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Distinctive design elements and high-tech amenities create an ultra-modern vibe at this upscale hotel.
Guests will know the UNA Hotel Vittoria is no ordinary property as soon as they enter the imaginative lobby, adorned with colorful flower mosaics that loop from floor to ceiling. Bold design elements, unconventional decor, and high-tech amenities make for an ultra-modern vibe at this upscale hotel.
A massive spiral structure that doubles as a seating area dominates the lobby bar, which is a trendy place for pre-dinner drinks and canapés. The restaurant, which serves Tuscan and international cuisine, is a bit more subdued, although stained-glass light fixtures add some whimsy.
Guest rooms feel especially futuristic, as sections of the walls and ceilings are embedded with tiny lights that give off a starry glow. Mounted flat-screen TVs and minimalist furnishings add to the distinctive look. Funky bathrooms feature matching tiled walls and floors, with purple or black toilets and sinks.
The UNA Hotel Vittoria is located in a quiet residential neighborhood far from the city center
The trendy UNA Hotel Vittoria is located in the historical quarter of San Frediano -- a peaceful neighborhood outside of the city center, where locals reside. Unlike many of the hotels in this pedestrian-oriented city, this property is not within easy walking distance of Florence's main tourist sights. The hotel does have a small number of bikes that it rents out to guests and also provides free shuttle service to the Santa Maria Novella train station.
Florence is extremely pedestrian-friendly, and is one of Italy's most beautiful cities -- it's more compact, and less gritty, than Rome. The Duomo is the most iconic sight here, but other popular attractions include Michelangelo's "David" at the Galleria dell'Accademia, the works of Botticelli and da Vinci at the Uffizi, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge, which dates back to the 1300s. The Piazza della Signora is a popular tourist hub, and many hotels are located near it.
The understated exterior of the UNA Hotel Vittoria belies the funky, ultra-modern decor found inside this 84-room property. The hotel's eclectic style is hard to peg: Plastic furniture can be found in common areas, while Renaissance-style paintings adorn dark, atmospheric hallways. The design elements are definitely distinctive, but traditionalists seeking a classic Florentine vibe may prefer a more conventional property. Also, the hotel's location outside of the city center means most of Florence's tourist sights are not accessible by foot.