An impossibly chic Florence getaway
Portrait Firenze is the latest hotel in the Lungarno Collection, stylish, intimate and chic boutique hotels owned by Italy’s Ferragamo family. This one, like a couple of its sister hotels, is located near the iconic Ponte Vecchio and is within walking distance of Florence’s major sites.
It’s also impossibly chic, attracting celebrities like Ron Howard and Tom Cruise. There is no reception area, just an elegant lounge area dressed in cream and gray peppered with original vintage pieces of art — it’s a contemporary homage to the 1950s dolce vita lifestyle.
Florence architect Michele Bonan designed the spaces and rooms with lavish materials and cool, mid-century furnishings. It certainly feels like your own private address, close to much of what makes Florence so spectacular (including the shopping). Service is highly tailored to each guest, with a personal cocktail upon arrival and personalized shopping recommendations and cultural tours.
At Portrait, you are meant to feel at home. Hardwood floors, a muted color scheme, large mirrors and cashmere throws evoke a sense of stylish calm. Rooms and suites are on the larger size (starting at 516 square feet) and come with the latest Bluetooth technology and even an iPad loaded with info and entertainment options (the genius “goodnight switch” turns everything off at once).
The jaw-dropping views through floor-to-ceiling windows are of the city, the Arno river and, of course, the Ponte Vecchio. Bathrooms are a delight — covered in white Carrara marble and equipped with rainshowers, professional-quality hairdryers and exclusive Ferragamo bath products.
Suites have a small kitchenette and some of the very best views in town. The stunning Ponte Vecchio Suite has a riverfront terrace, two large bedrooms, two bathrooms and walk-in closets.
Downstairs is the pretty Caffè dell’Oro, where you can eat a bountiful breakfast in peace. The space, which is all dark woods and white brick walls with more stellar views of the Arno and beyond, is also a nice spot for a lunch or light bites (mid-morning espresso and pastry, anyone?) throughout the day.
At night, expect the chic Italian bistro to turn out upscale Italian fare such as pumpkin ravioli, roasted veal tenderloin and tiramisu.
Thoughtful amenities abound: vintage-style bicycles are freely offered so you can roam the city, jogging routes are available, fresh flower displays are around every corner, a 24/7 concierge is on call, and free entry to the Ferragamo museum is included in the room rate as well as a discount on purchases at the nearby flagship store.