Hotel Ville sull’Arno
What We Love
- Seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a heated Jacuzzi
- Tuscan villa meets city center hotel
- Original 15th-century features
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $6 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- It's a good 30-minute walk to the city center; free bikes are provided, but there are only 12
- A romantic retreat better suited to couples than friends or families
- Breakfast costs an additional $26 per person, per day.
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In a secluded spot on the banks of the river Arno, a 30-minute stroll from the Duomo, Ville sull’Arno dates from the 15th century and bridges the gap between a traditional Tuscan villa and a city center hotel. You enter through original stone doors, and the charming interiors feature mahogany furniture and vintage curios including straw hats, lace dresses and umbrellas, all available for purchase. Soft pastel pinstripe and floral fabrics lend an elegant vibe.
Bed & Bath
The 45 guestrooms are split among three buildings, and the decor varies. Rooms in the villa are the most traditional, with Florentine marble and floral furnishings (reminiscent of E.M. Forster’s 1908 novel, A Room with a View). In the Loggiato you’ll find quirky, more modern designs, whereas the contemporary Il Villino spa features open-plan wellness rooms with Jacuzzi tubs and products from one of Florence’s oldest pharmacies, the Farmacia Santissima Annunziata. Each room is air-conditioned and has a flat-screen TV and free WiFi.
The Flora e Fauna restaurant serves modern takes on Tuscan classics, including a spiced-up version of the Florentine street treat lampredotto (a fatty meat sandwich). Pair your meal with a top-notch local wine, and finish it with a post-dinner drink in the cozy bar, which is decorated with stained glass and comfy leather armchairs. Breakfast is a feast of pastries, cakes, fresh fruit and eggs and is served daily until 11 a.m. The hotel’s spa is set to open in November 2014 and will offer a hot plunge pool, chromotherapy showers and personalized massages.
In the Area
Just opposite the hotel, Rari is a hip riverside bar for sundowners, snacks and DJ sets. Stroll along the Arno into the center of Florence. For breathtaking panoramas, climb to the top of the Duomo or conquer the stairs at the Piazzale Michelangelo. Soak up the beauty of Botticelli’s Venus in the Uffizi Gallery before a well-deserved gelato at La Carraia. Grab a slice of authentic Neapolitan pizza at the rustic Il Pizzaiuolo, or enjoy light Tuscan dishes and a glass of wine at La Prosciutteria.
How to Get There
We traveled Europe for our 10th wedding anniversary and this was the perfect and peaceful end to a whirlwind trip. Hotel is beautiful and the staff was great. Special thanks to Alan for the warmest welcome and to Marta for the help in finding a great dinner spot on our last night. We rode the bikes all 3 days and that was a great add to our adventure.
On arrival, it seemed the perfect place, pretty older style villa on the river, table with cucumber and orange waters and selection of sweets laid out. Then, bearing in mind we’d booked a superior room 9 months ago, they showed us to a very small room with a normal size double bed up against a wall with a unit at the bottom, so the only way to physically get in or out was to climb over the other occupant. We said we couldn’t take that room, it felt claustrophobic, and they said the only other room was an upgrade of €50 per night. We had to agree as we could not have stayed in original room, but it really upset us and completely ruined our arrival. We decided to complain as the first room was not fit for purpose and asked them to speak to the manager, who first offered free breakfast (we’d already said we didn’t want breakfast, but also have to mention, I think this is the only hotel we’ve ever stayed in Italy that breakfast isn’t included) Eventually they took the upgrade fee off but it was all very wrong and along with wanting to charge €22 pp breakfast, we just felt they were money grabbing in what is not a cheap hotel to begin with, which really marred the beginning of our stay. Apart from that, the hotel is lovely with a nice bar area and terrace. The pool area is very small but very pretty, not always enough sun beds, but towels, flip flops and water always laid out . Lovely views across the river. The staff were all very nice. Guilia, apart from initially trying to fob us off with the cell, could not have been more helpful, nice, friendly and charming.
We would stay again but would speak to them first about the rooms.
We stayed one night in this hotel and I wish we stayed longer!! We were on our honeymoon and they upgraded us to a renovated water view room. The ladies were so friendly and sweet upon check in!
The room was nice and with the most impressive shower. It was wonderful.
We also dined at the restaurant and had a wonderful experience. The chef cooked out orders on the patio in front of us.
Awesome customer service. Looked out for your every need. Loved the WiFi anywhere device they give you while visiting the city. Front desk staff was fantastic. Restaurant manager was a little rude, but we didn’t feel comfortable with him so we ate outside the hotel. Maybe a little nicer to outsiders and a little more compassionate goes a long way. Other than that we loved the hotel. Rooms were super nice, ask for the AC to be cooler at the front desk. They control your thermostat from there.
I travel to Florence for business on a regular basis and have never stayed at this hotel, however I will be recommending it now to all my colleagues and clients who go to Florence. Lovely accommodations and a family atmosphere with great amenities. It's like staying in a Tuscan villa right in the center of Florence and I just loved it!