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
Beware of room type you book; on line pictures don’t show the small bathrooms, lack of space for toiletries near pedestal sink, bathroom smelled of bleach which was very off putting and made it hard to breath; when I asked for a tub mat the one that arrived was full of hair so obviously not cleaned. Room and bathroom were dark with poor lightning, light fixtures were dirty. Clothing left by a previous guest was left behind in the clothes cabinet; I put it in the hall and it reappeared the next day on our chair. Housekeeping was not great! My husband said there was canned fruit at breakfast and that the overall choice of food was sub par. We checked out after 1 night and found a lovely 4+ star property elsewhere for the remainder of our stay. Outside of the lobby area, I would not recommend this property. When we travel the room and bathroom have to be at least, if not cleaner than my own home!
I am the tour leader who had a group of 36 passengers. everything was fabulous from check in to check out. This review covers the rooms and the fabulous breakfasts. i particularly want to recognize the wonderful woman who consistently prepares a wonderful breakfast with hot and tasty items. also of particular mention is the young male Abdi (not sure of the spelling) who assists with everything from porter of luggage to porter of cappuchino to anything he is asked. This young man did an amazing job on his own on our last day and needed to move the group and luggage out by 6:30 a.m. With a group of 36 it is not a small task. in addition the lady in the breakfast room was flexibile on 2 occasions to accommodate the group at different times than the breakfast room is normally open. Well Done and look forward to returning with another group. The group loved the hotel. Grazie Mille.
We enjoyed our stay (1 week) at Hotel Cellai. The rooms are spacious and unique. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend or book this property again.
Fratelli & Company Group Travel, LLC