no alt text

Best places to stay:

Last updated: 25 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Nicky Swallow

Set on lovely, lively Piazza Santo Spirito, this charming 3-star hotel has a latter day ‘Room with a View’-type spirit with bags of character in spite of modern facilities and services.

Occupying the upper floors of grand, Renaissance Palazzo Guadagni, the public spaces and some of the 15 rooms have original frescoes, old terrazzo floors and plaster mouldings; antiques and period paintings are scattered throughout.

The best feature? The fabulous top-floor loggia wraps around two sides of the building from where the views over the lively piazza and the rest of the city are breathtaking. There are few better spots for a sundowner in the city.

The location in authentic Oltrarno is brilliant; Ponte Vecchio and the art treasures at the Pitti Palace and Brancacci Chapel are within 5- to 10- minutes’ walk.

Surrounding area

Tree-lined Piazza Santo Spirito is very much an authentic Florentine neighbourhood and home to a daily local produce market and a lively nightlife (it can get very noisy in summer).

The Oltrarno is known for its Boho spirit, plethora of restaurants, bars and quirky shops, artisan studios and lively nightlife. It is also well-removed from the worst of the tourist hordes.

Please note - we hope to one day have live prices for you, but for now, here are some useful links for you to compare prices...

Check pricing & availability on:

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Pitti Palace

Florence, Tuscany, Italy[0.2 miles]

Housed in the city’s most imposing palazzo, Florence’s second-largest art gallery is home to masterpieces by Raphael, Rubens, Botticelli and Van Dyck.

Best for ages: 18+ | £9

Boboli Gardens

Florence, Tuscany, Italy[0.4 miles]

This shady green oasis in the centre of Florence is one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy and makes a wonderful escape on a hot, summer’s day.

Best for ages: 13+ | £5

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

Florence, Tuscany, Italy[0.5 miles]

Florence’s oldest bridge spans the Arno at its narrowest point and was spared from bombing by the retreating Germans after World War II. Thronged with tourists, it is famous for its glittering gold shops which replaced the original foul-smelling butcher’s shops in the 1590s.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

Website >
Overview >

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Brancacci Chapel

Brancacci Chapel

Florence, Tuscany, Italy[0.4 miles]

This side chapel of Santa Maria del Carmine church (separate entrance) is decorated with world-class frescoes by 15th-century artists Masaccio, Masolino and Filippino Lippi. Highlights of these seminal works which profoundly influenced the Florentine Renaissance include Masolino’s Temptation of Adam and Eve and Masaccio’s The Tribute Money. Book ahead to climb up and see them up close.

Best for ages: 18+ | £7

Website >
Overview >
Palazzo Strozzi

Palazzo Strozzi

Florence, Tuscany, Italy[0.7 miles]

This 16th-century palazzo is home to one of Italy’s most innovative public art galleries. Rotating exhibitions showcase artists as diverse as Jeff Koons, Ai Wei-Wei and Bill Viola and Bronzino, Donatello and Pontormo. The ‘Strozzino’ gallery in the basement focuses on contemporary art and peripheral cultural events.

Best for ages: 18+ | £13

Website >
Overview >
HZERO Model Railway Collection

HZERO Model Railway Collection

Florence, Tuscany, Italy[0.8 miles]

An ex-cinema houses the fabulous private model railway collection belonging to the late Marchese di San Giuliano. The centrepiece is a 280-square metre model, one of the largest in Europe; the landscaping (from mountains to seascapes) is exquisite.

Best for ages: 4+ | £12

Website >
Overview >

Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay


Tuscany, Italy

The astonishingly beautiful region of Tuscany has it all: art cities and ancient hill towns, high mountains and long sandy beaches, alongside luxurious hotels and some of Italy’s best food and wine.

Website >
Overview >