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
- 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
I really like the design of this hotel, our room was amazing with the hot pink and Lila bathroom! What I liked less is the breakfast/dinner area. The design is somewhat unpractical and doesn't offer a lot of privacy.
The staff here were just marvelous. Very helpful and warm. I also loved my well appointed little room. It had every thing you’d need, even though it was small. It didn’t feel in the least bit small. The decor in the whole hotel was unique and engaging. The food was good and wait staff marvelous.
Our pleasure trip to Florence turned into something quite different as my husband had a medical emergency as soon as we checked into the UNA Hotel. The staff was exceptional in their concern and helpfulness. They did everything from translating with the medics (we are American) to securing me an additional night despite the hotel being booked to capacity.
The hotel itself was interesting and charming. I loved the portrait doors to the room and the efficiency of the room. The free breakfast was delicious and satisfying. I hope to return someday when We can both can enjoy it more. Grazie Francisco and staff. You are wonderful!
This is at best a 2.5 star hotel. The first room we were given - the bathroom was smelly. The shower door nob fell when we tried to open it. The floor had broken tiles in many places. The carpet was dirty. We immediately left the room and asked them to give us a different room. The new room was ok.
The rooms are very strange - weird may be. The layout makes it feel tinier than it probably it. The first one had a bar style counter and table at the foot of the bed with very little space to walk to the other side and the shower was see through.
The second one had a halway and a big separator from the bed room - again wasting a lot of space and feels tinier than the overall space it.
The rooms had tiny LED light all over.
We stopped in Florence for a few nights at this hotel and loved it. The room was clean, tidy and spacious and was well planned out. The hotel staff were all friendly and helpful and made our stay comfortable and easy. A special thank you to the barman for cocktail excellence and also to Daniel on reception for calling the train service and helped us locate a lost bag. Stayed in Room 107