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The best hotels in Florence in 2022

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As the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, there’s no finer city for art lovers than this Tuscan beauty and we’ve picked the best hotels in Florence for the perfect European mini-break.

BEST HOTELS IN FLORENCE

Widely considered one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, it’s no surprise that artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Titian were drawn to Florence’s almost ethereal beauty.

One of Italy’s premier vacation destinations, Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, has been a key attraction for art lovers since the days of the Grand Tour. During your stay, you’ll want to visit the Duomo, the 15th-century cathedral with an iconic red-tiled dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the Baptistery, the city’s oldest building, and Ponte Vecchio, the ornate bridge over the Arno river, famous lined with goldsmiths.

Be sure to check out the Accademia, the oldest art school in the world where Michelangelo’s David is proudly displayed, and the Institute and Museum of the History of Science, home to several Galilean telescopes. Alternatively, take a seat in one of the many candlelit trattorias or street cafes and watch the world go by.

However you plan to spend your time in this splendid city, whether it’s just watching the world go by with an ice cream in your hand or perusing all the museums, you’ll want a great base.

Our selection of hotels in Florence includes places in the city center, boutique hotels and even those with swimming pools. From the romantic Villa Cora to the luxurious St Regis Florence, here are the best hotels in Florence for an arty weekend.

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Florence is one of the most romantic cities in the world and where better to stay than in a gentleman’s architectural love letter to his wife. Built in the 1860s by Baron Oppenheim, the elegant 19th-century Villa Cora is near the southern city gate and a 15-minute walk from Ponte Vecchio. Step inside and it’s a rococo dream, all trompe l’oeil frescoes, stucco columns and oversized twinkling chandeliers.

The 44 rooms are as extravagant as you’d expect from the rest of the villa, with heavy silk curtains, frescoed ceilings, and antique four-poster beds. Third-floor rooms offer the best city views. A highlight is the heated outdoor pool, as well as the spa. It is also possible to take cooking lessons with the chef of the Bistro, the refined restaurant of the villa.

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Nestled in one of Europe’s largest private gardens, AdAstra Suites is minutes from Oltrarno’s stylish bars and restaurants, while offering a serene and tranquil escape from the bustling city. Inspired by the chic hotels of Paris, this charming boutique hotel housed in an 18th century palace is brimming with elegance and style.

Awash with frescoed ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, and polished wooden floors, it’s also dotted with 60s and 70s curios and mid-century modern furniture. There are 14 rooms in total, each decorated with pops of retro color and quirky curiosities, freestanding copper tubs, and fun decorations like framed Pucci silk scarves. Breakfast is included and served on the terrace or in the living room.

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A five-minute walk from Ponte Vecchio and a few meters from Palazzo Pitti, this vintage-chic guesthouse in the Oltrarno district makes a comfortable base for exploring the city. One of Florence’s many historic residences that has been lovingly converted into a guesthouse, there are still traces of Soprarno Suites’ illustrious past with frescoed ceilings, exposed beams, and ornate cornices.

All 13 rooms feature unique vintage amenities, including authentic claw-foot tubs, apothecary cabinets, and Persian rugs, while the walls are adorned with colorful, contemporary artwork. The top floor bedroom has a private terrace overlooking the terracotta sprawl of Florence. Breakfast is included and served in the charming café Sott’Arno.

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Minutes from Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signora, and the Duomo, this elegant designer boutique hotel in a quiet square has just about the best location in Florence. The hotel is also moonlit as a gallery space, hence its name, and features an ever-changing exhibition of contemporary art. Unlike many places to stay in Florence, Gallery Hotel Art features a minimalist interior, preferring its guests to focus on the visiting art.

Its bar and restaurant draw an art-loving crowd, while the large, cozy library is a quiet space for guests. The restaurant, however, is different from the norm and fuses Asian, Peruvian, and European cuisines to great effect. Rooms are contemporary in style, with dark wood floors, monochrome images, and simple furnishings. Settle into the upper floor rooms for the best views or the penthouse for a spacious terrace overlooking Florence’s terracotta rooftops.

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Enjoying a beautiful location on the south bank of the river, the Oltrarno Splendid is just a few minutes’ walk from the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens and the Ponte Vecchio. Housed in an 18th-century palace overlooking the Arno River, this boutique B&B in Oltrarno lives up to its name. Its rather splendid interior is made up of high ceilings, Renaissance frescoes and nicely faded wall coverings, as well as quirky curios like an Olivetti desk with a working typewriter, 60s film posters and tarot cards.

There are lounges on two floors, with honesty bars and libraries. The 14 rooms are spacious and decadent for Florence, and all are stacked with individuality. Most have a seating area and clawfoot tub, some have fantastic views of Brunelleschi’s famous red-domed cupola of Florence Cathedral.

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If you really want to push the boat out, look no further than Il Salviatino, a simply stunning hotel set in a 15th-century villa overlooking Florence. Set in 11 acres of exquisite gardens, this charming hotel features a pair of acclaimed restaurants, a two-tier outdoor pool overlooking the city and a spa, and offers five-star luxury throughout.

Inside, it’s a very Renaissance Florence with ornate ceilings, trompe l’oeil frescoes and an abundance of Italian antiques. The 44 rooms vary in size and style, but all are beautifully decorated with rich color pops and plush velvet furnishings. The top-floor Ojetti Suite offers the best views, which are best seen from the hot tub on the private terrace.

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Standing proudly on the north bank of the Arno, the St Regis Florence, housed in a Renaissance palace designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, offers Italian-level luxury in spades. Overlooking Piazza Ognissanti, it is a 10-minute walk from Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Strozzi, while the Duomo is a few minutes further.

Combining Renaissance romance with more contemporary design, interiors are awash with oversized gilt mirrors, ceiling frescoes, and expansive Murano glass chandeliers.

The oh-so large rooms are divided into three themes; Renaissance, Medici and Fiorentino, but all feature beautiful painted ceilings, rich velvet furnishings and four-poster beds, plus a wealth of antiques. A highlight is dinner at the Michelin-starred Winter Garden by Caino restaurant, with chef Valeria Piccini at the helm.

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Located in the bustling heart of the centro storico, this luxury hotel is minutes from all of Florence’s top sights. the Duomo, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio. Dating back to the late 19th century, Helvetia & Bristol was a favorite stopover for participants on the Grand Tour of Europe and has had an illustrious guest list over the years, including Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.

Over 200 years later, it’s still brimming with elegance, artwork, antiques and rich fabrics, while the original conservatory – now a restaurant specializing in Campanian cuisine – is a joy botanical. There are 64 rooms, all tastefully furnished in keeping with their original decor, but with five-star touches like marble bathrooms and heavenly beds.

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A short walk from Palazzo Strozzi, Florence’s famous museum showcasing an ever-changing collection of international art, Palazzo di Camugliano is in a quieter corner of the centro storico, but only 10 minutes’ walk from the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, making it an ideal base for a weekend of art and culture.

The 16th-century palace was the former home of the Marquis of Camugliano and still features much of the original decorative stucco features, marble floors and ornately carved fireplaces. A highlight is the Hanging Garden, where breakfast is served overlooking the bustle of Florence. The 10 rooms vary in size, but all are richly decorated with classic frescoes and ornate details. many have antique four-poster beds and sumptuous marble bathrooms.

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Velona Jungle Luxury Suites

Bringing a botanical vibe to the city, this very elegant guest house is nestled in the upscale Borgognissanti district. Set away from the crowds of Florence’s historic center, it’s less than 15 minutes’ walk from all the major sights. Naturally, as the name suggests, there’s a real jungle theme to Velona’s Jungle Luxury Suites.

From luxury wall coverings by Christian Lacroix and Ralph Lauren, leopard-print fabrics to mid-century modern furniture and quirky taxidermy, it’s like stepping into an elegant yet quirky family home. There are four suites, each uniquely decorated in a palette of rich tones and botanical or animal wall coverings, and awash in luxury fabrics and original artwork. Minibars stocked with free snacks and drinks are a nice touch.

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