Hidden in an alleyway just one block north of the river is one of the oldest structures in the city dating back to the 11th-Century. The tower that is the emblem of Torre Guelfa not only boasts a long history, but a hotel that prides itself on service and classic Florentine style. Though it’s easy to miss, this small and unique hotel is worth looking for as it’s one of the most unique in the city.
Every room inside is different as historical preservation rules forced the renovators to work around the history to incorporate the hotel. What is typical, however, is hardwood or tiled floors, pink accents, canopy beds, and modern amenities. In addition to the classic rooms, the hotel has an entire other wing with fully modernized rooms that have light wood floors and contemporary design.
Make use of the minibar as it’s free! That includes the beer you lush.
Bathrooms are decked out with marble floors and minuscule shower/tub combos (small children can fit in the bath). All come with bidets and Marie Danielle bath products.
The reception has blue felt couches and fresh flowers changed out regularly. It’s not much of a hangout, but throughout the property you’ll find communal living room spaces with cozy couches and chairs for lazy afternoons.
There is no formal restaurant, but breakfast is included with your stay and can also be taken in your room for no extra charge. There are actually two breakfast areas and the bigger of the two resembles a large living room with red leather couches, a piano, and a lot of Renaissance art.
There are often events taking place in the second breakfast room. Twice a month, the hotel has a delightful apperitivo with prosecco that’s free for guests.
The piece de resistance of the hotel is the tower, which features 360-degree views of the city. It’s also home to the Tower Bar where guests can soak in the sunsets from 4:30-8:30 pm.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Walking to the Tower Bar is a hike and there's no elevator in this ancient part of the building.
Like most hotels in the city center, it’s incredibly easy to walk to nearly every major attraction. This hotel is no different and has easy access to the south side of the river from two different bridges. We’d recommend against renting a car as it’s complicated to navigate the rules of the city.
For otherworldly pasta, head across the St. Trinity Bridge to Trattoria Cammilo (5-minute walk) a Michelin-starred gem. If you want the best panini’s, check out Vinaino (5-minute walk) in Piazza della Signoria.
Wine and chocolate hounds will find lots to love at Rivoire (5-minute walk) at Piazza della Signoria. For simple pints and a more raucous environment, head over to the Old Stove Pub (5-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
With one of the longest histories inside the city center, there’s nothing quite like the tower that gives guests some of the most sweeping views. Not only is it historical, it’s also right in the middle of everything with great restaurants, bars, shopping, and attractions right nearby. Some of the rooms feel a little dated – but you should opt for the new modern ones if that’s a concern. Central, historical, and with a warm and friendly staff, you’ll be made to feel right at home at this unique hotel.