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.

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.

- Insight Guides

The St. Regis Florence 84

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 81

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 77

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 82

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 81

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 90

Via del Salviatino, 21

This updated 15th-century villa, located on top of a hill just two miles north of Florence, offers five-pearl luxury in a stunning setting.

- Oyster

JK Place Firenze 87

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella 7

Tucked away on the corner of a piazza is JK Place Firenze – unassuming and discreet on the outside, this 20-bedroom boutique hotel exudes style, privacy and sophistication on the inside.

- Mr & Mrs Smith

Helvetia & Bristol Hotel 83

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 89

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 83

18, Via della Scala

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

- Lonely Planet

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