The 5 Best Hotels on Florence’s Oltrarno

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Hugging the ‘other’ side of the Arno - the opposite side from the Duomo and the Uffuzi - is Florence’s Oltrarno area. Long and narrow, this stretch isn’t just where the Ponte Vecchio goes to, this is where you’ll find the Palazzo Pitti, the Brancacci Chapel, the Boboli gardens and the church of Santo Spirito. And once you factor in the daily morning market in the green and pretty square in front of the Santo Spirito church, the traditional artisans' workshops and the lively vibe of an evening, you might think the best hotels on Florences Oltrarno are some of the best in Florence, period. And our recommendations for the 5 best hotels on Florence's Oltrarno certainly are.

The Oltrarno is a great place to stay if you want to give yourself a good chance of experiencing the real modern Florence as well as the historic one. The Oltrarno sits somewhere in the middle. The Boboli Gardens - all 11 acres of it - makes this a great place for families to stay too, it’s the largest public park in central Florence, based around a 16th century layout and packed with fantastic sculptures, including an incredible man-made grotto. The gardens are attached to the splendid Palazzo Pitti, home to an incredible art collection which includes works by Titian, Rubens, Raphael and Correggio, plus some surprising modern art.

The Brancacci Chapel is a great place to visit, it’s got a fresco painted by Masaccio, often called the father of the Renaissance.

The 5 Best Hotels on Florence’s Oltrarno

The Best Palazzo Hotels on Florence's Oltrarno

Palazzo Magnani Feroni

  • The Palazzo Magnani Feroni is a magnificent Renaissance palace turned luxury hotel, with 12 indulgently large rooms and suites decorated with frescoes and elegant antiques. Breakfast is served in the courtyard and drinks on the rooftop. And there’s a private butler service.
  • For something still beautiful, but less grand, consider the Adastra Suites, a converted 16th century palazzo with nine rooms overlooking a peaceful, folly-strewn garden. Rooms are large and the decor is a clever mix of modern and retro, and there’s a lovely terrace.

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Hotel Lungarno

  • For a lovely riverside location the Ferragamo-owned Hotel Lungarno, with its with elegant modern interiors and views of the Arno, is perfect.

The Best Modern Hotels on Florence's Oltrarno

Soprarno Suites

  • The Soprarno Suites are a collection of ten, individually designed and decorated rooms, just around the corner from the Palazzo Pitti and about ten minutes stroll from the Ponte Vecchio. Plenty of care has been taken over the details and hipsters would really appreciate that.
  • If you love the beauty of Florence's architecture, but prefer something more modern when it comes to your own space, Floroom is for you. The decor in these four rooms is monochrome, splashed with modern art and you're right in the heart of town, just behind the Ponte Vecchio.

If you haven’t found your idea of the best hotels on Florence’s Oltrarno on our Guru’s list you could:

The 5 Best Hotels on Florence’s Oltrarno

  • Palazzo Magnani Feroni Florence (Tuscany) 12 rooms from £346

    Honeymoons  -  An elegant Palazzo fit for royalty, with private butler service, champagne breakfast, palatial suites & magnificant furnishings.
    City Style  -  Each suite has a salon big enough to hold a cocktail party in, plus painted ceilings, marble fireplaces and fabulous antiques.
    Local markets  -  Explore the Medieval streets of Oltrarno, traditionally home to Florence's milliners, silk-weavers and leather-makers.
    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk from the historical Ponte Vecchio.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors

    An magnificent Renaissance Palace, turned luxurious hotel, south of the river. Indulgently large suites are packed with frescoes, elegant antiques and historic charm. Enjoy breakfast in the courtyard or drinks on the rooftop. Manages to retain and enhance the private Palazzo feel. See More

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  • AdAstra Suites Florence 9 rooms from £124

    Hideaway  -  This tranquil ancestral mansion is tucked away in pretty gardens offering a perfect city escape
    City Style  -  A stylish mix of old world charm and bold contemporary flare
    Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from Pitti Palace and the Ponte Vecchio.
    Full of character

    Peaceful retreat in a 16th-century palazzo overlooking a romantic, folly-strewn garden. Rooms are vast and mix original features with retro furnishings and modern art; a great place to relax with a drink on the terrace after a day’s sight-seeing. See More

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  • Hotel Lungarno Florence (Tuscany) 73 rooms from £351

    Local markets  -  Leather markets, food stalls, clothes markets and more make up the streets in the summer months.
    Sights nearby  -  Ponte Vecchio is a stone marble medieval bridge over the River Arno and is closeby.
    Views  -  Views of the River Arno and the Ponte Vecchio.
    Outstanding location  -  On the River Arno.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel, Tablet

    Elegance and style are what encompass this fantastic hotel located right on the River Arno. Boutiquey rooms feature unique artworks yet all the amenities of a chain. The best rooms boast terraces overlooking the river. The Borgo San Jacopo Restaurant comes well recommended by all. See More

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  • Soprarno Suites Florence (Tuscany) 11 rooms from £117

    City Style  -  Situated in the heart of Florence this stylish hotel provides the perfect base in a stylish city.
    Value chic  -  With great deals this property provides a fashionable stay for excellent value.
    Sights nearby  -  The Renaissance masterpiece, Palazzo Pitti, is located just round the corner from the property. 10 mins from the Ponte Vecchio
    Local markets  -  The San Lorenzo has a variety of local produce and handmade goods.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Not only are each of this hotel's 10 bedrooms uniquely decorated, they draw from different centuries. Intricate Renaissance ceiling work juxtaposed with bold wall lights & retro furniture. Enjoy a hearty continental breakfast before stepping out the door into the heart of Florence. A hipster haunt! See More

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  • Floroom Florence 4 rooms from £104

    Groups  -  With just four rooms, this is a great option for groups wanting to rent out a place in its entirety
    City Style  -  Chic contemporary monochrome style set against the building's original features, a trendy stay
    Sights nearby  -  Located just behind the Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, CN Traveller

    Chic boutique B&B with just four bedrooms. White walls, black parquet floors, wooden beam ceilings and splashes of modern art. Perfectly located in the heart of the city this is a convenient city spot, and great value too. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Tuesday, 19th March 2019