Florence, Italy

Hotel Lungarno

Rates per night from$411.14

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR360.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Ferragamo finesse

Setting

Echoes from Vecchio

Peek out of a window at the riverside Hotel Lungarno, and you’ll see old-world barchetti boats bobbing under the Ponte Vecchio, in the (extremely) historic heart of Florence. A roll-call of Renaissance must-sees are on your doorstep – stroll one way for the Uffizi and the other for the majestic Boboli Gardens. You don’t have to go anywhere for art, though – there are 450 originals in the hotel itself. The interiors are as sophisticated as you’d expect when the owner is a certain Signore Salvatore Ferragamo, and the Michelin-starred restaurant is masterminded by star chef Peter Brunel.

Smith Extra

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A bottle of wine, Salvatore Ferragamo bath products, free entry to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum and free bike rental.

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Sixty-three, including five suites.

Check–Out

Noon; check-in 2pm, but both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $411.14 (€360), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates do not include breakfast. A la carte dishes start at €10, continental buffet is €28, and the Gourmet Breakfast including eggs any way you like is €35. Under-3s eat for free.

At the hotel

Free WiFi. In rooms: TV, iPad, Bose Soundlink Mini music system, wired internet, Lavazza coffee machine, minibar, free bottled water, Salvatore Ferragamo bath products.

Our favourite rooms

From the Rooftop Terrace Suite River View, feast your eyes on a 360-degree cityscape taking in the Duomo, Palazzo Pitti and the Ponte Vecchio; the interiors are dedicated to the abstract designs of Luciano Schifano.

Spa

In-room treatments can be arranged, or you can pop over to sister hotel, Continentale, for a session in their serene White Iris beauty spa. If you’re after a personal trainer, just ask the hotel staff. They can also provide yoga mats and training videos so you can work out in your own room.

Packing tips

A travel paint set, to capture (or at least try to capture) this capital of art on paper. Worst case, you can write your 5-year-old niece’s name on the bottom and stick it on your fridge – no one will ever know.

Also

All public areas are accessible by wheelchair; some of the rooms have roll-in showers.

Pet‐friendly

Critter companions are welcomed, as long as they don’t exceed the 10kg weight limit. There’s no extra charge, and a dog bed, bowl and a few pedigree snacks will be waiting in your room. See more pet-friendly hotels in Florence.

Children

All ages welcome. Cots and baby bed linen can be added to all rooms. Babysitting is available for €30 an hour; book at least one day in advance. Highchairs and changing mats available. Crayons and paints provided on request.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

River views make an excellent side dish to go with your meal – snaffle a table by the window.

Dress Code

Fine dining deserves fashion to match – fix up and look sharp with your own take on elegant, Italian glamour.

Hotel restaurant

Borgo San Jacopo has a Michelin-star to its name and a visionary chef in the kitchen: Peter Brunel. Order à la carte from the Italian-format menu of aperitivi, primi and secondi courses – for instance, potato foam with trout eggs and truffle pearls, followed by blue cheese fondue gnocchi, and seawater-stewed lamb with a hint of whisky. Sommelier Salvatore Biscotti is on hand to help you choose from over 900 wines. Plain white tablecloths and muted grey interiors allow the food – and the riverside view – to take centre stage.

Hotel bar

Picteau Lounge is a tribute to Picasso and Cocteau, but it’s not short of its own liquid masterpieces either. Nab a seat on the Ponte-facing balcony, and pick from the negroni menu, sip a sweet Il Principe (bourbon, banana syrup and walnut bitters), or plump for something from the wine list – this is Italy, after all. The refined parlour is as well suited to afternoon tea as it is to an evening aperitivo, with royal blue and white upholstery giving it a nautical flavour. There’s a full food menu too, featuring light bites and sandwiches as well as hearty helping of veal steak and Moscardini octopus.

Last orders

Breakfast is served in the Sala River from 7am to 11am. Borgo San Jacopo serves dinner from 7pm to 10pm daily. Picteau Lounge is open from 11am to 11pm daily.

Room service

You can order dishes from the Picteau Lounge menu to be delivered to you room. If you’re halfway through a lie-in, order breakfast à la carte.

Location

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Address
Hotel Lungarno
Borgo S. Jacopo, 14
Florence
50125
Italy

Planes

You can fly into Florence airport from major cities around Europe, including international hubs such as London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. From there, it’s an 11km, 30-minute drive to the hotel (transfers cost €50). Ryanair and Easyjet both have routes from the UK to Pisa; it’s roughly two hours from the hotel (transfers cost €200). Call Smith24 for help arranging any part of your trip.

Trains

High-speed Trenitaliatrains arrive from Rome, Venice and Milan into Santa Maria Novella station, which is just over 1km from the hotel. If you don’t fancy tackling the walk through town with your cases, arrange a hotel transfer for €35.

Automobiles

If you’re plotting an extended trip around Tuscany, you’ll want to rent a car (or a Vespa, if that’s how you roll), but city-breakers can easily do without: Florence is very walkable. It’s tricky to find parking near the hotel, but you can hand the keys to the valet for €35 per day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Florence is best enjoyed on a leisurely amble through the storied streets and bustling piazzas, but if you want to mix things up, the hotel has bikes and a maps of suggested jogging routes. The stretch between the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo is the most history-laden, but also the busiest; call our expert Smith24 team to arrange tours led by local guides or book a trip down the Arno on a traditional barchetto boat. The Uffizi (Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6) is the must-visit home of Renaissance art – be sure to reserve tickets in advance, or prepare to wait in line for your chance to see works by Botticelli, Raphael et al. See Michelangelo's David in all his glory at the Galleria dell’Accademia (Via Ricasoli, 58/60), and pop into the Mercato Centrale for your fill of Tuscany’s finest edible bounty. All hotel guests can visit the Salvatore Ferragamo museum (Piazza di Santa Trinita, 5/R) for free (you can put your savings towards a pair of shoes).

Local restaurants

The Michelin-star-toting La Bottega Del Buon Caffè (69/R Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini) is helmed by Florentine chef Antonello Sardi, who stays true to his roots with a menu of local produce expertly and creatively prepared; there are over 1,000 wines to choose from too. For all Florence’s charms, Naples still has the edge on pizza; luckily, Il Pizzaiuolo (Via dei Macci, 113/R) is here to wood-fire the wafer-thin discs of dough in true Neapolitan style, and load them up with produce from Campania. The family-run Trattoria Sabatino (Via Pisana 2/R) is a no-frills favourite away from the most tourist-trampled drags. Expect red-chequered tablecloths, terracotta tiles and farmhouse decor, plus hearty pastas made to time-honoured recipes.

Local cafés

If gelato is top of your list, make your first stop Grom (Via del Campanile, 2); if it isn’t, consider reassessing your priorities. Procacci (Via Tornabuoni, 64R) has been serving deli delights since 1885 – truffle-laced panini are the speciality, paired with a smooth Marchesi Antinori wine. For a crash course in telling a chianti from a carmignano, join a wine-tasting session at Enoteca Pitti (Piazza Pitti, 16).

Local bars

Work your way through the extensive list at rustic wine bar Coquinarius (11/R Via delle Oche), which serves the fruits of Chianti country and beyond in a vibrant, vaulted setting behind the Duomo. The Fusion (at the Continentale hotel, 3 Vicolo dell'Oro) is a slice of modernity in the heart of historic Florence – order an artichoke-infused negroni or a mashup of Lagavulin single malt with sweet amaretto, and pair your drink with delicate sushi and tapas.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this riverside hotel in Florence and unpacked their chianti and cantucci, a full account of their Tuscan break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel Lungarno in Florence…

A stay at Hotel Lungarno comes with more than just high-luxe interiors and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Each time you look out of the window, you get an eyeful of over 1,000 years of history, too. The Ponte Vecchio is one of the most famous bridges in the world and – sorry, Tower, Golden Gate et al – it probably has the best backstory. Almost since the beginning, it’s been crammed with rickety stalls, and in Renaissance Florence the Medici added the Vasari Corridor on top, to cut down their commute from Palazzo Pitti to the Uffizi (originally just rather plush offices). At that time, it was host to a whole high street worth of butchers and fishmongers and the like, but they caused the Corridor to stink like, well, butchers and fishmongers – so they were banned and replaced with the goldsmiths it’s known for today. This is a bridge that has survived through the ages, bearing scars from flooding, war (it was the only bridge the Nazis left standing), and more than a few intense negotiations. And it’s right outside your bedroom window. If that doesn’t put a smile on your face each morning, we don’t know what will.

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