What We Love
- The building: a meticulously restored 19th-century townhouse
- Free bike rental
- The elegant roof garden with sweeping city views
What To Know
- A $5 city tax per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free tea, coffee and cake are served between 5 and 7 p.m. daily
- A five-minute walk from the Duomo
- WiFi is free
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A five-minute walk from the Duomo in the center of Florence, Hotel Cellai is a grand 19th-century heritage hotel with epic city views. The honey-colored exterior, private terrace, antique library and billiard room hark back to a golden age of high society glamour, and the lobby is kitted out with terra-cotta floors, vaulted wooden ceilings and original Tuscan artwork, as well as period furniture and chic recessed lighting. The 55 guestrooms are similarly elegant, with silk curtains, deep pile carpets and some midcentury flourishes to balance out the Old World vibe. Suites come with such extras as four-poster beds and free wine and fruit platters. A breakfast spread of cold cuts and homemade pastries is served in a lavish mirrored room on a long table decked out with silver candelabras. Kick back with a glass of bubbly and enjoy the breathtaking views from the roof garden, or explore the city’s hidden depths on a free bike available at reception upon request.
In the Area
The hotel’s central location makes it easy to see the best of Florence. It’s just a five-minute stroll from cultural heavy hitters such as the Academy of Fine Arts (home to Michelangelo’s David) and the Duomo, as well as San Lorenzo, the biggest street market in the city. Fashion fans should make a beeline for the Gucci Museum, then sate their appetite for style at the nearby Boutique Nadine, an appealing hodgepodge of designer brands, up-and-coming labels and vintage accessories. End the day with a splurge at Trattoria Sostanza, purportedly the oldest restaurant in Florence.
How to Get There
I liked this hotel but it is quirky. If you want bland efficiency I wouldn't recommend but the charm outweighs any negatives. Staff are lovely!
Location really handy for the sights and the railway station.
Location is great for Firenze SMN - 10 minute walk down the street from the station. Th hotel is quirky, very different from basic chain hotels. Terrace on the roof has limited but still nice view.
Was a bit disappointed about breakfast - not really any pastry/brioche/croissants, but more like actual cake (tasty, no doubt). Savory option was very limited (literally egg, bacon and sausage, that's it). Otherwise from that, very pleased with our stay. Room itself was reasonably sized, aircon saved more than one life :)
I picked this hotel based on other tripadvisor reviews - and wasn't disappointed. The rooms are spacious, clean, modern and contain everything you need. The staff are excellent and can't do enough to assist or make your stay as pleasant as possible - it feels like one big happy family! The breakfast was good, very European, with a wide choice.There is a bar on the ground floor, which is sometimes staffed or operates as an honesty bar (competitive prices) and there is a roof garden which also has an honesty bar (this area possibly needs some attention - whilst pleasant, it could be stunning!!). The location is excellent - only a 10 minute walk from the Santa Maria Novella station, a 5 minute walk from Academia and a 10 minute walk from the Duomo.There are also many restaurants/bars within a few minutes walk from the hotel. Overall, this was a lovely hotel - recommend!
We had a brief (one night) stay while passing through Florence, and wish we could have stayed longer! There were three of us travelling (couple + college aged daughter) so we had a large room that very comfortably accommodated all three of us. Big windows looking onto a busy street, but not noisy. Easy walk to restaurants and all the major sights of Florence. The breakfast buffet was quite expansive, with many offerings, and I especially liked the many nice seating spaces in the beautifully decorated common areas of the hotel. Would choose the Hotel Cellai again and highly recommend!
Super hotel, great location and fantastic breakfasts. Sitting rooms and antiques plus books dotted around. Honesty bar, cool drinks on tap. Stunning rooftop terrace ...but remember yr insect repellant!