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.
Borgo Pinti 99
Two Renaissance palazzi – the Gherardesca and the Conventino – have been converted by the Four Seasons group to become a new contender for the title of Florence’s top hotel.
Piazza Ognissanti 1
You’ll find "super-grand guest rooms" at this fifteenth-century former palace on the Piazza Ognissanti, overlooking the Arno River.
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.
Piazza Sant'Elisabetta, 3
While it may lack the sophistication of some of Florence's other upscale sleeps, this hotel has two outstanding features.
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.
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.
Borgo Pinti 27
Upscale, family-owned Hotel... is a solid pick for guests interested in the city's culture and history.
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.
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
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.
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.
Via della Scala,18 Black
With six rooms, this is a delicious retreat near the train station.