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What We Love

  • Great location a two-minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio
  • Concierge service can reserve restaurants, museum tickets and guides in advance
  • Friendly and accommodating staff
  • Chic rooftop bar with 360-degree views of Florence
  • Relaxing guestrooms in neutral hues

What To Know

  • The hotel is in a restricted zone for cars, so call the hotel for instructions if you’re driving a car
  • Rooms are on the small side
  • Free WiFi
  • "Just Ladies” program allows guests to borrow items such as hair straighteners and offers in-room services such as manicures and makeup application (for an extra fee)
  • There’s a small exercise room and sauna

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

The brainchild of the distinguished Florentine design family the Ferragamos, the Continentale Contemporary Pleasing Hotel is a modern spot — just steps from Renaissance shrines like the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio.

The 1950s-inspired lobby exudes a bygone glamour, with oversize photos of Hollywood icons like Audrey Hepburn. Cotton-candy-pink accents (armchairs with black piping, clusters of flowers and soft lighting in the breakfast room) soften the otherwise black and white color scheme. It’s evident that every element has been carefully considered; even the main elevator is dressed to resemble a sitting room, with mirrored walls and a plush couch in case standing becomes too much.

Upstairs, the 43 guestrooms are distributed over seven floors. Here, the vibe is less edgy and more peaceful, thanks to a neutral palette of whites, creams, tans and light browns — although the pink remains. The centerpiece of most of the rooms is a modern twist on the four-poster bed: Instead of wooden posts, sheer white fabric flows from the ceiling down to the hardwood floors.

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Along with a lot of native Florentines, in the evening I was drawn to the hotel’s tented outdoor rooftop bar, Sky Lounge Continentale. The bar has benches done in cream-colored fabric and views of the Arno River and the tops of some of Florence’s most famous buildings, such as the Duomo and the Palazzo Pitti. For those who don’t like a scene, there’s even a “Relax Room” with uber-comfortable daybeds and a view of the Ponte Vecchio.

The staff at the Continentale is eager to please, but in an easygoing and unobtrusive way, much in keeping with the feel of the place — quiet and a little bit playful.

How to Get There

Continentale
Vicolo Dell Oro 6r
Florence, 50123 Italy

Reviews

Expensive and average
Boggle75

Great hotels make me feel welcome, relaxed and like I’ve been treated fairly

Welcome - fine, staff were lovely and helpful.

However on a 2 night stop over, we were told at check in, that the bar was closed on our second night for a ‘private function’. There is only one bar in the hotel..... and the room cost £300 a night.

Thanks for your cash, sorry we can’t provide a full service as we’re too busy profiteering off others. Sad.

We did pop to the bar. You have to book a table in your own hotel bar as it’s full of sightseers ..... when you do order a drink - Eur20 for a G&T.

The other social spaces are quite weird/naff in equal measure. Sofa beds on the second floor staring at the bridge ..... odd choice for use of that space.... pop a bar in there? Nobody ever used them.

Breakfast: selection is poor and unappealing - so ordered an omelette - that will be an extra Eur9. I have just spent £600 on my room and £100 in your bar!!! 2 nights. Really....... you want to charge me for 2 eggs! It’s nasty and a bit tight to behave to guests like that. Just offer the breakfast for free ....

Put simply this place is style over substance, nice style, but it’s an expensive tourist trap.

They get away with it as none of their visitors would ever likely return. A French chap in reception made the same point as we were leaving.

Also, and very bizarrely, the whole hotel smells like cheap toilet air freshener .... I think they pipe it through the aircon, it’s quite unpleasant .....

I’m just coming to the conclusion book with hotel chains as they have consistent, fair international standards

Better options in town.

Honestly, this place is best avoided, it’s just a bit expensive and quite quite naff

Stellar service, beautiful property
GS8081994

Just completely wonderful. Hands down the best, least pretentious service I’ve had at a hotel, including those that are much more expensive. The room was stunningly beautiful in crisp whites with leather accents. Special shout out to Viktoria and the rest of the team for making my stay so memorable.

Perfect location
957territ

Situated right at the Ponte Vecchio, this hotel is in the perfect spot. Close to everything. The second best thing about this hotel is the amazing staff. Every person went out of their way to make sure our time in Florence was perfect!