This small boutique hotel is big on style with an incredibly modern feel inside a 16th Century building. Named for the wealthy Renaissance family who first built this palace, the building retains its high-end feel with a limited number of rooms that are incredibly spacious and of the highest quality. Right in the middle of the city center, Palazzo Vecchietti is an ideal spot for well-heeled families who want a mix of history with their hotel without sacrificing amenities of today’s accommodations.
Inspiring long-term stays, the remarkably large suites all come with kitchens or kitchenettes, polished hardwood floors, living rooms and reading rooms, and feature modern art throughout. Espresso machines are standard, as is free bottled water replenished daily.
Three of the rooms come with private terraces, make sure to book well in advance if that’s meaningful to you.
Brown marble bathrooms have a mix of shower/tub combos, or separate baths and rain showers. You’ll also find bidets, towel heaters, shaving mirrors, and Ortigia bath products.
The stunning lobby reveals the layout of the Riad-style building (though there’s a covered roof). With leather lounge chairs, comfy couches, and marble statues, you’ll instantly be transported to the Renaissance age as the hotel staff welcomes you with a free glass of Prosecco upon check in.
The staff takes pride in their breakfast service as you can eat in their dining nook or have it brought to your room free of charge. The meal is complimentary for all guests and consists of freshly baked Italian pastries, or cooked dishes.
The staff can also prepare you a breakfast box if you want to take your meal on the road while exploring the city.
Being in the middle of the city center, you’re able to walk to every major attraction. Also nearby the hotel are incredible shopping streets, loads of savory restaurants, and fun bars. The hotel is fairly close to the river as well, so getting to the south side of the city is a breeze.
For a unique and super romantic meal, check out Santa Elisabetta (5-minute walk), a superb gourmet dining experience inside the 6th Century tower at Hotel Brunelleschi. If you’re looking for a more authentic Tuscan trattoria, head over to Il Parione (4-minute walk) where you can get mouthwatering pastas without breaking the bank.
A solid cocktail joint that also serves up live music is Gilò s.r.l (5-minute walk). If you’re in a late-night dancing mood, Yab Discoteca (2-minute walk) is just south of the hotel and will get your EDM needs filled.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Sometimes smaller is better, and when it comes to this petite boutique, it’s way better. With only 14 rooms, the guest experience is incredibly personalized, and the staff is at their beck-and-call for whatever needs they may have. For families, the hotel is ideal with very large rooms (some with multiple bathrooms) and all with kitchens/kitchenettes for stay-at-home Italian cooking. If there’s a downside, there’s no in-house restaurant for lunch or dinner, but this is Florence, and you can throw a rock and hit a Michelin-star spot without even looking.