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
We stayed for 4 nights in the middle of October
The Hotel is about a mile for City Centre & is in quiet
area with Free Parking & Free Wi-Fi & yet another bonus
was the we found some great local restaurants 2/3
minutes walk away which were far cheaper than you
would have expected
The Hotel itself looks a bit like a modern French Chateau
just off the road & about 3 miles from the Airport
We found the decor a bit diverse but life would be boring
if everything was the same & we appreciated the design
even if not always to our taste.
The room was large & comfortable with a really large bed
& TV and as you would expect had air con and a well stocked
mini fridge if you couldn't be bothered to go to the bar next to
the reception .The whole Hotel was clean & tidy & had all the
requirements a traveller may need.
The inclusive breakfast was also all you could want comprising
of breads cheese & all the continental local meats , , bacon
sausage , scrambled eggs & boiled eggs pastries fruit juices,
cereals & coffee & teas. We left early for the airport & even got
given breakfast boxes to take with us when we checked out
The staff were all friendly & helpful but above all professional
& I wouldn't hesitate to stay again.especially as so close to the
My husband and I were on an Air Canada tour of Italy in early September. I can't believe that Air Canada would choose this hotel for the three days in Florence. For starters, it is situated a good fifteen to twenty minute walk from the center of the city.
The decor is striking. Nice if you like to go back in time to the 1970s.... A look at the pictures will show this. If you are looking for authentic Italian style and comfort, you are in the wrong place. The room was the furthest thing from cosy. Not a place where you wanted to spend any time.
On the positive side, the rooms were very clean. The breakfast was fine, no complaints.
Word of advice: check out the photos....you'll get an idea of the decor.
I would not recommend this hotel if you are of a certain age.... senior...
This hotel is sorely in need of updating and is no way a 4 star. Don't even know where to begin. Corridors are painted black and even though lighting was minimal, you could still see the medieval portraits painted on the room doors as well as where they spot patched the walls. The rooms also had minimal lighting if you could figure out how to use the panel on the nightstand. Walls and ceiling were red "leather" squares with pinpoint lights in-between. (I kid you not) Other walls were dark wood. Crazy looking desk/bar thing at foot of bed. There was only 1 outlet (on the side of that desk/bar) to charge your phone and it turned off when you turned the lights out! Room did have a whole bunch of phone jacks though! And then there's the bathroom. The shower was between the toilet and bidet with the shower curtain that stuck to you when you tried to shower. And searching for the toilet flush mechanism was another challenge. (It was next to the sink hidden behind the pull out mirror.) Carpeting was dirty and stained and wall corners were worn out. Hotel was also in a residential area, a cab ride or long walk from the historic district. I should also note this hotel was a last minute substitution by the tour company and was clearly inferior to the original hotel in our itinerary.