If you're looking for a swank setting, and the possibility of staying in for a meal (each room has a tiny kitchenette), look no further than this hotel which, while thoroughly modern, dates to the 15th century. It belonged to the powerful Vecchietti family, and you enter the hotel—after ringing the doorbell—through 13th-century walls. The public room has a large, Renaissance fireplace and very high ceilings: the courtyard is open, and looks all the way up. Rooms, with high ceilings with stucco cornices and pale walls set off with splashes of color in the sumptuous velvet drapes and rugs, are quiet even though the hotel couldn't be more central. Breakfast is taken at a communal table with a crackling fire when it's cold outside.
Via, degli Strozzi 4, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy