The 10 Best Family Hotels in Florence

Florence is an incredibly special place to bring your family. The wealth of art, history and beauty in this small, walkable city is incredible. Plus there’s great gelato available every couple of steps, and the hills of Tuscany for a bit of a run around. Or the grounds of your villa, if you’re choosing from our Guru’s collection of the 10 best family hotels in Florence.

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If you’re bringing your family on a Tuscan summer fling, then you might want to stay on the hills outside the town, where it will be a bit quieter and you’ll definitely have access to a pool. But our Gurus have also come up with some wonderful suggestions for the best family hotels in Florence which are right in the thick of things, within a few little steps of the Duomo.

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If you’re travelling out of season then the huge number of hotels and guesthouses in Florence works in your favour, and you’ll find that some of the best family hotels in Florence have some very good seasonal deals.

The 10 Best Family Hotels in Florence

The Best Classic Family Hotels in Florence

Just because you have a family it doesn’t mean you don’t want to experience Florence for all its usual charms - the art, the food, the architecture, the romantic atmosphere.

Try the Casa Howard, a chic and intimate B&B in an elegant Florentine palazzo with 13 individually decorated and themed rooms, where they welcome visitors of all ages.

Casa Howard

Or for something quite palatial there’s the Palazzo Vecchietti, a 15th Century palace right in the heart of Florence. Dante called it ‘Paradiso’. It’s now divided into 14 luxurious suites and apartments with exquisite decorations and art, high ceilings and wonderful views.

Or, if your kids may appreciate a little bit more space, then the Villa Tolomei, a beautiful villa just five minutes drive from the centre of Florence, may be for you. It’s a small five star hotel, set in 20 peaceful hectares of olive groves and vineyards, with wonderful gardens, a lovely pool and spa and a fantastic Tuscan restaurant.

villa Tolomei

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If you want to be right in amongst it the Residenza d’Epoca in Piazza della Signoria - on the Plazza della Signoria along with the Palazzo Vecchio and Neptune’s Fountain - might be for your family. The ceilings are frescoed, the floors parquet, the rooms classical Florence and there’s an amazing communal breakfast.

Piazza della Signoria

N4U offers a similar meeting of historic Florence with family friendliness in a great location just one minute from the Duomo. This five room B&B has been converted from a thousand year old tower, and the result is a quirky, characterful collection of rooms with beautiful views and lovely original features.

Also well located, Be One is a good choice if your family would prefer something a bit more modern. Here there are five all-white boutique chic rooms and suites with dark oak floors and modern art. Some of the rooms have kitchenettes.

Be One

The Most Relaxing Family Hotels in Florence

Florence can be hectic in the busy season, so to really relax you might want to consider being a little out of town in neighbouring Fiesole.

You can see Florence from the terrace of the Pensione Bencistà, and from some of its 40 Tuscan style rooms, but you’re also surrounded by olive groves and charming gardens. There’s also a terrace restaurant.

Pensione Bencista

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Marignolle Relais et Charme is a superb option for families looking for the best of both worlds - it is surrounded by glorious countryside yet is only 15 minutes from the centre of Florence. Rooms are traditional in style with plenty of antiques and there's the bonus of an outdoor pool. There's no restaurant but light dinners can be provided on request.

Marignolle Relais et charme

On the hills overlooking Florence, the Torre di Bellosguardo, a beautiful private villa turned 16 room hotel, is a peaceful option with stunning views and palatial rooms.

Torre di Bellosguardo

The Best Value Family Hotels in Florence

The Antica Dimora Firenze is an owner run B&B with just six rooms, just 10 mins walk from the Duomo. You get the best of Florence, including four-poster beds, decorative details and antiques, plus breakfast, all starting from around €120 per night.

Still not sure which of our Guru’s recommendations for the 10 best hotels for families in Florence might be perfect for you?

The 10 Best Family Hotels in Florence

  • Residenza d’Epoca in Piazza della Signoria Florence (Tuscany) 10 rooms from £217

    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
    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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  • N4U Florence (Tuscany) 5 rooms from £95

    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.

    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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  • Be One Florence 5 rooms from £182

    Self catering to rent  -  The suites and penthouse have kitchenettes making this a great choice for those who enjoy being self-sufficient
    Art Classes  -  Art classes and photography courses are held at the property and art experts can be arranged for city tours
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly placed on the Piazza della Repubblica with many attractions just a stroll away
    Sights nearby  -  Central location with most attractions within walking distance
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • Palazzo Vecchietti Florence 14 rooms from £259

    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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  • Villa Tolomei Florence 31 rooms from £148

    Country Escape  -  Set in the picturesque Tuscan countryside yet with easy access to Florence, this property gives the best of both worlds
    Foodies  -  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

    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. See More

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  • Antica Dimora Firenze Florence (Tuscany) 6 rooms from £104

    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.
    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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  • Pensione Bencistà Florence (Tuscany) 40 rooms from £137

    Country Escape  -  This grand country house offers a quiet escape just outside of Florence
    Families  -  Spacious family suites are offered and even the dog is allowed!
    Intimate
    Sights nearby  -  You can see it from the terrace, but be sure to go into Florence for a day of exploring the local history
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Michelin Travel

    Traditional 14th Century villa full of character, antiques and history, rests in charming gardens overlooking Florence from neighbouring Fiesole. The Pension Bencista's classic style rooms ooze Tuscan elegance. Enjoy meals on the terrace overlooking the olive groves. See More

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  • Marignolle Relais & Charme Florence (Tuscany) 10 rooms from £181

    Local exploring  -  Surrounded by charming countryside and just 15 minutes from Florence- you get access to the best of both worlds here
    Wine tasting  -  Manager and sommelier, Lorenzo, organises and guides wonderful vineyard tours in the local area
    Great walks  -  Take a post breakfast stroll around the fragrant gardens, or head out to explore the olive groves and rolling Tuscan hills
    Cooking classes  -  Paola runs fantastic Tuscan cooking lessons with daughter Silvia, learn to whip up your favourite dishes
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays

    A wonderfully private relaxed Tuscan retreat. Chic rooms, feature fine fabrics and antique furnishings. The outdoor pool and beautiful gardens make this a ideal spot for relaxation. Enjoy an expansive breakfast on the veranda, cooking classes from expert chefs and proximity to local medieval towns. See More

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  • Torre di Bellosguardo Florence 16 rooms from £139

    Hideaway  -  Set in picturesque parkland just outside Florence this is a great base for those who want a tranquil base
    Families  -  The self-catering apartment which sleeps upto 5 is ideal for families
    Sights nearby  -  Spend a day visiting the Uffizi, the Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo, the San Lorenzo and the Medici Chapels
    Great walks  -  Head out straight from the property on long walks through the Tuscan countryside
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    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. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 26th June 2019