We review the top 10 best luxury hotels in Florence in Italy. Our list includes Hotel Lungarno, Belmond Villa San Michele, Continentale, Four Seasons Florence, Hotel Savoy, Il Salviatino, J.K. Place Firenze, Portrait Firenze, The St. Regis Florence, and The Westin Excelsior.
Florence oozes romance, stunning historic architecture, a charming culture, and, of course, this is Italy, so the most divine food and wine. Florence in Tuscany is packed with Renaissance art and architecture. The enchanting 13th-century Duomo cathedral is top of the must-see sights here, then wander the narrow-cobbled lanes and feast your eyes upon elegant palaces, marble basilicas, and epic art museums. Florence is inspirational and truly romantic, and any stay there deserves accommodation to match.
We review the top 10 luxury hotels in Florence Italy.
1. Hotel Lungarno
The magnificent Hotel Lungarno is centrally located on the banks of the Arno river in the Oltrarno quarter of Florence and just a stone’s throw away from Ponte Vecchio. Surrounded by Renaissance buildings, it boasts stunning river views, particularly from the beautiful living room, which is suspended over the river. The hotel was fully refurbished in 2017 with a rather impressive renovation and has been sympathetically modernized with great attention to detail.
The guest rooms here are utterly delightful. All of them have fine antique furnishings, original paintings from the hotel’s collection, and soothing colors. The precious hotel art collection dating from the 900’s, includes works by Picasso and Cocteau. Several of the rooms are art-themed, or you can opt for a river view or upgrade to a Junior Suite featuring a private river terrace and providing the perfect spot for romance. Gourmet cuisine is served at the 1 Star Michelin restaurant, Borgo San Jacopo, and there is also a refined lounge and a relaxed bar with a beautiful terrace.
2. Four Seasons Florence, Italy
Four Seasons Florence takes luxury living to new heights in this Renaissance capital and has at least two amenities that are very rare in Florence; an 11-acre private park which offers a tranquil haven of statues, fountains and centuries-old trees, and an on-site spa.
Relax amidst original frescoes and sculptured reliefs, graced by sunlight and airy garden vistas. Sip espresso under majestic trees, lounge by the open-air pool, or bask in Italian spa secrets. Wonders of the Uffizi and Duomo are a stroll away. Tuscan hill towns beckon.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze has 116 sun-filled guest rooms and suites, with no two alike. Reflecting the architectural beauty of their celebrated past, they blend Renaissance artistry with high-tech comfort. Overlooking the inner courtyard, lovely garden vistas, and neighboring streets, rooms are located in either the Conventino, a former convent from the 17th century, or the Palazzo Della Gherardesca, a 15th-century palace. As for the spa, it boasts an outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, and myriad treatments.
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3. Belmond Villa San Michele
Nestled on the verdant Fiesole hills, Belmond Villa San Michele echoes Florence as a whole. The facade, attributed to Michelangelo, is hugged by lush woodland and terraced gardens. From here, visitors enjoy an unparalleled panorama over Florence and the Chianti hills beyond.
Hollywood elite and British royalty, including Julia Roberts, Vivienne Westwood, The Prince of Wales, and John F. Kennedy, have flocked here. Indeed, Fiesole itself has historically drawn the richest and brightest Florentines. The Medicis built their villas here, and Renaissance artist and Dominican friar Fra Angelico took his vows among these hills. In 1506 Leonardo da Vinci first demonstrated his flying machine from Montececeri Park, a short journey from the hotel’s front door.
Today, its warren of rooms and corridors, vaulted ceilings, and worn terracotta floors count among its charming original features. Step outside and relax into the Italian gardens, tinged with the scent of orange blossom and rose. Take a dip in the pool perched on the hillside, enjoy an al fresco massage while taking in breathtaking views of the Arno Valley, or take a cooking class at the acclaimed cookery school. Most guest rooms boast stunning views and a private terrace or gardens. No day is complete without a meal at La Loggia Restaurant, one of the city’s finest dining establishments. Little guests can enjoy fun activities suggested by the dedicated kids’ concierge.
4. J.K. Place Firenze
J.K. Place Firenze is located a stone’s throw from the Renaissance church of Santa Maria Novella in central Florence. The hotel has 20 luxurious rooms with everything for those who want a vacation with high quality and stylish furnishing. Lounges furnished with cozy couches, art, and books convey the feeling of being on a visit to someone’s beautiful home.
This boutique hotel is hidden behind a charming door and has a rooftop terrace with a view over Florence’s rooftops. Some of the Suites at JK Place have walk-in closets, sitting rooms, and private balconies. The glass-covered courtyard and roof terrace beckon on warmer days whilst winter afternoons are best spent huddled by the fireplace in the J.K Lounge with a thick slice of cake and a steaming hot cioccolata con panna.
JK Place Firenze is more like a sophisticated home than a hotel, with working fireplaces, antiques, and collectibles. J.K. Lounge Bar and Restaurant is a multifaceted and charming club that attracts a cross-section of society, from business people to ineffable beauties, glamorous international stars, and elegantly dressed local ladies. One can stop by for a quick luncheon, take tea in the afternoon, or enjoy the decadent pleasures of an aperitif followed by a delightful dinner.
5. The St. Regis Florence
Situated in central Florence, The St. Regis Florence is the perfect location to experience Tuscany’s timeless attractions and the outdoor library terrace, with views of the Church and Piazza Ognissanti, is the perfect place to join the Italian ritual of “aperitivo.” The St. Regis Florence is also the first to feature Iridium Spa Suites in Europe, allowing guests to renew and refresh the mind, body, and spirit with various spa treatments.
This luxury hotel features 80 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and 19 suites, including a spectacular designer suite by Bottega Veneta. Reflecting Florence’s rich artistic heritage, all the hotel’s guest rooms and suites feature individually hand-carved gold leaf plaques, including one of three different color palettes – Medici, Florentine, and Renaissance. With each design concept offering a unique selection of custom-designed furniture, paintings, frescos, and crystal chandeliers, the hotel creates a sophisticated sense of relaxed opulence.
The St. Regis Florence also features one of the most magnificent restaurant and bar lounges in the city: Winter Garden Restaurant & Bar offers a truly innovative epicurean culinary experience combining a prestigious wine list with sophisticated culinary creations.
6. Portrait Firenze
Overlooking the iconic Ponte Vecchio on the Arno River, Portrait Firenze provides a fashionable home away from home in this timeless city. The Ferragamo family owns the hotel, so you can expect haute couture touches around every corner; the 37 suites are warm and inviting, with kitchenettes, handcrafted furnishings, and lavish fabrics. Rooms are stocked with gourmet goodies, and private balconies reveal mesmerizing views of the river, city rooftops, and Florentine countryside. You’re mere steps from the Uffizi Gallery and Piazza della Signoria.
7. Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte hotel
Hotel Savoy boasts a perfect location in the heart of Florence, on Piazza della Repubblica. It’s a short walk to the Uffizi Gallery, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Duomo. Olga Polizzi designed all 80 rooms and suites, including the new Grand View Suites and the Duomo Presidential Suite. All are steeped in classic Florentine culture and celebrate contemporary Italian design with carefully chosen artworks and joyful colors.
Food lovers will enjoy regional flavors and local wines in the hotel’s Tuscan bistro, Irene. For families, the hotel has a Families R Forte program, with amenities and activities around the city to delight all ages.
8. Il Salviatino
Make yourself at home among the rolling Tuscan hills in the hand-restored, 15th-century Il Salviatino just 10 minutes outside of Florence’s city center. With the villa’s original frescoes, lush organic gardens, and a vast yet cozy terrace with beautiful views of Florence and its famed Duomo, pure class and relaxed Italian luxury live here. Discover the sumptuous comfort of the 41 rooms and suites. Each room is an elegant blend of local artisanship and modern technologies.
Perfectly poised above the Ponte Vecchio, Continentale displays all the elegance of a Ferragamo shoe. Inspired by the glamorous, carefree fashion of 1950s Italy, the boutique hotel showcases a dynamic mix of soothing whites, soft leathers, and minimal design – all the better for admiring the romantic view over the Arno River preferably with a tasty cocktail at the rooftop La Terrazza bar. Filtered natural light and flowing bed curtains give the 43 rooms a warm spa feel; should you require more relaxation, the actual spa offers Tibetan sound massages and couples’ rituals.
10. The Westin Excelsior, Florence
The Piazza della Signoria and Uffizi is just steps away from The Westin Excelsior, Florence. Browse boutiques along the Ponte Vecchio, have an espresso at a local café and enjoy the best Florence has to offer.
Take in the vibrant flavors and sweeping views in SE·STO on Arno, the glass rooftop bar and restaurant. You can stay fit in the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio. Relive history in one of 171 elegant guest rooms and suites recently renovated, some of which feature private balconies. Stunning views of the Arno and the Heavenly® Bed relax the senses, while high-speed internet access inspires peaceful productivity.
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