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The 11 best hotels in Florence

When you're visiting a city this beautiful, a good night's sleep is vital. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Florence

Written by
Mary Novakovich
Alex Floyd-Douglass
Camila Karalyte

The fabulously romantic Florence has also been a fave destination for many people. Starry-eyed romantics have been flocking here for centuries in search of artistic inspiration, and the open-air museum feel of the city’s streets rarely disappoints. Florence is an incredible city of delicious restaurants and a very tangible history, an iconic destination with a seemingly endless list of things to do. What more could you want from a city? 

While you might love to roam the streets all day and enjoy the nightlife when the starry sky rolls in, but at some point, you'll have to rest your head and get some shut-eye. Making sure you have the right accommodation is important - you want somewhere that continues the city vibes right into your hotel room to ensure you're getting the full experience. The best hotels in Florence cover a mixture of boutique beauties, homely charmers, and five-star titans, but all promise a good night’s sleep and a great base from which to explore this magical city.

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines. 

Best Florence hotels


1. AdAstra

AdAstra is a truly special place. Overlooking the largest private garden in Europe, this nine-room hotel is in the buzzing Oltrarno district across the River Arno. The decor harmoniously mixes the decades for a serene look, and some of the rooms have roll-top baths. The mellow ambience is enhanced by a huge terrace overlooking the Torrigianni Gardens, where you can have a lazy breakfast or an aperitivo. Two of the rooms are in the garden, which adds an extra romantic touch to a hotel that’s overflowing with them.

Mood? Grand luxury.
Location perks? Within a 10-minute walk from Pitti Palace and Santo Spirito Basilica.
Budget range? Fairly priced.

JK Place Firenze

2. JK Place Firenze

The Florence outpost of the JK Place collection of Italian hotels is a favourite among couples looking for an elegant bolthole. Its 20 rooms occupy an attractive townhouse by the Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, while inside it’s immensely stylish and contemporary without getting into cold minimalism, with oak parquet floors and antique fireplaces mingling with mid-20th-century furnishings. Join fashionable Florentines during the popular Sunday brunch, and relax on the beautiful JK Terrace where cocktails and light meals are served overlooking the piazza.

Mood? Elegant but stylish.
Location perks? Just 7 minutes from the Santa Maria Novella Basilica.
Budget range? Super pricey.

The Moon Boutique Hotel & Spa

3. The Moon Boutique Hotel & Spa

The gorgeously elegant four-star Moon Boutique Hotel and Spa epitomises Florence in one hotel. The eclectic style and warm hospitality make for the perfect place to rest on your travels to the city. The hotel is situated a 10-minute walk from Fortezza da Basso and 900 yards from Santa Maria Novella Train Station, the ideal convenient location. Of course, it wouldn't be a spa hotel without access to the Blue Moon Spa, which has plenty of relaxing wellness programs for you to choose from. The 23 rooms offer cosy beds, rain showers, free wifi, and a smart TV, and are designed to offer you comfort and elegance on your stay. 

Mood? Boutique chic.
Location perks? A 10-minute walk from Fortezza da Basso. Easy.
Budget range? Very affordable. 

St Regis Florence

4. St Regis Florence

This sympathetically restored Brunelleschi-designed palazzo is just 10 minutes north of the Ponte Vecchio and in a romantic spot right on the River Arno. St Regis Florence takes you back to the Renaissance in its 81 handsome rooms and 19 suites that are ornate without going over the top. It’s worth upgrading to one of the rooms with its own balcony overlooking the Arno. The spa is an intimate affair, with private hot tubs in each treatment room. The Winter Garden restaurant is one of Florence’s best, where Italian cuisine is given a Michelin-starred gloss.

Mood? Riverfront paradise.
Location perks? Aside from the River Arno on your doorstep, the train station is nearby too.
Budget range? On the pricier side of life.

Hotel Brunelleschi

5. Hotel Brunelleschi

Looking like something out of a fairy tale, the Hotel Brunelleschi has been created out of a sixth-century stone tower and a medieval church. And it’s only a few minutes walk from the Duomo yet it’s set in a small square. Modern and traditional furnishings mix in the 96 bedrooms, some of which have exposed stone walls and others have lovely views of the Duomo. If you want to splash out, choose the Suite in Florence with a panoramic roof terrace and hot tub.

Mood? Contemporary interiors. 
Location perks? You're surrounded by local cafes, restaurants and shops. Enjoy.
Budget range? A wide variety of options.

Hotel Lungarno

6. Hotel Lungarno

Located on the south side of the River Arno, 40 of the 65 rooms at the Hotel Lungarno offer stunning views across the water. Unlike many of Florence’s best hotels, this one has a more contemporary approach to interior decorating. If you’re looking for a slightly quieter spot in the city, this is a great choice. You’ll also have the option of Michelin-starred dining in the Borgo San Jacopo Restaurant, and the chance to enjoy the hotel’s own art collection which includes works by Picasso and Cocteau.

Mood? Boujie vibes.
Location perks? Less than 100 metres from Ponte Vecchio, for all the sight seekers out there.
Budget range?

Palazzo di Camugliano

7. Palazzo di Camugliano

Get a taste of languorous Florentine aristocratic life at Palazzo di Camugliano. This 16th-century building is the family residence of a marquis, and its opulent interior is exactly what you would expect in such an exalted place: frescoed ceilings, polished parquet floors, antique furniture, and even an adorable hanging garden. With only 10 rooms, it all heightens the cocooning sense of peace you feel, especially as the hotel is only a seven-minute walk west of the Piazza del Duomo but a world away from the city centre.

Mood? Next-level grandeur. 
Location perks? Just under 500 metres distance to the Cathedral.
Budget range? Surprisingly well priced.

Relais Santa Croce

8. Relais Santa Croce

There’s a wonderfully stately air to Relais Santa Croce, an 18th-century townhouse that’s a few minutes walk from the equally impressive church of Santa Croce. This member of the Baglioni Hotels group has 24 rooms and suites, all with an understated modern elegance that suits this venerable building. If you can’t book the suite that comes with a terrace and views of Santa Croce, you can still revel in the beauty of the huge music room and dignified lounge.

Mood? Five-star luxe.
Location perks? Nestled between the Cathedral and Santa Croce Basilica.
Budget range?
Higher end.

Grand Hotel Minerva

9. Grand Hotel Minerva

A rooftop pool in the centre of Florence is such a rarity that it’s hard to pass up the chance to stay at the Grand Hotel Minerva. Set right on Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, this four-star hotel has 97 contemporary rooms, either in soothing neutral tones or in more vibrant shades of red. The sixth-floor pool – open from May to September – is the star – relax on a sun lounger and gaze at the distinctive cupola of the Duomo in the distance.

Mood? Historic charm.
Location perks? The Santa Maria Novella train station is an easy 300 metres away.
Budget range? Options range from mid to high-end.

Villa Cora

10. Villa Cora

Villa Cora is a mere 15-minutes walk from the Ponte Vecchio, yet wake up here and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were deep in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. This five-star hotel is set in a magnificent 19th-century villa and offers 44 delectable rooms, which all embrace rococo excess to varying degrees. Make the most of the beautiful weather with a walk in the landscaped park or make use of the hotel’s heated pool and on-site spa. You’ll want to be looking good when attending the champagne evenings on the rooftop bar.

Mood? World-class treatment. 
Location perks? You're in a Tuscan villa... life couldn't be better really.
Budget range? As pricey as you'd expect.

Portrait Firenze

11. Portrait Firenze

It’s hard to find a more alluring location than Portrait Firenze – right on the Arno and just steps away from the Ponte Vecchio. The same Ferragamo family that runs the Hotel Lungarno also owns this very swish collection of 37 suites, all of which have their own mini-kitchens. Most of the smart, contemporary rooms have captivating views of the river, which you can gaze at through full-length windows. Top-class Italian fare is on offer at the Caffè dell’Oro, which also puts on Sunday brunch.

Mood? Artisinal luxury.
Location perks? Minutes from Florence's most famous bridge, Ponte Vecchio.
Budget range? Expensive but worth it.

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