Florence Hotels

There are a wide range of hotels in the city catering to all budgets. The hotels below have been grouped into three different pricing categories:
Luxury (over €400)
Moderate (€200 to €400)
Cheap (under €200)
Hotel prices are subject to IVA (value added tax) at 10% and service charges. The prices quoted here are the starting prices for a double room, including tax and breakfast but not service charges, unless otherwise specified.

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Hotel Lungarno

(055) 2726 4000.

When you go to Florence, you have to find a room with a view... and this hotel has views to die for. Anywhere closer to the Ponte Vecchio and you would be perched on top of it. Hotel Lungarno is part of the Lungarno Group (owned by design house Salvatore Ferragamo) and promises a super smooth luxury hotel experience, with an amazing location. The contemporary yet classic interiors merge strong and serene colours, and the attention to detail is superb. Some rooms have fantastic river views, while others overlook the Uffizi and Boboli Gardens.

Palazzo Magnani Feroni

(055) 239 9544.

On another level of luxury, this fantastical palace harbours 12 theatrical suites on four floors, filled with antiques and lavish furnishings, with mammoth mirrors and frescoed rooms. The family maintain their private residence within the palazzo, and to stay here is to be immersed in the world of Florentine royalty. Views from the rooftop over the city are incredible, and it's located a mere 500m (1,640ft) from Florence's major sights.

Grand Hotel

(055) 27161.

For sheer old-style opulence, you can't beat the Grand Hotel, situated on the north bank of the River Arno, with wonderful river views. Centrally located, the hote hosted the first fashion show of Florentine frock guru Emilio Pucci in the 1930s, gives proceedings the desired sense of glamour. All 107 rooms and suites offer air conditioning, mini-bar, cable TV with internet connection, radio and telephone. Style-wise, they vary between restrained, gilt-edged Florentine to full-blown velvet-and-gold grandeur. There is a small fitness centre.

Grand Hotel Baglioni

(055) 23580.

A short stride from the city's central station, the elegant four-star Baglioni offers a perfect base for new arrivals to the city. Set in a typical Tuscan 19th-century palazzo, once home to Florentine princes, the Baglioni's 193 high-ceilinged rooms are furnished with parquet floors, polished wood, and heavy drapes. Previous guests include Orson Welles and Rudolph Valentino. The hotel's pride and joy is its rooftop restaurant, the Terrazza Brunelleschi, where social events can be arranged in the summer overlooking the evocative terracotta rooftops of medieval Florence and Giotto's statuesque bell-tower.

Hotel Brunelleschi

(055) 27370.

Imaginatively reinvented from a Byzantine tower and a medieval church, the Hotel Brunelleschi combines swish modernity with a romantic setting, right in the heart of Florence, just off the Piazza Signoria. Architectural characteristics such as exposed brickwork and wooden beams have been retained throughout, to give a pleasing sense of history. All 96 rooms, some with views of the cathedral, offer TV, telephone and mini-bar, while the two executive suites include a private Jacuzzi. Three meeting rooms are equipped with video, Wi-Fi and internet access, while video-conferencing and a translation service are available on request. Banqueting facilities for up to 120 people are available in a private dining room, located in the tower.

Piazza Santa Elisabetta, Florence, Italy

Gallery Hotel Art

(055) 27263.

This chic art hotel stands on a small square not far from the Ponte Vecchio and attracts a host of funky young designers and artists. Large by boutique standards, with 65 rooms and nine suites, the hotel makes good use of space and light to create cool modern interiors, a world away from the medieval rat race outside. Each room comes complete with satellite TV, modem point and air conditioning, while communal spaces display revolving collections of contemporary art. The library contains over 400 books for guests to borrow. East meets West in the hotel's Fusion Bar Shozan, where sushi makes a change from pasta, and you can dine overlooking the Arno, under the stars.

Hotel Morandi alla Crocetta

(055) 234 4747.

Once a medieval convent, this is now an amazing, not-at-all-monastic hotel, situated around a five-minute walk from the Duomo. The exterior is not prepossessing, but inside it's full of character. Rooms are hung with paintings, filled by antiques, and strewn with exotic rugs. Some rooms are beautifully frescoed, some have ornately carved beds, there are beamed ceilings, polished panels and some open onto little gardens - however, some rooms are better than others, so it's well worth specifically requesting one of their best rooms - either one with frescoes, or one with a balcony or porch.

Antica Johlea

(055) 463 3292.

A cut above the typical Italian residenze, this stylish bed and breakfast in a 19th-century palazzo offers 11 eclectic rooms - with four-poster beds, silk curtains, and jewel bright colours. Set in a quiet street about 10 minutes' walk from the Duomo, the residenze has a lovely rooftop terrace with panoramic views, and a comfortable homely atmosphere. The breakfast hall and lounge have polished floors, jazzy rugs and artworks on the walls.

Hotel Ferretti

(055) 238 1328.

A family run hotel housed in a historical reinassance building with 16 small, but comfortable rooms offering either ensuite or shared bathrooms. All rooms feature double-glazed windows, individually controlled ceiling fans and heating and most rooms enjoy lovely views over Florence's famous red medieval rooftops, surrounding buildings and winding alleys. The hotel is clean and conveniently located close to the central railway station.

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