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Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence

Hotel Brunelleschi

Florence, Italy

Built around a 7th-century tower with foundations that include a Roman spa, the buildings that comprise the Brunelleschi are steeped in history. Entering the main reception, you pass under what was once the archway of the parish church of St Michael and into a hotel that seamlessly blends the historic with the modern. The various communal spaces offer glimpses of the original brickwork of the tower, beamed wooden ceilings and ancient stonework. Despite this, the hotel manages to achieve a chic and contemporary feel with arty black and white photographic prints decorating the walls and a dramatic transparent staircase linking the different floors.

OUR RATING: First Class

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OUR OPINION:

The Hotel Brunelleschi is a little gem, tucked away in a quiet square close to the highlights of Florence. The dedication of the staff means that service levels are high and we wholeheartedly recommend it.

Rooms

The rooms at the Brunelleschi are elegantly furnished and boast a good range of high quality modern amenities. Black and white photographic prints draw on elements of Florentine architecture, as does the etched glass design on the sliding bathroom doors. Due to the historic nature of the property, the rooms vary somewhat in size, but most categories feature either a combined bath and shower or separate shower depending on your preference (a number of the larger rooms and suites offer both). All the rooms have a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning; higher room categories also offer espresso machines.

Location

The Brunelleschi is tucked into a quiet little square just steps from the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, and just two streets away from the Piazza della Repubblica. The hotel is accessed by a narrow alley that opens out into the charming, shady square, which also hosts the hotel’s small outdoor terrace bar.

Food and drink

Breakfast is buffet-style with fresh fruit, bread, pastries, cold meats and cheeses, cereals and a small selection of hot options. The light and airy breakfast room looks out onto the historic tower. For dining during the day, there’s a small, informal restaurant that leads out into the terrace bar, where you can enjoy Tuscan-style dishes. The Santa Elizabetta restaurant in the tower offers a gourmet à la carte menu and an intimate dining experience.

Facilities and activities

The Brunelleschi provides a full concierge service as well as a good-sized fitness and exercise room for guests to enjoy during their stay. Maps showing good jogging routes around historic central Florence are available from reception. In the small museum underneath the property, you can explore the foundations of the tower, the remains of the Roman spa and other relics uncovered during the hotel’s renovation.

Tour ideas in Florence

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Hotel Brunelleschi 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 favorite 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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