What it is
Intimate boutique with high glam quotient.
What it isn't
For fitness buffs: There’s no gym or spa.
What we think
Pack your best shoes when you’re planning to stay at Portrait Firenze—not only is the hotel owned by the Ferragamo family, but the atmosphere is impeccably stylish. That doesn’t make it cold; in fact, with only 37 rooms, most of them suites, it has a warm, residential vibe. The hotel’s exceptionally knowledgeable “Lifestyle Assistants” are available from to arrange whatever you’re in the mood for, from a private tour of the Accademia to a Vespa for whipping about town. All suites have riverside views of the Ponte Vecchio, plus kitchenettes; many enjoy large balconies. Interiors are modern, with a palette of gray, gold, black and white; photographs from the Alinari, Locchi and Giorgini archives add midcentury glamour. What better to inspire a tailor-made stay than a beaming portrait of Grace Kelly?
You're here because
You’re a glutton for mesmerizing views and you’re tempted by the possibilities a Lifestyle Assistant can provide—drinks in the Palazzo Vecchio does sound quite nice.
You’re out on the balcony with an ice bucket and two glasses. Setting sun begins to gild the exterior of the Ponte Vecchio as you hear the glass door slide open. Your loved one emerges, robed in a beautiful yet distinct fragrance, made, most probably, in the Santa Maria di Novella perfumery through the help of your Lifestyle Assistant.
On the Duomo side of the Arno, right by the Ponte Vecchio. Major sites, including the Uffizi, Palazzo Vecchio and Orsanmichele, are a stone’s throw away. Florence airport is a 30-minute drive.