Best Luxury Hotels in Florence

As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a living museum, boasting an unrivalled collection of world-class art and historical treasures. The city’s narrow, cobbled streets lead to iconic landmarks such as the magnificent Duomo, with its breathtaking dome engineered by Brunelleschi, and the Uffizi Gallery, home to masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli. Beyond its artistic heritage, Florence enchants visitors with its romantic bridges over the Arno River, luxurious boutique hotels, and delightful cuisine that offers a taste of Tuscany’s rich culinary traditions. Every corner of Florence is designed for exploration, where quaint cafes, picturesque piazzas are plenty, and the enduring spirit of the Renaissance can be felt, continuing to inspire both visitors and locals alike.

Anglo American Hotel Florence, Curio Collection by Hilton (5 star)

The Anglo American Hotel Florence, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, has opened its doors in the heart of Tuscany, following a thorough renovation overseen by Italian architect Chiara Caberlon. This historic 19th-century building, which has previously hosted notable figures like Leo Tolstoy and Maria Callas, combines preserved historical features with a modern and eclectic design, vibrant colours, and artwork from the 1920s. The hotel, which boasts 118 rooms and suites, a sun-drenched interior courtyard, a modern gym, and meeting rooms for up to 70 people, aims to provide a unique guest experience by blending its storied past with contemporary amenities. The Whisper Wine Bar and Courtyard, inspired by the British ladies’ community “Scorpions” from the 1930s, and Vivi Bistro, offering local and international cuisine, add to the hotel’s allure. Located within walking distance of Florence’s renowned Renaissance art and architecture, the Anglo-American Hotel Florence is positioned as a distinctive addition to the city’s vibrant hotel scene, offering a bespoke stay in one of Italy’s most sought-after destinations.

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La Gemma Hotel Florence (5 star)

The vintage styling in this period building echoes old-world elegance while being bang up-to-date. Wood panelling is painted in soft muted tones, with gilt hardware, velvet textiles, accents of palm-patterned wallpaper and Deco-inspired orb lighting. La Gemma is located in the Florence Historic Centre district, well-placed for a romantic break, or as a swish base for sightseeing. 39 bedrooms in the boutique establishment include two-bedded suites, and come with a stash of local treats. There’s a restaurant and bar onsite and plenty nearby to temp you too. 

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Hotel Lungarno (5 star)

Hotel Lungarno, a part of the high-end Salvatore Ferragamo family, is a must-visit holiday refuge. It is situated right on the Arno River, with its lobby overlooking the medieval Ponte Vecchio Bridge. The hotel was renovated recently and currently features a bold style with nautical furnishings. From the living room, one can catch a glimpse of the water flowing below. Visitors get to enjoy a serene atmosphere created by the blue and white accents on the leather surfaces within the premises. The rooms and suites are furnished with antique furniture and more than 450 pieces of art, including Picasso’s art, Tuscan artisanship, and works from renowned Italian artists. Historic galleries and fancy shopping malls are a stone’s throw away from the hotel. World-class cuisines are served at the Michelin-starred Borgo San Jacopo restaurant located within its vicinity.

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Four Seasons Hotel Firenze (5 star)

Four Seasons gives travellers a chance to experience the magic of some of the oldest yet most fascinating cities in the world. It is located in the northern stretch, right at the nexus between the Old Florence suburbs of the nineteenth century and those of the twentieth century. While sitting in the vast tranquil garden, you get to enjoy a panoramic view of numerous historic buildings in Florence. As you step into the stucco-decorated lobby, you are welcomed into a modern and upscale abode furnished with extravagant silk, velvet, marble, and antique décor. The suites are elegantly decorated in Renaissance style. Other luxurious amenities offered here include a state-of-the-art spa with 10 treatment rooms, a pool, steam room and fitness centre for health enthusiasts. For a taste of some of the world’s best cuisines, you can visit the Michelin-starred Il Palagio found within the premise.

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The St. Regis Florence (5 star)

The St. Regis, which is located at the south end of Santa Maria Novella, has been the destination for most travellers in Florence since the eighteenth century. This historic five-star hotel is a true reflection of the rich Florentine heritage. This is evident from its Renaissance-style furnishings mixed stylishly with antique decor native to the region. There are 81 spacious rooms and 19 unique suites, all of which are embellished with coloured velvets, bespoke frescos, spectacular Murano chandeliers, and painted coffered ceilings. The customer service at this Hotel is tip-top – a culture that is innate in the St Regis family. A private Guest Experience Manager is provided to help visitors plan their dream getaway. With the presence of amenities such as sizeable fitness centre, spa, and art gallery, guests won’t run out of fun activities. The hotel also boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant and Winter Garden, which serves splendid dishes of Tuscan.

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The Westin Excelsior (5 star)

This majestic Westin Excelsior hotel is established in a 14th-century palace and is one of the time-honoured five-star hotels in Florence. It doesn’t cease to amaze with its opulent interior, outstanding service, and a host of luxury amenities. The property still dons the original rustic furnishings including terracotta floors, coffered ceilings, and massive stained glass windows. However, there have been refurbishments to add a touch of modernity without compromising its contemporary character. Located in the northern bank of Arno, Westin Excelsior hotel is adjacent to a series of high-end fashion boutiques along Via Tornabuoni Street. You can also access the infamous Domenico Ghirlandaio’s workshop displaying his masterpiece fresco, ‘The Last Supper’. Guests occupying the three top floor suites get to enjoy a hot tub, massive terraces, and a magnificent view of the city. The has 171 rooms, each supplied with the hotel’s signature ’Heavenly Bed’, whose comfort is hard to beat. The rooftop Sesto bar & restaurant is a game changer. Besides its great food, it also offers a 360-degree view of the city, which couldn’t be more magical, especially at sunset.

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Il Salviatino (5 star)

Il Salviatino is a striking five-star hotel reclaimed from a 15th-century villa located in the hillside of Fiesole. Being situated at a relatively high altitude, it offers a spectacular view of Florence and its undulating landscape. It boasts a museum-like styling with antique paintings and marble fireplaces. This hotel offers an unmatched concierge service. Guests are assigned personal advisors who offer invaluable advice regarding perfect restaurants, sightseeing destinations, and upcoming events. There is a luxurious spa that ideal for the entire family (even kids). Five-star standard cuisines of Mediterranean and Tuscan culture are served in the formal restaurant in this villa. This would be the perfect destination for guests looking for a stately home experience.

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Relais Santa Croce (5 star)

This historic property is located in the eastern part of Centro Storico. It was initially one of Florence’s oldest townhouses built by the Pope’s treasurer in the 19th century. The hotel is currently a five-star hotel with 24 chic rooms decorated with original frescos and antique furnishings. Relais Santa Croce delivers a perfect blend of both contemporary styling and modern luxury and comfort. The rooms are spacious and graceful offering amenities such as room service, spa, laundry, and Wi-Fi. Guelfi e Ghibellini, a three-star Michelin restaurant located within its vicinity, offers delicious menus. Its strategic location offers quick access to the Santa Croce church and the Duomo.

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Belmond Villa San Michele (5 star)

Belmond Villa San Michele is one of the priciest five-star hotels in Florence located in a serene woody hillside near the village of Fiesole. The hotel is established on a building that was once a Franciscan Monastery. Its currently weathered portico and imposing terrace are said to have been sculpted by the infamous Michelangelo. The peaceful gardens, as well as the massive pool bordered by a lush lawn, are perfect spots to unwind. Being a historical building, the rooms sport vaulted ceilings, bottle glass windows, and some rustic bedsteads. The main restaurant is designed with a veranda that offers a magnificent view of the city. The menu consists mainly of Tuscan dishes prepared by competent chefs.

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