As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence provides unimaginable sights at each flip, from marble basilicas and historic church buildings to sculptures by masters like Michelangelo. It’s the form of place the place you might wander down a cobblestoned facet avenue and bump into a 15th-century palazzo — making it a vacation spot ripe for journey and discovery. And for those who keep at certainly one of Florence’s greatest inns, you’ll uncover a “hidden” facet to the traditional metropolis.
Every 12 months for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on journey experiences across the globe — to share their opinions on the highest inns, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airways, and extra. Hotels were rated on their services, location, service, meals, and total worth. Properties have been categorised as metropolis or resort primarily based on their places and facilities.
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Of course, a visit to Florence isn’t full with out testing a number of the metropolis’s most iconic sights — and for those who’re the form of traveler who needs to see and do all of it, you possibly can’t beat the mixture of comfort and luxury at Hotel Lungarno, which readers voted to the No. Four place this 12 months. Built on the Arno River, overlooking the long-lasting Ponte Vecchio, the 65-key property — which tied for the No. 1 spot in final 12 months’s awards — has among the best places in all the metropolis. But Lungarno provides far more than its covetable tackle — specifically, a museum-worthy artwork assortment and stylish, residential-style interiors. “Perfect in every way,” wrote one reader.
The Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, which earned the No. 6 spot on the checklist, provides a serene location in one of many largest privately owned gardens in the town, about 15 minutes’ stroll from the Duomo. Guests can lounge across the giant out of doors pool, wander the long-lasting temple gardens by foot, or get a hen’s-eye view of the sprawling property from a hot-air balloon. “From the moment you walk through the door, you just feel you’re in a special place,” wrote one reader. “The back gardens and pool areas are stunning.”
St. Regis Florence, readers’ runner-up, earned a loyal following due to its luxurious visitor rooms, atmospheric frequent areas, and Michelin-starred eating. And Hotel Brunelleschi, which got here in at No. 3, is surrounded by 1,500-year-old Byzantine partitions on a quiet piazza in the guts of the town.
To discover out which resort claimed the No. 1 spot, learn on by way of the complete checklist beneath.
10. Hotel Bernini Palace
More info: hotelbernini.duetorrihotels.com
9. Belmond Villa San Michele
More info: belmond.com
8. The Westin Excelsior
More info: marriott.com
7. Hotel Savoy, Rocco Forte Hotels
More info: roccofortehotels.com
6. Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
More info: fourseasons.com/florence
5. Portrait Firenze
More info: lungarnocollection.com/portrait-firenze
4. Hotel Lungarno
More info: lungarnocollection.com/hotel-lungarno
3. Hotel Brunelleschi
More info: brunelleschihotelflorence.com
2. St. Regis Florence
More info: marriott.com
1. J.Okay. Place Firenze
More info: jkplace.com
What this 20-room boutique resort lacks in dimension, it greater than makes up for in type, character, and excellent views of Florence’s bustling Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Decked out in antiques, Moroccan lamps, and framed charcoal drawings, the intimate property appears like staying in the house of an impossibly fashionable pal. The extravagant rooms have four-poster beds with heavy material and travertine loos, whereas the lounge, library, and sitting room are so cozy, you’ll be tempted to skip a day of sightseeing simply to take a seat and pore over the in depth art-book collections. The spotlight of J.Okay. Place Firenze, although, is the service. The property’s GM, Claudio Meli, has an encyclopedic data of the town, and his knowledgeable employees is all the time prepared to assist — whether or not you want dinner reservations or a private Wi-Fi sizzling spot to your day of sightseeing.
See all of our readers’ favourite inns, cities, airways, cruise strains, and extra in the World’s Best Awards for 2019.