We stayed here instead of the Four Seasons, and were so glad that we did. The hotel, owned by the Faragamo shoe family, has the feel of a small boutique hotel and the staff treats you like you are the only ones in the hotel. Our room was small, but the view was incredible--right on the Arno River with beautiful view of the Ponte Vecchio. The bed and linens were luxurious, and the cleaning service was prompt. We liked this side of the Arno River, which seemed a little less hectic and loud.
Like many hotels in Europe, the hotel cuts off the AC sometime during October. To get enough cool air we had to leave the big sliding glass door open, which resulted in many mosquitoes by morning. Being from Florida and enduring mosquitoes most of the time, this would be a deal breaker at any other hotel in the states. But despite being bitten during the night, we decided that the hotel was well worth the bother. (And the mosquitoes weren't quite so painful as the ones in Florida tend to be.)
Breakfast each morning was bountiful and delicious, as well as unhurried. We were able to take in the view of the Ponte Vecchio and the skyline of the city while we sipped cappuccinos.
The staff took great care to ask about our welfare each day and to help prepare any reservations that we needed. We definitely plan to return to Florence and to the Hotel Lungarno.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Your charming home away from home, a stone throw away from Ponte Vecchio. Florence and Tuscan hospitality are experienced at its finest in this splendid setting offering stunning views on the master works of the Renaissance.The exclusive and stylish Hotel Lungarno was designed by the Florentine architect Michele Bönan and invites you to spend magical days surrounded by luxury, glamorous art and culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lungarno Hotel Florence