On the south side of the Arno River, this all-suite hotel is built out of a 15th Century house that was once owned by the Medici family. Today, the hotel is a high-end luxury boutique with all modern amenities wrapped around historically preserved walls. From the moment you arrive, you’ll witness the dichotomy of old and new with marble sculptures lining the walls evoking a museum-like atmosphere. An intense level of service is found at this spot, so take advantage of all they have to offer.
All the rooms are different as this former house was converted by keeping the integrity of the building’s history. Typically, you’ll find ancient frescoes, original brick floors, vaulted ceilings, and antique furnishings. All rooms come with Handy devices – a gadget that gives you free Wi-Fi and international phones calls from anywhere in Florence.
Check out the Junior Suite, which is wrapped entirely in frescoes and also has its own private terrace.
The bathrooms are wrapped in marble and most have shower/bathtub combinations. You’ll also find tile floors, towel warmers, bidets, and green-friendly bath products.
When you arrive, you can choose your own soaps. Smell which one you love best and be on your way.
A stunning lobby has marble sculptures lining the walls along with Renaissance art and plush red couches. Guests can find complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby from 3-5pm each day.
On the second floor is a billiards room if you want to test out your pool shooting skills.
Open 24/7, a fully equipped gym features TechnoGym machines and free weights for a complete workout.
There’s no restaurant here, but you can get in-room meals from a local trattoria for lunch or dinner. Also, during summer months, you can order food to the rooftop terrace. The breakfast is always included and there’s an array of Italian pastries, cold cuts, and coffee or tea.
When the weather permits, the rooftop doubles as a bar and has stunning views over the city.
The hotel is south of the river and just steps from the Ponte Alla Carraia giving you easy access to the north side. Within minutes you can walk to every major attraction and you’re nearby incredible restaurants, bars, and shopping areas. There’s no need to rent a car as it’s small enough to get to everything by foot.
For Michelin-starred pastas, head east to Trattoria Cammillo (5-minute walk) which is known for classic Tuscan fare. Some of the best pizza in the city can be found south of the hotel at O’Munaciello (4-minute walk), which also has occasional live music.
Head over to Piazza Santo Spirito (6-minute walk) if you want a choice of a dozen bars and drink like a local in the plaza. Practically next to the hotel is Twisted Jazz Shop (1-minute walk) where musicians play to a rousing crowd looking through a window on the street.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you want to live like a Medici, this is the place to do it. With every room a suite, you’ll never go wanting for space and with an attentive staff, you’ll never have trouble with finding things to do. This classic house has a long history and you’ll see it through art, design, and the original brick of the actual building. The property prides itself on luxury services and amenities, and they live up to that reputation. A few things are lacking on the high-end – there’s no spa or pool – but they can arrange in-suite massages or facials if you want them. If you want some history with your high-end hotel, than Magnani Feroni will fill that need.