Need to know
12 noon; later check-out can be arranged, if available. Check-in is from 3pm to 8pm.
Double rooms from $212.50 (€190), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.50 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include Italian breakfast and soft drinks.
Owner/manager Alice Nardi (daughter of the hotel’s designer and architect, Claudio) is almost always on hand to offer restaurant tips or pointers on art exhibitions and events that outsiders might miss. Riva Lofts also has a partnership with Armilla Beauty, so you can order in face and body treatments, massage and hairdressing whenever you like.
At the hotel
Communal sitting room, LCD TV, DVD/CD player, library of books, films and music, free WiFi in lounge area and some other parts of the hotel. In suites: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player; most suites have kitchenettes and free WiFi.
Our favourite rooms
For sheer size and spectacle, make a swift beeline for Room 4 – it’s bigger than a small flat, has three walls of floor-to-ceiling glass windows gazing out over the Arno, and its stunning grey wood kitchen is designed to be almost invisible when not in use. Upstairs, you’re met with polished concrete floors, over-sized ball lamps and a dangerously comfortable bed. Room 9 shares the same spaciousness, but cultivates a slightly less arch-contemporary prettiness, and Room 7 has a quirky string curtain surrounding the bed, which lends it the air of an ultramodern, but nonetheless romantic boudoir.
Contrary to impressions, the ‘metaphysical swimming pool’ does actually exist – it’s a plush white sandstone pool set in a serene hedgerow-lined garden.
Huge D&G sunglasses will not only lend you the in-crowd stamp of cool, but also help keep the flies out of your eyes as you zoom along the river on one of Riva Loft’s 1950s bikes.
Reception is open 8am –8pm, but arrangements can be made for later arrivals. The hotel is non-smoking throughout. A two-night minimum stay is required during Pitti fashion fairs.
Small, well-behaved, non-sofa-soiling pets are welcome for €12 each a night. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Florence.
Rollaway beds cost €50 a day, but cots are free and there’s no charge for children staying in parents’ rooms. With two days’ notice, babysitting can be arranged for around €15 an hour.