A regal former palace in Florence
80 Rooms / 19 Suites
Located along Florence’s Arno River in a 15th-century, Renaissance-era palace designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, The St. Regis Florence holds an impressive spot in the city’s historical center on Piazza Ognissanti. Mingle with low-profile celebs and play chess in the charming library or sip Brunello bloody marys (the hotel’s signature drink) in the classic, regal atmosphere.
The St. Regis is often the location of over-the-top weddings held in the unabashedly ornate ballroom, Salone delle Feste. A traditional Italian meal can be had in the elegant restaurant, which has frescoes, pillars and a vaulted ceiling of painted glass.
Rooms are just as richly decorated as expected — they are grand, gilded, brocaded spaces where your imagination can easily transport you back in time. Large four-post beds are dressed with high-thread-count linens; many rooms have coffered or frescoed ceilings and are decked in bold colors and lavish design elements like chandeliers, Florentine furniture and Renaissance-era artwork reproductions.
Plenty of Florentine glory can be spotted, like the Savonarola chair, with a unique shape that originated from medieval Italy. Bathrooms are spacious and covered in marble. We recommend asking for a room with a view of the river — you won’t be disappointed. The Royal Suite with its fourth-floor balcony is a favorite, as is the Bottega Veneta Suite, designed by the creative director Tomas Maier and is as minimalist as it gets at the richly decorated luxury hotel.
Pampering is taken quite seriously at the St. Regis and that is evident at the spa, which is made up of posh, contemporary suites equipped with everything needed for decadent, restful treatments. Headed up by Clarins, tailor-made services include massages, facials and more. There is also an fitness center onsite with a lineup of treadmills, ellipticals and free weights.
The Food and Drinks
The bartenders at The St. Regis Bar can whip up just about any creation and are known for being some of the best in town. Off to the side at the bar, take in the daily champagne sabering, which marks the start of every evening.
You will not be disappointed by the Tuscan flavors at Restaurant Winter Garden by Caino, located in a large open space with vaulted painted glass ceilings and crystal chandeliers. The ambiance is formal and the dress code is elegant — a pianist’s tunes waft through the sumptuous room as diners take their spots.
The à la carte menu and the tasting menus are filled with bright, Italian plates such as black squid ink tagliolini, roasted sea bass and braised beef cheek.
Opt to dine in the unique Cantinetta Wine Cellar, which has more than 300 international and domestic wines.
Those staying in Premium Deluxe Arno River View Rooms and all suites can take advantage of the exclusive St. Regis Butler Service, available 24/7 and a St. Regis tradition since 1904. There is also a special bespoke afternoon tea every day from 3:30 to 5 p.m., with Dammann Frères teas and the Florence hotel’s knowledgeable tea sommelier.
For those who love contemporary art, a professional curator is on hand for tours around the city. But our favorite perk is the availability to book a tour of the city (and the Tuscan countryside beyond) in one of the hotel’s Bentleys.