Florence’s intimate, serene getaway
12 Suites / 2 Apartments
A boutique luxury residence nestled at the heart of the city’s central prowess, Palazzo Vecchietti oozes the type of historical charm people travel to Florence to experience. This is no ordinary spot. (Then again, not much is in this magical city.)
The location is just steps from Piazza della Repubblica, and the Duomo and prime-shopping street Via Tornabuoni are a short walk further. Many local restaurants, cafés and museums line nearby streets — it’s a wonder the hotel’s bustling location has virtually no influence on the serene interiors.
Inside, the luxury hotel feels like a posh relic of Florentine history — you can spot a partial byzantine tower, a 15th-century water trough, an ancient fireplace and many interesting foregone items that provide one talking point after another (the staff is more than happy to engage in historical banter.)
The wealthy Vecchietti family had the palace built in the 1500s and you can still see plenty of design details from this era. From the lobby, which is more like a chic living room, peek into the atrium’s ancient courtyard. Warm colors and sleek contemporary furniture adds to the elegant ambiance; check-in is done over a glass of prosecco on designer Michele Bönan’s hand-picked furnishings.
This place attracts a well-traveled set looking for a bit of culture and a dose of residential-like character to boot.
There are only 14 rooms in the entire Florence hotel. Deluxe rooms start off at a grand 430 square feet, which would be considered the size of a suite in nearby hotels of the same caliber. All are named after Tuscan artists and carry the same warm, stylish ambiance from the lobby.
Bönan’s classic-meets-modern touches bring the historical Renaissance-era spaces to contemporary life with colorful striped rugs, cashmere throws, velvets and warm woods, and interesting 20th-century prints and drawings. Bath products are from Ortigia, one of the best Italian soap and fragrance companies, and is based in Syracuse, Sicily.
Each room has a kitchenette and Nespresso machine, perfect for wanting to avoid the crowds of Florence for a bit. Ask for one of the two rooms with a beautiful terrace overlooking the Florentine rooftops — Machiavelli is our favorite. Two stunning apartments, the Leonardo da Vinci and the Lorenzo Il Magnifico, feel like stylish luxury homes with living rooms, stocked kitchens, large wardrobes and Turkish baths.
There is no restaurant on site but a lovely continental breakfast (eggs, smoked salmon, yogurt, warm croissants, fresh pies) is offered in the pretty common room on the third floor. It is served around a large table family-style with plenty of options for those with gluten intolerances and other specific needs. Palazzo Vecchietti also offers a light snack in the afternoon if you call ahead.
And while there is no spa here, you can follow the suggestions of the staff members and head to a nearby spot (we like The Klab, a nearby upscale gym with a Turkish bath and sauna) or have them book an in-room massage for a convenient treat.