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OVERVIEW

This luxury hotel successfully blends traditional, 1950s and contemporary elements and is located on a pedestrianised square in the city centre near most key sights. Boasting a rooftop pool and bar and rated restaurant, its rooms are stylish and spacious.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Situated between the railway station and the historic city centre on pedestrianised Piazza Santa Maria Novella - which hosts events in the summer months - most key sights, such as the central market and the designer boutiques of Via Tornabuoni, are a short distance.

By plane: flights from London to Florence take over 2 hours. It's a 20-minute drive to the hotel. Parking nearby costs €45 per day. Book flights to Florence.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

On entering, you're struck by the open lobby area that leads to the restaurant, lobby bar, breakfast room, lounge areas and atrium garden. Areas of the building date back to the Middle Ages when it was part of the Santa Maria Novella convent (although there's little evidence left from this time) and you'll find 18th-century frescoes on the first floor. However the most dominant features date from the 1950s, when celebrated architect Carlo Scarpa redesigned it, including the curved mid-century dining chairs and chequerboard marble floor.

THE FACILITIES

The rooftop pool is the real draw here, with a bijou bar from which to watch the sunset with 360 degree views. Staff are passionate about the hotel and its environs and will help you make the most of your stay. A small gym looks over the square, while the caldarium features a warm pool with water jets.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Rooms and suites are spread over five floors, with views of the piazza, inner courtyard or the rooftops. Rooms feature either neutral tones with retro accents, or bolder colours such as greens and reds. Some have frescoes or four-poster beds. Bathrooms are generally spacious.

Room types: Premium, Deluxe Double, Romantic Room, Frescoed Suite, Romantic Suite, Duplex Suite, Junior Suite, Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, minibar, safe, air conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

La Buona Novella serves an innovative menu of creative Florentine cuisine by emerging chef Tommaso Calonaci on a terrace overlooking the square. Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the Scarpa-designed dining room. La Terrazza pool bar on the roof terrace offers a snack menu, too.

La Buona Novella: Italian fine dining, open daily for lunch and dinner. Tasting menu from €80.

La Terrazza: pool bar, grill restaurant and light bites. Open seasonally, 11am-midnight.

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