PHOTO: Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione

Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Helvetia and Bristol

Via dei Pescioni 2, Florence, Tuscany 50123, Italy See on Map

With a regal sounding name with Swiss origins, Helvetia and Bristol is an opulent and classic palace with a more than 100-year history of servicing the upper-crust of all travelers. Today, the elegant spot continues its tradition of high-end hospitality and offers up spacious rooms, odes of amenities, and a see-and-be-seen patio that’s perfect for late afternoon drinks.

If you want to get around the city center a little quicker, the hotel has bike rentals for around 10 Euros.


Every room in the hotel is individually decorated, but you’ll typically find classic Florentine styles, red carpets, street-side views, and antique furnishings. All rooms come with a Handy device (a gadget that gives you free Wi-Fi and international calls anywhere in town), a pillow menu for max comfort, bottled water, and tea kettles upon request.

Double Classic
Photo: Double Classic / Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione
Double Deluxe
Photo: Double Deluxe / Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione
Panoramic Suite
Photo: Panoramic Suite / Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione


All marble bathrooms have rain shower/bathtub combinations and separate bidets for all your proper cleansing needs. Etro bath products are standard.


Guests are greeted by an uber-elegant lobby with red-and-white couches, ornate brick floors, a roaring fireplace, and a stacked library. The living room feel makes guests feel right at home upon arrival and the surrounding Renaissance art is a nice introduction to the artistic-minded city.

Photo: Reception / Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione
Photo: Hall / Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione
Photo: Hall / Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione


Hostaria Bibendum is the hotel’s gourmet restaurant that offers up authentic Italian cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Make sure to book a table on the outdoor patio for perfect people-watching at night.

Dehors Hostaria Bibendum Restaurant
Photo: Dehors Hostaria Bibendum Restaurant / Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione
Hostaria Bibendum Restaurant
Photo: Hostaria Bibendum Restaurant / Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione


Bar Bibendum is the hotel’s watering hole that specializes in craft cocktails and books live music on Wednesdays in the summer.

Bar Bibendum
Photo: Bar Bibendum / Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione
Bar Bibendum
Photo: Bar Bibendum / Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione


Getting Around

Florence is small, so getting around by foot is easy. The hotel is incredibly central and is in the heart of the city center which is close to all the best attractions, drool-worthy restaurants, fun nightlife, and a chic shopping spots.


For perfectly authentic Florentine cuisine, check out Buca Mario (5-minute walk). If you want something romantic, head over to Hotel Brunelleschi where gourmet spot Santa Elisabetta (5-minute walk) is an intimate gastronomic delight inside a 6th Century tower.


Gilò s.r.l (5-minute walk) is stellar sipping spot if you want creative cocktails and live music. If you want a wild night of dancing, check out Yab Discoteca (1-minute walk) right around the corner.


Elegant and refined, this classic Florentine hotel treats guests like royalty from the moment they enter the historic halls. With a fine attention to service, the Clef d’Or concierges are always ready to assist in tickets for museums, restaurant reservations, or helping to plan excursions in the city and beyond. While there’s no pool, gym, or spa, the hotel makes up for it in location and refinement. Being in the middle of the city center allows guests to experience all of Florence by foot.


Historical, Pet Friendly
52 rooms, 15 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service 24/7
Valet Parking

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