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One of the most expensive cities in Italy in which to lay your head, the city compensates for this by the huge variety of hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs and hostels. Thankfully the chain hotels, present in so many tourist-orientated destinations, do not seem to have got a foothold here, and an increasing number of the best places to stay in Florence are independently run, many converted from large old family homes and palazzos.

The city is a mecca for culture vultures and art lovers, and some of the best places to stay in Florence are ideally located for those who want to reach their chosen masterpiece in the blink of an eye, so that they can beat the queues.

For those who are less fussy, many of our picks for the best places to stay in Florence display their own art. Frescoes abound in the old palazzos and many are stuffed with antique furniture, creating an aura in which you can almost see yourself dining with the Medicis, or plotting alongside Machiavelli.

The centro storico of Florence is small and easy to get around on foot. Dubbed by many as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.

As well as stunning art and architecture, there is plenty of retail therapy to be enjoyed too. Stroll down the Via de' Tornabuoni if designer labels are your thing or visit the mercato centrale and soak up the local atmosphere.

You can opt to be in the thick of things (and most of the best places to stay in Florence listed here are) or head for the hills that fringe the city where, especially in summer, you will find relief from the heat and dust (and maybe even a swimming pool) but remain within a pigeon's spit of the sights.

The Best Places to stay in Florence

Town Centre

Casa Howard is a chic B&B guesthouse also situated in a Florentine palazzo. Owned by textile designers, their forte is very much in evidence in all of the individually designed rooms. With fresh flowers everywhere and honesty bars on each floor, it definitely has the feel of a home from home.

Palazzo Niccollini al Duomo is a fabulous property choc a block with original features and furniture, in an unbeatable location. Family owned and run, it is a spectacular residence overlooking the Duomo. There is no restaurant on site, but the family also own a restaurant, which happens to be next door.

Outskirts

For families, the Marignolle Relais & Charm is a ten minute cab journey from central Florence and has an outside pool in a lush garden to plunge into when you return hot and dusty from the city.

Other top choices in the outskirts include the Pensione Bencista, a family run property in Fiesole. It offers stunning views over the city, lovely gardens and a brand new spa.

For a spot of understated luxury in the outskirts, book a room at the Villa San Michele. Converted from a 15th century monastery, it boasts glorious terraced gardens with breathtaking views over the city and a large pool.

For Luxury

The Four Seasons Hotel housed in a Renaissance palazzo has got the lot - frescoes, elaborate stucco work, sculptures and grand public spaces. Deep pockets and the ability to walk the short distance back from the centre are essential.

For a lovely riverside location the Ferragamo-owned Hotel Lungarno is perfect with elegant modern interiors.

For something with more of a boutique feel the JK Place Hotel with its excellent rooftop terrace would fit the bill. where all rooms are spacious suites.

B&Bs and Guesthouses

For our full list of the best B&Bs and guest houses in Florence see our separate collection.

The hip Riva Lofts located by the river, outside the central zone, offer guests bicycles to make the journey into the city.

The three star Loggiato dei Serviti has great value 'Room With A View' type bedrooms in a former convent.

The Antica Dimora is suitable for families and nearer the centre of town. The Villa Antea is a good value, quiet family run B & B in the North of the city.

Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Florence and start to plan your stay. Please feel free to call or email a friendly guru for advice. Contact

 
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  • Palazzo Vecchietti

    Florence

    15th century distinguished Palazzo named after the family that once lived here, right in the heart of Florence. Dante called it 'Paradiso'. Now divided into fourteen luxurious and exquisitely decorated suites and apartments, some with terraces, high ceilings and views. Perfect for art lovers.

    14 rooms
    Walking distance restaurants  -  The concierge willl advise and book lunch or dinner for guests in one of Florence's many wonderful restaurants
    B+B  -  Breakfast is served in the elegant dining room at a large oval table
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the heart of Florence close to all major attractions
    Self catering to rent  -  Luxurious self-catering apatments come with small kitchenettes
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Hotel Home

    Florence

    Slick modern minimalism set within traditional Renaissance architecture. All white rooms and suites with wooden floors and all the mod cons. Small gym, massages and a hot tub, Tuscan snack menu, and stunning panoramic views from the terrace. A lively little spot, refreshingly cool.

    39 rooms from $92
    City Style  -  Slick modern minimalism in a traditional Renaissance building.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Spa  -  In-room treatments on request.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
  • N4U

    Florence City Center

    Brightly styled with keen prices in a super central b+b. Art deco touches with eclectic antiques add character. Spacious, quirky and good value, with some large frescoed rooms.

    5 rooms from $90
    Designer Shopping  -  Steps from the Via Roma and Via dei Calzaiuoli
    Sights nearby  -  One minute from the Duomo
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Hotel Rosso 23

    Florence

    A noble building renovated in contemporary style. Modern bedrooms and living areas all in reds, blacks, and greys. Lovely inner courtyard and breakfast room. A great choice for those on a budget.

    45 rooms from $97
    Sights nearby  -  Within wallking distance of the Duomo, Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio
    Views  -  Superior rooms all enjoy great views over the city
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Antica Dimora Johlea

    Florence

    Boutique flair and eclectic romance throughout this stunning hotel. Canopied four poster beds, splashes of vintage colour, and DVD players. Spectacular views of the city's panorama from the roof top terrace. Very romantic, stylish, and excellently positioned.

    6 rooms from $101
    Romantic Break  -  Stunning rooms and unbeatable views.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Luxury
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Michelin Travel
  • Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort

    Vicchio di Mugello, Tuscany

    Gorgeous country house olive estate in the Tuscan hills. Timeless rooms, suites, family suites, and apartments have canopied beds, killim rugs, antique artworks and glorious views over cypresses and olive groves. Excellent restaurant, art and cookery classes.

    14 rooms from $108
    Groups
    Families
    Great walks  -  Wide selection of walks on the doorstep
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the Mugello Valley
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Hotel Monna Lisa

    Florence

    Utterly romantic Florentine palace. A Renaissance dwelling with the atmosphere of another age. Period decor, sculptures, and original paintings in beautiful rooms and suites with private balconies. Lovely garden and breakfast courtyard. An (art) lovers choice.

    45 rooms from $120
    Value chic
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the heart of the city you can reach most major sights on foot
    Local markets  -  Visit the San Lorenzo or Pulci markets
  • Relais Grand Tour & Suites

    Florence

    Charming, homely B&B with pretty bedrooms attached to an old 18th century theatre. Family pictures/antiques. Central position for sights. Breakfast in a cafe close by.

    65 rooms from $130
    Local markets  -  Close to San Lorenzo Market.
    Sights nearby  -  Next to the Accademia.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Villa Fiesole

    Florence

    A lovely traditional villa in the hills overlooking Florence. Traditional rooms with parquet floors, fireplaces, creamy hues, and private balconies. Restaurant, meeting room, terraces and swimming pool. Great value, very romantic.

    32 rooms from $134
    Romantic Break
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool heated in September and October
    Sights nearby  -  Only 15 minutes from the centre of Florence
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Villa Rucellai

    Florence (Prato)

    Family run bed and breakfast on the outskirts of Florence, in an 18th century villa, with its own vines and olive groves. Full of family antiques and pictures. Simple comforts, full of character. A wonderful countryside spot from which to explore the region.

    11 rooms from $135
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Full of character
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci

    Florence

    Two floors of a converted 15th-century palazzo with an Edwardian feel, just off the main centre. Creaky floors, antiques, traditional rooms with views, surrounded by designer shops.

    50 rooms from 100
    Views  -  From some rooms and the roof terrace.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Johansens
  • Antica Dimora Firenze

    Florence

    Charming and stylish guest house in a great location near the Duomo, with antiques, four posters and pretty decorative details. Homely, good value and suitable for families.

    6 rooms from $135
    Sights nearby  -  A short walk to the Duomo.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Hermitage

    Florence

    Fabulous views over the top of the Ponte Vecchio and across the 'Centro storico'. Compact elegant rooms, filled with antiques. Lovely sitting room and roof terrace breakfasts.

    18 rooms from $169
    Roof terrace  -  With spectacular views.
    Views  -  From most of the rooms.
    Sights nearby  -  Could not be more central.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Villa Antea

    Florence

    Tranquil bed and breakfast in a lovely villa with elegant interiors in the north of the city, great value with spacious rooms. Charming and family run, with parking.

    6 rooms from $148
    Owner managed  -  Been in the same family since 1887
    Off centre  -  15 minute walk to the centre.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Casa Howard

    Florence

    Super chic and intimate B&B in an elegant Florentine palazzo, run by textile designers. Each room different, some small, but all stylish. Central location, a magical stay.

    13 rooms from $151
    Exclusive offer  -  Save 20%
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Full of character
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Floroom

    Florence

    Chic boutique B&B with just four bedrooms. White walls, black parquet floors, wooden beam ceilings and splashes of modern art. A great city spot, and great value.

    4 rooms from $162
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Located just behind the Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, CN Traveller
  • Palazzo Galletti

    Florence

    Great value for money in an elegant palazzo, with two lovely frescoed suites, the rest semi contemporary. Spacious rooms, quiet, away from the bustle.

    11 rooms from $162
    Artworks  -  Contemporary art is exhibited throughout the Palazzo
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Relais Uffizi

    Florence

    A beautiful hotel on a peaceful piazza. An historical building with romantic rooms and suites that exude traditional elegance. Four poster beds, pastel walls, paintings and soft lighting. Wonderfully located, family friendly, very characterful.

    12 rooms from $197
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Romantic Break
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Tenuta Le Viste

    Florence (loc. Mosciano, Scandicci)

    A traditional hotel set in the Tuscan hills. Charming rooms have antiques and rustic features. Outstanding Tuscan cuisine, pool and garden with hydrangeas, pomegranate trees and roses. Views over Florence which is a few minutes drive away. A perfect Italian country weekend for couple or families.

    4 rooms from $205
    Foodies  -  Guided trips to Castello di Verrazzano, gardens and the wine vaults, followed by wine tasting. Olive picking also available
    Country Escape  -  17th century villa has olive trees, cashmere goats, homing pigeons, pool and excursions to Tuscan towns
    Sights nearby  -  Siena, Volterra, San Gimignano, or other historical towns like Arezzo, Pistoia, Pisa, Lucca
    Views  -  Rooftops of Florence
  • Marignolle Relais & Charme

    Florence

    Relaxed country retreat with pool 10 minutes by cab from central Florence, a great choice for families and in summer. Pretty country house feel, lovely gardens.

    9 rooms from $175
    Exclusive offer  -  Exclusive Advanced Booking Offer
    Garden  -  Large flower filled garden
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool in summer months
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Johansens
  • Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo

    Florence

    Exceptional and historic private palazzo overlooking the Duomo. Antiques, family portraits and frescos, authentic and full of character. A spectacular residence.

    10 rooms from $202
    Exclusive offer  -  Maximise your stay
    Antiques  -  Stuffed full of antiques with wall and ceiling frescoes and family portraits galore
    Views  -  Spectacular views of the Duomo from suites.
    Elegant
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Berchielli

    Florence

    Charming riverside hotel with a fabulous garden roof terrace overlooking the rooftops of Florence. Traditional rooms and suites in pastels colours with marble floors and river views. Understated, but classic.

    76 rooms from $202
    Sights nearby  -  A stones throw from the Uffizi Gallery
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Villa le Piazzole

    Florence

    A beautiful old Italian country house converted into a range of apartments and villas. Panoramic views of the countryside around. Elegant interiors have stone floors, four poster beds, and paintings on the walls. Restaurant, pool, and self-catering. A perfect choice for a family.

    14 rooms from $202
    Families  -  Villas to rent.
    Romantic Break
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Pensione Bencistà

    Florence

    Endearing, traditional and full of character and antiques, this family run pensione is out of town in Fiesole, but a great choice in the heat of summer, with charming gardens and a new spa.

    40 rooms from $213
    Garden  -  Beautiful terraced gardens overlooking Florence.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Michelin Travel
  • Le Stanze de Santa Croce

    Florence

    A cheerful B&B, also available for exclusive use. A more affordable option for Florence if travelling as a group of 8. Brightly coloured rooms and a lovely breakfast terrace.

    4 rooms from $216
    Value chic
    Cooking classes  -  Visit the local markets, then learn to cook your purchases
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Torre di Bellosguardo

    Florence

    Breathtakingly beautiful villa, previously a private home, overlooking Florence from its hilltop perch. Desperately romantic with a warm and informal atmosphere. Enormous rooms and suites with frescoed ceilings and four poster beds.

    16 rooms from $216
    Luxury
    Romantic Break
    Honeymoons
    Views  -  Stunning views over the city of Florence
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Villa Tolomei

    Florence

    14th century frescoed villa five minutes from the centre of Florence. Villa Tolomei is a Five Star hotel set in a peaceful 20 hectares with olives groves and vineyards, a spa, outdoor pool, lovely gardens and a wonderful restaurant. Beautiful views overlooking the city.

    31 rooms from $229
    Outstanding location  -  In a tranquil setting, the beauiful cty of Florence with its exceptional churches, galleries, art and shopping is close by
    Restaurant  -  The Il Conventino a Marignolle restaurant, offers exquisite Tuscan cuisine using fresh produce from the estate
    Views  -  Fantastic views over Florence and the Arno Valley
    Sit-out Terrace
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Hotel degli Orafi

    Florence

    Very special Florentine hotel on the riverside. The ballroom breakfast room features original frescoes covering the vaulted ceiling. Beautiful terrace roof bar, cosy library, and lovely rooms and suites with river views. A classical spot in Florence.

    42 rooms from $250
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance to all of Florence's main attractions
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Inpiazzadellasignorina

    Florence

    A sophisticated townhouse hotel with a selection of rooms, suites, and apartments. Beautiful interiors have boutique decoration, paintings on the wall, some with four poster beds, pretty fabrics, and views over the square. Small gym, sauna, and spa therapies. Stylish, romantic, family friendly.

    10 rooms from $322
    Families  -  Triples and apartments for four people.
    Luxury
    Romantic Break
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • Grand Hotel Villa Cora

    Florence

    Exclusive Baroque splendour in Florence with beautiful pool and landscaped gardens. Luxurious bedrooms and starred restaurant.

    46 rooms from $322
    Bar  -  Popular with locals.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Spa
  • Loggiato dei Serviti

    Florence

    Delightful, antique filled hotel in a former convent. Great value, romantic 'room with a view' bedrooms, spacious and full of character.

    43 rooms from $277
    Views  -  Views across to Brunelleschi's Ospedale degli Innocenti
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Michelin Travel
  • Be One

    Florence

    Small boutique chic hotel in central Florence. All-white rooms, suites, and a penthouse with dark oak floors and splashes of colourful modern art. Some rooms have kitchenettes, and the penthouse sleeps four. A great choice for movers and shakers or those looking for more privacy.

    5 rooms from $283
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Central location with most attractions within walking distance
    Cooking classes  -  Learn the ins and outs of Tuscan cuisine
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Riva Lofts

    Florence

    Hip, contemporary riverside suites with an outdoor pool and bicycles for getting to the centre (30 mins walk). Many suites have kitchens. Designer chic, a tranquil haven from the bustle.

    8 rooms from $283
    Bicycles available  -  Collection of cycles for guests' use
    Views  -  Views of the Arno.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Kiwi Collection
  • Gallery Hotel Art

    Florence

    Fabulous design hotel in central Florence. Contemporary art, high couture, and the comforts of a luxury hotel. Chic bedrooms and suites with views over Florence from private terraces. City style and art combined.

    74 rooms from $291
    Artworks
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Strozzi
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
  • Residenza d’Epoca in Piazza della Signoria

    Florence

    Upmarket, traditionally furnished guesthouse in the city's best-known square, with self catering apartments to rent as well. Frescoed ceilings, stone walls, and parquet floors. Superb position, highly popular, with great bathrooms. A great choice for couples, families and groups.

    11 rooms from $337
    Sights nearby  -  Perfect position to walk everywhere.
    Lively  -  On the busy Piazza Signoria.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors
  • Continentale

    Florence

    A romantically decorated hotel. And yet, it is also a catwalk for the fashionable and the desired in the heart of Florence. Light open spaces, outdoor sitting areas with magnificent views, and a luxurious spa.

    43 rooms from 279
    Elegant  -  Florentine architect Michele Bönan evokes harmony, simplicity, and fantasy.
    Views  -  Celestial views of Florence's skyline.
    Roof terrace  -  Magnificent Sky Lounge Bar.
    Chic
  • Palazzo Magnani Feroni

    Florence

    Huge, luxurious suites with sitting rooms and frescos, and a stunning roof terrace in a magnificent palazzo south of the river. Elegant, historic, full of art - super romantic.

    12 rooms from $378
    Roof terrace  -  With panoramic views across the city.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  5 minutes walk from the Ponte Vecchio
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Johansens
  • Il Salviatino

    Florence (Fiesole)

    Extremely luxurious, extremely romantic. A 15th century palazzo set in the hills above Florence. Lavish bedrooms and suites with oak floors, vaulted ceilings, and artworks. A spa, restaurants, and spectacular valley views.

    45 rooms from $409
    Views  -  Stunning views of Florence and the Tuscan countryside
    Honeymoons
    Romantic Break
    Cooking classes  -  Cookery lessons available for adults and children
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
  • Helvetia & Bristol

    Florence

    Old-style luxury with a hint of hip. Traditional grand dame, with belle epoque elegance, heavy in chintz and drapes. Excellent for families and close to designer shopping.

    67 rooms from $429
    Designer Shopping  -  Via Tournabuoni steps away.
    Cooking classes  -  Special cookery packages available
    Sights nearby  -  A stone's throw from the Duomo
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Michelin Travel
  • JK Place Hotel

    Florence

    Intimate and stylish boutique hotel with the feeling of a private house - understated luxury, discreet service, in a good position, quiet. Lovely rooftop terrace and suite.

    20 rooms from $472
    Views  -  From the roof terrace.
    Chic
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Full of character
  • Hotel Lungarno

    Florence

    Elegant and stylish riverside hotel with terrific views. The best rooms have terraces overlooking the Arno. Smart interior design and a lively bar and restaurant.

    73 rooms from $486
    Views  -  Views of the river and the Ponte Vecchio.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Hotel Savoy

    Florence

    Luxurious hotel in the heart of the city, with stylish and contemporary rooms in an historic palazzo. Super central, fine dining, good for families.

    102 rooms from $540
    Elegant  -  Styled by Olga Polizzi
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the Duomo, a short walk from the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Four Seasons Firenze

    Florence

    Unique frescoed palazzo in stunning gardens with a pool. Four Seasons luxury, off centre but pampering with a spa and fine dining. A haven.

    116 rooms from $796
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor with views of the gardens
    Spa
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
  • Villa San Michele

    Florence

    Understated luxury in a 15th-century monastery, one of Italy's best hotels. Elegant, in superb grounds with views of Florence, fine dining and a panoramic pool.

    46 rooms from $1160
    Views  -  Lovely views of Florence in the valley.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely panoramic pool
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Kiwi Collection

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