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Florence Hotels

Establishment neighborhood
Ottantotto Firenze
Via dei Serragli 88, Palazzo Pitti
For an urban hotel, it doesn’t get more intimate that this. Only seven rooms are spread over four floors with a lush, secret garden out back. The overall aesthetic here is botanical. The ornate wallpaper throughout features a medley of flora and fauna, the pictures hanging on the walls detail rare flowers and birds, and the little courtyard teeming with plants is the icing on the cake. Guest rooms are outfitted with old antiques, huge beds, and all the old bones of the building (like the beamed ceiling and wall paneling) have been maintained. Overall, the effect is reminiscent of an old Tuscan farmhouse that’s received a beautiful, subtle face-lift.
St. Regis Florence
Piazza Ognissanti 1, Uffizi
Occupying a fifteenth-century, Brunelleschi-designed Renaissance palace, the St. Regis is, like the Four Seasons, a sumptuous historical experience. Rooms are worthy of the architecture, with plenty of velvet and silk accents; many have views of the Arno. Take full advantage of the hotel’s knowledgeable concierge and services, which include tours of the city and countryside in the St. Regis Bentley, as well as tours of Florence’s galleries and museums with the hotel’s own in-house curator.
J.K. Place
Piazza Santa Maria Novella 7, Santa Maria Novella
With just twenty rooms, J.K. Place feels more like a Florentine’s grand home than a hotel. The guest rooms are all outfitted in designer Michele Bonan’s signature soft grey, with exquisite marble bathrooms to match. In the winter months, drinks are served by the roaring fire in the lobby, and the panoramic views from the rooftop bar draw in as many locals as guests for its aperitivi. Even if you aren’t staying here, come for the hotel’s weekend brunch, which is famous in the city.
Four Seasons Florence
Borgo Pinti 99, San Lorenzo
Rooms at the Four Seasons occupy both an opulent restored palazzo and a converted sixteenth-century convent. This is Florence at its most grand: The hotel could almost double as a museum, filled with original works of art, antiques, frescoes, and decorative stucco. The setting—eleven acres of shaded, manicured gardens—is blissfully peaceful and quiet, especially after a busy day exploring the Uffizi galleries and the Duomo (a fifteen-minute walk away). Fittingly, the spa uses products from Santa Maria Novella, the Florentine beauty company, in its own stand-alone, ten-treatment-room building, and the twenty-seven-meter lap pool is heaven on hot summer afternoons. There’s even a Michelin-starred restaurant, Il Palagio, a formal dining room with vaulted ceilings and views of the garden that specializes in pasta and seafood, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients.
Belmond Villa San Michele
Via Doccia 4, Fiesole
This is one of those hotels that manages to make itself the destination, rather than Florence ( check out our winter guide to the city here)—while the city is within striking distance (15-minutes away by car), you won’t really want to leave the hotel’s gorgeous terraced gardens, stunning city views, and chic suites. The villa—which dates back to the 15th century—used to be a monastery, and it is said that Michelangelo carved its façade. There's also a fantastic cookery school on site where guests can partake in immersive cooking lessons taught by Executive Chef Attilio Di Fabrizio. For littles, the Young Chefs Academy is a fun way to spend an afternoon.
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