Discover the top hotels in Florence, Italy, for the ultimate experience of grandeur and luxury.
Is there a country quite so stylish as Italy? I’m not convinced.
But amongst all this, you’ll want a comfortable (and luxurious) hotel to rest your feet after a long day.
That’s where I come in. I’ve written a guide to the best hotels in Florence – you can thank me later.
Best Hotels in Florence, Italy: At a Glance
|Best Hotels Florence, Italy – Top Picks||Hotel|
|Overall Best Hotel In Florence||The St. Regis Florence|
|Best Hotel for Short Stays||Hotel Roma|
|Best for Affordable Luxury Hotel||Ville Sull’Arno|
|Best Hotel for Stunning Views||Portrait Firenze|
Best Hotels in Florence
The St. Regis Florence
Santa Maria Novella
If you’re looking for total Tuscan charm in the heart of the city, St. Regis Florence is a hotel fit for celebrities, royals, and you, of course. The hotel has considered every minor detail, from the placement of your hotel day shoes to the delicious patisseries that greet you each morning.
The original frescoes that ordain the walls and ceilings make each room as unique as the next. And as far as the views go, let me just say you’ll be in awe of the city’s Arno River.
The expansive dining hall with a glass ceiling creates a truly romantic atmosphere – but the all-inclusive spa treatments, ranging from full-body massages to waxing services, make this one of the most gorgeous boutique hotels in Florence, Italy.
Oh, and did I mention it’s in the Santa Maria District, so you’re close to top attractions in the city, like the Pitti Palace?
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
Okay, imagine the most extravagant building adorned with intricate relief sculptures, fresco walls, and perfectly kept gardens. Do you see it? If so, you’ve got a pretty good picture of the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze.
It’s the most expensive hotel in Florence, but its calling card isn’t the price tag. The light rooms with cream and white linen pair perfectly with the white and gold vein marble bathrooms.
Though, it has to be said that the gardens are my favourite thing about this hotel – with idyllic ponds reflecting rose gardens that you can spend hours exploring. And when you’re not relaxing at the pristine pool, the all-inclusive wellness centre can help you destress.
And, guess what? It’s in the northern regions of Santa Maria, with the Gardens of Gherardesca on your doorstep. The perfect base for a dreamy Florence trip.
Portrait Firenze is a hotel where the views of the city are the star of the show. The relaxing rooms with shades of greys allow the views of the Arno River to bring colour and vigour into the space.
If the delicious meals (with plenty of specialty diet options) don’t tickle your fancy, you’re not short of nearby options like Caffè Delle Carrozze. Have you got tired legs after lots of walking? Visit the wellness centre to massage all your stresses away.
Another reason I love this hotel so much is because they host temporary art galleries in the communal lounge, showcasing up-and-coming artists (the most Italian thing I’ve ever heard). But if you want to dive into the history of art in Florence, the Uffizi Gallery is just around the corner.
Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy
It’s true – Florence’s hotels will always be extravagant, and it’s safe to say that Rocco Forte is no exception. In the Duomo region of Santa Maria Novella, the views from the rooms are truly spectacular.
Take your pick from looking onto Giotto’s Bell Tower, Brunelleschi’s Dome, or the Piazza Delle Repubblica. And if the views don’t sway your decision, how about the spacious rooms with light tones of green and high ceilings?
You can also enjoy delightful meals featuring local ingredients by the hotel’s chef, Pierangelini. And seeing as you’re in the Santa Maria District, you can easily visit iconic sites like the Ponte Vecchio.
Lungarno del Tempio
Of the top five-star hotels in Florence, Ville Sull’Arno is the one that feels the most like a resort. It’s simple yet stunning, and features a downright breathtaking combination of Tuscan architecture and modern finishings.
The heated indoor pool allows you to swim all year round, while the outdoor pool is perfect for soaking up glowing Italian sunsets. The rooms have a dreamy combination of greys, pinks and creams to create an inviting and calming atmosphere.
But what makes it resort-like? Well, for starters, the all-inclusive wellness centre has everything from idyllic Turkish baths to classic massage services. And while the tree-lined pool is picturesque, the garden overlooking the Arno River makes you feel like you’re in a tropical paradise.
Simply put, you’ll almost forget you’re in the centre of Florence, a bustling city with plenty to offer.
Escape the city and stay in Villa Cora, mere steps away from the Garden of Boboli. This 19th-century mansion uniquely blends its original architecture with touches of modern finishings.
So, if you want to reminisce about the grandeur of Italy’s golden age, with all the bells and whistles of contemporary life, this is the place. The outdoor pool is perfect for soaking up some sun, while the wellness centre offers fantastic amenities, including a gym.
The restaurant serves up Italian cuisine with a vast range of Tuscan wines – cheers to that. And although it’s not in the city centre, Santa Maria is only 1.2 miles away.
Villa San Michele, a Belmond Hotel
In the foothills of Fiesole, you’ll find one of the best 5-star hotels in Florence, Italy. Ville San Michelle is a hotel notorious for hosting celebrities and royals alike. And when you stay here, you’ll feel like royalty simply through the quality of its amenities.
The open-plan rooms are spacious, with accents of royal reds and sapphire blues painting the space with colour. It’s on the cliff face, and the swimming pool offers breathtaking views of Florence.
The former monastery also provides authentic Italian cuisine produced by only the best chefs. As for the wellness centre, I think the question we should ask is what don’t they offer? As they even provide haircut and make-up services.
Helvetia & Bristol Firenze
For a hotel that takes colour to the extreme, stay at Helvetia and Bristol Firenze. Now when I say they like colour, I’m being serious. They don’t do things half-heartedly. Rooms range from brilliant blues to neon pinks, making each space as unique as the next.
When you’re not living in a dream of colour, the more subtle kitchen and lounge spaces provide calming spaces. The indoor swimming pool is perfect all year round, while the specialty menus provide divine meals – you can even have your breakfasts sent to the window seat in your room.
Thanks to its perfect location, it’s a 5-minute walk to the Bargello National Museum and just about any other attraction in the city.
Five-star Florence hotels in Italy are not in short supply, and Hotel Lungarno is one of the most affordable. It has some of the best views of the Arno River. And as it’s on the Santo Spirito side, you’re looking out onto the Santa Maria District.
The pure white bathrooms with Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries (bougie AF) fit in seamlessly with the blue tones of the bedrooms. Dine in style at the Michelin Star Borgo San Jacopo with high arch window seating or feast from the viewing deck overlooking the river.
Hotel Lungarno is your ideal base during your Florence stay, with Dante’s House and other famous landmarks nearby. Besides, who doesn’t want to say they’ve been at a hotel housing works by Picasso and Cocteau?
For quirky artwork with a lively atmosphere, look no further than Il Tornabuoni. The Renaissance building fits into the Tornabuoni District, but step inside and the bursts of salmon pink, royal blue, and mustard fill the hotel with life.
While the colours and artwork create an Alice in Wonderland-like environment, the spacious rooms create a flow throughout the building. The restaurant sits in stark contrast to the rooms, with natural tones of wood and green plants creating an earthy feel where the authentic Tuscan cuisine is serendipitous.
With the Uffizi Gallery and Florence Cathedral a short walk away, you’re never far from Florence’s main attractions. And if that’s not enough, your pets can join in the spoils.
Santa Maria Novella
Finding cheap hotels in Florence, Italy, is tough, but as far as affordable luxury goes, the Palazzo Montebello is right up there. The 18th-century building has an air of tranquillity to it, thanks to the pristine gardens surrounding it.
Throughout the lodging, you’ll find beautifully-crafted wooden furniture. While the colours throughout the hotel range from moss greens to navy blues, the subtle touches on Egyptian cotton linen and spa baths make this a stunning hotel.
The buffet serves up a delightful patisserie and freshly-squeezed orange juice. But if you want to experience Montebello at its best, enjoy a candlelit garden dinner at the hotel’s Capriccio Restaurant.
It’s also a stone’s throw away from top landmarks like the Giardino Corsini.
Hotel Bernini Palace
For a riverside stay that’s fit for royals, stay at the Hotel Bernini Palace. This 15th-century building is elegant and beautiful, with Murano glass chandeliers accentuating the hotel’s prestige.
The vintage furniture evokes the class of Bernini’s Renaissance history. If the style isn’t enough to sway you, the spacious rooms with ultra-comfy beds are a winner. As you walk the passages and halls of the palace, you’ll find inviting archways leading you from one room to the next.
The La Chiostrina Restaurant in the main hall welcomes every palette with a vast range of international cuisine. But what really makes this an unforgettable stay are the panoramic views of the city from the sun terrace.
And let me not forget its convenient location. You can walk to all the nearby attractions, such as the Basilica of Santa Croce, which is just 5 minutes away.
Golden Tower Hotel & Spa
The Golden Tower Hotel certainly lives up to its name, as golden finishings ordain the walls, floors, railings, and much more. It’s even more surprising to discover just how affordable this Tuscan dreamland actually is. It still surprises me.
The rooms have a vast range of textures, some with exposed brick walls and others with timber. But if this accommodation promises anything, it’s that you’ll have a relaxing and luxurious stay.
You’ll be in heaven each morning with a croissant and delicious coffee in hand. The main entrance hall alone showcases the grandeur on offer, with high arches and original frescoes from the 15th century.
Let’s not forget this hotel also has a spa, so you might as well take advantage of a complimentary massage.
Villa Olmi Firenze
Via del Crocifisso del Lume
Fancy getting out of the city and enjoying the Tuscan landscape? I thought you might – stay at Villa Olmi Firenze. It’s only 2.4 miles from Santa Maria Novella, so it’s relatively close to the city and offers an Italian farm vibe.
The rooms have a lovely combination of wooden furniture and ivory walls, while the bathrooms have authentic marble. It has everything you could need, from picturesque gardens to a beautiful pool. Heck, it even has a heliport and a fantastic spa!
And if you’re looking for a unique Tuscan experience, go wine tasting at the hotel’s cellar or join a cooking class. You can even bring your pet with you.
Palazzo Alfieri Residenza D’Epoca
For something a little more lowkey in the centre of Florence, stay at Palazzo Alfieri. This historic building keeps to the essence of Tuscan living with a touch of class thanks to the original frescoes throughout.
The rooms have a somewhat minimalist feel, with a clean palette of greys and white. And, while some rooms have gorgeous views of the Arno River, the actual place to admire the city’s scenery is on the rooftop terrace.
The breakfasts here are delicious, with authentic Italian cappuccinos and pastries, but dinners are best at nearby restaurants. Some of the top options — they’re to die for — include Bistro Del Mare and Foody Farm.
Campo Di Marte
For a serene trip in an ancient monastery with over 64,500 square feet of pristine garden, stay at Villa Neroli. The historic building has gone through some changes in the form of modern and minimalist finishings, but the bones of the building are still very much there to see.
Rooms are calming, much like the gardens you can also explore. And when you’re not resting your legs, the outdoor pool is just begging you to dive in.
Considering it’s a 10-minute drive from Santa Maria Novella, it’s not exactly close to town. But that’s not an issue when the onsite restaurant serves a delightful range of international meals.
Relais Piazza Signoria
Last but certainly not least in this guide to Florence hotels is the gorgeous apartment-style hotel, Relais Piazza Signoria.
The rooms are clean and elegant with pure white finishings, but what really makes this accomodation stand out is the way the rooms use lighting.
Shadows cast from the exposed lights add texture and warmth to the rooms, while the bathrooms use dark tiling to create a stark yet stunning contrast to the rooms.
The hotel’s location adds to the allure of this unique hotel. The private patios open up to breathtaking views of the Santa Maria District, which light up beautifully at night.
Each of the rooms come with a fully-kitted-out kitchen, but if you’d prefer to eat out, the Vinaino Cafe and Buca Poldo restaurant are across the street.
Best Luxury Hotels in Florence, Italy: Frequently Asked Questions
Practical Tips to Consider Before Booking Your Florence Hotel
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- It goes without saying that Florence is a popular tourist destination in Italy, so things will be pricey between May and August. Visit outside of these months to save some cash.