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UNA Hotel Vittoria 4.0

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

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Pros

  • Modern, upscale design hotel with radical Florence-inspired decor
  • Located on the south side of the Arno River, away from tourist madness
  • Modern bar with fun decor serves drinks and light meals
  • Striking restaurant serving traditional Tuscan and Italian a la carte cuisine
  • Design-focused rooms with modern tech touches and upscale amenities
  • Executive rooms have upgraded amenities including bathrobes, slippers, free minibars
  • Free breakfast buffet with freshly prepared coffee, homemade cakes, hot options
  • Two courtyards for alfresco breakfasts and drinks in good weather
  • Bookings via website get two free bus tickets per person per day
  • Two sleek meeting rooms with natural light
  • Paid private parking and bicycles available to rent
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Ultra-modern decor may not suit everyone’s taste
  • South-of-Arno location isn't the most convenient for reaching tourist sights

Bottom Line

Bold, edgy design and a light-hearted atmosphere define UNA Hotel Vittoria -- an 84-room upscale property with radical Florence-inspired style. The location south of the river means less Florence’s tourist mayhem, but long walks to major sights. A good handful of facilities, including a bar serving light meals and a traditional Tuscan restaurant, provide eon-site dining options. The free breakfast buffet, which includes freshly prepared coffee, can be taken in the elegant courtyard when weather is good. Chic rooms feature minibars and free Wi-Fi, while Executive Rooms add amenities like bathrobes, slippers, and free minibars. Two meeting rooms and free Wi-Fi throughout suit business travelers, and there’s also paid private parking -- quite rare in Florence. For a modern hotel that's closer to central Florence attractions, try Hotel Cerretani Firenze instead.

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Handsome design hotel with radical, Florence-inspired decor, best suited to couples seeking something different

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Radical and striking are the theme at UNA Hotel Vittoria: a modern, upscale design hotel best suited to couples seeking something different and fun. Like stepping into a surrealist’s daydream, the hotel is a wonder of bold imagination blended with traditional Florentine touches. The reception area houses a vast swathe of floral mosaic tiling -- characteristically Florentine -- which sweeps right up to the ceiling and back to the floor, ushering guests straight to the reception desk. Hallways are like stepping into another world: an austere museum gallery of sorts, hushed in darkness, with doors doubling as gold-framed Renaissance paintings. The design is certainly eye-catching, although the occasionally risqué style may not suit everyone’s tastes. Adding to the extraordinary design is a sense of heritage: all staff are native Florentines who can help with local suggestions (even your fresh-made coffee is prepared by a Florentine). It’s an experience both fun and culturally rich, attracting many from the U.S, Western Europe, Brazil, and China. 

Location

South of the river away from tourist madness, a 20-minute walk to Ponte Vecchio

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Situated south of the Arno River and away from Florence's usual tourist throngs, the neighborhood of San Frediano is one where locals venture to wine and dine. A string of restaurants is about a five-minute walk away, while the main train station, the picturesque Ponte Vecchio, and Palazzo Pitti are all within a 20-minute walk. The Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo are 25 minutes away on foot (or around 15 minutes in a taxi), and Florence’s airport is just a 15-minute drive.

Rooms

Bold and design-focused, with modern tech touches and upscale amenities including minibars and pillow menus

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In keeping with the public areas, rooms are equally bold and modern, with leather-paneled walls and ceilings in magenta or black, plus floor-to-ceiling mirrors. All come with modern technology, including bedside touch panels for controlling temperature and lighting. Other standard features include minibars, pillow menus, seating areas, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms are striking, covered from floor to ceiling with intricate mosaic tiling, a la Florentine. Some have suggestive see-through glass looking into the shower area -- for frosted glass, just inquire in advance with reception. Classic Rooms are the entry-level category and are smaller then the rest, while Superior Rooms have more space plus upgraded amenities including free minibars and high speed Wi-Fi. Executive Rooms are the highest category. They're spacious and feature upgraded amenities, free bathrobes and slippers, and separate showers and soaking tubs.

Features

Beyond standard Florence amenities, including bar and restaurant, free breakfast buffet, bicycle rentals, and meeting rooms

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UNA Hotel Vittoria offers a good handful of facilities in contrast to most other Florence hotels, including an edgy lounge bar serving drinks as well as light meals. Alternatively, the airy restaurant features communal seating -- in the tradition of rural Italian families -- and serves an a la carte menu with traditional Tuscan and other regional Italian dishes. The free breakfast buffet is also served here, which includes freshly prepared espresso and cappuccino (not from a machine), homemade cakes, and hot dishes such as bacon and eggs. A special gluten-free box is also available. Breakfast can be taken out on the elegant courtyard in good weather, and the space is also available for drinks and dinner during high season. Bicycles are available to rent, and are a great way to explore relatively compact Florence. The hotel has two fully equipped meeting rooms that get natural light, and free Wi-Fi throughout. Private paid parking is also available -- quite a rarity in Florence.

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Address

Via Pisana 59, Florence 50143, Italy

Phone

3 (902) 856-0910

Room Types

  • Classic Room
  • Classic Single Room
  • Executive Room
  • Superior Room

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