Choosing a hotel in Florence didn’t take us very long because Florence is a pretty small city and it was clear which areas would be most strategic for first time visitors. Before we booked our one night stay in Florence, Italy, we had been looking at several other hotel options, among them are:
- Ponte Vecchio Suites & Spa (EUR 175/night)
- Palazzo Castri (EUR 220 / night)
- Continentale (EUR 215 / night)
- Gallery Hotel Art (EUR 180 / night)
*Nightly rate varies depending on dates, above are based on the dates we searched on Trip Advisor
Continentale and Gallery Hotel Art are sister hotels part of the Lungarno Collection Hotels Italy, owned by the Ferragamo family. They’ve successfully combined elegance, art, design and comfort into 4 and 5 star luxury hotels in Florence and Rome and we could definitely experience the intended lifestyle by staying in one of their properties.
My friend and I decided we should go with Gallery Hotel Art due to its location and it’s one of the most affordable out of the four. We couldn’t be happier with our decision.
Here’s Gallery Hotel Art in pictures:
Gallery Hotel Art Entrance features patio seating
Like the name, the building has some artsy features
The Lobby Lounge
One of the best feature of the hotel is the lounge located on the opposite side of the front desk. This lounge is also where they serve a full buffet breakfast for hotel guests including guests from their sister hotel Continentale, located just across the building. Priced at EUR 18 / person, I thought it was a good quality breakfast.
The Guest Room
While this is not the Ritz Carlton of the Four Seasons hotel, many hotels in Florence are categorized as boutique hotels even though they are luxurious so don’t expect any large-sized rooms. We booked one of the standard rooms and was very happy with this corner room that features a balcony overlooking the front of the building.
The bathroom was also quite compact, but it had everything we needed and it has a clean and modern design. Completely sufficient for a one night stay.
La Terrazza Lounge Bar at Continentale
Located on the rooftop of the Continentale Hotel (across from Gallery Hotel Art), this lounge has one of the best views in Florence overlooking Ponte Vecchio (the famous Florence bridge with art galleries) and Arno River.
(photo: Lungarno Collection)
The hotel’s location is unbeatable, walking distance to Ponte Vecchio (you could see it from your hotel balcony), Uffizi Gallery, Duomo, Basilica di San Lorenzo, Mercato Centrale (Food Market), Accademia Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Villa Bardini, numerous restaurants and gelateria!The great thing about the location is even though it was close to everywhere, the hotel is hidden from the main shopping streets, so it was quite peaceful because there weren’t many people walked past our alley. Just perfect.Note that you can almost walk everywhere or alternatively rent a bike at the train station and ride your way around Florence. You will only need a taxi to get to the airport or train station (there’s no Uber in Florence, but the taxis are very reliable).
How would I rate this hotel:
Would I stay in this hotel again? Absolutely.