Need to know
10.30am. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability, but let the hotel know if you plan to arrive after reception closes after 4pm.
Double rooms from $160.40 (€130), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.80 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include a Continental breakfast of pastries, fresh fruit and juices, cereal, cheese, cold cuts, hard-boiled eggs, yoghurt and jams.
Owner Betty is responsible for some of the handmade objets d’art in the suites – have a browse of her wares in the shop downstairs for a Florentine memento to take home.
At the hotel
Lounge, library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player on request, minibar, espresso machine, kettle, CO Bigelow New York toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Kitted out with retro furniture, super king-size beds and original artwork (one of the Superior rooms is dressed with delicately detailed paperwork), each of the 13 rooms has its own quirky, mix-and-match personality. These are boltholes for Renaissance floozies: look out for apothecary storage, roll-top baths and subway-tiled showers. All are delightful; the Deluxe rooms are just a bit bigger. With its high ceilings, Persian-inspired rugs and detailed overhead fresco, the blue Deluxe room took a special place in our heart.
Leave any skyscraping Ferragamos at home – Florence is best explored in flat shoes.
Rooms are accessed by a short climb up a flight or two of stairs.
Leave the little ones at home: Soprarno Suites is more of a grown-up retreat.