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St. Regis Florence
If every Renaissance palazzo had been as luxurious as the St. Regis Florence, it seems unlikely the Renaissance would ever have ended. Designed in 1432 by Filippo Brunelleschi, this riverside palace just northwest of Florence’s centro storico spent some time as the grande dame Grand Hotel Firenze before being reborn as a modern luxury hotel—with all the trappings of a Florentine noble’s palazzo, of course (think antique Murano chandeliers, and 16th-century frescoes and tapestries). Each of the 99 rooms and suites has been adorned with rich velvets and brocades, the famously comfortable beds crowned with drapes like a king’s boudoir, and, in some rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows open onto Juliet balconies overlooking the Arno, some with views all the way to the picturesque Ponte Vecchio. In the restaurant and bar, latter-day royalty dine on Michelin-starred Tuscan cuisine and eye one another over bubbles and classic cocktails. A decadent spa awaits to soothe away the stresses of a day running around town, and the St. Regis’ signature butler service ensures that even the smallest of whims can be satisfied. This is Old World luxury as it should be.
By Kate Thorman, AFAR Contributor
Iridium Spa by Clarins at St. Regis
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The St. Regis
The 5-star St. Regis lies on the north bank of the river, a ten-minute walk from the city center. The opulent interiors are fitting for a grand Renaissance palace (or a St. Regis hotel), but that doesn’t mean that this place is stuffy, and cool jazzy sounds filter through the sun-filled library and the splendid Winter Garden. Rooms and suites are decked out with velvet and brocades and have gilded mirrors, coffered ceilings and (blissfully comfortable) baldacchino beds: make sure you get one facing the river with upstream views to the Ponte Vecchio.
By Nicky Swallow, AFAR Local Expert
Piazza Ognissanti, 1, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
+39 390 552 7161