The stunning St. Regis sits atop the Arno River in a converted palace designed by Filippo Brunelleschi himself (architect of The Duomo). Like its sister properties around the world, this five-star hotel provides guests with the best of all things from a Michelin-starred restaurant and top-rated spa, to their signature butler service and St. Regis traditions like sabering and afternoon tea. Well-heeled travelers familiar with the brand will feel right at home in this super lux incarnation.
Named after famous historic Italians, the rooms are decked out in Renaissance style with plush carpeting, sweeping drapes, and views of the Arno River. Upper tier rooms come with the famed butler service and suites are equipped with their own espresso machines.
Butler service is a really nice touch and you can get help packing and un-packing, coffee and tea service, and assistance with any need you can surmise.
Marble bathrooms have TVs in the mirror (great for watching movies in the bath), double sinks, shaving mirrors, and bidets. Remede bath products are standard.
A travel-theme permeates the rich wood-accented lobby with high ceilings, hardwood floors, area rugs, leather furnishings, and a grand terrace that looks over the water. Art pieces include globes, ancient maps, and other explorer-related works.
The hotel spa is a real treat with a large menu of options that include massages, facials, wraps, manicures, and more. Inside, you’ll also find a giant Jacuzzi and steam shower to soothe any aching muscles after long walks around the city.
Open 24/7, the fitness area includes TechnoGym cardio machines and free weights, and has water, apples, and protein bars to help you get the most of your workout.
Winter Garden by Caino is the hotel’s classic one Michelin-starred restaurant that takes Florentine cuisine to a whole other level for lunch or dinner. There’s also live music every night. Breakfast is another treat at the hotel as you dine on a mezzanine that looks down on Winter Garden and has a buffet with every breakfast item imaginable.
The Winter Garden Bar is home to the famous St. Regis afternoon tea and later champagne sabering ceremony. The bar also serves a great apperitivo where for the price of drink, you get Michelin-starred finger foods along with an oyster. The hotel also has a one-of-a-kind wine cellar. Dubbed La Cantinetta, you’ll be treated to more than 300 local and international varietals.
Don’t forget, the St. Regis in New York is the originator of the Bloody Mary, and at this location, there’s an added Florentine twist.
The location of the hotel is ideal as its riverside spot gives you easy access to both sides of the city. Walking around is simple in Florence as great museums, parks, restaurants, bars, and shopping are all within minutes of the hotel.
Across the street from the hotel at the Westin Excelsior is SE-STO (1-minute walk) a rooftop stop with unique gastronomic takes on Italian cuisine. For classic Tuscan fare, check out Buca Mario (6-minute walk) which serves up piping plates of pasta in a bucolic setting.
At SE-STO (1-minute walk) you can take in stunning sunsets while sipping on classic Chiantis on their majestic rooftop. Down the street is Harry’s Bar (3-minute walk) which is it the originator of the Bellini cocktail in Venice, Italy.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This hotel is pure class and refinement and lovers of the brand will find the same comforts they’re used to from St. Regis sister hotels around the world. With that you have the famed butler service, sabering ceremonies, Bentley tours of the city, lux spa, and award-winning dining. There’s no pool, but that’s probably the only setback at this grand five-star joint. With a location on the river and easy walking distance to nearly every major attraction, you can’t go wrong here – as long as you can afford it!