Top 12 UNIQUE Boutique Hotels in Florence

A design hotel or boutique hotel in Florence is a great choice for a perfect vacation in the capital of Tuscany! These absolutely stylish and individual accommodations are sure to make your trip an experience in a class of its own. Generally, the best boutique hotels in Florence are mostly very luxurious, they inspire with a particularly noble touch and an extravagant design far from the ordinary. But not only that! Most of these chic hotels are ideally located in the heart of the city center and are therefore the perfect starting point for sightseeing, shopping and going out in the evening. But what are the most stunning boutique hotels in Florence, what are the insider tips, and which design hotels are best suited for that special city break?

In this guide, you will find our recommendations for truly unique design hotels and boutique hotels in Florence in Italy. We show you great pictures, and provide plenty of tips and information that will surely help you choose the perfect hotel.


Helvetia & Bristol Firenze

The Helvetia & Bristol Firenze is definitely one of the most exclusive boutique hotels in Florence. It is located in the center of the old town, in a dreamlike location in a charming 19th century palazzo. This 5-star luxury hotel is absolutely glamorous, incredibly chic and fascinates with Florentine elegance at its best. The magic of Florence can be found here at every corner and moreover, you will experience quality, comfort & design at the highest level. Absolutely spectacular is the grand staircase with the portrait gallery, inspired by the Vasari Corridor. Moreover, the 89 beautiful rooms and suites have been furnished with antique furniture, the finest fabrics, luxurious chandeliers and fine marble bathrooms.

A real gem is also the stunningly beautiful winter garden, where guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast or a delicious coffee in the afternoon. To relax, head to the hotel’s wellness center, perfect after a long day of sightseeing.

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Helvetia&Bristol Firenze, Boutique Hotel Florence
© Helvetia & Bristol Firenze, Photo: Stefano Scata

Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo

The Hotel Palazzo Niccolini Al Duomo is located in an old aristocratic palace dating back to 1532, which has been recently renovated. In the beautiful rooms of this magical boutique hotel, you will experience a journey through the history of Florence. Unique is the precious furnishings, the large noble rooms and the ravishing atmosphere mixed with modern comfort. The few rooms and suites are all individually designed and each guest room is absolutely unique. Stucco work and frescoes, precious materials and original vintage pieces create an absolutely fascinating living landscape. A true recommendation are the deluxe suites with whirlpool and magnificent views of the cathedral.

Also wonderful is the extremely delicious breakfast at the hotel, which is guaranteed to leave nothing to be desired. In addition, this boutique hotel is in a great location right next to the Duomo, perfect for exploring the most beautiful attractions and things to do in Florence during a city trip.

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Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo, Boutique Hotel Florence
© Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo, Photo: ANDREA GETULI

Hotel Calimala

The Hotel Calimala is definitely one of the best boutique hotels in Florence. This lovely 4-star hotel is centrally located in the 16th-century Palazzo degli Angeli. The extensive renovation has managed to preserve the Florentine soul of this palazzo. Materials such as Pietra Serena sandstone, Tuscan marble, and contemporary furniture, mix old and new, creating a picture-perfect setting. Moreover, the bright colors are just beautiful, giving this hotel a unique style. The only 34 rooms and suites were furnished absolutely chic, designed with great attention to detail and are a guarantee for a lot of privacy. Also the breakfast leaves nothing to be desired, from sweet to savory.

The jewel and highlight of this boutique hotel is certainly also the dreamlike roof terrace. With an apéritif or delicious cocktail, guests can enjoy the most spectacular view over the roofs of Florence. A grandiose panorama that you can hardly experience anywhere else!

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Hotel Calimala, Boutique Hotel Florence
© Hotel Calimala, Photo: Shai Epstein

25hours Hotel Florence Piazza San Paolino

The 25hours Hotel Piazza San Paolino is located in the heart of Florence, in the charming Santa Maria Novella neighborhood. This 4-star boutique hotel is in a class of its own! Impressive is the extraordinary design, which was namely inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. The rooms can be chosen according to taste, either with cool light colors in Paradiso style, or with intense red tones in Inferno style. An absolute centerpiece in the historic palazzo is the beautiful San Paolino restaurant, located under a huge glass dome. But there’s more! A great idea is the in-house bike rental and the Cinema Paradise, where movies are shown every Sunday in a relaxed setting.

Simply enchanting is the green courtyard garden and also the absolutely chic Negroni bar invites you to linger. In addition, this boutique hotel has a beautiful spa area with sauna and relaxation room, perfect for relaxing after a long action-packed day of sightseeing.

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25hours Hotel Florence Piazza San Paolino, Boutique Hotel
© 25hours Hotel Florence Piazza San Paolino

IL Tornabuoni Hotel

The Il Tornubuoni Hotel is a particularly good choice for a vacation in Florence. This stunning boutique hotel is located in the heart of the fashion district, in one of the city’s oldest and most prestigious palaces, dating back to the 13th century. Here, old blends with modern in a wonderful way, as the historic building has managed to preserve much of its rich heritage. The interiors are ultra-modern, very luxurious and combine the prestige of times past with the vibrant present. The only 62 rooms and suites are absolutely elegant and enchant with dreamlike colors as well as handmade furniture. The ambience is coherent and very reminiscent of the Renaissance. Some rooms even have original frescoes!

A real highlight is also the roof terrace with the charming champagne bar. You can enjoy a delicious glass of wine or a cocktail while enjoying a magnificent view of the city. Culinary indulgence is also provided by the Tuscan gourmet cuisine at Il Tornabuoni!

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IL Tornabuoni Hotel, Boutique Hotel Florence
© IL Tornabuoni Hotel, Photo: Stefano Scata

Velona’s Jungle Luxury Suites

The Velona’s Jungle Luxury Suites is a real insider tip if you’re looking for a very special boutique hotel in Florence. This charming accommodation is a haven of tranquility in the midst of the bustling Tuscan capital. Here, a stunning design, an insanely beautiful atmosphere but also perfect hospitality will inspire you. Every corner was decorated with great attention to detail and guests enjoy the refined, understated luxury. The only 4 suites exude 1950s glitz and glamour, and the comfortable beds guarantee a wonderful night’s rest. Many of the furnishings and the art came from a Florentine antiques dealer who collected valuable finds during his travels across Europe.

The healthy, regional, and organic breakfast at Velona’s Jungle Luxury Suites is also ingenious. Choices include delicious cereals, fresh fruit juices and shakes. Even vegan options are offered. Perfect to start out full of energy exploring historic Florence.

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Velona's Jungle Luxury Suite, Boutique Hotel Florence
© Velona’s Jungle Luxury Suite, Photo: Francesca Pagliai

Villa Cora

The Villa Cora is a stunning, very luxurious boutique hotel, and the perfect choice if you want to stay in the picturesque surroundings a bit outside the bustling city. This 5-star hotel is located in a centuries-old park, a bit above the famous Boboli Gardens, in a 19th-century villa. It once hosted such notables as Napoleon III’s wife Princess Eugénie and French pianist Claude Debussy. Today, the villa is considered a real insider tip for an exceptional trip to Florence. The entire interior design of this luxurious 5-star boutique hotel as well as the only 45 rooms and suites are a dream and simply breathtaking.

The magnificent pool in the Italian garden is also beautiful and completes the perfect hotel experience. In the enchanting park, you will also find over 100 species of roses! Another highlight is the spa “Bené” in the basement, where you can relax in the tepidarium with relaxation area, sauna and hammam.

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Villa Cora, Boutique Hotel Florence
© Villa Cora

Palazzo di Camugliano

The Palazzo di Camugliano is a stunning boutique hotel in the center of Florence. This dreamlike place is located in a magnificent noble residence from the 16th century and moreover it has definitely managed to preserve the elegance, splendor and charm of bygone times. A vacation is like staying in another era. The 11 rooms and suites are in a class of their own. They combine modern comfort with an incredibly spectacular atmosphere. The magnificent common areas are also a highlight, as well as the picturesque inner garden, which invites guest to relax, read and also have breakfast in a fascinating setting. Teas, fruits and small homemade pastries are available in the buffet room at any time of the day.

Truly enchanting is also the picturesque roof garden of Palazzo del Marchese di Camugliano. The terrace is an ideal place to relax, have a cup of tea or an apéritif. Perfect, after an action-packed day of sightseeing in the old town of Florence.

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Palazzo di Camugliano, Boutique Hotel Florence
© Palazzo di Camugliano

Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy

The Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy is a great option for a luxurious stay in Florence. This beautiful 5-star hotel boasts a delightful mix of grand hotel character and the modern, hip flair of a boutique hotel. This unique accommodation is absolutely stylishly furnished, with many chic elements and friendly colors that give the house a true feel-good atmosphere. The 88 rooms feature parquet floors, marble, mosaics and bedding is made of the finest linen. A real highlight are also the 14 individual suites furnished in the typical Rocco Forte style, which moreover have been decorated with selected art objects.

Don’t miss to try the new Bistro Irene in the immediate vicinity of the majestic cathedral. Here you will be served fantastic Tuscan specialties with a modern twist. A cocktail is best enjoyed at Bar Irene on the exclusive outdoor terrace overlooking Piazza della Repubblica.

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Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy, Boutique Hotel Florence
© Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy

La Maison du Sage

The La Maison du Sage is an insider tip if you’re looking for a small, absolutely charming boutique hotel in Florence. It’s in a prime location, not far from the most beautiful attractions of the old town, and yet, a bit away from the typical tourist crowds. The hotel is located in a renovated city villa and the rooms are very tastefully decorated in Art Nouveau style. The view of the magnificent Basilica of Santa Croce is also unique. The rooms are absolutely stunning, with many wooden elements and moreover furnished with great attention to detail. A real gem are the king-size beds designed by Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, which promise the best sleeping comfort.

The small but very fine breakfast at the hotel is also delicious. Here you can enjoy wonderful coffee and savory or sweet dishes with the best products of the region. Those who prefer a more intimate atmosphere can even have their breakfast served to their room free of charge.

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La Maison du Sage, Boutique Hotel Florence
© La Maison du Sage, Photo: Robbie R Leone

Hotel Orto De’ Medici

The Hotel Orto De’ Medici is a charming little boutique hotel in a quiet location in the center of Florence. Already the history of this accommodation is fascinating, as it was in the picturesque 16th-century interior garden that Michelangelo, then 14 years old, learned to work Carrera marble. But the overall Florentine atmosphere at the hotel is also beautiful. Old meets new, with high ceilings, frescoes as well as artwork and bright colors, conjuring up an absolute dream setting. The rooms are very tastefully designed in an urban-chic style, and the elements of glass, wood and steel have been skillfully combined. The black and white photographs by artist Lucia Baldini are also a real highlight.

In any case, don’t miss visiting the famous hotel garden, where Lorenzo de’ Medici and Michelangelo Buonarroti met. Here you can enjoy a small breakfast or a delicious coffee in the wonderful atmosphere, which invites to relax and linger.

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Hotel Orto De' Medici, Boutique Hotel Florence
© Hotel Orto de’ Medici

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