A Room with a View: The 20 Best B&Bs in Florence

Palazzo Vecchietti

Stroll any Florentine strada and you'll come across places to lay your head. Some are well advertised, but some of the grandest hotels and best B&Bs in Florence are hidden behind courtyards with tiny, inconspicuous entrances, so you may not even realise you're passing these exclusive homes-from-home. Florence, unsurprisingly, is one of the most expensive cities in Italy, so B&Bs can be an extremely cost effective way to stay in Florentine style. For this reason our experts have searched behind these entrances and courtyards to find 20 of the best B&Bs in Florence from chic boutique stays to luxurious converted palazzos and pretty much everything inbetween!

For Location

Residenza dEpoca

  • The Residenza d’Epoca is in an incredible spot; its ten rooms occupy the upper floors of a private house on the edge of the Piazza della Signoria. There are few rooms in town with a better view than those on the square side of this B&B, and the three family-sized apartments at the top of the building all have fantastic views. Interiors are traditional and unfussy with a focus on heritage and comfort. Run by the friendly owners, it also provides an excellent daily breakfast.
  • The Residenza Sassetti is right in the heart of Florence, ideal for sightseeing and browsing the bountiful choice of restaurants and bars. Its five classical, yet minimalist, rooms are comfortable, with tasteful artwork, and the sort of contemporary, stone bathrooms most homes would be proud of. And the rates are extremely reasonable.
  • The KF Deluxe B&B is a simply, but luxuriously decorated B&B on the Piazza della Republica. Its six rooms and suites are bright and airy, with large windows and pale parquet flooring. The art is period, but the decor is quite contemporary, and the best rooms have incredible city views. An American style breakfast is served in the dining room.

For Traditional Florentine Charm

Palazzo Vecchietti

  • The Palazzo Vecchietti is a distinguished 15th century palazzo named for its former family, and referred to by Dante as ‘Paradiso’. Today its high ceilings, terraces and courtyard are a beautiful guesthouse, littered with art, and divided into fourteen suites and apartments. All are blessed with a myriad of original features, some high ceilings, some exposed beams, some tiles, some terraces, and some views.

For Florentine Grandeur

Loggiato dei Serviti

  • Built in 1517 to be used as a convent, Loggiato dei Serviti is one of the most prestigious historic residences in Florence. Add to this its views across the Piazza SS Annunciata to Brunelleschi's Ospendale deli Innocenti, its impressive antiques collection, its rich fabrics and parquet floors, and you have one of the best B&Bs in Florence if you're after class, character and original features. Several of the 37 rooms and suites have four-poster beds, and breakfasts are served in the courtyard by attentive, knowledgable staff.

For Historic Florence


  • N4U occupies a thousand year old tower just off the Piazza De Donati, which is moments from the Piazza della Republica. Some of its rooms are on the lower levels, and are styled with comfortable contemporary details, or parquet floors and original frescoes, but some are vaulted with brick, offering a really unusual place to stay.
  • Converted from an 18th century theatre, Relais Grand Tour & Suites is a super special feeling owner-managed B&B with seven beautiful rooms and suites. If you're a fan of exposed beams, frescoes and murals, hand-painted tiles, and access to a beautiful courtyard space, then this is a property to consider. This is a good pick for families and groups, because some of the rooms have configuration potential… Breakfast is served in a cafe close by.

For Families

Casa Howard

  • Casa Howard has long been one of our favourite places to stay in Florence, offering beautiful accommodation in an intimate arrangement of just 13 unique rooms and suites, in a perfect spot close to everything. We love the great value too. And it’s very family friendly; the famliy suite comes with a climbing wall (!) and a library full of Disney's finest films.
  • Black 5 is a stylishly simple six room guesthouse about 500 metres from the Uffizi Gallery. There are six rooms, all individually decorated — the most spacious have private balconies and mezzanine levels with living space, and the most romantic have four-poster beds.
  • La Fonderia is in a peaceful spot, close to the Arno River and just outside central Florence. Its five rooms are spacious, and styled with bold coloured vintage finds and industrial accents. Our favourite rooms have private terraces with pretty views, and the largest sleep up to four comfortably, so they’re great for families. There’s a communal garden too.

For Italian Chic

Porcellino Gallery and BandB

  • On the first floor of the 16th century Palazzo Cavalcanti, the Porcellino Gallery Art Boutique B&B is a boutique-feeling B&B with five spacious rooms and suites. The decor varies room to room, but there are a lot of period details. like painted ceilings, wood panels and tiled floors. There’s also a small, but very charming, gallery onsite.
  • Alfieri9 is a charming boutique hotel-feeling B&B in a leafy spot on the edge of Florence’s historic centre. Converted from an elegant townhouse, these eight rooms and suites have been individually decorated in a vintage-chic contemporary style, using a collection of retro and modern design pieces, and lively wallpapered feature walls. There’s a great breakfast room and comfortable communal areas.

For Design Chic

La Maison du Sage

  • La Maison du Sage is a beautiful building, with five bright, spacious and beautiful guest rooms awash with striking Art Deco furniture. Breakfast is served in a chic breakfast room, and you can see from this photo how close La Maison is to some of the historic highlights of Florence.

For Romance

Velonas Jungle

  • Velona’s Jungle has just four luxurious suites, all designed with a wildlife theme, but all different, and packed with fantastic animal prints, vintage furniture and objets d’art. The location is elegant and offers easy access to all the main sights, it’s right opposite the historic Teatro dell'Opera and just a fifteen minute amble from the Ponte Vecchio, but it’s also quite residential — a perfect place to retreat back to.

For a City Break

Le Stanze de Santa Croce

  • If you’re here for the contemporary cultural scene, to eat well and attend chic events, then you might want more of a city break style B&B like Le Stanze de Santa Croce. With fresh, bright, contemporary interiors, and just four rooms, we’d also recommend this property if you’re travelling as a group — you could easily book the whole thing. There’s no restaurant, but they serve breakfast on a beautiful terrace.

For Great Value

Palazzo Galletti

  • The Palazzo Galletti is an elegant, Neo-Classical palazzo built in 1931, but with elegant wall murals and decorations that make it feel far more historic. Eleven of its rooms and suites now make up the guesthouse, nine of which have cosy but smart semi-contemporary decor, and two of which are spectacular (vast, and painted with wonderful frescoes). So this is an affordable, but also, if you opt for one of the grand rooms, an extremely special place to stay. There’s no restaurant, and breakfast is served in your room.
  • Charmingly traditional and only 10 minutes from the Duomo, the Antica Dimora Firenze is one of the best B&Bs in Florence if you're looking for good value. There are only six rooms in this delightfully chintz-tastic guest house, several have four poster beds and all are airy and fresh feeling.
  • The San Giuliano Inn is an affordable, yet stylish, six room B&B in the historic centre of Florence. Each of the rooms is uniquely decorated, but they’re all simple and contemporary, with wooden floors and crisp linens — our favourites have views over the heart of the city. There’s a shared kitchen for guests.

Still not sure where to book?

  • You could refine your search to the best hotels in Florence’s Centro Storico, the best hotels in the hills of Florence, or the best hotels on Florence’s Oltrarno
  • Or you could expand your search to include our recommendations for all the best places to stay in Florence
  • Alternatively, contact one of our friendly Gurus for personalised advice.
    • Residenza d’Epoca in Piazza della Signoria Florence (Tuscany) 10 rooms from £180

      Local exploring  -  Well located in the heart of the historic city with sights such as the Accademia Gallery within walking distance
      Families  -  With three apartments sleeping upto four, this is a great choice for small families
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Piazza della Signoria, Neptune's Fountain and the Palazzo Vecchio
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
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      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors

      Imagine waking up in Piazza della Signoria surrounded by history, comfort, frescoed ceilings, stonewalls, and parquet floors. Highly popular, family run B&B offers the true 'Florence' experience from classic rooms to delicious communal breakfast. A great choice for couples, families and groups. See More

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    • Palazzo Galletti Florence (Tuscany) 11 rooms from £86

      Honeymoons  -  Take the Cerere suite, with incredible top to toe frescoes, linger over breakfast in bed and indulge at the spa- bliss!
      Sights nearby  -  A five minute walk brings you to the famed Il Duomo di Firenze, a must see.
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
      Full of character
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      1931 elegant Neo-Classical Palazzo now boutique B&B offering great value rooms, prime location and romantic interiors. Two beautifully intact frescoed suites, the rest semi contemporary rooms, all have breakfast in room. Quiet, intimate location is perfect for a romantic break and city exploring. See More

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    • Velona's Jungle Florence 4 rooms from £172

      Local exploring  -  You're well placed to have easy access to all of Florence's main highlights
      Sights nearby  -  Close to the Opera House, the Leopolda and Fortezza da Basso exhibition centers
      Full of character  -  With its quirky jungle designs, this property oozes with character
      Restrictions on children  -  This is an adults only property
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      Velona's Jungle offers just four luxurious suites all designed with a wildlife theme. The decor is bold with animal prints aplenty, complemented by vintage objets d'art and antique furnishings. Located in an elegant residential neighbourhood, yet close to all the sights. Perfect for romantics. See More

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    • Loggiato dei Serviti Florence (Tuscany) 37 rooms from £151

      Local exploring  -  Perfectly situated within walking distance from many of Florence's main attractions including the Galleria dell'Accademia
      Views  -  Views across to Brunelleschi's Ospedale degli Innocenti
      Charming  -  This 15th Century building oozes Italian charm
      Sights nearby  -  Discover the Ospedale degli Innocenti built in 1419 by none other than Brunelleschi for the orphans of Florence.
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      Recommended by  -  Frommers, Michelin Travel

      16th Century convent transformed into a delightful, antique filled boutique hotel. Rooms with views provide both comfort and value. Breakfast is served in the courtyard by attentive and knowledgeable staff. Magical stay in the heart of Florence. See More

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    • Antica Dimora Firenze Florence (Tuscany) 6 rooms from £121

      Value chic  -  Perfect location, top service and comfortable rooms. From as little as €87 per night B&B.
      Local exploring  -  Just ten minutes from the Duomo and the rest of Florence is easily accessible on foot.
      Sights nearby  -  Next door to Renaissance Palazzo Pandolfini and gardens, just 10 mins walk from the Duomo.
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      Charming hospitality welcomes guests to this stylish, owner-run B&B in a prime location near the Duomo. Four poster beds, antiques and decorative detailing is a delight to wake up to. Perfect for families or couples - a home away from home that won't break the bank. See More

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    • Le Stanze de Santa Croce Florence 4 rooms from £87

      Sights nearby  -  The Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia, the Cathedral or the Old Bridge are all no more than a 10 minute walk from the property
      Groups  -  With just four rooms this is a great choice for groups looking to rent a property in its entirety
      Families  -  One of the rooms sleeps three people, ideal for small families
      Cooking classes  -  Visit the local markets, then learn to cook your purchases
      Recommended by  -  I Escape

      A cheerful boutique B&B set in the heart of Florence. Brightly coloured rooms have a chic contemporary feel. Start your day on the lovely breakfast terrace. With just four rooms and the option of renting out the whole property, this is a great option for groups. See More

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    • Residenza Sassetti Florence (Uffizi) 5 rooms from £113

      Value chic  -  Elegant and thoughtfully decorated rooms, in the heart of the city, without the crazy Florentine price tag.
      Local exploring  -  A historic and charming hotel, a stones throw from the Piazza della Repubblica and all the main sights.
      Local markets  -  Florence boasts some of the best shopping in Italy, be sure to check out the central market.
      Sights nearby  -  One minute walk from the Piazza della Repubblica and the Florence Cathedral.
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      Lovely B&B right in the heart of Florence. The minimalist rooms are comfortable with tasteful artwork hanging on the walls. The central location is ideal for sightseeing and browsing the bountiful choice of restaurants and bars. Low cost and great location, an unmissable combination. See More

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    • San Giuliano Inn Florence (San Lorenzo) 6 rooms from £95

      Local exploring  -  This B&B is perfectly located for exploring local attractions, with the Mercato di San Lorenzo just 50m away
      Families  -  Families can book adjoining rooms and/or have a triple room, which makes this B&B a great option
      Romantic Break  -  Couples will fall in love with this traditional B&B and its idyllic surroundings
      Local markets  -  Explore the neighbouring Mercato di San Lorenzo, a lively street market with traditional vendors
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      This contemporary and stylish B&B is located in a heritage building in the heart of Florence. The individually styled rooms are simple and elegant, boasting crisp linens and wooden floors; the best rooms offer a view over the historic centre. Guests can enjoy the use of a shared kitchen. Charming. See More

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    • Black 5 Florence (Uffizi) 6 rooms from £108

      Local exploring  -  Sitting in the historical centre of Florence, this hotel is a perfect base for starting your local sightseeing
      Romantic Break  -  Book a room with a four-poster bed for added luxury on your romantic getaway at this guesthouse
      City Style  -  The hotel's heritage building and vintage interior design give it plenty of city style
      Local markets  -  See how the locals do it with a trip to the fresh fruit and vegetable market, Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio
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      This charming guesthouse is located in a heritage building in the historical centre of Florence, Santa Croce. Rooms are individually dressed with vintage-style design pieces, high ceilings and bright windows; the most spacious rooms have a balcony and mezzanine with living space. A stylish B&B. See More

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    • Alfieri9 Florence 8 rooms from £112

      City Style  -  A beautifully restored B&B with homely and elegant interiors, within walking distance of all of the city's main attractions
      Sights nearby  -  The hotel is ideally located within a short walk of the Museo dell'Accademia, Palazzo Vecchio, and Piazza Santa Croce
      Great walks  -  Ask at reception about one of the many walking tours offered around the San Marco area
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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      Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

      A homely and picturesque B&B right in the heart of old Florence. This beautifully restored boutique offers effortless style, from quirky wall art to elegant furnishings and funky light fixtures. There is an excellent breakfast and you are within walking distance of the best restaurants in Florence. See More

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    • N4U Florence (Tuscany) 5 rooms from £118

      Value chic  -  Affordable, centrally located, with beautiful city views, original domed brick ceilings, antique paintings and ceiling art.
      Sights nearby  -  Just one minute from the Duomo, the sybol of Florence, and under ten minutes from Michelangelo's David.
      Full of character
      House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
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      Centrally located family-friendly B&B in a historic tower over 1,000 years old. Art deco touches with eclectic antiques add character to the rooms. Breakfast is served in-room. This spacious, quirky B&B is great value and offers its own history with some large frescoed rooms. See More

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    • La Fonderia Florence (Santo Spirito) 5 rooms from £130

      Active Holiday  -  The hotel is bike friendly and offers free tools and safe bike storage, perfect for those on an active cycling holiday
      Families  -  Family suites are a great option for those travelling with children and can accommodate up to 4 people in total
      City Style  -  The unique, retro design of the rooms and great, central location give this hotel plenty of city style
      Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, a 15th-century church famous for its intricate frescoes
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      This unique B&B is located along the Arno River in central Florence. Rooms are individually styled, featuring vintage design pieces and industrial accents; the best have access to a private terrace with pretty views. Relax with a coffee in the B&B's tranquil interior garden; a stylish city break. See More

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    • La Maison du Sage Florence 5 rooms from £132

      City Style  -  The interiors perfectly mix traditional design with contemporary style
      Local exploring  -  Very close to the major city sights and buzzing bars and restaurants
      Local markets  -  Wander through the buzzing Mercato Centrale to soak in the atmosphere and for a tasty bite
      Sights nearby  -  The hotel is a mere five minutes' walk from the Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio
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      A gorgeous hotel in the heart of the city in a historic Liberty building. Interiors are decorated with an eclectic mix of statement furniture and bold artwork while large, bright rooms are stylish and comfortable with striking Art-Deco style pieces. The delicious breakfasts are a highlight. A treat! See More

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    • KF Deluxe B&B Florence (Uffizi) 6 rooms from £141

      Local exploring  -  Located in the midst of a bustling square in the heart of Florence, this is the perfect starting point for local exploring
      City Style  -  With rooms boasting original heritage features and 18th-century artworks, this hotel has reams of Florentine style
      Romantic Break  -  Couples fall in love with the airy rooms and mix of traditional and modern interior design
      Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, a 15th-century Dominican church renowned for its frescoes
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      This luxury B&B is located in Piazza della Repubblica in central Florence. Rooms are bright and elegant with large windows, wooden floors and period artworks; the best suites offer panoramic views of the city. Start the day with American breakfast in the smart dining room. A stylish heritage hotel. See More

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    • Relais Grand Tour & Suites Florence 7 rooms from £142

      Groups  -  Choose the Theater Apartment, which sleeps upto 7, for your very own apartment in the heart of the city
      Families  -  The Golden Suite has adjoining rooms making this a great option for those travelling with kids
      Local markets  -  The Market of San Lorenzo with its stands for clothing, shoes, and groceries is just two blocks away
      Sights nearby  -  The Cathedral is just a five-minute walk away and the Uffizi Gallery is easily accessible too
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      An elegant owner-managed B&B with stunning suites attached to an old 18th-century theatre. Spacious suites are all individually styled but expect frescoes, antiques, original wood ceilings, and handcrafted tiled bathrooms. Breakfasts are served in a cafe close by. Ideal for families or groups. See More

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    • Porcellino Gallery Art Boutique B&B Florence (Uffizi) 5 rooms from £336

      Romantic Break  -  Couples love the romantic, heritage setting of this hotel and the pretty on-site gallery
      Local exploring  -  Situated in the heart of Florence, this hotel makes a great base for local exploring
      City Style  -  Located in a 16th-century palazzo, this B&B has reams of Florentine style
      Sights nearby  -  Wander down to Piazza della Signoria, the central square in Florence dominated by the tower of Palazzo Vecchio
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      This boutique B&B is located on the first floor of the 16th-century Palazzo Cavalcanti. Rooms feature a blend of modern and period furnishings; original features abound, from painted ceilings and wood-panelled windows to tiled floors. Peruse the collection at the gallery. A unique heritage hotel. See More

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    • Palazzo Vecchietti Florence 14 rooms from £433

      Self catering  -  Luxurious self-catering apatments come with small kitchenettes, ideal for those who want to be self-sufficient
      Walking distance restaurants  -  The concierge willl advise and book lunch or dinner for guests in one of Florence's many wonderful restaurants
      Local exploring  -  perfectly placed beside Piazza della Repubblica and just a short walk from the city's major attractions
      Families  -  With connecting rooms and children under 6 staying for free, this is a great choice for families
      Recommended by  -  Tablet

      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. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 12th January 2022