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Hotel Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Hotel Santa Maria Novella

Florence, Italy

This elegant, historic hotel comprises three old palaces. Its panelled walls are lined with traditional fabric hung with large, ornate Renaissance paintings of Italian landscapes, original family portraits or renowned historical figures. It has excellent views of Piazza Santa Maria Novella and is just a short walk from the Duomo in the heart of town.

The rooms are bright with wooden floors and Florentine touches in the artwork and decor.


This charming boutique hotel is a wonderful mixture of the old and the new, and places a real emphasis on style. We particularly like the sumptuous decor and attentive nature of the staff.

OUR RATING: First Class

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The rooms are spacious and carefully designed so as to keep their palazzo (palace) heritage, in the artwork and antique furnishings, without feeling outdated. The style is quite minimalist in hue, utilizing just two shades at a time, to give a light, clean and restored elegance. The bathrooms are marbled and lavish and have either a bath or a separate shower. All rooms have a TV, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. Some have views of the square, but these must be requested in advance. The marbled bathrooms are a good size considering the restrictions of being in an old palazzo.


Piazza Santa Maria Novella is a bustling hub full of restaurants and cafés, just a moment’s walk from the train station. The walls of the hotel are soundproof, so you’ll still have a wonderfully peaceful stay while being within easy walking distance of the Duomo, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Repubblica.

Food and drink

Heritage green walls and leather seats characterise the cosy seating area in the bar. In contrast, the mirrored walls, Italian oil landscapes in elaborate antique frames and an airy domed ceiling reflect a very different but equally sophisticated atmosphere in the grand breakfast room. A buffet breakfast is served here with friendly, efficient service and an excellent selection of hot and cold dishes.

Tour ideas in Florence

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Hotel Santa Maria Novella as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can't be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area's inhabitants.

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      Accademia and Uffizi Galleries walking tour

      Accademia and Uffizi Galleries walking tour

      A full day guided walking tour around the highlights of Florence including the Santa Croce Basilica and the incredible Renaissance artwork of the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries.

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    • Siena and San Gimignano tour with Tuscan farmhouse lunch
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      Siena and San Gimignano tour with Tuscan farmhouse lunch

      Siena and San Gimignano tour with Tuscan farmhouse lunch

      Visit the beautiful medieval city of Siena before stopping in the countryside for a traditional Tuscan farmhouse lunch, followed by a visit to the hilltop town of San Gimignano.

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    • Truffle hunting and tasting lunch
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      Truffle hunting and tasting lunch

      Truffle hunting and tasting lunch

      A wonderful opportunity to visit a family truffle business, learn about the production process, go on a truffle hunt and enjoy a tasting lunch.

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