When we were planning our trip to Florence, one of our objective was to stay at a nice boutique hotel - at the end, it boiled down to a choice between Riva and Casa Howard. Since I was very tempted by the Wallpaper article on Riva and our preferred room at Casa was not available, we opted for Riva. It exceeded our expectations at every possible way.
Their website provides enough photos for you to have a sense of the decor so I'll not dwell on the topic here. It suffice to say that it's so tastefully done that only an architect/interior designer could have pulled it off. It's modern but there're always one or two details which remind you of the history of the buildings (formerly studios of craftsman if I remember correctly). At Riva, the sophisticated and the rustic, the sublime and the mundane blend together effortlessly. It's an oasis of tranquillity from the over-crowded city center of Florence.
Alice and her staff are wonderful - always pleasant and ready to help. It's not exactly cheap to stay at Riva but it's well worth it. Unlike some upscale hotels in Europe/UK, there is no pressure on you to raid the mini-bars. A few bottles of mineral water and juice are complimentary - a considerate gesture since I don't think there is any convenience stores within the 2 mile radius of the hotel.
A stay at Riva is an experience in itself. Highly recommended for travellers who enjoy staying at stylish yet friendly boutique hotels!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautifully renovated 19th-century factory on the southern bank of the Arno River, the Riva Lofts provides a modern oasis in easy reach of the rich historical attractions of Florence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riva Lofts Florence Hotel Florence