updated: October 4, 2017

Where To Stay in Florence – Top Luxury Hotels

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The 9 Best Hotels in Florence, Italy

Hotel Lungarno

Best hotel in Florence with views of the river.
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.

Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy

Best hotel with great location.
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.

Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1

Best luxury hotel with large rooms in Florence.
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.

Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo

Best hotel with large living room.
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.

The Westin Excelsior

Best Florence hotel with great location by the river.
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.

Grand Hotel Minerva

Best hotel with views and an outdoor pool.
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.

Palazzo Magnani Feroni

Best hotel with view of Florence.
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

Helvetia & Bristol Hotel

Best hotel in Florence with central location.
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.

Belmond Villa San Michele

The Best Villa in Florence Countryside.
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.

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20 Questions and Comments

  1. Centrally Located Hotel in Florence with Character

    Hi. We are traveling to Florence in October for 3 nights. I am trying to find a hotel that captures the Tuscan flavor yet is walking distance to attractions. I am trying to keep it around $300 a night. Can you make any recommendations? Lynn

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Try the Helvetia & Bristol Firenze – great location that’s walking distance to all the central sights. A little dated but also lots of character (they sort of go hand and hand).

  2. Where To Stay in Florence and Best Day Trip from Florence

    What are the best areas to stay in Florence that is accessible to major tourist places and also easy access to the palazzo dei congress? What hotels would you suggest?

    If we want to do a day tour to Siena or Pisa, which one would you suggest and what company would you recommend? What about outlets in the Florence area? any of them easy to access via public transportation?

    Thanks again for your most helpful info.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      The Grand Hotel Minerva very nice and a 5 minute walk from the Palazzo dei Congressi (and the train station). I’d much rather do a day trip to Siena than Pisa (much more interesting). This Tuscan 1 Day Tour of Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Chianti is great but if you’re only interested in Siena that it’s easy to arrange travel on your own. Take the bus that leaves opposite the Santa Maria Novella. The ride to Siena takes about 75 minutes. The train takes longer, often requires changing trains, and drops you at the Siena train station which is not nearly as central the Siena bus station.
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  3. 1 Week in Italy – Where To Go?

    We are planning to spend over a week in Italy to see everything from Milan all the way to Rome.
    We want to see things like Leaning tower of Pisa, Amalfi Coast, Lago di Coma. Would you recommend renting a car or is transportation very easy? We will be using Eurrail for the main cities, not sure if it goes to the smaller ones.

    Regarding Cinque Terrre- Do you recommend staying there over night or is one day trip good enough?

    What places would you say not to visit in Italy? (Which I know is a tough questions with all the beauty, but we are limited on time and don’t want to waste too much time going out of our way to see little cities).

    thank you so much! You’ve been a great help in the past!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Fitting everything into a week is a tough task, but if you move quickly you could just about do it.

      A possible itinerary might look something like this. Spend the first day exploring Milan, then head up to Como for a day on the lake. On day three, double back to Milan and pick up a train to Florence. Take a day to explore the city’s Renaissance treasures then push on west to Pisa and the Leaning Tower. Next, head up to the Cinque Terre for some spectacular coastal scenery. Finally, finish up with two days in Rome. As an alternative you could drop the Cinque Terre and build Venice into the route. So, you’d do Milan, Como, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome. To include the Amalfi Coast, which is south of Naples, you’d need to add an extra day or two to the trip. I’d definitely travel by train rather than car. Everywhere on the itinerary is accessible by train and driving in Italy’s main cities can be stressful. A day trip to the Cinque Terre would be fine.

  4. Best Day Trips from Florence

    We have a week in Florence, my wife and I (early 40s), and though we aren’t tempted to travel to Pisa, Rome, or Venice, we are considering exploring one or more nearby towns or villages. A few questions I hope you can help with:

    –What are the best small towns or villages near Florence for a day trip?
    –Is local transport the best/easiest way to reach these towns or should we rent a car?
    –Is anything gained by staying a night in any of these towns?
    –We love a good boutique hotel, any worth mentioning in the neighboring towns?

    Thank you and appreciated,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      The classic day trip from Florence is to Fiesole, a hilltop village about 8km out of town. It’s easy to get to by bus and boasts a smattering of ancient ruins as well as superb views of Florence’s skyline.

      Slightly further away, the Chianti wine country makes for a great drive. You can take in towns like Greve in Chianti and Panzano in Chianti, famous for its wonderful bistecca (steak). The area is also littered with wineries, some of which you can book to visit. To dine or overnight in the area, I’d recommend an agriturismo (literally a farmstay, but in reality often more like a charming country hotel). They serve seriously good food and wine and many allow you to take a cooking course and cook your own food from the locally grown produce.

      Another possible day trip from Florence – and accessible by bus via Poggibonsi – is San Gimignano, a hilltop town celebrated for its medieval towers.

  5. How Much Time in Florence, Rome, and Naples?

    We have a 15 day trip to Florence, Rome, and Naples. (We fly into Pisa on June 1 and fly out of Naples on June 16.) We don’t have any particular interest beyond seeing the main sights and maybe doing a day trip or two (e.g. Pompeii). How would you recommend we split our time between Florence, Rome, and Naples? i.e. How many nights in each? We are very much into food, does one city have a better reputation for great restaurants than the others?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Rome is the largest of the cities and has most to see, so I’d suggest up to six days there. That will allow you to take in all the headline sights and to try at least one day trip – both Ostia Antica and Tivoli are easily accessible and well worth visiting. Five days in Florence should be enough. Once you’ve covered the city, you could spend a day in nearby Fiesole and possibly another day in Siena, one of Italy’s most graceful medieval cities. That leaves four days for Naples and the surrounding area. Pompeii is a must and you might also consider a day trip to Capri, the most famous of the bay islands and an easy hydrofoil ride away.

      In terms of food, they all have a good range of restaurants, trattorias, and pizzerias. Florence is famous for its bistecca (steak) and the surrounding Tuscany region produces some of Italy’s best red wines. Naples is, of course, home of the pizza and the city’s pizzerias are legendary. Seafood is also a Naples highlight as are sfogliatelle (pastries stuffed with ricotta).

  6. Spring or Fall in Florence

    Wonderful website!

    We are an active couple in their late 20s who love to sightsee, walk, and explore. We can choose between a Florence (and Siena and Pisa) visit in the Spring (probably late April/early May) or Fall (early October), when would you suggest we visit? Budget is not an issue, more concerned about crowds and weather. Perhaps some fun festivals or local events might tip the scales too. Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Springtime in Tuscany is great, but this is also high season which means the only way you will escape crowds is to pick an unknown destination (or at least less popular than Florence, Siena, and Pisa). However it also means that many of the gardens are in full bloom, for example April and May in Florence is prime-time to visit the Rose garden just below Piazzale Michelangelo and the delicate Iris garden. Fall is also great in Tuscany, in part because of the many food fairs ‘sagre’ around the region. Siena is probably the quietest of the three, people tend to do day-trips there or go for a more tranquil sort of getaway, it is quite beautiful though. Florence will always be full of people, no matter what time of year, but you can always stay somewhere a little more hidden. The Oltrarno area is wonderful, such as Piazza Tasso for a more authentic experience. A new boutique hotel just opened up over there, Astra Due, which is a real find for off-the-beaten-path sort of locations. Pisa is great too, not as much to do as Florence but since many tourists just go to the leaning tower, they almost always skip the charming historical center.

  7. Hotels in the Hills but Still Walking Distance to Florence

    We’re looking for a hotel that is walking distance to Florence (don’t want to have to drive or bus into the city every day) but with great views, a little bit up in the hills. Any suggestions?

  8. Best Authentic Restaurant in Florence

    We have one full day and 2 nights in Florence. We’d love to find a great Italian restaurant for one or both nights. Something really authentic and special. Could be a hole-in-the-wall eatery or a 5 star restaurant with great views (budget not an issue). Any suggestions or recommendations?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      There are plenty of amazing restaurants in Florence, for something more authentic and hole-in-the-wall go to the no-frills Trattoria Brindellone near the Santo Spirito neighborhood, this is the perfect spot to eat like a Florentine – get the bistecca alla fiorentina (t-bone) and ribollita here. For nicer options, the best in town as far as creative Italian cuisine is the Michelin-starred Bottega del Buon Caffe, and a personal favorite (with great views) is La Leggenda dei Frati in the Villa Bardini museum garden complex. The chef is young and creative and can arrange for a special night-visit of the Museum if you call ahead. It also overlooks Florence so you get a really unique view of the city.

  9. Pisa or Florence Airport

    We are planning a trip to Florence in June from Chicago. There are flights to both Pisa and Florence with the fares to Pisa about $95 cheaper. How much more difficult and time consuming is it getting from Pisa airport to Florence than from the local airport. We are a family of 4 so it’s 4×95 which is a fair bit but if it means 2 hours added to our trip I don’t think it’s worth it. What do you think?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      t’s very common that flights are cheaper (and more abundant) from Pisa than Florence. Most people who live in Florence regularly fly out from the Pisa airport because it is very easy to reach via train and bus, but of course it depends on how fast you want/need to arrive in Florence. The Terravision website is currently advertising a 4.99€ one-way rate from Pisa airport to the Florence Santa Maria Novella train station. The bus is direct and has a travel time of 70 minutes. While the train costs 9,70 € one-way and has a change at Pisa Centrale (easy but will be more of a hassle with luggage and a family of 4). The Florence airport is definitely more convenient and is a quick 25 minute bus ride from the city center or an easy taxi ride which would cost around €20.00 to €25.00.

  10. Westin or Grand Hotel Cavour in Florence

    We are planning our honeymoon for May. Deciding between The Westin Florence and the Grand Hotel Cavour. Can you offer any insight into the location of these hotels? Looking for something within an easy walk of restaurants or bars. Also, is there a specific area of Florence that is good for nightlife?

    Beth Sonos

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      One thing to keep in mind is that Florence is very small and walkable. I can tell you that both hotels are great options though I would lean towards the Westin Excelsior because of their prime view along the Arno river and they have an excellent rooftop bar, SESTO, with prime views of the city, even at night. It is still walking distance to everything in the historical center, including nightlife.

      The options on where to go out depend on what kind of scene you are looking for. Santa Croce (which is closer to the Grand Hotel Cavour) is the prime spot for American students who prefer to go to places on Via dei Benci or the cheap clubs in the side streets (Bamboo, Red Garter, Dolce Zucchero) – a good option for a bar in that area is Rex on Via Fiesolana, 25, a lot of locals go here and the place is beyond charming.

      If you are looking for something a bit more mature – head to Piazza Strozzi or the Oltrarno area of town. Near Strozzi (which is very close to Piazza della Repubblica) check out Slowly bar which has great drinks or nearby club YAB (which can be hit or miss). Otherwise the vibe in Piazza Santo Spirito is always fun, Volume bar often has live music and drinks aren’t too pricey. The options for dancing are quite minimal in the historical center. I do however recommend getting a taxi and heading to Otel or Tenax which are two true European clubs that are worth the 15-20 minute taxi ride. You have to pay an entrance fee, but most nights it’s worth it.

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