Hermitage is distinctive in that it’s literally across from the Arno River and right next to the famed Ponte Vecchio. With this location comes a premium, and unfortunately the hotel’s inside doesn’t totally live up to its price point. Rooms are clean and spacious, however, and the ever-friendly staff will be there to help with any and all needs. Soak in the rooftop terrace while you’re here as it’s the best thing this hotel has going for it.
Even though rooms aren't cheap (especially in high season), they're still much more affordable than other Arno River-side hotels.
Insane views are of the river and/or Ponte Vecchio, and rooms have hardwood floors, and flat-screen TVs. They feel a little dated, but the rooms are classically styled in Florentine colors and you’ll get a sense of day’s past in this ancient city.
Some of the spacious bathrooms come with Jacuzzi tubs – request these ahead of time for a relaxing soak after a long day of walking. Toiletry kits are helpful and the La Bottega bath products are more than welcome.
Next to the check-in desk is a small sitting room with hardwood floors, comfy pink couches, and some tables for working warriors. There’s also a bar in the corner.
A quaint breakfast room has large windows where guests can nosh on continental fare from 7:30-10 am each morning. In the summer, the hotel opens up their glorious flower-laden rooftop terrace where guests can sip on strong coffee while watching the lazy river below.
The corner bar in the sitting room is fully equipped. Guests often take their drinks on the rooftop terrace in warmer months where a glass of wine under the Tuscan setting sun is idyllic.
We’d recommend against renting a car if you stay here as the streets are impossibly narrow and parking is expensive. The good news is that you can’t find a better walking location with access to both sides of the river and only minutes walks from great attractions, restaurants, bars, and shopping.
Right around the corner is Michelin-starred Ora d’Aria (2-minute walk) which is a gourmet Italian restaurant with mouthwatering delicacies. Also down the road is Caffé dell’Oro (3-minute walk), an upscale trattoria with succulent fare inside the Portrait Firenze hotel.
Practically next door, La Terrazza (1-minute walk) at the Continentale hotel is an outdoor watering hole with classic cocktails and great wines. If you want to drink like a local, head across the river to Piazza Santo Spirito (7-minute walk) where rows of bars overflow into the square on warm summer nights.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The views and the location are what makes Hermitage tick. Though it’s overdue for an upgrade, the hotel does have clean and spacious rooms and a warm and friendly staff who will assist you in all your touring needs. Make sure you ask for river views and a Jacuzzi to make the most of your experience here and spend ample time on the uber-romantic rooftop terrace with a significant other.