What We Love
- Just 10 super-stylish guestrooms
- The interiors feature original frescoes
- Top location close to the Pitti Palace and the Ponte Vecchio
What To Know
- There's no restaurant, gym or spa, but breakfast is served daily
- Kick back in the cozy library, which is stocked with titles on world culture
- Free WiFi
- A city tax of $5 per person, per night will be collected at the property
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
The creative brains behind the impossibly stylish Soprarno Suites — an architect, a furniture-obsessed lawyer, a creative carpenter and a graphic designer — have pulled out all the stops with this urban sanctuary near the Ponte Vecchio. Each of the 10 guestrooms has been individually designed — think distressed stripped floor boards and unique modern art pieces mixed with indulgent, deep freestanding baths and ornately painted ceilings. Original frescoes add a splash of Italian opulence. There are no traditional hotel services, but breakfast is served daily and the rooms are so chic that you’ll hesitate to venture past the door. Aside from the impressive design credentials, one of the main selling points of this property is its laid-back location, across the river from the crowds and close to the Pitti Palace and the sprawling Boboli Gardens.
In the Area
The Boboli Gardens are a short stroll from the property. Laid out in the 15th and 16th centuries, they’re dotted with Renaissance statues and ornate fountains and serve as a good introduction to Italy’s formal gardens. Nearby is La Specola, an 18th-century natural history museum where you can admire fossilized skeletons and explore the botanical garden. Just around the corner, the 15th-century Pitti Palace is a vast Renaissance palace that was once home to the Medici family and served as Napoleon’s power base. It’s now the largest museum complex in Florence. Head to La Mangiatoia on Piazza San Felice to dine on thin crust pizza and veal chops with the locals.
How to Get There
Loved being in the Oltrarno, lively but less touristy and busy than the center of Florence. The hotel is very close to two bridges and just 5 or 10 minutes from the centro. Nice, helpful staff. Great restaurants nearby and the staff recommendations were excellent. Basic breakfast, but fine. My room on the third floor was enormous, with a sitting room and a terrace, huge windows. Big closet. Mini-fridge and a kettle. The decor is quirky, with many vintage and repurposed items -- this will be a pro or a con depending upon your taste!
Downsides: There was an overwhelming incense smell! So overwhelming that I was aware of it in my sleep on my first night. I thought it might have been previous guests, but then I read similar comments in other reviews. I admit, I did not say anything to the management. I did notice a diffuser tucked away in the corner of my room. I occasionally noticed a very slight sewage smell at the end of my stay and I wonder if the incense is meant to cover that?
The mattress cover is vinyl or plastic. I realize it's for hygiene, but I found it hot and uncomfortable.
No English language TV stations, unfortunately.
The sitting room furniture was pretty worn, probably part of the "vintage" vibe, which I might be aging out of!
I feel like it's a little overpriced.
the hotel is located few minutes from the centro storico whilst being in a quieter area. the old building has its own story, and each room is individually decorated with style and subtlety. we stayed on the 3rd floor and had access to a private terrace. our young adults shared a room next door and altogether we had a private shared entrance. amenities were good. breakfast is taken downstairs but you can be given a tray and take it to your room (if you are brave enough!). altogether a lovely place we enjoyed thoroughly
Our stay was incredible. More of a home feel- like we were staying in our own apartment in the city. The staff were all incredible, friendliest service in all of Italy, truly. Special mention to Alberto. He went above and beyond. The building was quiet. Breakfast was lovely. The common area had 24hr drinks and snack which was awesome. The decor was super creative and different. Also the location is absolutely the best. It’s on the south side of the Arno which is mostly local and not touristy. Local restaurants were filled with only locals which is super refreshing. But the major tourist sites only 5-10 min walk away. Ten out of ten. Will definitely be returning!
We booked this as part of Mr and Mrs Smith members, and we're not disappointed at all. We were allocated one of the deluxe rooms, and as members we were given a bottle of wine and a tea towel as gifts on arrival.
We stayed 4 nights and the whole stay was comfortable. The people are friendly and helpful, breakfast is served in the connecting cafe on the ground floor, basic continental breakfast choices but more than what we both needed.
You're 10 mins walk from the centre of Florence, so conveniently located. Pick up a map of the main bookshelf in reception before you set out!
The only flaw is that our room adjoined another so the wall is quite thin between us. Our neighbours were not considerate at all, talked loudly until about 2am :(
Whilst being central, private and quiet.
Quirky and stylish decorations.
Large suite with good size bathroom...double shower.
Beautiful and very Italian breakfast available as a great start to the day.
Just minutes from Pitti Palace, a must see, go early to avoid queues. Also close to all the other main points of interest.
Friendly staff...incredibly helpful and accommodating. Thank you Alberto!!
This is a central and charming property and a great base to explore Florence from.