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“Surrounded by the Renaissance (and crowds)” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Lungarno
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Borgo San Jacopo 14, 50125 Florence, Italy   |  
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Ranked #10 of 461 Hotels in Florence
Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Surrounded by the Renaissance (and crowds)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

When we opened the curtains of our window, we saw the Florence skyline across the Arno River and the magnificent bridges that span it. (See picture.) This pleasant hotel is only a few blocks from the famed Ponte Vecchio -- and at night you can see glowing reflections of the the lights of the city shimmering on the water. The rooms are not as luxurious as some others in Florence, but you can't argue with the location, nor with the courtesy and service of the staff. Fine restaurants line the street in front of the hotel and you can turn in almost any direction and walk in the shadows of Michelangelo and da Vinci. The only problem with the beauty of Florence is that everyone in the world is aware of it and the crowds can be daunting. Be aware: No one really "lives" in Florence, except tourists -- (Even the Medici family has long since left). This may well give you the impression of visiting a theme park, rather than a charming town. The Lungarno is helpful in that regard, because you can walk anywhere and navigate yourself to palaces, museums, churches -- between the crowds or sometimes on top of them. Here are some survival tips: Eat early and make reservations. Because of the general tourist chaos, restaurants will simply close the doors when they are full, whether you have a reservation or not. That's not because the owners are impolite, it is because so many people cancel or change their minds, that the proprietors don't like to turn customers away when seats are empty (which they seldom are.) Make sure you get a Lungarno room with a view of the river and city. They are quiet, if somewhat spartan. Also opening and closing times of the restaurants are capricious. Make sure the restaurant of your dreams is not closed on an odd Wednesday. Try to go "off-season," which now seems to extend only a few weeks in the middle of the winter. Beware, this is not the place for a "relaxed stay," but yes, it is an incomparable attraction. One further tip for the food conscious: The famous Florentine steak is served rare -- not rare as in a little pink, rare as in barely cooked. If this is what you want, fine, but if it is not, you will need some delicate diplomacy to coax the owner into allowing your steak just a little more "fire." Just keep in mind, the food here is sublime and there are a hundred other more user friendly options. Also, try your best in the fall to get the "fresh picked" olive oil. It is greenish and thick and is carefully doled out to customers who have an eye for delicious and fresh picked ingredients. Nothing quite like it exists in the United States.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Do not miss the chance to stay at this spectacular hotel! The location, right along the Arno and steps from the Ponte Vecchio, cannot be beat. The public area of the hotel is soothingly designed, and provides a wonderful respite amid the bustle of tourist-crowded Florence. Our room was incredible - on the 7th floor with a breathtaking view of the river, duomo, and bridge. We could have just sat in the room and watched the activity on the river for hours. The staff were wonderfully helpful with museum and dining reservations in advance of our stay, and providing us valuable information to make the most of our time in Florence.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the river - the rooms on the 6th floor have small balconies.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

When traveling to Florence, make your reservation with Hotel Lungarno. The rooms are beautifully decorated, the customer service is outstanding and its location is perfect. My wife & I were celebrating our anniversary so I wanted to book a luxury boutique hotel. The hotel definitely met our expectations. Our room was spacious and had a nice terrace view (thanks to the hotel management) -- it was perfect for drinking wine after walking all day. The overall hotel atmosphere is cozy and the staff is genuinely friendly. It made our visit to Florence memorable.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

I've been around the world and Arkansas twice and cannot remember a more enjoyable experience than the time at Hotel Lungarno. From the front desk to the cozy longe area, everyone knows your name and preferences from the get go.Sonya at the front desk immediately resolved a potential problem for me and Daniella knew precisely how I like my Old Fashion each afternoon. If your budget will allow, this is the easiest decision you should make when planning a trip to Florence.

Room Tip: River View and lower floor
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

A luxury hotel that is what it advertises. My stay here was one of the best traveling experiences in a while. The staff were all wondering who did a wonderful job of ensuring that every request was looked into in quick and efficient manner. My only regret is that, I was not allocated a room with a view of the river which is beautiful. The location of the hotel which is just across the river and at the same side at the Michelangelo park is quieter and closer to some of the finest restaurants I have eaten at. It was a breeze to get around town by walking, and renting the bicycles the hotel provided allowed us to explore more of the city than we could have on foot. I still wish I was having a drink at its wonderful bar before heading off to dinner while taking in the view of the old city. The rooms were decent size and come exactly like they look on the website, which is a very pleasant surprise in today’s photoshop age. Beds were nice and firm definitely provided us with a good night’s rest. The restaurants recommended by the hotel were all out of this world and should all be tried if possible.

Room Tip: Do not take rooms ending with 29 as they face a wall and not the river
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

I am a big fan of Ritz and Four Seasons Hotels. Stay wherever and whenever I can all over the world. A family friend told us about Hotel Lungarno and we did not stay at the Four Seasons in Florence. Well we made a decision to stay at the Lungarno Apartments. We were not satisfied with our original decision to stay in the apartment and the manager, Sonya, worked her magic to move us to a two bedroom suite in the hotel. Fabulous views of the Arno River and a terrific room.
Great location..you can walk anywhere and the staff is superb. The bar team in the lobby area is top notch. The two men are fun, helpful and very easy to speak with on a variety of topics.
Look...bottom line.....this is a great Euro hotel with a great location and employees who care about what they do everyday.

Room Tip: Get a view of the Arno River
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Pricey but lovely. Pleasant breakfast every morning started our vacation days on the perfect note.

We stayed on the 7th floor and had a small balcony overlooking the city where we spent the end of our days relaxing as the sun went down.

If you can afford it, we highly recomend it

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Borgo San Jacopo 14, 50125 Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Florence
#6 Romantic Hotel in Florence
#8 Luxury Hotel in Florence
#22 Family Hotel in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Lungarno 4*
Number of rooms: 73
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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