Trips to Italy can provide some of the most memorable experiences in a lifetime. You could explore the remains of Rome at Pompeii or in the capital itself. You could see the various influences on the island of Sicily. You could take a look at the historic floating city of Venice. Or perhaps the most popular Italy vacation packages include taking a trip to the center of the Renaissance. If you are planning to take a trip to Florence, then you will presumably want to be staying in a location that is close to all of the main attractions. This will likely be located close to the Arno River or within a short walking distance from the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence’s Duomo) and the famous Uffizi Gallery. That’s why we’ve picked out some of the best hotels in the Florence city center, so you don’t have to.
These are a variety of different star hotels in Florence that are all located close to the main piazzas and structures of the city. So with all of that out of the way, let’s hop right into our list of the best hotels in the Florence city center!
Top Hotels In Florence City Center Close To All Main Landmarks
St. Regis Florence
Coming in first of our list of the top 5-star hotels in central Florence, we have the St. Regis Florence hotel. This is a luxury hotel situated along the Arno River to the southwest of the Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. Fortunately, this still puts it within a fair walking distance of most of the major attractions of the city. It’s only a 10-minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio and a 14-minute walk to the Duomo.
There is a restaurant available for those who wish to have their meals at the Winter Garden. There are also buffet breakfasts, with continental and American styles available for both. There are multimedia systems in the rooms that can play sports, films or other entertainment systems. You’ve got free WiFi available and even a digital jukebox available. The Premium Guest Room (with 1 king bed) costs $574 USD. However, if you want to live in luxury, the max cost can go up to $6,326 USD a night for the Royal Suite with an Arno River view.
Golden Tower Hotel & Spa
In the second place, we have the Golden Tower Hotel & Spa. This is a boutique hotel that is located a couple of streets away from the Piazza della Repubblica. This means that it is quite centrally located, allowing for 7-minute trips to the Duomo, Santa Maria Novella and the Ponte Vecchio, perfect for sightseeing in Florence.
All of the rooms with this hotel come with minibars and TVs that have Sky channels. There is a free spa that has hot tubs, a Turkish bath, saunas and sensory showers. If you want, there are also massages and other treatments available for extra charges. Every day, there is a buffet for breakfast. The main lobby is quite pretty to look at, as it has a library and fireplace among many original frescoes. The prices at the Golden Tower Hotel & Spa are actually fairly reasonable, with the Classic Room being only $323 USD a night. The Luxury Suite only costs $540 USD, which is certainly not the most you’ll see. A fairly cheap hotel that offers quality service.
The Frame Hotel
Rounding out the top three of our list of the best accommodations in central Florence, we have the Frame Hotel. This hotel is located directly in between the Piazza di Santa Maria Novella and the Piazza del Duomo. This puts you in a great position to visit each, with only a 3 minute walk separating you from either. It only takes about 10 minutes to get to the Uffizi and 9 minutes to the Ponte Vecchio.
One of the most interesting elements about the Frame Hotel is that it is built in the location where the Mona Lisa was recovered in 1913. Each room at this historic building includes air conditioning, a minibar and flat-screen TV. Private bathrooms with toiletries are also included, along with the free WiFi that is available all over the property. There’s a variety of breakfasts available, with continental, American, Italian, gluten-free and vegetarian all there. The prices are also pretty decent, with a twin/double room only being $174 USD a night, while even the Suite with a Terrace costs $337 USD a night.
Arte’ Boutique Hotel
To the north of the Duomo, we have the Arte’ Boutique Hotel. This hotel is located closer to the Basilica di San Lorenzo than any other hotel we’ve seen so far. This still puts it quite close to the center of the city, regardless of it being further away from the Arno River. It’s only a 12-minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio, an 11-minute walk to the Uffizi, and a 4-minute walk to Florence’s Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore.
Guest rooms in the hotel have flatscreen TVs with satellite channels and free Netflix. There are private bathrooms with free toiletries and a bidet in each. Rooms also have a tea or coffee making area, as well as a desk if you need to use that. The lowest-priced room of the Arte’ Boutique Hotel is a Deluxe King Room, which costs about $370 USD a night. However, you can go all the way up to $585 if you prefer a Junior Suite with a Terrace. A centrally located hotel with decent prices and accommodations such as Netflix? Certainly a quality deal.
Our first bed and breakfast and the midpoint of our list of the best hotels in Florence’s city center, we have the B&B Kingsman. This hotel is located right next to the Santa Maria Novella Train station and by extension, the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, making it a perfect pied-à-terre if you are spending only one day in Florence or if you need to catch a train early morning. This makes it about 16 minutes away from the Uffizi, 13 minutes away from the Duomo and 15 minutes away from the Ponte Vecchio.
The breakfast that comes from the second “B” is served in either a continental or Italian way. User reviews for this part of the experience are quite encouraging, as they highly praise the breakfasts. Each room comes with toiletries and bidets, as well as TVs and free WiFi. There is daily housekeeping if you choose to let them, heating and air conditioning. The room costs of the hotel might not be great in comparison to some of the other budget hotels in Florence, but they certainly are not bad in the grand scheme of things. The standard double room (or “King Room) costs $171 USD per night.
Corte Calzaiuoli Elegant Suites
One of the most centrally located hotels that we’ve had so far, we now go to the Corte Calzaiuoli Elegant Suites for the sixth spot of our list of the best hotels in the Florence city center. It is located in between the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza della Signoria. This means that it is only 4 minutes away from the Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery, while only being 5 minutes away from the Ponte Vecchio. Even the Santa Maria Novella train station and piazza are only about 10 minutes away.
All rooms have free WiFi and a private bathroom with toiletries included. Some rooms also have a rather pretty view of the city available, with others not having such a view. The breakfast room overlooks Orsanmichele and Via Calzaiuoli, while it serves an extensive continental buffet breakfast every day. The cost of the Superior Double Room costs only $158 USD a night, which is rather cheap. For a Junior Suite, this cost only rises up to $190 USD a night, making this a great choice for those who want to travel on a budget.
Palazzo dei Conti Residenza d’Epoca
Coming in seventh place, we have one of the most affordable hotels in the Florence city center. It’s called the Palazzo dei Conti Residenza d’Epoca. This hotel is located 2 streets away from the Duomo, allowing for only a 4 minute walk to take you to the monument of Florence. This location also means that it is only a 10 minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio, an 11 minute walk to the Uffizi Gallery and an 8 minute walk to the Piazza della Signoria.
Free WiFi is provided throughout the property, as one would expect. Each room is fully equipped with a private bathroom, a bidet and toiletries. Some rooms even include a private terrace. A buffet breakfast is available every morning. Perhaps the most appealing part of this guest house is the pricing. For a Superior Double Room, the cost is only around $191 USD per night. For a Junior Suite with a Balcony, it only costs around $246 USD a night. Such a centrally located hotel with such low prices should be held in high regard indeed.
Luxury B&B La Dimora Degli Angeli
Coming in eighth place, we have the Luxury B&B La Dimora Degli Angeli. Located a street away from both the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza della Repubblica, this hotel would be hard pressed to be any more central in the city. It’s a 7 minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio, an 8 minute walk to the Uffizi and a 6 minute walk to the Piazza della Signoria.
Guests at this Bed and Breakfast can enjoy free WiFi throughout the property, as well as free drinks. All air conditioned rooms feature an LCD satellite TV and a private bathroom with rainwater shower, with some even allowing a view of the Duomo. The tea room provides coffee and tea 24 hours a day, while a buffet-style breakfast is served daily at a partner hotel a short distance away. The costs here are extremely cheap, with a Superior Double Room with a View only costing $103 USD a night, while the Triple Room only costs $123 USD. A cheap hotel with a brilliant location and free tea? A lovely deal indeed!
San Lorenzo Church Apartment in Florence City Center
A somewhat more unorthodox place to stay comes in the penultimate position of our list of the best accommodations in Florence’s city center. Located only a short distance away from the Mercato Centrale, this apartment gets its name from the nearby Basilica di San Lorenzo. This puts it about 5 minutes away from the Duomo, 12 minutes away from the Ponte Vecchio and 13 minutes away from the Uffizi Gallery, so a great place to stay if you are spending only two days in Florence and need to optimize your time as much as possible.
You’ll be renting out the whole apartment, which only has 1 bedroom. However, there is a flatscreen TV with satellite channels, a fully outfitted kitchen with a dishwasher and a fridge. You’ve also got a washing machine and a bathroom with a bidet. The owner of the location – Paolo – has been noted by guests as being very helpful with advice and general openness. It’s great for longer stays, as the apartment only costs about $50 USD a night. However, for larger groups or those who want more of a hotel feel rather (including breakfasts and dinners that are provided), this might not be the location for them.
Artemide Guest House
We come to the conclusion of our list of the best hotels in the center of Florence with the Artemide Guest House. Another that sits to the northwest of the Duomo, this hotel is closer to the Santa Maria Novella train station and the Basilica di San Lorenzo than it is to anything else. That means it is about a 14 minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio, a 15 minute walk to the Uffizi and an 8 minute walk to the Piazza del Duomo.
There is free WiFi throughout the property, with family rooms also available in the guest house. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. There is tea and coffee makers available in all rooms, as well as daily housekeeping if you choose to allow it. This is one of the most affordable hotels in the Florence city center, as an Economy Double Room only costs $66 USD a night, while a Quadruple Room costs $82 USD a night.
And there you have it. Our picks for the best hotels in the Florence city center. Keep in mind that the prices can change based on the time of year and popularity (which is sure to be lower in the midst of a pandemic), but this should allow you to get an idea of which hotel costs are in your ideal range. Once the pandemic clears up some and it is safe to travel, hopefully, this list should provide some helpful options for anyone looking to really immerse themselves in the cultural center of the Renaissance.
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