Where Are The Best Places To Stay In Florence?

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Florence is a beautiful city, with lots to see and do. You will need a few days to explore everything, so you will have to make a decision about where to stay. I asked some travel bloggers for their recommendations for the best places to stay in Florence, whether in the city centre or further afield.

The Best Places To Stay In Florence

Florence is relatively small and walkable, and many visitors will prefer a central location close to the main sights such as the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio. There is a wide choice of hotels in the heart of Florence, but there are also options for stays further from the city – read on to see how you could stay in a castle overnight…

Palazzo Vecchietti – 5 Star Luxury

Palazzo Vecchietti, known for its impeccable service and authentic period residence, is one of the best hotels in Florence. Owned by the politically powerful Vecchietti family in the 16th century, this palace has seen several changes over the centuries. A recent renovation has restored its original beauty and furnishings.

Palazzo Vecchietti has a mixture of premium suites and deluxe rooms, making it one of the top places to stay. The Leonardo da Vinci Premier Suite has everything from two salons with sofa beds to a fully equipped kitchen and a bathtub that is perfect for relaxing in after a long day in Florence. And the deluxe rooms are elegantly decorated, making them cosy and homely.

The 19th century charcoal drawings adorning the walls of Palazzo Vecchietti are a treat for art lovers, and a delicious breakfast is served in the stylish dining room. And you will love that the Palazzo Vecchietti is located opposite the Piazza della Repubblica, just a short walk from the Piazza del Duomo and right in the heart of the shopping district.

(Contributed by Lavina of Continent Hop)

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C-Hotels Ambasciatori – Elegant 4 Star Hotel

For a 4 star hotel in Florence, consider a night or more at the elegant Ambasciatori, part of the C-hotels collection. This hotel has a perfect location, right next to the main train station and only 10 minutes from both the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio. It’s a flat route and an easy walk from the hotel.

The hotel was perfect for us, as we stayed for two nights for a weekend in Florence. We had arrived by train so walking with our suitcase didn’t take long. The hotel does offer parking facilities if you arrive by car.

The double room with a private bathroom was perfect for our stay as a couple, with the room being soundproof, clean and spacious. We had a balcony too, which allowed us to look right out towards the main historical centre. The rooftops of many famous Florence buildings were visible.

Flagpole with red, white and green flag, in front of some large buildings including the Cathedral of Florence.
A view from the balcony of the Ambasciatori, looking out to the Florence Cathedral (photo copyright Together In Switzerland)

We started each morning with their fresh buffet breakfast, offering all choices from warm options, breads, spreads, cold items and fruits. Then after a long day full of exploring, we were able to relax in the room with a hot shower and excellent wifi.

(Contributed by Zoe of Together in Switzerland)

25hours Hotel Florence – Convenient Location On The Piazza San Paolino

If you are looking for a cosy and fashionable place to stay, take a look at 25hours Hotel Florence Piazza San Paolino, a 4 star hotel in Florence, the “heart” of Tuscany. It is located close both to the historic centre (centro storico) and to the railway station. It is in a restricted traffic area, so you can enjoy the peace and quiet in your room after a busy day.

Inside the hotel, you will find interesting design and decor as well as a cosy courtyard. There are various additional facilities such as a gym, a restaurant and an underground car park. A green garden in the courtyard creates a unique atmosphere for relaxing.

All rooms are equipped with everything a tourist needs. Breakfast can be included depending on the type of the room you occupy, and wifi is available in each room. The reception operates around the clock, making the hotel a winning combination of fashionable design and convenience.

(Contributed by Julia of Badenguide)

Hotel L’Orologio – A Historic Villa

The 4 star Hotel L’Orologio is one of the best boutique hotels in Florence, combining luxury with historical significance. The name translates to “clock” in Italian, and the hotel’s decor pays homage to luxury watch brands, with floors named after brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe. Not only will you enjoy the ornate design and comfortable amenities of this hotel, but you will also get to experience panoramic views of the Florence skyline.

This hotel is located in a 16th century villa on the edge of Florence’s city centre, facing the Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It is within walking distance of some of the main sights in Florence, such as the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio.

A bottle and two glasses of wine on a windowsill. Looking out of the window you can see a large square and a hotel opposite.
Complimentary wine against a backdrop of the Piazza di Santa Maria Novella (photo copyright Andy Alcala)

Hotel L’Orologio also has impressive facilities. There is a fitness centre, a sauna, and a bar that serves both snacks and cocktails. You can also find 24 hour reception, airport shuttles, and services that cater to business meetings. Staying at the Hotel L’Orologio offers a truly unique and luxurious experience that you will never forget!

(Contributed by Andy of Explore With Finesse)

Hotel Spadai – Family Friendly

For a family friendly stay in Florence, choose the Hotel Spadai on Via de’ Martelli, just a 2 minute walk from the Piazza Duomo. This is a 4 star hotel in a historic building with luxury features, just a stone’s throw from the main attractions.

Enjoy cosy rooms with stylish decor, air conditioning and flat-screen TV. There is also a small minibar in each room with free drinks included in your stay. Luxurious private bathrooms attached to the rooms have rainfall showers, and a tub to soak in after a day of sightseeing.

Hotel Spadai also provides other services to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable, such as an on-site spa, airport shuttle and room service. Your stay includes a delicious buffet style breakfast to wake up to each morning. While Hotel Spadai is popular with couples, it’s also an excellent place to stay if you’re in Italy with kids. Cots are provided for babies and toddlers at no extra charge.

Staying at Hotel Spadai provides you the best of both worlds in terms of location, because it’s so close to the main sites, but tucked away on a quiet street where you can relax and get a good rest after busy days of exploring Florence.

(Submitted by Kristin from Tiny Footsteps Travel)

Castello Di Montegufoni – Stay In A Castle

Have you ever dreamed of living life as Italian nobility, spending your days snacking on olives by a palatial fountain? While you may not get to actually be a Count or Countess of Florence, you can at least pretend by spending several nights at Castello di Montegufoni, one of the best places to stay near Florence.

The Castle of Montegufoni was built in the 10th century by the Ormanni family, the first lords of Montegufoni. It’s had various owners over the centuries and been renovated and rebuilt several times until its current iteration as a getaway for visitors to Tuscany. The castle still retains some of its medieval origins, but they blend in perfectly with its Renaissance era art and modern refinements.

Looking through an archway to a courtyard surrounded by a historic building with a tower in the corner.
The historic Castello di Montegufoni (photo copyright Maggie McKneely)

The castle is just 25 minutes from Florence and is the perfect hub for exploring all the nearby towns that should be on your Tuscany itinerary, like Siena, Pisa, and San Gimignano.

If you have a rental car, the easiest way to get to Florence’s city centre is to take the Tramvia. There’s a giant free parking lot in front of the Coop at Viuzzo delle Case Nuovo. From there, walk across the street to the Tramvia station. Get a ticket at the machine at the end of the platform and take the tram to Alamanni-Stazione.

(Contributed by Maggie of Pink Caddy Travelogue)

Budget Accommodation In Florence

It has to be said that accommodation in Florence isn’t always cheap. If you’re on a tight budget and looking for the best value hotels you may have to opt for either a traditional guest house or a stay a little further from the centre. The Hotel Dali, on Via Dell’Oriuolo, is well reviewed and would be an excellent choice, as would the Hotel David, on the opposite side of the Arno River.

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