Hotels in Florence are a dime a dozen. While there’s no shortage of places to make your home away from home, some stand above the rest in terms of “cool factors”. From boutique hotels that have an undeniably charming Florentine aesthetic to contemporary hotels with cocktail lounges that even the local crowd frequents. There’s a hotel for every type of traveler— the hard part is just deciding which one to pick.
If you’re wondering where to stay in Florence, I’ve got you covered with a list that covers the absolute best hotels in Florence:
While the main attractions of Florence are on the north side of the Arno River, insiders know that the best part of Florence is the “Oltrarno” or the South Side of the river. Oltrarno Splendid definitely holds true to the bohemian craftsmanship aesthetic that makes this area one of the coolest areas in the world. The 14-room boutique hotel is nestled between two of the coolest neighborhoods in Florence, and some would even say the world.
Each room is uniquely designed with electric art, free-standing bathtubs, and vintage furniture. In the breakfast room, there are fresh fruit, pastries, and frothy cappuccinos served each morning. The bar is a cozy spot to recoup with an aperitivo before heading out for dinner— plus being in the local neighborhood you’re right around the corner from some of the best restaurants in Florence.
Oltrarno Splendid Details
Rooms Starting At: $120
We <3: The location can’t be beaten for people who like to be on the local side of things, the eclectic design, and free-standing bathtubs with perfect views of the Duomo.
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Normally chain hotels don’t make our lists of sustainable accommodations, but 25hrs hotel is an exception— especially their new Florence location. Rather than the usual cookie-cutter approach for chain hotels, they tailor each hotel based on their locality. In this case, the hotel was inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy— Dante wasn’t just the founder of the Italian language, he was a Florentine after all.
The playful hotel brings a contemporary twist to the scenes of heaven and hell from Dantes’s work, with the interiors guiding you through the virtues and vices of each universe. Alongside the unique concept, there are all the amenities of a great hotel. It has a garden restaurant, breakfast bar, and one of the coolest bars in Florence, Dolce Amaro. Not to mention a Finnish Sauna and a screening room that plays films for guests every Sunday. Their “gift shop” is stocked with anything you might need, plus a selection of books from Todo Modo, a popular bookshop and cafe in Florence that happens to be right around the corner.
25hr Hotel Details
Rooms starting at: $140
We <3: Dolce Amaro Bar, Playful interiors, The Green Garden, and of course the Finnish Sauna.
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Art Hotel Villa Agape
If you want to be out of the hustle and bustle of the “centro storico” (historical center) with a touch of the Tuscan countryside, without being too far out Art Hotel Villa Agape is a great choice. A 45-minute walk or a 10-minute e-bike (available at the Villa) ride from the center of Florence. This Villa boasts what most hotels in the center never can— space.
This 4-star boutique hotel is set in a villa that dates back to 1469, with 31 different rooms, plus charming communal areas including a garden that has one of the best views overlooking the city skyline. The in-house restaurant makes typical florentine and Italian dishes, with a daily special that brings an experimental spirit to the classic cuisine— they’re also extremely accommodating to vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets, which is not always easy to find in Florence.
Art Hotel Villa Agape Details
Rooms starting at: $220
We <3: The Garden overlooking the countryside and the view of Florence
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The Social Hub
If you’re a digital nomad that will be working while visiting Florence- the social hub is the best place to stay in Florence. It’s not only a contemporary hotel that’s in a great location, but it also has all the amenities of a co-working space. The social hub’s clientele is definitely on the younger side and they host many social gatherings (hence the name) so it’s a great place for solo travelers to make friends and get into the social scene of Florence.
The rooftop pool has an exceptionally beautiful view of the Duomo. It is a summer favorite, especially in July and August when the city can get pretty hot, it’s a great place to relax in the heat of the afternoon before going out for aperitivo in the evening when it cools down a bit.
The Social Hub Details
Rooms Starting At: $130
We <3: The Rooftop Pool, Co-working spaces, and young atmosphere
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Want to have an entire apartment to yourself, but not deal with the back and forth of Airbnb plus be absolutely positive that the apartment matches the photos? Numa is a similar platform to Airbnb but it’s focused on highly aesthetic apartments in the city that you can book and check in without having to deal with waiting for the host to confirm or figuring out key exchanges upon arrival.
The Numa apartments in Florence are absolutely stunning. They have a variety of different options from apartments right in the action of the historical center, or some off-the-beaten paths in more local neighborhoods. Some are fully private apartments, others you’ll share the common areas with other travelers who have booked the rooms in the house. It’s overall a super way to experience Florence while staying in an ultra-chic apartment.
Numa Stays Florence Details
Rooms starting at: $80/night
We <3: Chic Apartment Designs, Easy self-check-in
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If you like to live a little more on the luxurious side of things, but want something a little more special than the usual five-star hotel route, Riva Lofts might just be the best place for you to stay. Located on the banks of the Arno river, these design-forward lofts have been the setting of some of Italy’s most famous fashion house’s photoshoots. The compound is composed of 4 different lofts, all of which are airy and flooded with natural light— something that’s simply not found in a lot of places in Florence.
The Riva also has an in-house restaurant that is cooking up traditional Italian dishes with a contemporary twist 3 times a week. On Sundays, you can attend the “Sunday Lunch” which is meant to feel like you’re going to a friend’s house to indulge yourself on the day of rest, which is an age-old Italian tradition.
Lofts starting at: $110/night
We <3: Off the beaten path location, gorgeous interiors, beautiful green space
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Ad Astra Florence
From the same architects that created the Altrarno Splendido and The SoprArno, Ad Astra is a Bed and Breakfast that boasts airy spaces with the group’s signature quirky design. The Hotel overlooks Europe’s largest private garden, which normally is hidden behind walls. The guests of the Ad Astra can enjoy unrestricted views of the manicured green garden.
The B&B is the best place to stay in Florence if you want a romantic countryside feel while still being right in the center of the city. The B&B has 14 rooms that span over the first and second floors of the Gardens Mansion. The terrace is a great place to watch the sunset over the garden while enjoying an aperitivo.
Rooms starting at: $160
We <3: Garden View, Off The Beaten Path Location
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Hotel Milú is a contemporary design hotel that boasts and impressive “open art gallery that spans from the moment you walk into the lobby, up the stairs to the guest quarters, and into the hotel’s library.
The rooms follow a minimal yet contemporary design, and if you’re lucky enough to get a room with a balcony you’ll overlook one of Italy’s most famous shopping streets: Via Tournabouni. It’s a great spot to situate yourself in Florence, not only for the people watching, but you’re a stone’s throw from some of Florence’s most iconic sites, i.e. the Duomo, Piazza Reppublica, and Santa Maria Novella.
Milú Hotel Details:
Rooms Starting At: $300/night
We <3: The Expansive Art Gallery, The Location, Rooftop terrace
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