UNA Hotel Vittoria
What We Love
- Striking over-the-top postmodern design
- Located in a great neighborhood just south of the Arno
- Una Restaurant’s S-shaped communal table
- WiFi is free
What To Know
- Not for traditionalists in search of an authentic Tuscan sleep
- The neighborhood is usually devoid of tourists but has a few busy streets
- Around a 15- to 20-minute walk to the city center
- Guestrooms can be dark
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Among the winding, Renaissance-era streets of Florence’s San Frediano neighborhood is a hotel that’s decidedly more up to date. Hidden behind a typical Tuscan façade, this postmodern pad was dreamed up by Italian architect and designer Fabio Novembre. The 84-room hotel is on the far western side of the city, graciously removed from the crowds that fan out from the Duomo, but only a 15- to 20-minute walk from the city center. The patriarchs and matriarchs of Florentine history would never have imagined a property like this in their midst. But at the Vittoria, they’re part of it: The front door of each guestroom has a life-size silk-screen portrait from the Renaissance era. Inside, things get a bit wild. Walls are paneled in black leather and fuchsia felt, with twinkling fiber optic lights. Black-and-white tile bathrooms and lilac sinks round out the trippy aesthetic. The restaurant is centered on a cool S-shaped communal table under a backlit stained glass ceiling and serves traditional Tuscan fare. The design is clever and considered, and less at odds with its surroundings than it seems at first. Outside the hotel, which is steps from the 19th-century gates to the Old City, the streets of San Frediano hum; on some of the side streets, brick walls hide ornate palaces.
In the Area
Una Hotel Vittoria might be removed from the city center, but that doesn’t mean the area lacks great restaurants. Indulge in the seafood specialties at Trattoria Vittoria, just down the street from the hotel. Near the Duomo, Angels is the type of swank bar/restaurant that Leonardo’s cherubs might not have approved of. Pick up luxuriously soft leather goods and hatboxes at ART Pell Coke. Don’t miss a visit to Santa Maria Novella, a lovely church just north of the Arno, if for no other reason than to shop at its ancient pharmacy, founded by Dominican monks in 1612.
How to Get There
Its a nice option for stay in Florence with a budget. Amenities are standard and staff is courteous. Rooms are of average size but red LED lights on all the walls is bitt irritating for a soothing stay. One need to find out other restaurants in the vicinity.
Must admit I was a little be it taken back at the hotel but the hospitality is great and Said will make you feel like you are welcomed regular guest, even going above and beyond the normal services to try and help you out.
We chosed this hotel for our short staying in Florence. The facility is very convenient to the city center and its main attractions. We were surprised by the warm welcome from the stuff who offered us a super comfy suite with bath tube and starlight over the bed :)