What it is
A centuries-old bolthole in central Firenze.
What it isn't
Soulless and service-less. Don’t stay here if you’re looking to be just another nameless guest.
What we think
A hotel that had a star turn in The DaVinci Code is expectedly cinematic. This one, built in and around the Pagliazza Tower, which dates back to the sixth century, is where the fictional Professor Langdon stays when he’s in town. Rooms would make nonna proud (fabrics are velvet and shimmery) and include locally made toiletries by Dr. Vranjes, Italian linens, oak parquet floors and iPod docking stations. If you want a view of San Lorenzo, the Giotto Tower, or Santa Maria del Fiore (or all three) just ask. For special occasions—engagements, or perhaps just a week away from the kids—it’s worth splurging on the Tower Suite, housed in the round Byzantine-era brick walls that are purportedly the oldest in town, with prime views of Giotto’s bell.
You're here because
You like your history with a side of style—like what you’ll find in the Tower Bar, where apertifs and housemade gelato await promptly at 6:30 (try the Perrier-Jouët champagne).
Starting the day with bottomless breakfast (just-baked pastries, a profusion of local meats) in the hotel’s stained-glass-windowed dining room has spoiled you for life—though your belt may say otherwise.
Less than four miles from the Florence Airport Amerigo Vespucci, and walkable (even with all that Tumi luggage) from the S. Maria Novella train station. The Duomo is just a few blocks north.
Ristorante Santa Elisabetta - unique luxury restaurant with seven tables accommodating up to 24
Osteria della Pagliazza - traditional Tuscan fare
Tower Bar - an aperitif in Florence