Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel

Contemporary Italian luxury in Florence

Considered the grande dame of Florentine hotels, Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel embodies the personality of the Tuscan capital. The enchanting 1893 property combines impeccable grandeur with sophisticated contemporary design, and its 2018 renovation further exemplifies the hotel’s commitment to stellar detail.

Revamped in spring 2018, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star property shows off an entirely new look for Florence, which includes a renovated lobby and terrace bar from Laudomia Pucci, whose whimsical and colorful touches are seen throughout the public areas. The reboot also includes an overhaul of rooms and suites, which now feature a refreshed Olga Polizzi design, more space and better views.

Thanks to its address in the historic Piazza della Repubblica, Hotel Savoy has positioned itself as the hub of Florence for its central location, contemporary yet classical style and unsurpassable hospitality.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Style is king at this luxury hotel where the 2018 renovations of both the lobby and the restaurant's alfresco terrace were completed in partnership with celebrated Florentine fashion house Emilio Pucci. The reimagined spaces give a refreshing colorful new look to the classic property.
  • Impressively well-researched and prepared, Hotel Savoy’s concierge team can conjure up anything, from choice seating at top restaurants and unparalleled city experiences to reliable car service and punctual babysitters.
  • The newly created Panoramic Suite is a bi-level pied-à-terre with an uninterrupted view of Florence’s famed Duomo from its intimate terrace and a fully serviced private bar.
  • Curated by renowned local chef Fulvio Pierangelini, the menu at the hotel’s ground-level restaurant Irene celebrates Tuscan fare. Lunch is the most popular time to dine for locals and visitors alike, with selections such as an organic veal burger and a succulent lobster sandwich.
  • With its chic speakeasy vibe, Irene Bar is where to go to enjoy a sundowner or a nightcap. The original artisan aperitifs include the Serendipity, a refreshing mix of Calvados, mint leaves, sugar, apple juice and champagne.

Things to Know

  • Explore the city on two wheels by reserving your free ride on the luxury hotel’s signature brown Velorbis bicycles with comfortable Brooks saddles — a perk available to those who splurge for a suite.
  • The Hotel Savoy is in the Piazza della Repubblica, the original city-center crossroads of the ancient Roman town of Florentia.
  • Make time for coffee and a confection at Caffe Gilli, just across from the Florence hotel. The 270-year-old café is not only legendary for its pastries, but also for serving as the backdrop for Ruth Orkin’s iconic 1953 photo, American Girl in Italy
  • For the best views of the historic city, book your stay in the fifth-floor Panoramic Suite, a unique two-story accommodation that offers enchanting 180-degree vistas of Florence's Renaissance landmarks. A drink from the private, fully serviced bar on the second level provides the perfect accompaniment to the spectacular scenery. 

The Rooms

  • Helmed by designer Olga Polizzi, the 2018 renovations reduced the room count from 102 to 80 accommodations. The refreshed accommodations maximize space and comfort, and offer updated details such as a lighter color palette, more built-ins and hand-selected pieces by local artisans.
  • Luxurious touches include interactive televisions, 24-hour room service and bookcases stocked with classic tomes.
  • The newly designed Grand View Suites are quintessentially Tuscan with Florentine artifacts, furniture from local craftsmen and luxurious fabrics from renowned brands such as C&C and Dedar. In addition to striking interiors, these plush accommodations also capitalize on Florence’s favorite view of the unmistakable Brunelleschi-designed dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral.
  • The Duomo Presidential Suite is a 1,636-square-foot two-bedroom space occupying an entire wing of the Hotel Savoy. In addition to the luxurious furnishings (golf-leaf mirrors, Carrara marble bathrooms), a stay in this sumptuous suite includes 24/7 pampering such as full in-room buffet breakfasts, packing services and a personalized experience of your choice, ranging from a private city tour to a Tuscan wine tasting.
  • Bathrooms are gorgeous white Carrara marble monuments stocked with Forte Organics beauty products, cozy bathrobes and separate showers and soaking tubs.

The Restaurants

  • Little ones will love the antique wooden carousel that takes up residence in Piazza della Repubblica, just outside the hotel’s doors between November and May.
  • This historic hotel puts you just steps from some of Florence’s most emblematic attractions, including the Duomo. Explore this 15th-century cathedral during daylight hours, but be sure to take in the stunning dome at sunset, camera in hand.
  • Art lovers will be spoiled for choice in Florence’s city center, where museums and monuments lie around every corner. The nearby Palazzo Strozzi, for example, is a gorgeous Renaissance palace that houses modern and contemporary art exhibitions.
  • Less than a five-minute walk from the Hotel Savoy is where you’ll find the Piazza della Signoria,a large square that is the famed center of Renaissance Florence. Not-to-be-missed stops around here include the Loggia dei Lanzi (and its reproductions of masterpiece statues), Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi galleries and Gucci Garden.
  • Get some retail therapy with a visit to Via de’ Tornabuoni, Florence’s posh shopping street, home to designer boutiques from the likes of Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo and Roberto Cavalli. This is also where the Negroni cocktail was invented in 1920. 

Getting There
Piazza della Repubblica, 7, 50123 Firenze, Italy
FLR ((20-25 min))  
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