The Medici would approve these Florence hotels

Florence has amazing art...and lovely hotels.

by Rashmi Chugani

You’ll love the Uffizi, the Ponte Vecchio, the food...but Florence is so much better if you’re staying at the right place. Here are twelve hotels that our experts recommend. Trust us, you’ll be so much happier coming back to one of these after you’ve climbed to the top of the Duomo.

You’d never guess that the unassuming walls of Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, which lies just outside of Florence’s city center, hide a sumptuous Renaissance-era palace

- Forbes Travel Guide

The St. Regis Florence 88

Piazza Ognissanti 1

You’ll find "super-grand guest rooms" at this fifteenth-century former palace on the Piazza Ognissanti, overlooking the Arno River.

- Condé Nast Traveler

Relais Santa Croce 86

Via Ghibellina 87

This wonderful hotel, in an 18th-century palazzo, is just a short stroll from Michelangelo’s house. Most of its luxurious rooms overlook the street.

- DK Eyewitness

Hotel Brunelleschi 85

Piazza Sant'Elisabetta, 3

While it may lack the sophistication of some of Florence's other upscale sleeps, this hotel has two outstanding features.

- Lonely Planet

Riva Lofts Florence 81

Via Baccio Bandinelli 98

This former factory on the southern bank of the Arno was Nardi's private studio until he decided to turn it into one of Italy's most original design hotels.

- Concierge

UNA Hotel Vittoria 79

Via Pisana 59

With bright colours and crazy designs, this is an antidote to the antiques or tasteful contemporary interiors which characterize most Florence hotels.

- DK Eyewitness

Hotel Monna Lisa 85

Borgo Pinti 27

Upscale, family-owned Hotel... is a solid pick for guests interested in the city's culture and history.

- Oyster

Il Salviatino 89

Via del Salviatino, 21

With views of the Duomo from a distance, this is a classically-proportioned patrician villa with a pool, eclectically appointed common areas and guest rooms, and a very good restaurant.

- Star Service

JK Place Firenze 91

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella 7

Understated yet over the top, Lewis Carroll would have loved this stylish bolt-hole, the perfect place to take tea with the March Hare and jovial Mad Hatter

- Star Service

Helvetia & Bristol Hotel 90

Via De' Pescioni 2

With five-star traditions but a more boutique feel, this hotel is full of pieces from the owner’s art collection – you might find a 17th- or 18th-century painting above your bed.

- DK Eyewitness

Hotel Savoy 88

Piazza della Repubblica 7

This hotel blends "art and architecture" in a "nearly perfect location" on the Piazza della Repubblica, near the Uffizi Gallery.

- Condé Nast Traveler

Casa Howard Guest House 81

Via della Scala,18 Black

With six rooms, this is a delicious retreat near the train station.

- Lonely Planet

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