Florence, Italy

Soprarno Suites

Rates from (ex tax)$137.67

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR128.24), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Killer good looks

Setting

Soulful off-centre

Deftly decorated with a confident medley of vintage finds, handcrafted furniture and Vermeer-inspired mirrors, boutique B&B Soprarno Suites is as stylish as Florence palazzo boltholes get. Days start with a hearty breakfast in the coffee shop downstairs. Lofty ceilings, frescoed details and enormous beds may tempt guests to spend whole afternoons happily lounging here, but avoiding the city’s Tuscan charms is a challenge: outside, artisan-loved Oltrarno beckons with a bevy of piazzas, palazzos and perfectly formed eateries.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

13 rooms.

Check–Out

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.

Rates

Double rooms from $137.67 (€117), 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.

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR128.24), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a Continental breakfast of pastries, fresh fruit and juices, cereal, cheese, cold cuts, hard-boiled eggs, yoghurt and jams.

Also

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.

Packing tips

Leave any skyscraping Ferragamos at home – Florence is best explored in flat shoes.

Also

Rooms are accessed by a short climb up a flight or two of stairs.

Children

Leave the little ones at home: Soprarno Suites is more of a grown-up retreat.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Laid-back Soprarno coffee shop downstairs is a good spot for mingling with the locals.

Dress Code

Florentine chic: impeccable basics, sharp blazers, ankle-skimming maxis.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant as such, but there are plenty of buzzy pit stops in the neighbourhood for tastebud-tingling Tuscan cuisine.

Hotel bar

Grab a beer or soda from the first-floor honesty bar.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am to 10am, after which the coffee shop opens to the public.

Location

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Address
Soprarno Suites
Via Maggio 35
Firenze
50125
Firenze
Italy

Planes

A 40-minute drive away, Florence Peretola Airport has links to many European destinations. Hop in a taxi (about €20) or ask the hotel to arrange a private car transfer (from €50, or call the Smith24 Team on 03333 319 601 to arrange transportation). From the UK, flying into Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport will give you more choice; there’s a direct train to Florence for €5 one way, which takes about 45 minutes.

Trains

A 15-minute walk away, Santa Maria Novella station can be found just behind the piazza of the same name. Trains go from here to Milan, Naples, Pisa, Rome and Siena, as well as Nice and Vienna. You can get to Rome in under two hours by high-speed train, and to Milan in about three.

Automobiles

Florence’s winding streets and restricted central zone (ZTL) mean a car is best avoided. If you’re bringing your own wheels, there’s a public car park a 10-minute walk away (from €28 a day); skirt the ZTL studiously to avoid hefty fines.

Worth getting out of bed for

Soprarno Suites is perfectly poised for a taste of Florence’s fascinating Renaissance past. Overlooking a 12th-century courtyard, the building used to belong to the Vellutis; history buffs need only look up on Via Maggio to gawp at the grand palazzos which once bore witness to the wealth of great Florentine families. Palazzo Pitti and the Santo Spirito basilica are just around the corner. Take a gentle stroll down the street to Santa Trinita bridge for postcard-perfect views of Ponte Vecchio. Stop by Madova before crossing over to the historical city centre: the ladies there can size you up for a pair of butter-soft leather gloves (there’s one in practically every Pantone shade) with just one look. Avoid patience-defying queues at the Uffizi Gallery by booking ahead, or skip the Botticellis, da Vincis and Caravaggios altogether and spend your afternoons flitting from wine bars to gelaterias instead.

Local restaurants

Round-the-block Enoteca Pitti has imposing views of the Medici’s Pitti Palace. Graze on local cheeses and lesser-known vintages, then walk it all off in the Boboli Gardens. Gurdulù is a stylish, pared-down spot for a romantic dinner; the chef is as enamoured with bold-coloured dishes as with impeccably sourced produce. Buzzy Il Santo Bevitore is a popular eatery – its stylings may be contemporary, but it takes its cues from classic Tuscan dishes such as ribollita soup, squid-ink risotto and truffled turbot.

Local cafés

One could easily get into seriously heated arguments about the best ice-cream in town; cool tempers off with a visit to Grom for perfect flavours that change with the seasons. On-trend Carduccio bills itself as an organic living room, but stacks of fresh local produce, exposed brick and rustic wooden tables give it the air of a chic village deli. The menu changes daily: expect raw juices, oven-baked Tuscan fare and farm-fresh salads and soups.

Local bars

Smith favourite Continentale’s rooftop bar La Terrazza has bags of cinematic 1950s glamour. Go there to sip and be seen; the sweeping city views aren’t bad, either.

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 boutique hotel in Oltrarno and unpacked their leather bags and deli finds, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Soprarno Suites in Florence…
 
Set in a 16th-century palazzo, stylish B&B Soprarno Suites has made the most of beautiful volumes with eclectic decor and an almost slavish eye for detail. Dotted across two floors, this Renaissance stay’s 13 rooms have been given a new lease of life with bold colour (petrol blues here, a splash of hot pink in the bathroom there), a scattering of shabby-chic furniture and decorative details (leather armchairs, typographic accessories, brass mirrors) straight from a hipster’s look book. That’s not to say the effect is gimmicky in any way: the quirk serves as light-hearted counterbalance to the buildings’ weighty past and Soprarno Suites is as elegant as it is inviting. Downstairs, a coffee shop opens early for the hotel’s guests, before turning into a laid-back hangout for the neighbourhood’s residents. And what a neighbourhood it is: with tucked-away eateries, enticing artisan shops and plenty of piazzas and palazzos on the doorstep, Oltrarno makes a central but off-the-beaten-path base for exploring Florence’s historical and culinary delights.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Soprarno Suites’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The room was fantastic as was the entire hotel in general. Very romantic yet modern and stylish. It is at walking distance from the major sites which makes it perfect if you don't want to waste much time in traffic. The personelle of the hotel is very helpful and friendly. In case you don't feel like going out they offer Apple TV and a selection of movies.

Don’t expect

Spa or wellness.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Jul 2017

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