The rolling hills of Tuscany are known throughout the Earth as some of the most unique and beautiful that you’ll ever get to see. Yet, nestled among those hills are some of history’s greatest cities, which created an entire cultural movement over 500 years ago. We are, of course, talking about Florence. There is a reason that it remains so high on the priority list for people to visit on their holidays, as there is so much to see in the relatively small city. And since your accommodation can really make or break your trip, we have chosen and reviewed some of the best Florence hotels for every need and travel preference.
Of course, for people to see what Florence has to offer and make it easy to reach all landmarks, they need to find the right places to stay in the city. That is why we have decided to look for the best hotels in Florence. We’ve based this off of a variety of factors, including the location, price, services offered and so on. Of course, the prices can vary based on what time of year and how occupied the hotel is, so keep that in mind. We’ve decided to widen the scope for this review, as opposed to narrowly looking at only the cheap places to stay in Florence or only 5-star hotels in Florence, we’re just going to look at a variety of each. Hopefully, this will allow those who are looking for different trip types to find their own ideal place to stay. So with all of that out of the way, let’s look at the best hotels in Florence!
Best Hotels In Florence For All Types Of Trips
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
For those who want only the top luxury experience during their stay in Florence, the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze will be their top pick. The hotel is actually two buildings, neither one newer than the 17th century. The Renaissance decor that populates the hotel combines beautifully with the modern appliances and facilities. You have a TV, bathrobes and slippers available in each room.
Then there are 9 beauty treatment rooms, a Turkish bath and a gym. The restaurant built into the hotel, Il Palagio, is Michelin-starred. We haven’t even mentioned the location yet. Built right next to the beautiful gardens of Giardino della Gherardesca, the hotel is only about a 15-minute walk away from the main attractions of the Uffizi and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (also known as the Florence Cathedral of the Duomo). For all of these benefits, you will be paying a pretty hefty price. Depending on the room type, the prices can range from $890 USD per night to $16,700 USD per night (for the Royal Suite). This is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Florence, though it’s got a price tag to match.
Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy
Coming in second place on our list of the best hotels in Florence, we have the Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy. If you are looking for a hotel that is located as centrally as possible in the city, this might be one of the places you want to look at more closely. It is located directly on the edge of the Piazza della Repubblica and thus less than 10 minutes from just about all of Florence’s key attractions. The Uffizi, Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and more are within such close walking distance that you truly realize you are in the heart of Florence.
There is a new Irene bistro available for guests, which serves Tuscan cuisine for guests who choose to eat there. This 5-star Florence hotel has TVs in each room, with pay-per-view and satellite channels, room service and minibars all available. For those who want to stay fit on their trip, there is a gym available inside the Hotel Savoy. The price is still a bit high, with a Classic Double Room costing about $670 USD per night. This is a lot, but much less than the Four Seasons Hotel.
Hotel Lungarno – Lungarno Collection
Another of the best 5-star hotels in Florence, this time we have the Hotel Lungarno from the Lungarno Collection. Located directly along the Arno River, this hotel can offer one of the best views of the Ponte Vecchio without you needing to even leave your room. Obviously this location also puts it into very close proximity with the Uffizi and Pitti Palace as well, making it very well positioned for those who want to see more of the city. Not only does the Hotel Lungarno have beautiful architecture on the interior, it is also decorated with a variety of 20th century art from Picasso and Cocteau.
Another hotel with another Michelin starred restaurant attached, this time it is the Borgo San Jacopo restaurant. For those who only want light snacks or a drink, the Picteau Lounge Bar is open from 11:00 to 23:00. You get free toiletries and WiFi in your rooms and the latter throughout the property. Surprisingly, the prices are not exorbitant for the rooms. A (non-refundable) Double Room costs just around $470 USD a night, while the Studio Suite with a River view costs around $1,200 a night.
NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa
Another 5-star hotel with another extremely good position, this time we have the NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa. Located on the via Porta Rossa (which explains the name), this hotel is only a short walk away from some of the cities most historic sites. The Ponte Vecchio is only about 5 minutes away, the Duomo is about 8 minutes and the Uffizi is about 6 minutes away. A very centrally located hotel indeed. As a bonus for history buffs, the 12th century Monalda Tower is actually part of the hotel.
Each room comes with modern decoration, TVs and free WiFi. They also come with minibars, air conditioning and (if you request) ironing facilities. There is a buffet breakfast available every day, which customers have highly praised. But perhaps the best part about the Firenze Porta Rossa are the prices. The cheapest price available here is $266 USD a night, while the family triple room only costs $475 USD a night. This makes it a great choice for those who want to stay for longer periods of time, but don’t want to stay at a non-5-star hotel.
The first hotel that we come across that isn’t 5 stars, that doesn’t mean that the quality reduces by that much. The Hotel Calimala is located extremely centrally, being only 0.6 miles away from the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. It’s only two streets away from the Piazza della Signoria and therefore only a quick walk to the Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio. Each day at the Hotel Calimal a continental breakfast is offered, which customers have rated quite highly.
Each unit has a whole host of features with it. There is air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer, a desk and private bathrooms with free toiletries alongside. You will find it hard to actually be wanting something in the rooms of the Hotel Calimala, as there is also WiFi all throughout the hotel property. In terms of prices, the Hotel Calimala can end up being quite cheap. The Superior Double Room costs right around $180 USD a night, while the Premium Room with a Balcony only costs around $270 USD a night.
Forte16 View & SPA
Coming in 6th of our list of the best hotels in Florence, we have the Forte16 View & SPA. This hotel is the first on the list to be located outside of the central zone of Florence, which some might find issue with. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the Duomo, 21 minutes to reach the Uffizi and 24 minutes to reach the Ponte Vecchio. In order to make up for this lack of central position, the hotel has a spa and an outdoor terrace to admire the city all around you. Both are highly praised by hotel customers.
Each room is properly air-conditioned (which is highly useful in the summer months), with satellite TVs and a dishwasher. A hairdryer and free toiletries can be found in the bathrooms as well. There is an airport shuttle available for those who are looking to transport to and from the airport. The prices of the Forte16 View & Spa are actually very decent. For a Studio with Private Kitchen & Free Parking, it only costs $129 USD a night. The most expensive Loft Suite only costs $223 USD a night, making this quite a cheap hotel for longer stays.
Palazzo Castri 1874
Another hotel located in the “old city” of Florence, the Palazzo Castri 1874 is still located a bit further away than some of the previous picks. This time it is located to the north, close to the Piazza San Marco and the Piazza del Mercato Centrale. It isn’t exactly a million miles away, as the Duomo is only about an 11-minute walk away, while the Uffizi is closer to 18 minutes. For those who might want to take day trips from Florence to other parts of Italy, the Santa Maria Novella Train Station is only about a 9-minute walk away.
The Palazzo Castri 1874 has a beautiful garden attached to it that you can relax in. For those who want breakfast, there are a whole host of different options available: Italian, continental, American, Gluten-Free and more. All the rooms come with satellite TV and a private bathroom with toiletries. There’s even a wellness centre with a sauna, fitness centre and indoor pool available. For all of this, the price sits at a decent $191 USD a night for the Classic Room. For the Exclusive Suite, it costs $376 USD a night, which still isn’t outrageous.
Hotel Executive, Florence
The 8th choice in our list of the best hotels in Florence is the Hotel Executive. This is located a little bit away from the core centre of the town, being closer to the Santa Maria Novella Train Station than anything else. It’s about a 17-minute walk away from the Duomo, 16 minutes away from the Uffizi and some 14 minutes away from the Ponte Vecchio.
The rooms at the Hotel Executive offer satellite TVs, a minibar and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and toiletries. In the lobby, there are rather impressive original frescoes and other artwork. Each morning guests can eat buffet-style breakfasts and enjoy some live piano music in the evenings. Staff have been reviewed as being extremely helpful when offering advice for tourists and other secrets of the city, which is always a plus. The prices of the Hotel Executive are not too brutal, but they also aren’t the greatest for the location. For a Deluxe Double Room, it costs around $180 USD, while the Classic Triple costs $213 USD.
Luxury B&B La Dimora Degli Angeli
The first bed and breakfast that we’ve found on this list, and it’s one of the best bed and breakfasts in Florence. The Luxury B&B La Dimora Degli Angeli has a lengthy name, but certainly deserves it. It is located extremely centrally, only a 2-minute walk from both the Piazza della Repubblica and the Piazza del Duomo. This means that it is also only a short 8 minute walk to the Uffizi Gallery.
Each room has an LCD satellite TV with a private bathroom and rainwater shower. The breakfast is Italian-style buffet and served daily for all those who wish to enjoy it. There is a tea room that is open 24 hours a day that provides both free tea and coffee. The staff is also quite helpful, as they can give you a map of the city, advice on what sights to see, and can help you book Florence tours and restaurants. In terms of the pricing, the Double Room costs right around $120 USD, while the Triple Room costs $156 USD. Certainly not bank-breaking amounts by any means, which is always praiseworthy.
Hotel del Corso
Rounding out our list of the best hotels in Florence, we have the Hotel del Corso. Situated about 2 blocks away from the Piazza della Repubblica, this hotel is in the heart of Florence. It is only a 4 minute walk from the Duomo, a 7 minute walk from the Uffizi Gallery and an 8 minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio. Fair to say, it is extremely close to all the sights you’d want from a Florence visit.
The rooms of the Hotel del Corso are air-conditioned, with a satellite TV, a safety deposit box and a minibar. The bathrooms are private and come with a hairdryer. The hotel has a terrace that you can get good looks at the city around you on, as well as a common room that contains a TV and library. The standard Double Room cost comes at a nice $105 USD per night. The Family Suite costs $161 USD a night, so this is certainly one of those you’ll want to look at for a cheap stay in Florence.
And that wraps up our list of the best Florence hotels. Hopefully, you’ll be able to find a hotel that matches your needs and interests. As always, we advise that you look into these hotels for yourself and try to find whatever fits you best. These are just our recommendations. Now, get out there and get travelling!
Rome-based travel writer, blogger and photographer.