When it comes to important travel decisions, deciding where to stay is a close second behind the fundamental question of where to go. When Journy trip designers are providing hotel recommendations for travelers, they think holistically, with considerations for for neighborhood, type of accommodation, budget, services/features, and design/aesthetic.
Do you want to be close to attractions like the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens? What about within walking distance of restaurants and shops? If this is just a stopover from one city to the next, do you want to be near a transit hub? Geographical proximity is an important factor to consider when thinking about what neighborhood best aligns with your tastes, preferences, and priorities.
- Type of accommodation
Are you traveling with kids and looking for looking for adjoining guest rooms? Do you want two rooms on the same floor? Would you mind dozing off in a Queen bed or are you a stickler about a King? When it comes to Italian hotels—especially small boutique or historic properties—you can't expect the same type of accommodations as traditional American hotels, so it's important to do your research.
How much you want to spend per night (or per person, per night) is arguably the most important considering when deciding where to stay.
What are your non-negotiables when it comes to hospitality services and features? Non-smoking? Free breakfast in a quaint dining room? Parking? A view of the Duomo? What about the Arno River?
In your mind, is a hotel just a spot to catch some Zzzs, shower, scarf down breakfast, and head back out again? If so, the design and overall aesthetic of the property may not be as important of a consideration. But if you have plans to spend time around the hotel, maybe perch yourself in a corner to read or answer some emails, or head up to the rooftop bar/restaurant for a pre-dinner drink, you may want to consider the vibe of the space—from minimalist decor with natural light streaming through large windows, to a cozy, more intimate art deco feel.
With these five considerations in mind, we've narrowed down a list of the best hotels in Florence across various styles and price points. But remember, travel is personal. That's why Journy builds every itinerary (complete with hotels, restaurants, activities, and transportation) from scratch, every time.
1. Baglioni Relais Santa Croce
Via Ghibellina, 87, 50122 Firenze, Italy
This 24-room luxury hotel is housed in an 18th-century Palazzo in the historic center of the city. In addition to boasting the largest suite in all of Florence (260 square meters, including a jacuzzi and Turkish bath), it's also home to the three-Michelin-starred Enoteca Pinchiorri. The most striking element of its Renaissance decor is the monumental chandelier hung in the center of the Sala della Musica and supported by historic wooden trusses based on the designs of Leonardo da Vinci.
2. Hotel Lungarno
Borgo S. Jacopo, 14, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Hotel Lungarno is ideally located within walking distance of the Borgo San Jacopo Michelin-starred restaurant. With Ponte Vecchio as its backdrop, its 65 luxury rooms and suites are suspended over the river—and just a stone's throw away from the city's most renowned boutiques. It recently underwent a six-month renovation in 2017, 50 years after it first opened its doors in 1967.
3. Grand Hotel Minerva
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 16, 50123 Firenze, Italy
This 97-room "urban resort hotel" is a newly refurbished historic boutique hotel in the heart of one of Florence's liveliest squares: Piazza Santa Maria Novella. One of our favorite features of this property is its scenic terrace and pool on the sixth floor, which offers unbeatable views of the facade of the Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Duomo, Giotto's bell tower, and the Palazzo Vecchio. And if you're taking a train into Florence from elsewhere in Italy, you'll be happy to hear that this property is ideally located by the central station, where a stream of high-speed trains arrive from Rome, Milan, and Venice.
4. NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa
Via Porta Rossa, 19, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
With a tower and ancient frescos that date back to the 13th century, Hotel NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa is thought to be the oldest hotel in Europe. But it's by no means old-fashioned. In fact, the property's recent renovation was awarded the prize of "Best restoration for an existing building," highlighting how the meticulous refurbishment managed to maintain the hotel's historical charm. Location-wise, it's steps away from the Duomo and Uffizi Gallery, as well as a short walk from the city's iconic sights such as Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. The property has around 70 elegantly-designed rooms that fuse old-world charm with modern amenities. Make sure to eat at the onsite Savini Tartufi Truffle Restaurant.
5. Residence Hilda
Via dei Servi, 40, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
With just 12 rooms encompassing both apartments and suites, Residence Hilda is the perfect intimate hotel for your stay in Florence—leisure or business (or "bleisure). It sits within walking distance of shops, cafés, restaurants, theaters, outdoor markets (including the city's famed leather market), and many iconic sights, the most notable of which is the Academy Gallery and Michelangelo's David.
6. Domux Home Ricasoli
Via Ricasoli, 48, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Domux Home Ricasoli offers seven spacious apartment-style rooms in Santissima Annunziata, within walking distance of Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. In each apartment, you'll find a spa tub, fireplace, full kitchen (refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, separate dining area), and flat-screen TV. Housekeeping is provided once per day.
7. Hotel Globus
Via Sant'Antonino, 24, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Globus Urban Hotel sits squarely in the center of Florence, steps from the Church of San Lorenzo. It was completely refurbished in 2016 and today offers a street-level lobby with easy access to all of the elegant rooms and suites (including an affordable quadruple family room) via a new elevator. Bonus points for the international breakfast buffet, which includes an eclectic spread of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options.
8. J.K. Place Firenze
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 7, 50123 Firenze, Italy
JK Place Florence is a cozy, romantic haven in the heart of Florence—a respite from the hustle bustle of nearby Piazza Santa Maria Novella. There are 20 rooms, all designed with modern decor and four-poster beds. Be sure to visit the private rooftop terrace and lounge serving organic Tuscan specialities.
9. Portrait Firenze
Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, 4, 50123 Firenze, Italy
Portrait Firenze is located in an iconic but intimate, off-the-beaten-path address in Florence. The hotel is built around the city, but the hotel experience is entirely built around you—personalized to your lifestyle, in essence a "portrait" of you. As a member of The Leading Hotels Of the World, Portrait is an exclusive, luxury accommodation that's anything but uniform.
10. Gallery Hotel Art
Vicolo dell'Oro, 5, 50123 Firenze, Italy
The contemporary, 65-room Gallery Hotel Art is located in a charming, quiet courtyard near Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Strozzi. It was dreamt up by acclaimed Florentine architect Michele Bönan and is Italy's first design hotel. As such, it hosts rotating exhibits of contemporary art focused on a different theme each year. The onsite restaurant, Fusion Bar & Restaurant, specializes in nikkei, sushi, and other small bites.
Vicolo dell'Oro, 6r, 50123 Firenze, Italy
This dynamic, 43-room hotel in the heart of Florence recalls the spirit of the 1950s, when Italy was experiencing the golden age of fashion and Salvatore Ferragamo was at his pinnacle of success. With elegant, inviting white tones and black and white photographs that were chosen by Florentine architect Michele Bönan, the space is simple yet refined—as evidenced by the handmade leather trunks used as desks.
12. Oltrarno Splendid
Via dei Serragli, 7, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy
This boutique bed and breakfast tucked away in the Oltrarno neighborhood (minutes from the Ponte Vecchio and historic center) has 14 rooms, each of which is individually designed by the team behind SoprArno Suites and AdAstra Florence: Francesco Maestrelli, Matteo and Marco Perduca, and Betty Soldi. Our favorite features? Original frescoes lining the walls, as well as the in-room bathtubs.
13. Milu Hotel
Via de' Tornabuoni, 8, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
14. Sina Villa Medici
Via Il Prato, 42, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
As of 2017, the recently renovated Sina Villa Medici has been a part of Marriott's Autograph Collection. It's located in an historical heritage building with an onsite garden and swimming pool. The first-floor gallery and lounge bar boasts several 20th-century works of art, among which are photographs representing Catherine de' Medici and paintings in the Uffizi Gallery by artist Marco Lanza.
15. Ottantotto Firenze
Via dei Serragli, 88, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy
Ottantotto is a boutique hotel in Florence's neighborhood of the same name. There are just seven rooms spread out over four floors, all of which can be accessed via either an elevator or ancient staircase made out of "pietra serena," a common stone used in Florentine palazzos. One of the rooms is a suite, which comes with a kitchenette and terrace that can be joined with another room to form a two-bedroom accommodation—perfect for families. There's a charming, canopy-covered, stone-paved courtyard where daily breakfast is served (it's heated in the winter).
16. Palazzo Alfani Al David
Via Ricasoli, 49, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Palazzo Alfani Residenza is a family-run, apartment-style accommodation in the heart of Florence's city center—nearby the Galleria dell'Accademia, the Duomo, and the Uffizi Gallery. All of the non-smoking rooms come with a full kitchen, along with Wifi and other amenities you'd expect from a hotel. Original fittings, floors, and banisters have all been recently restored. It's a great home base for families or other groups traveling together.
17. Hotel L'Orologio
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 24, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Hotel L'Orologio overlooks Santa Maria Novella square, and isn't too far from the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. The rooms and suites are contemporary in design and inspired by the world of "Haute Horlogerie," with each floor dedicated to a luxury wristwatch brand (Rolex, Vacheron - Constantin, Patek Philippe). On the fourth floor is a breakfast room designed in classic Renaissance style that offers stellar views of the Basilica. Traveling for business? Don't miss the spacious, refined meeting room.
18. Hotel Pendini
Via degli Strozzi, 2, 50123 Firenze, Italy
This antique, family-run guest house is ideally located within walking distance from the Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Piazza della Signoria square, the Uffizi Gallery, and Ponte Vecchio—which makes it the ideal home base from which to explore the city by foot. With double and triple rooms, as well as larger suites that can sleep up to five, it's a great choice for families.
19. Hotel Atlantic Palace
Via Nazionale, 12, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Hotel Atlantic Palace is housed in a 13th century former convent. There are 67 rooms (singles, doubles, and triples), all of which are designed in the Florentine style with terracotta floors and original beams. It's steps away from the Palazzo dei Congressi, Palazzo degli Affari, Duomo, and Piazza San Lorenzo.
20. La Maison du Sage
Via Antonio Magliabechi, 7, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
La Maison du Sage is a quaint bed and breakfast located in Santa Croce's square, directly in front of the Pazzi Chapel. Its 18 rooms are divided between the first two floors of the Liberty Building, which underwent a full restoration in 2016 and is now equipped with a modern glass elevator to whisk you up to your spacious and elegant, Art Déco-designed room.
21. Hotel La Fortezza
Via della Fortezza, 7, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy
Hotel La Fortezza is tucked away in a quiet, residential area 15 minutes by foot away from the city center (you can also take the Leonardo line of the new Tram T1, which departs from the nearby Central Station). It's located in a 19th-century classical Florentine building whose 38 rooms have been recently renovated to offer guests all the modern conveniences they desire without sacrificing the property's historical charm.
22. The Frame Hotel
Via Panzani, 2, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
The Frame Hotel sits squarely between Florence's main train station, Santa Maria Novella church, and Tornabuoni Street—making it the ideal starting point for your adventures around the city. There are 24 soundproof rooms (single, double, tripe, and quadruple), along with a Suite Terrace that offers panoramic views of the Medici Chapels, as well as Florence's signature red-tiled roofs.
23. Hotel Kraft
Via Solferino, 2, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Each of Hotel Kraft's 78 rooms are individually furnished with a balance of antique and modern elements that recall the era of Luigi XV and XVI. In the warmer months, guests can take advantage of the hotel terrace, which overlooks Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Bell Tower, with the rolling hills of Florence as the backdrop. There's even a hotel pool (heated in the winter!), which sets this property apart. Bonus points for the fact that it's also pet-friendly.
24. Hotel Brunelleschi
Piazza Sant'Elisabetta, 3, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
As its name suggests, the 4-star Hotel Brunelleschi overlooks Brunelleschi's Cathedral in Florence's downtown neighborhood, with the Uffizi Gallery nearby as well. It's housed in a recovered historic Pagliazza structure, an ancient medieval church of San Michele in Palchetto. There are a total of 96 bedrooms, in addition to spacious conference rooms for business travelers that seat up to 100 people. The hotel's restaurant, Santa Elisabetta, offers a Michelin-starred tasting menu worth experiencing. And for all the history buffs out there, take note: Hotel Brunelleschi boasts its own Private Museum to showcase the history of the tower.
25. Hotel Balestri
Piazza Mentana, 7, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
The boutique Hotel Balestri overlooks River Arno in the Santa Croce neighborhood of Florence—just a short walk from the Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery. It underwent a recent renovation and refurbishment, now housing 50 rooms over five floors that are all spacious and elegantly furnished in an Art Deco style with large windows, vaulted ceilings, stately mirrors, and marble flooring. Select suites have private terraces overlooking the river, with the rooftop terrace affording all guests views of the Cathedra, Giotto's Bell Tower, and the Palazzo Vecchio.
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