Fodor's Expert Review Portrait Firenze
Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, 4, Florence, Tuscany 50123, Italy See on Map
Part of the Lungarno Collection, a Ferragamo-owned hotel group, Portrait is a classic boutique hotel that prides itself on embracing Florentine craftsmanship in a modern-meets-vintage style. Living up to its name, you’ll find portraits displayed throughout the property as an artistic flair permeates everything inside. One of the finest boutique hotels in the city, Portrait’s service is unmatched as its location on the river and is the ideal spot for amorous couples looking for romance under the Tuscan sun.
The hotel prides itself on creating experiences for its guests. Want to dine on the Ponte Vecchio? They can make that happen.
This all-suite hotel provides guests with the finer things in life. Rooms are decked out with hardwood floors, framed portraits on the walls, and beautifully crafted armoires with cooking stations inside. Amenities include in-room tablets to help with all things Florence, espresso machines and tea kettles, microwaves, and bottled water.
Wood floors continue into the marble-laden bathrooms that have separated rooms for toilets and bidets (fancy). Some bathrooms have shower/tub combos while others are showers only and Ferragamo’s amazing bath products are standard.
The dark and brooding lobby has onyx floors and a mishmash of handcrafted and vintage furnishings strewn throughout. Black and white photos are displayed to give off a feel of the glamour of Florence in the 1950s. It’s still pretty glamorous today too.
While there’s no spa inside the hotel, guests are free to go to sister hotel Continentale next door and use their lux facilities.
There’s no gym, but the hotel has a number of options for fitness-minded guests. There are first-come-first-serve bicycles and there are personalized itineraries for runners and joggers that can take you on workout excursions for high-impact sightseeing.
Caffé dell’Oro is the hotel’s official restaurant and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This fine-dining spot is an official Bib Gourmand Michelin selection and offers up classic Florentine dishes with tasteful twists.
If you bring your family, the breakfast buffet has a special kids corner that will give them the sugar high of their dreams and your nightmares.
This isn’t exactly a drinking destination, but there’s an incredible wine selection and an a la carte apperitivo with cured meats. Views of the river are spectacular just outside the front door, so drinking here any time is a treat.
Most things in Florence are within walking distance, and this hotel is no exception. Being so close to the Ponte Vecchio, it’s easy to access both sides of the river by foot. Also, within walking distance are the most important attractions, great shopping, stellar restaurants, and fun nightlife. Don’t bother renting a car here as the city center rules are hard to figure out and breaking them can be expensive.
For Michelin-starred dining, head over to Ora d’Aria (3-minute walk) for insanely perfect pastas in a library-like setting. If you want to try something unique, check out The Fusion Restaurant & Bar (1-minute walk) at sister hotel Gallery Hotel Art for a mix of Japanese, Peruvian, and Mediterranean cuisine.
La Terrazza (1-minute walk) on the roof of the Continentale is the perfect sunset spot for classic cocktails. If you want river views from the south side of the Arno, head over to Golden View Open Bar (4-minute walk) instead.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The height of luxury, this all-suite hotel is the ideal spot for romantic honeymooners or well-heeled families who like a bit of pampering while staying in the middle of the city. Rooms are incredibly spacious and come with oodles of amenities. The true highlight of the hotel is the service, which is personalized to an extent that will make you feel like you’re part of the hotel’s family. If you stay here, make use of their creative staff to see the city in ways you never thought possible.
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