Florence is universally acknowledged as one of Italy’s most captivating cities. The Tuscan city is home to the world’s finest artistic accomplishments, with marble statues, impressive architecture and intricate frescoes. If Michelangelo is your style, then why not have the accommodation to suit? While big-name hotels may have the location and budget hotels offer value, staying among the dizzying beauty of frescoes will be sure to give your stay that extra Italian emozione.
The Florentine gives you the lowdown on hotels where you can enjoy awe-inspiring artwork without ever leaving your room.
Via dei Ginori, 19
A spacious modern feel coupled with Renaissance flair gives a welcoming sense of harmony to this popular hotel. Located in Florence’s popular San Lorenzo neighbourhood, Palazzo Tolomei is the perfect choice for visitors looking for good food, history and art. Browse the San Lorenzo market for souvenirs and the scent of Italian-made leather or step back to ancient Florence with a visit to the nearby Medici Chapels to discover the noble family’s resting place. Just 600 metres from Santa Maria Novella station, it’s convenient for train travellers looking to soothe their souls with original frescoes. Plus, it’s believed that the great Raphael once stayed here!
Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo
Via dei Servi, 2
This exceptional historic hotel is the one for you if you’re looking for a “room with a view”. The rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of the Duomo, while others are frescoed beyond belief and complete with fine furniture and bags of character. Live like a lord with pre-dinner drinks on the piano nobile. An outstanding location, this downtown gem is just 500 metres from piazza della Signoria, making Florence’s glorious sights more accessible than ever.
Palazzo del Marchese di Camugliano
Via Del Moro, 15
Living up to its luxury, high-fashion location, this hotel flaunts sleek, elegant interiors design while maintaining Italian subtlety. Start the day with the ideal cappuccino and delicious sweet and savoury breakfast in the hotel’s dining room. Then head to the centre to take in the local atmosphere or take an evening stroll along the Arno. Guests can also expect room service and flatscreen TVs, as well as banquet facilities for the utmost relaxation and comfort.
Palazzo Magnani Feroni
Borgo San Frediano, 5
At Palazzo Magnani Feroni, in Florence’s San Frediano area, guests will never be short on architecture and museums with the likes of nearby Palazzo Pitti. This 12-suite hotel certainly has the wow factor with its high-impact frescoes and luxurious sumptuousness. Active guests can make the most of the on-site fitness centre. After a long day’s sightseeing, you can while away the sultry Florentine evenings with a cocktail on the hotel’s terrace affording striking views of the city’s skyline.
Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci****
Via de’ Tornabuoni, 3
The clue’s in the name! Situated on Florence’s prime shopping boulevard, Via de’ Tornabuoni, Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci is perfect for shopaholics looking for a designer label fix. This four-star hotel, originally a 15th-century palazzo, has been converted and incorporated with Edwardian style and is home to gracious rooms and original Florentine frescoes and antiques. The final touch of a roof garden overlooking all of Florence makes for an excellent spot to watch the sun go down over dinner.
Via della Scala, 21
Breathe in Florence’s glorious past as you climb the steps to this historic first-floor residence, a leisurely stroll from all of Florence’s central attractions. At Palazzo Riblet, choose from one of the three high-ceilinged rooms, one of which, Carolina, vaunts breathtaking frescoes, and even a private loggia and terrace overlooking a lush garden (complete with a banana tree!), terracotta rooftops and the Ognissanti church’s bell tower. All of the rooms, lining a long light blue hallway, are lovingly furnished with antique furniture, complete with en-suite bathrooms, breakfast bare essentials (tea, chamomile, instant coffee, kettle, cups and saucers), TV, air-con, Wi-Fi and double-paned windows. Close to Santa Maria Novella station, Palazzo Riblet is the perfect getaway for would-be writers and aspiring artists: a home away from home, with inspiration thrown in at no extra cost.