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Spending the night in one of Florence's hotels is like sleeping in a museum, since they are housed in beautifully restored buildings. You’ll find everything from intimate villas perched on a hillside to palatial hotels in the middle of it all. Here’s Forbes Travel Guide’s take on the best places to stay in Florence:
1. Villa San Michele. Perched on a hilltop above the city, Villa San Michele resides in a former monastery. This romantic hotel dates back to the 15th century, and its 46 rooms are appropriate decorated with antique furnishings. Soak up the Tuscan sun at the swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens. Or just gaze at the seemingly endless miles of Florence’s cityscape.
2. Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. At this Five-Star hotel, you get the spectacular service and accommodations that Four Seasons is renowned for along with a hefty dose of history and art. From the museum-like lobby lounge to the palatial Royal Suite, Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is fit for a king. Whether you stay in a guest room in the 500-year-old Palazzo della Gherardesca or a room in the 16th-century convent, you’ll be seeped in pleasures of the past.
3. J.K. Place Firenze. This design-centric hotel is a refreshing alternative to the extravagant places in Florence. Each of the 20 rooms is chic and modern, but still retains the splendor of Tuscany. Some have four-poster beds surrounded by cream drapes, while others offer sleek fabric headboards. The intimate boutique hotel sits a few blocks away from the popular Duomo.
4. The St. Regis Florence. Overlooking the Arno River, this opulent hotel oozes Italian in its 100 guest rooms and suites. Aside from high ceilings and custom frescoes, rooms come in Florentine, Medici or Renaissance style. Each has its own personality, right down to the bedspreads.
5. Hotel Savoy. Sitting on the beautiful Piazza della Repubblica, Hotel Savoy sports contemporary Italian décor with an air of Florentine elegance. A highlight of the centrally located Five-Star hotel is that all 102 rooms have distinctive artwork, from the ceramics to the mosaics in the bathrooms. If art isn’t your thing, the walk-in closets and balconies overlooking the piazza will draw you in.
6. Portrait Firenze. The artistic hotel is located near the antique Ponte Vecchio, with vintage paintings decorating the lounge. It's a blend of the typical 1950's dolce vita aesthetic and contemporary style. Rooms have riverfront terraces and the concierge will be happy to set you up with a bicycle for riding around the beautiful city.