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Grand Hotel Villa Cora

Grand Hotel Villa Cora Rating: 5.0 Pearls

A luxury hotel with history and style just south of the center of Florence, the Villa Cora was built in the late 1860s by Baron Oppenheim, a German financier, and was restored in 2010. It is part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux fellowship of hotels and restaurants. With a unique heated outdoor pool and a subterranean spa, the special property is a good spot for both relaxation and sightseeing. Those who are up for it can walk a little more than a mile and a half to attractions in the center of Florence, including the Duomo, but the hotel also offers a free shuttle. The hotel provides a fairly good value for its class and amenities.

Four Seasons Hotel Florence

Four Seasons Hotel Florence Rating: 5.0 Pearls

In the 500-year-old Palazzo della Gherardesca, the 116-room Four Seasons is one of Florence’s most luxurious hotels, combining Renaissance-era opulence with signature Four Seasons service. Guests get exclusive access to the 11-acre Giardino della Gherardesca, one of the city’s largest private gardens, along with three restaurants, an outdoor pool, and a spa. Rooms and suites range from large and comfortable to huge and palatial. A former convent across the park has 36 guest rooms that provide a more private stay. It’s definitely a splurge, and the best that Florence has to offer for those who aren't worried about price.

Palazzo Magnani Feroni

Palazzo Magnani Feroni Rating: 5.0 Pearls

This 12-room Renaissance-era palace just south of the Arno River preserves the atmosphere of living in an ancient private residence. The five-pearl property features a dozen large suites with original architectural features and antiques. Prices are on par with similar historic properties farther away from the city center, such as the Grand Hotel Villa Cora. Though there are plenty of places to eat in the neighborhood, one downside is that the hotel doesn't have a restaurant.

The Westin Excelsior Florence

The Westin Excelsior Florence Rating: 5.0 Pearls

This converted 12th-century mansion in a beautiful square on the banks the River Arno is one of the more historic hotels in the center of Florence. Some of the 171 elegant, luxurious rooms, including one that’s a favorite of actress Sophia Loren, overlook the river and have private balconies. The sixth-floor restaurant has stunning 360-degree views of the city and river. The decor blends classic, historical touches with modern sophistication. Just note that there is no spa, which some guests may expect at a hotel of this category.

Il Salviatino

Il Salviatino Rating: 5.0 Pearls

This updated 15th-century villa, located on top of a hill just two miles north of Florence, offers five-pearl luxury in a stunning setting. There are beautiful views of Florence and the Tuscan countryside from many rooms, and 19th-century frescoes and antique furnishings. The food from chef Carmine Calò gets high marks. This Renaissance-era property is a splurge.

Grand Hotel Baglioni

Grand Hotel Baglioni Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Housed in the former residences of the Bertolini princes, the Grand Hotel Baglioni lives up to the grand image painted by Florence's past. The hotel is filled with heavy-handed regal touches and ornate decor from top to bottom. The 193 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 (the ceilings, floors, and furniture), and equally spacious dazzling white bathrooms (though there are some awkward shower/tub combos). Both the rooftop garden and Terrazza Brunelleschi restaurant offer stunning views of Florence. All of this comes with a hefty price tag, of course, but the convenient location and rich design make the splurge worth it for some.

Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy

Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy Rating: 4.5 Pearls

This 102-room hotel is known for personalized service and contemporary style. Neutral tones and tasteful fabrics create an elegant look, and are livened up by colorful artwork throughout. The attached L'Incontro Bar and Restaurant features a renowned Tuscan menu created by Michelin-starred Chef Fulvio Pierangelini and a chic dining room that spills out onto the piazza during summer months. The hotel's central location is a major draw, and most guest rooms offer spectacular views. Those facing front look out onto the piazza, which makes for a pretty vista, but a bit of noise. Rooms in the rear overlook the stunning Duomo -- even the fitness center has lovely views from its top-floor perch. Such beauty comes at a premium, however, as rates at this luxury hotel are steep. And unlike at the Golden Tower Hotel, there is no spa.

Hotel Embassy

Hotel Embassy Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The historic Hotel Embassy advertises itself as a luxury property, but some of its 38 rooms -- particularly those housed in the newer building -- are not quite high-end. All feature flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi, and some even have furnished terraces. But with decor ranging from classic -- think: wooden beams, restored 19th-century ceiling frescoes, and wooden floors -- to generic and contemporary, the design experience can vary greatly. There isn't much in the way of amenities -- just a small business center and an attractive breakfast room with vaulted brick ceilings. The highlight here is arguably the hotel's convenient location, which is adjacent to the Santa Maria Novella train station and within walking distance of major attractions.

Calzaiuoli Hotel

Calzaiuoli Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The 53-room Calzaiuoli Hotel is in the heart of Florence's historic district, on a crowded pedestrian street connecting the Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio. Rooms are spacious and elegant; some look over the rooftops to the Duomo. There is no restaurant, nor are there substantial public spaces, but the area is filled with restaurants, cafes, and shops. Guests will find the Calzaiuoli Hotel ideal for immersing themselves in Florence's cultural and historic sights, most of which are within walking distance.

Hotel Palazzo Dal Borgo Aprile

Hotel Palazzo Dal Borgo Aprile Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Hotel Palazzo Dal Borgo Aprile is a family-run hotel in a Renaissance 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. Hotel perks include a lovely terrace in the back of the hotel, free breakfast in the charming bar, and free Wi-Fi. Room keys attached to large red tassels are a memorable touch.

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Locations

  • Florence
  • Albinia
  • Bagno Vignoni
  • Capalbio
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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner
  • Babysitting Services
  • Balcony
  • Basic Television
  • Business Center
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Brands

  • Best Western
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