Florence 5-Star Hotels
ABOVE: Terrace of the Grand Hotel Villa Medici with a view
of Florence's Baptistry and Duomo.
The Westin Excelsior overlooks the Arno from the Piazza d'Ognissanti, several bridges
away from the Uffizi Gallery. The 168-room hotel is popular with upscale
American business and leisure travelers, and it recently earned a spot on
Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List.
This Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List award-winner faces the River Arno. The
Renaissance-style palazzo is awash in luxurious touches such as marble
floors, a stained-glass ceiling in the lobby, and elaborately decorated guest
rooms that have entertained the rich and famous and the merely rich.
This converted mansion is something of a boutique hotel: It has only 35 rooms
and an English decorating scheme with plenty of antiques and dark wood paneling.
The hotel is located in a residential district, 10 minutes from the city center
on foot. See
The Grand Hotel Villa Medici is affiliated with the prestigious Leading Hotels
of the World group, but it isn't a chain property: It's a distinctive hotel in an 18th Century palazzo
between the Santa Maria Novella railroad station and the Arno. Amenities include
a swimming pool, fitness club, and sauna.
Villa San Michele
This member of the Orient-Express chain is in the hills of Fiesole, 15 minutes
by cab from Florence's main railroad station. The hotel occupies a former
monastery where the chapel is now the lobby and an arcaded courtyard has been
turned into a restaurant. A scheduled shuttle runs between the hotel and the
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