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“Since the mid-17th Century this charming hotel has housed the international elite in its elegant rooms and with its old-style luxury. Charming, classic styled rooms vary in size but all exude comfort. The Hostaria Bibendum offers a Mediterranean menu with a view of Piazza Strozzi. A charming stay. ”

“Since the mid-17th Century this charming hotel has housed the international elite in its elegant rooms and with its old-style luxury. Charming, classic styled rooms vary in size but all exude comfort. The Hostaria Bibendum offers a Mediterranean menu with a view of Piazza Strozzi. A charming stay. ”

Hotel Review

This historic hotel opened for business in the late 1800s. Energetic new management has recently breathed fresh life into the old girl and while the atmosphere of old-fashioned luxury remains, there’s a distinctly hip edge to the place now. So next to the fine antiques, paintings and fabrics, you’ll find cool jazz on the sound system and fluffy duvets and flat-screen TVs in the bedrooms. The lovely belle-époque Winter Garden hasn’t changed; breakfast is served here in cool weather.
Recommended for
  • City Style
  • A unique and plush setting with period furniture, heavy drapes, and lived-in velvet sofas.
  • Foodies
  • Spend an evening feasting on classic Tuscan dishes wunderkind Roberto Cordisco.
  • Honeymoons
 

Written by Nicky Swallow

Recommended For

  • City Style
  • A unique and plush setting with period furniture, heavy drapes, and lived-in velvet sofas.
  • Foodies
  • Spend an evening feasting on classic Tuscan dishes wunderkind Roberto Cordisco.
  • Designer Shopping
  • Via Tournabuoni is a popular street for shopping and is mere steps away from the front door.
  • Cooking classes
  • Special cookery packages available, master your favourite Tuscan dishes.
  • Other Activities
  • Santa Maria Maggiore is just around the corner and well worth a visit.
  • Sights nearby
  • A stone's throw from the beautiful and ancient Strozzi Palace.
  • Honeymoons
  • Free wifi
  • Conference facilities
  • Downtown
  • Romantic
  • Views
  • Family Suites
  • Good wine list
  • Full of character
  • Intimate
  • Four poster beds
  • Pet friendly
  • Antiques
  • Chic
  • Historic
  • Landmark
  • Boutique
  • Artworks
  • Restaurant
  • Grand Hotel
  • Child friendly
  • Retro/Vintage
  • Luxury
  • Charming
  • Traditional
  • Disabled access
  • 5* Luxury

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Parking available nearby at EUR 50 per day.
  • Suites
  • Towelling robes
  • Safe
  • Conference facilities
  • Free wifi
  • Views
  • Business Centre
  • Family Suites
  • Bar
  • Good wine list
  • Private dining room
  • Bicycle hire
  • No pets
  • Massage
  • Cots available
  • Meeting Room
  • Internet
  • Walking distance restaurants
  • Airport transfer
  • Wifi
  • Four poster beds
  • Restaurant
  • Pet friendly
  • Child friendly
  • Satellite / Cable TV
  • Concierge
  • Disabled access
  • 24 Hour room service
  • Room service
  • Sitting Room
  • Air conditioning

Activities

  • Designer Shopping
  • Via Tournabuoni is a popular street for shopping and is mere steps away from the front door.
  • Cooking classes
  • Special cookery packages available, master your favourite Tuscan dishes.
  • Other Activities
  • Santa Maria Maggiore is just around the corner and well worth a visit.
  • Sights nearby
  • A stone's throw from the beautiful and ancient Strozzi Palace.

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The hotel Helvetia & Bristol is a magnificent urban palazzo in the centre of Florence, a short walk from the Duomo. Famous as early as the mid-19th century for its charm, service and unrivalled location, it became a favourite haunt of artists such as Gabriele D’Annunzio, Luigi Pirandello, Eugenio Montale and Eleonora Duse. The winter garden has hosted monarchs, aristrocrats and Nobel prize winners over the years.

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Hotel Helvetia & Bristol

"The lobby and rooms are filled with artworks and antiques, which look as you might imagine they did when hosting Grand Tour tourists a century ago."

Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)