Updated: May 4, 2018
10 Best Romantic and Honeymoon Hotels in Florence
Luxury • Campo di Marte, east of Santa Croce
This swoon-worthy boutique resort features a garden pool and hot tub, a full-service spa, and romantic suites spread out over three Renaissance villas overlooking the Arno River. Four junior suites in the elegant, Florentine style in La Villa offer indoor or outdoor whirlpools on rooftop terraces, while contemporary suites in the Spa Villa include indoor Jacuzzis and steam showers. The grounds include a pool, glass-fronted whirlpool, and a hammock in a private garden setting, while the spa offers a second pool and hot tub, an ice waterfall, sauna, and emotional showers. The hotel offers several packages exclusively for couples that include champagne and strawberries, spa treatments, candlelit dinners, and more. Couples are invited to take a private cooking class with their restaurant’s chef, share a bottle of Tuscan wine, or take a leisurely stroll or bike ride into the historic center.
Luxury • Santissima Annunziata
A lavish hotel housed in two Renaissance buildings, featuring a full-service spa, pool, and Jacuzzi surrounded by eleven acres of private gardens. Suites have a more of a romantic ambiance than the rooms, though all come with deep soaking tubs, and many with balconies. Their unique Garden Suite is the only suite in Florence with its own private plunge pool, which sits tucked away in a lush garden, keeping its guests secluded from the rest of the hotel. With a focus on experiences, their signature offers include a hot air balloon ride from their gardens to Chianti and a private wine academy with lessons in Tuscan reds. Memorable dining options include not only a posh Italian restaurant and sumptuous breakfast spread, but also their Michelin-starred Picnic in the Park and an exclusive dinner on the Ponte Vecchio. Signature offerings include a hot air balloon ride that begins in their garden and ends in Chianti and a private wine academy with lessons and tastings.
Luxury • Santo Spirito
Housed in a 16th century palace, this atmospheric, boutique hotel offers an all-suite layout and specializes in romantic occasions: weddings, honeymoons, and babymoons (babymoon package includes ensuite pre-natal massage). Suites are all spacious, though the most romantic one is the smallest: this Junior Suite is covered entirely with original 18th century frescoes and is the only one with its own private courtyard. Panoramic views of Florence and the Oltrarno are available year-round from their Rooftop Terrace, which features bar service in the spring and summer months from just before sunset until midnight. In room massage can be arranged, as can private dinners on the Roof Terrace or in the suites. The Palazzo sits right on trendy Borgo San Frediano, near the city’s best nightlife, dining, traditional artisan workshops, and just a short walk to all of the cultural and historical attractions of the City Center.
Luxury • City Center
This breathtaking boutique hotel seems straight out of a romance novel, housed in a sixth century Byzantine tower attached to a medieval church. Its two sexiest rooms are the Pool Suite and the Tower Suite. The Pool Suite features an indoor hydrotherapy tub and rooftop terrace with a second Jacuzzi, surrounded by climbing vines and flowers, with a direct view of the Duomo. The two-floor Tower Suite is housed inside the tower with an indoor whirlpool, a Duomo view, and its ancient stone walls exposed within its rounded walls. Several other suites boast indoor Jacuzzi tubs, while the Bargello Suite adds a multisensory shower. Suite guests receive extra perks, including round trip airport transportation, daily fruits and chocolates, a welcome bottle of champagne, and exclusive dining privileges in their St Elisabetta Ristorante, among other amenities. Other highlights include the daily aperitivo in the Tower Bar and the two complimentary breakfast buffets.
Luxury • Piazzale Michelangelo
An intimate hotel nestled in the rolling hills overlooking Florence, just north of the wine region Chianti Colli Fiorentina and near the scenic lookout at Piazzale Michelangelo. Surrounded by seven acres of olive groves and Renaissance gardens (popular for weddings), this elegant, understated property feels remote, though the City Center is just a thirty-minute walk away. The most romantic rooms and suites are in the main villa, with traditional Florentine features, such as terra cotta floors and local, vintage décor. Perks include a delicious daily breakfast, unlimited garden access, and free tapas during happy hour. Be sure to visit the terrace overlooking the garden, hills, and city for stunning sunset views.
Mid-range • Santissima Annunziata
Formerly the guest quarters of a 16th century monastery, this hotel features romantic rooms and suites, all decorated in period antiques, velvet, and brocade fabrics many with canopy beds, original frescoes, ornamental ceilings, and balconies. A popular honeymoon hotel, they offer special packages for celebrating couples with complimentary sparkling wine and upgraded rooms and suites. A small cocktail bar is available in the evenings here, and an excellent continental breakfast is included in the room rates. The hotel is perched in a quiet corner of the city, adjacent to Santissima Annunziata Church. Florentine brides traditionally visit this church after their weddings to leave their bridal bouquets at the side altar near the miraculous painting of the Annunciation to ensure a good marriage.
Luxury • Santa Maria Novella
An enchanting hotel in a 14th century palace, the Westin Excelsior offers a host of romantic rooms and suites with contemporary comforts. Its most indulgent rooms showcase Florence’s highlights with views of the Arno River, Ponte Vecchio, and iconic architecture from private balconies, wraparound rooftop terraces, or outdoor Jacuzzis. Its top floor restaurant Sesto is one of the most popular in the city, especially for evening aperitivos, cocktails, and sunset views. Exclusive packages for couples add sparkling wine and strawberries on arrival and daily breakfast served to the room.
Luxury • Santissima Annunziata
This upscale, boutique hotel is most popular for honeymoons and romantic getaways, boasting rooms and suites with deep soaking tubs and an adults-only spa. Two room types offer particularly evocative spaces: the Luxury Junior Suite con Jacuzzi, with a two-person whirlpool on an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, and the Tower Idro room, with a two-person, indoor Jacuzzi. Room rates include access to the wet areas of the spa, including the pool, whirlpool, experience showers, and Turkish bath; a full menu of pampering services is also available.
Mid-range • City Center
Enjoy breathtaking views from this hotel’s panoramic tower terrace, the highest private tower in the city. During spring, summer, and fall, the hotel opens a cocktail lounge on top; during the winter the offer intimate piano concerts in the lobby. Made up of the medieval tower and palace, plus a modern wing, Torre Guelfa offers a wide selection of rooms and junior suites in Baroque, Renaissance, and neo-Victorian styles, all with contemporary amenities. No two rooms are alike, with all décor in the ancient buildings protected by the Florentine Fine Arts Consortium.
Mid-range • San Lorenzo
Il Guelfo Bianco offers eclectic rooms and suites, a cocktail bar, and an amazing restaurant in a 15th century palace. From the cozy double rooms to spacious junior suites, couples can choose from a wide range of charming, authentic accommodations, decorated with vintage finds from various eras: velvet-covered chaise lounges, elaborate headboards, brocade fabrics, or demi-canopy beds. Their restaurant Desco Bistrot highlights organic produce from the owners’ own farm, along with artisanal beers and wines; an outstanding complimentary continental breakfast is served here daily, with plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Their snug little cocktail and coffee bar is open until midnight.
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