Six of the best boutique hotels in Florence
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Six of the best boutique hotels in Florence

Intimate, centrally located and backed by hundreds of happy travelers, the best boutique hotels in Florence make living a little more dolce

Thu 16 Jul 2015 12:00 AM

Whether you’re visiting Florence for the first time or the fiftieth, deciding where to stay can be stressful. Brand-name stalwarts and budget spots both have their merits, but if tailored touches and everyday luxuries are what you’re after, the boutique hotel experience is tough to beat.  Intimate, centrally located and backed by hundreds of happy travelers, the best boutique hotels in Florence make living a little more dolce. The only drawback? You may never want to leave.

Soprarno Suites

Via Maggio 35

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Soprarno Suites. Ph. Marco Badiani

This lovingly designed Left Bank escape is chic, contemporary and comfortably luxe. Soprarno stands out on the local hotel circuit for its themed rooms, each built around a curated collection of kitschy-cool furnishings and funky Florentine finds. Its location along the elegant via Maggio makes it an unbeatable base for Oltrarno exploring: the immediate surroundings feature a dynamic mix of artisan studios, rough-hewn restaurants and glitzy boutiques, and a three-minute walk to Ponte Santa Trinita puts you back on Florence’s more beaten paths. Wake up to a frescoed ceiling view, then fuel up on frothy cappuccino, homemade biscotti and a bit of reading from Soprarno’s infinitely Instagram-worthy bookshelves.  




Firenze Number Nine

Via dei Conti 9



Firenze Number Nine


Hidden on a quiet street just a few feet from the heart of San Lorenzo, Firenze Number Nine is a haute-and-hip retreat from this irresistibly rowdy neighborhood, one of Florence’s most colorful districts. Though the hotel’s interior is far more calming than its neighboring streets, it’s just as visually stimulating, lined with sculptures and paintings by talented Italian artists—a museum in its own right. Guests have access to the exclusive, fully equipped KLAB Spa & Fitness Center, along with Le Muse Ristorante & Lounge Bar, a benchmark of trendy Tuscan dining.   Book now




Grand Amore Hotel & Spa

Via dei Servi 38/A



Breakfast at the Grand Amore Hotel & Spa


At the 11-room Grand Amore, it’s all in the details. The hotel’s Comfort Crew is constantly on the clock: this aptly named hospitality team gives each guest a tailor-made experience.  They pile on the personal touches before your plane touches down at Peretola: with their pre-arrival questionnaire, you can fill them in on everything from your preferred mattress firmness to cocktail of choice. After morning sightseeing at the nearby Accademia or Santissima Annunziata, the hotel’s intimate bistrot makes the perfect spot for a leisurely lunch.  Finally, the Grand Amore gets bonus points for diminishing end-of-holiday dread: leaving Florence is hardly easy, but the hotel offers customized parting gifts to cushion the blow. Book now



J.K. Place Firenze

Piazza Santa Maria Novella 7



J.K. Place Firenze


Stay at J.K. Place Firenze and you’ll feel like you’re in the guest room at your taste-making, trendsetting friend’s townhouse. Homey yet spacious, J.K. Place Firenze is unmatched in its editorial touches, from fireplaces and fashion magazines to classic films on constant loop in the lounge area. A communal breakfast table, miracle-working concierge and heirloom-esque décor will make you feel part of a Florentine family—and a well-heeled one, at that. Book now



Portrait Firenze

Lungarno Acciaiuoli, 4



Portrait Firenze 


Portrait will have you rethinking everything you thought you knew about a ‘room with a view.’  It’s the newest addition to the Lungarno Collection, owned by Florence’s famous arbiters of chic, the Ferragamo family. Décor is ultra-luxe yet understated, and the first-class service is second to none. Sip coffee, toast to your trip or indulge in a hearty meal at the Caffè dell’Oro, the hotel’s all-day dining room with a spectacular view of the Ponte Vecchio. If the panoramas have you feeling creatively inspired, you can even book a walking photography workshop with Portrait’s partner, Leica Store Firenze. Book now




Via Brunelleschi 1



Be.ONE Art and Luxury Home


If you’re seeking a modern, sleek space that still extends a warm Italian welcome, Be.ONE is it. Mere steps from piazza della Repubblica, the most central square in Florence and the site of the old Roman Forum, the hotel’s location is as convenient as it comes. The staff also offers “Feeling Florentine” packages to enhance your experience of the Tuscan capital. Finally, if you’re torn between the boutique hotel experience and an apartment stay, Be.ONE has the perfect compromise: a private first-floor flat in the quiet piazza Santo Stefano, steps from the Ponte Vecchio. Shop the markets, cook in your own kitchen and live Florence like a local: you can still use concierge services upon request, and you’ll breathe easier without the usual vacation rental risks.   Book now

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