Contemporary Italian luxury in Florence
88 Rooms / 14 Suites
It’s hard to beat the location of Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel, situated on Piazza della Repubblica and just steps from the 13th-century Duomo and in the middle of all Florence has to offer. But it’s not just its spectacular locale that makes this 1893 beauty one of the destination luxury hotels in town — the Savoy is a beguiling mix of old and new, contemporary comforts and ago-old design.
Built on the site of a former church, the hotel is now part of the Rocco Forte brand. The staff at the Savoy knows how to make you feel special and comfortable, whether you’re a boldfaced name like Angela Merkel and Salma Hayek or just an everyday traveler. Designer Olga Polizzi has transformed the Savoy into a contemporary Italian hotel that radiates tasteful modernity (keep an eye out for the work of artist Luca Pignatelli, too).
The rooms are varied in size and stature with some of them overlooking the famous piazza. All have modern Italian in style with plenty of comfort-inducing touches, such Nespresso coffee machines and fresh bouquets of flowers daily. (The Savoy has an in-house florist, of course.)
Muted colors and contemporary furniture pieces set the tone of the beautifully designed rooms, each one unique and outfitted with the latest technology. Bathrooms showcase unique mosaic marble and are stocked with Florentine Lorenzo Villoresi‘s products. Walls are covered with the work of local artists and several rooms feature bookcases with literature classics.
Suites are special at the Florence hotel. We like the Brunelleschi (you can guess the view), which has a state-of-the-art steam room with chromotherapy and aromatherapy facilities. The Repubblica Suite, which is the largest at 1,184 square feet, has both contemporary and classic touches, and has not one, but four balconies overlooking the piazza. The bathroom is all Carrara marble, walls are filled with original illustrations, there’s a walk-in closet, and butler service is included.
Irene, the Savoy’s renovated bistro, has a smart, innovative design. It’s a retro showstopper, with vintage wine glasses and some of the best barmen in town. (Try one of the signature cocktails, all of which are themed around travel in Italy.)
The kitchen is under the helm of chef Fulvio Pierangelini, who brightens up Tuscan cuisine with healthier options that attract just as many locals as in-house guests. Examples of dishes include a delicious red prawn tartare with ricotta and aromatic herbs, or the ravioli of pappa al pomodoro, a true testament to local cuisine.
The recent renovations of both the lobby and bistro reflect a contemporary style that is at the very height of the latest in Italian design. Music softly radiates from the lobby bar, and you can browse through the many art history and design books there.
You are also privy to a complimentary in-room happy hour drink. Families are welcomed with the new Families Forte service that includes special gifts and toys for kids upon arrival, turndown service, special meals, a 24-hour babysitting service and even a special three-hour Pinocchio workshop (a local hero in Tuscany).
Explore the city via the free bikes designed by Velorbis, the iconic Danish bicycle brand. The concierge can arrange pretty much any special occasion you can think of, including unique shopping tours that will take you from a design house’s factory to its boutique.