Style Discreetly decadent townhouse
Setting Strozzi shopping streets
Palazzo Vecchietti hotel is housed in a remastered relic from the 15th century, modernised by the man behind JK Place and as elegant as ever. B&Bs don’t get more stately.
Need to know
- Rooms 14, including three suites and two one-bedroom apartments.
Double rooms from $459.87 (€358), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.00 per person per night on check-out.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (€358) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates €249–€1,200, including American buffet breakfast.
- Facilities Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, Nespresso machine and minibar.
- Check-out 12 noon, but flexible if there’s availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
- Children Welcome: cots for babies are free, and under-fives can stay at no charge in their parents’ bed; extra beds can be added for €70 a night. Suites, Junior Suites and apartments have sofa beds. A nanny can be brought in to babysit (€25 an hour) – just give a
- Also Small pets are welcome. In-room beauty treatments available on request.
Food and drink at Palazzo Vecchietti
None, just a banquet-fit breakfast room on the top floor, with a grand table, heavy curtains, leather seats and oil paintings aplenty. There's a usual spread on offer, as well as a choice of cooked items. Private dinners can be organised on request.
- Dress code Portrait-worthy perfection; some velvet wouldn’t go amiss.
- Top table Head of the table, of course.
- Last orders Breakfast is served between 7.30am and 10.30am.
- Room service Breakfast can be served in rooms if required, during the regular hours.
Alas not, but there's a well-stocked minibar in rooms.
Palazzo Vecchietti 4 via degli Strozzi, Florence, 50123
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Smith extra at Palazzo Vecchietti
A bottle of wine and a basket of biscotti di Prato (almond biscuits). Guests staying three nights or more also get two tickets to the Uffizi or Accademia.
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Our favourite rooms
For the most space, go for Donatello (Room 207), which has high ceilings, rich, velvety fabrics and sky-high bookshelves next to the vast expanse of window in the sitting room. Even the sofa bed looks inviting. For the best views, it’s got to be Machiavelli (Room 302), where you can see Palazzo Strozzi and Piazza della Repubblica from the terrace. As far as the two apartments go, Leonardo da Vinci gets our vote: bold carpets, plush sofas, two living rooms and a massive terrace.
Architecture and art books to sort your Brunelleschi from your Botticelli; cobble-friendly footwear.
Turn barista in your bedroom courtesy of the nifty Nespresso machines.