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Best Boutique Hotels in Florence

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Looking for the perfect boutique hotel in Florence? You’ve come to the right place. Recently several Florence boutique hotels have opened to join an established list of accommodation that strikes the right note in celebrating the city’s arts and architectural heritage.

If you’re planning a trip to Florence, a charming boutique hotel that matches the city’s creative culture will make sure your stay is extra special. The hotels we’ve selected are small and sophisticated accommodation options. They provide more attentive service and extra attention to those all-important finer details.

From luxury furnishings and frescoed ceilings, to roof top bars with sublime views, here are the best boutique hotels in Florence, Italy.

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Continentale – Lungarno Collection – 4*

The hotel Continentale – Lungarno Collection is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence and has a prized location on the banks of the Arno. Its chic ambiance is inspired by artistic design themes from the 1950s. Think crisp white furnishings and muted timber tones that let the views of the river and city from all corners of the hotel speak for themselves.

All rooms and suites are equipped with the most exclusive amenities. From flat-screen TVs to Bluetooth sound systems. The bathrooms are equipped with vanity sets, high-end toiletries, and bathrobes.

The hotel terrace overlooks the Ponte Vecchio, the arch bridge over the Arno River. This space invites guests to discover the most stunning views of the city – all while enjoying a specialty cocktail or celebratory glass of prosecco. The property also features three restaurants specializing in creative artistic fusions and classic Italian cuisine.

Stay at the Continentale for those coveted views of the Arno and a luxury experience you’ll remember forever.

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Hotel Calimala – 4*

The Hotel Calimala is a new boutique hotel in Florence, Italy that opened its doors to guests in September 2019. The historic Renaissance walls of the building date back centuries. But they now contain stylish rooms and suites that can sleep up to four guests.

All rooms feature the usual hotel amenities one would expect for a comfortable stay and many signature touches. Expect spacious seating areas, wonderful city views, and a Nespresso espresso coffee machine in your room. Other hotel perks include a fitness center, room service, restaurant, and bar. A breakfast buffet with sweet and savory selections is offered every morning.

The location is just a 5-minute walk from the beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore as well as many other popular Florence sites. After a busy day spent wandering around the city, relax at Hotel Calimala’s rooftop bar and enjoy the panoramic view of the city below.

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Hotel Balestri – 4*

Overlooking the river Arno, the Hotel Balestri is set in a charming period hotel offering stunning views from its roof terrace. With grand windows throughout the property, you can experience your very own “room with a view”.

Ideally located in the Santa Croce area, just a few moments from the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio, you’ll enjoy a quiet haven just outside the hustle and bustle of the city. But, when it’s time to explore, you’re still within easy walking distance to the city’s top attractions.

When you walk through the doors of the Hotel Balestri, you’ll be met with an elegant interior, with large windows, vaulted ceilings, marble flooring, and Art Deco-style furnishings. The recently refurbished rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished, with great attention to detail and beautiful hazelnut parquet flooring. The rooms offer romantic private terraces overlooking the river, making it the perfect pick of charming Florence boutique hotels if you’re looking for a romantic getaway.

Guests enjoy the expected modern amenities of free high-speed WiFi, private parking, an on-site bar as well as 24-hour front reception. All rooms include a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with luxury bathroom products made with a fragrance exclusive to the hotel.

Wind down with a cocktail or a tasty bite at the stylish golden-hued Caffè Balestri or head up to the intimate terrace which has spectacular views of the Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and Palazzo Vecchio.

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Soprarno Suites – 4*

Soprarno Suites is nestled in the heart of the Oltrarno Square, just a few minutes’ walk from Palazzo Pitti and the Ponte Vecchio. This small boutique bed and breakfast contains 13 rooms and suites, each individually styled and furnished.

All the guest rooms are elegant and spacious with original fresco ceilings, parquet or terracotta flooring, in-room bathrooms, and all the usual hotel amenities. The decor is inspired by vintage Florentine pieces and charms with character and creativity. We loved the claw foot bath in Camera di Betty. You can also take advantage of the honesty bar and first floor kitchen for guest use.

A complimentary buffet breakfast is offered each morning with home made treats and after breakfast, their celebrated cafe SottArno opens, serving coffee, tea, and pastries.

Choose Soprarno Suites if you’re looking for a quirky haven in artistic Oltrano.

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Ad Astra – 4*

AdAstra Suites are located in Oltrarno Square, just a 10-minute walk from the center of Florence. The property is housed in an ancestral mansion and has a wraparound terrace that overlooks a quiet, private garden – the largest in Florence.

There are 14 rooms on the property. Each has a different look and feel drawing inspiration from vintage designer furniture pieces and original period features. They include a minibar, kettle, and espresso machine, flatscreen TV, and more. A complimentary breakfast buffet is served each morning with a delicious mix of home-made goods.

If you’re looking for small hotels in Florence that are away from the chaos of the city, Ad Astra is a great option with buckets of charm.

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The Frame Hotel – 4*

Famous for being the building where the Mona Lisa was found in 1913 after being stolen from the Louvre, The Frame Hotel is a delightful boutique hotel in Florence. The theme of Mona Lisa runs throughout the hotel, with artwork inspired by the painting found in each room. You can even stay in the suite where the painting was found.

Located in the heart of the city, The Frame Hotel has a choice of 24 unique rooms: single, double, triple, quadruple and suites. A modern hotel, all rooms feature air conditioning, a minibar, room service, and a flatscreen TV. There are even USB charging points as well as power outlets.

Guests who stay at the hotel enjoy a generous continental breakfast each morning. The property also has a bar offering drinks and light snacks. But our favorite touch is the hydration station offering complimentary still and sparkling water, juice and iced tea.

Stay at The Frame Hotel if you are intrigued by its history, enjoy modern styling and amenities or want to take advantage of its excellent position close to the train station and major attractions.

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Gallery Hotel Art – 4*

A contemporary yet timeless interior welcomes you as you step into the Gallery Hotel Art, the boutique hotel dreamt up by the celebrated Florentine architect and designer, Michele Bönan who designed the hotel to recall the feeling of being on a classic boat, moored along the Arno river. Set in a quiet courtyard near the Ponte Vecchio and within easy walking distance to all of Florence’s major sites, the property features a lounge library that may charm you so much, you may never want to leave.

In the rooms and suites, you’ll find Florentine-crafted materials as well as contemporary art provided by renowned artists. All rooms feature a minibar and flat-screen TV and many offer a balcony with lovely views. We love the luxury bedding, handmade leather furniture, and sandstone bathrooms, complete with complimentary Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries. Guests can also enjoy luxurious treatments at the nearby White Iris Beauty Spa, at their sister hotel, Continentale

A buffet breakfast is available each morning in Sala Cha and at the Fusion Bar & Restaurant guests can relax with a bespoke cocktail, an aperitif, or dine on innovative Nikkei cuisine, and has a sumptuous internal dining room as well as an outdoor terrace to dine under the stars of Florence.

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Baglioni Relais Santa Croce – 5*

The Baglioni Relais Santa Croce is set in an eighteenth-century residence, just a stone’s throw from atmospheric Basilica of Santa Croce. Luxury and refinement are the predominant features of this luxury boutique hotel where you’ll be made welcome as soon as you step through its doors.

As you’d expect, top-class comfort and a touch of Tuscan flair are standard in every room and suite. From tea and coffee makers to picturesque city views, rain showers and even Turkish baths. Every room at the hotel is individually characterized by an intimate charm.

The hotel restaurant Guelfi & Ghibellini features modern Tuscan cuisine that draws on local traditions and ingredients. In the morning, the restaurant serves a delicious breakfast but you can dine all day, including afternoon tea. All meals are carefully crafted and allow you to appreciate the flavors of Florence.

Baglioni Relais Santa Croce is a refined choice for travelers interested in discovering the city’s food culture in the heart of the historic Santa Croce district.

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Villa Cora – 5*

Villa Cora is a luxurious resort located in a 19th-century mansion overlooking the Boboli Gardens just outside the center of Florence. There are 46 beautifully appointed rooms and suites including single, deluxe, family, duplex junior suites and nine exclusive suites to choose from.

Each room features amenities you expect at a luxury European hotel.  Furnishings are opulent and bathrooms are made entirely of Carrara marble. Expect to find an exclusive assortment of courtesy beauty products within.

The property borders the gardens along Viale dei Colli, a scenic road, along a hillside lined with historic palazzi a little more than one mile from the city center. It’s a pleasant stroll into town but if your legs are tired the hotel offers a courtesy city shuttle. Other perks of the property include a restaurant, large rooftop terrace, spa, and fitness center. Villa Cora also makes our list of top Florence hotels with swimming pools.

If you’re looking for luxury hotels in Florence slightly removed from the chaos of the city, Villa Cora is a great option. From the opulent furnishings to the scenic surroundings, within an extraordinary location, you’ll cherish your time spent at Villa Cora.

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Portrait Firenze – 5*

The Portrait Firenze is located right on the Arno River, right next to the Ponte Vecchio. At this elegant boutique hotel, Florence’s main attractions will be right at your doorstep.

This splendid mansion contains 37 suites and guest rooms with classic Florentine cues, and themes of Italian design culture from the 1950s. All rooms contain a kitchenette, minibar, coffee machine, flatscreen TV, and much, much more.

Further, high-quality comfort is the hotel’s main focus. You’ll enjoy luxury linen, sumptuous oversized beds, Carrara marble bathrooms and the latest technology through the premises.

Portrait Firenze is one of the top-rated luxury hotels in Florence, Italy.

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Final Thoughts of the Best Boutique Hotels in Florence

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If you’re looking for a romantic hideaway in the heart of the city, these boutique hotels in Florence, Italy will enchant you. Comfort, sophistication, and style are at the core of every one of these accommodations inspired by the city’s artistic past.

Even better, all of the options we’ve mentioned are located in one of the city’s best districts that will allow you to discover the magic of Florence and its world famous museums with ease. You’ll be surrounded by the historic attractions and artistic atmosphere that embodies classic Italy.

But what we love most are those small touches that ensure your stay is memorable and wanting to return again and again. Lose yourself in the elegance of Tuscan style in these Florence, Italy boutique hotels.

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