Best Western Hotel Rivoli Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The Best Western Hotel Rivoli offers a bit more charm than a standard chain, thanks to its setting in a former convent built more than 500 years ago. Architectural details such as wood-beamed ceilings and sandstone columns create old-world charm, while the artwork on display adds an elegant touch. The 80 rooms look dated, however, with floral print furnishings and pastel walls. The hotel features pretty courtyards and a Jacuzzi, which are popular spots for guests to unwind after a day of sightseeing. Many of Florence's famous landmarks are within a 15-minute walk of the hotel.

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 The Best Western Hotel Rivoli offers a bit more charm than a standard chain, thanks to its setting in a former convent built more than 500 years ago. Architectural details such as wood-beamed ceilings and sandstone columns create old-world charm, while the artwork on display adds an elegant touch. The 80 rooms look dated, however, with floral print furnishings and pastel walls. The hotel features pretty courtyards and a Jacuzzi, which are popular spots for guests to unwind after a day of sightseeing. Many of Florence's famous landmarks are within a 15-minute walk of the hotel.
The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is an art historian's paradise. The city has over 80 museums, many of them home to great works of art, including Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Michelangelo's David. The city itself is characterized by cobblestone streets, red rooftops, and sweeping views of the nearby Tuscany hills. The Duomo, the magnificent church in the center of the historic area, is the city's best-known piece of architecture. Some of Florence's best hotels have grown out of the city's historical and cultural landmarks, with family-run establishments and hotel chains alike housed in gorgeous Renaissance-era Florentine homes. Here, we've collected some of our favorites:
Housed in the former residences of the Bertolini princes, the Grand Hotel Baglioni lives up to the grand images of Florence's Renaissance past. The hotel is filled with heavy-handed regal touches and ornate decor from top to bottom. The rooms are very spacious (not often the case in a historic building), and feel luxurious, decked out with classic Italian furnishings, large leaded windows, gorgeous dark wood, and equally spacious dazzling white bathrooms. Both the rooftop garden and Terrazza Brunelleschi restaurant offer stunning views of Florence. Hotel Palazzo Dal Borgo Aprile is a family-run hotel in a Renaissance-era building. Rooms are decorated in traditional Florentine style with canopy beds and rich upholstery, and street-side rooms on the upper floors offer fantastic views over the rooftops of central Florence. Despite the age of the building -- it was built in 1480 -- bathrooms are functional and have large bathtubs, as well wonderfully detailed decor. Room keys attached to large red tassels are a memorable touch. The Hotel Pierre is in a 13th century building located in the historic center of Florence. The city's most famous public squares are all an easy stroll away, and the Duomo can be reached in about seven minutes.Though it has been updated several times over the centuries, the building hasn't lost any of its Florentine charm. Arched doors, windows, and detailed woodwork are all lovely historic details. Rooms are light and airy, and have decorative touches such as light peachy pink walls and antique-style furniture. The Hotel Regency is a 35-room luxury boutique with an unpretentious, friendly atmosphere housed in a historic Florentine villa somewhat removed from the city center. Elements such as ornate wallpaper, dramatic drapes, and tray ceilings give the rooms old-world charm, but decor varies, and most rooms are in need of updating. The exterior of the hotel looks like a stately residence, and has decorative ironwork. Inside, comfortable couches and rich colors dominate the decor, and there is a lovely private garden where guests can dine. The Hotel Brunelleschi is a historic boutique property that's on the higher end of the price scale -- for good reason. The 95 rooms are of average size by Florence standards, and have lovely, classic decor -- wood floors, crisp white linens, wall panel molding, and in suites, four-poster canopy beds (though some rooms have contemporary touches, such as dramatic headboards). The hotel, which is surrounded by 1,500 year-old Byzantine walls, juxtaposes modern design elements such as glass staircases with historic elements such as old stone walls, and houses a private museum displaying ancient Roman artifacts found near the hotel. This intimate, family-run boutique is ideal for those seeking an authentic stay in Florence within easy reach of tourist sights. Built centuries ago as the home of a Florentine merchant family, this property was inherited through marriage by the Niccolinis in 1891. They have kept its historic charm intact, having preserved the wood-beamed ceilings and frescoed walls. Each guest room has a unique layout, but all are furnished with antiques, flat-screen TVs, and stocked mini-fridges. Many have large windows that feature stunning views of the iconic Duomo cathedral across the street. This 16th-century property features a distinguished facade -- and an impressive history to match. Together with the famed Ospedale degli Innocenti building, it forms one of Florence's most stunning Renaissance-era architectural complexes. Beautiful arches and columns make for an impressive exterior and the feeling of grandeur continues inside, with wood-beamed ceilings and parquet floors throughout. Rooms aren't quite luxurious, but do feature antique furnishings, flat-screen TVs, and air-conditioning. The hotel's location on the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata puts it close to many tourist sights. This former convent turned boutique hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of the city's main attractions. Inside, winding concrete stairways and dimly lit hallways make for a historical, if somewhat unsettling, vibe. Most guest rooms have a disappointingly stark appearance, with bare walls, plain white bedding, and simple wood furnishings -- but the modern, pretty bathrooms are a highlight, as are private balconies. The public spaces feel much more welcoming, such as the charming lobby with arched ceilings and adjacent courtyard with potted plants. The Golden Tower Hotel is a luxury boutique renowned for its decadent touches and prime location. The centuries-old building was once the home of the powerful Strozzi family, and today features a blend of contemporary Italian furnishings, sumptuous fabrics, and rustic architectural details. Swanky guest rooms offer flat-screen TVs, cozy beds, and sparkling marble bathrooms. The posh vibe extends to the Golden Spa with its specially lighted Jacuzzis, and the Golden Chocolate Bar with its selection of more than 30 types of chocolate. The hotel's location is another big draw, as it is close to everything from high-end shopping to popular tourist sights. The Best Western Hotel Rivoli offers a bit more charm than a standard chain, thanks to its setting in a former convent built more than 500 years ago. Architectural details such as wood-beamed ceilings and sandstone columns create old-world charm, while the artwork on display adds an elegant touch. The 80 rooms look dated, however, with floral print furnishings and pastel walls. The hotel features pretty courtyards and a Jacuzzi, which are popular spots for guests to unwind after a day of sightseeing. Many of Florence's famous landmarks are within a 15-minute walk of the hotel.
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