For over 50 years, the elegant Hotel Lungarno has been welcoming guests on the banks of the River Arno in the centre of Florence. As the flagship establishment of the exquisite Lungarno Collection of luxury hotels, charming apartments, villas, and world-class restaurants, the Ferragamo family’s values of quality, craftsmanship and elegance are reflected throughout the hotel.
The 65 luxurious rooms and suites of this 5 star hotel in Florence are decorated in refreshing tones of blue and white and classically furnished with antiques and works of art from the hotel’s extensive collection, elegantly complementing the historic setting. Many have beautiful riverside balconies or terraces and floor to ceiling windows with views of the Medieval city forming a stunning backdrop to your Florentine escape.
Each of the rooms and suites, from the smaller, yet still extremely comfortable and elegant, double rooms to the largest of the spacious suites, offer a first-class range of facilities to add to your comfort during your holiday in Florence.
Our favourite suite, however, is the stunning rooftop terrace suite with its sweeping views over the city from where you can admire the views of Brunelleschi’s Dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Palazzo Pitti and Santa Maria Novella as well as the Ponte Vecchio and Santa Trinita bridges. The suite sleeps four people is laid out over two floors with two king-size bedrooms, both with ensuite bathrooms, a living room with a balcony overlooking Palazzo Pitti and the Florentine Oltrarno as well as the rooftop terrace itself.
Being within easy walking distance of the city’s most prestigious restaurants, renowned boutiques and stunning architectural masterpieces and art collections, not to mention the hotel’s own Michelin starred restaurant, could there be anywhere finer to immerse yourself in the beauty of the city of Florence and to soak up la dolce vita?
If you are visiting in April, skip the better-known Boboli gardens and head to the Bardini Gardens. They are stunning any time of year, and less crowded, but in April a magnificent wisteria covered archway forms a tunnel of purple blooms. Whatever time of year you visit, be sure to stop off at the little bar at the top of the baroque staircase and enjoy a glass of wine while drinking in the views over the city.
Dining in Florence
There are hundreds of wonderful restaurants in Florence. To help you find the best the city has to offer here are a few of our favourites.
Borgo San Jacopo Restaurant
Borgo San Jacopo, 62/R, 50125 Florence
Open: 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm
A visit to Hotel Lungarno’s own restaurant the Borgo San Jacopo is not to be missed. This stunning Michelin starred restaurant overlooks the Arno river and the Ponte Vecchio bridge, offering the finest in traditional Tuscan and Italian cuisine.
The Fusion Bar & Restaurant
Gallery Hotel Art, 5 Vicolo dell’Oro, 50123 Florence
Open: 5 pm to 12 am
The Fusion Bar & Restaurant specialises in innovative Nikkei cuisine, beautifully presented in tapas-sized. You’ll find this outstanding restaurant just a short walk away in the Gallery Hotel Art, part of the Lungarno Collection by the Portrait Firenze Hotel, on the opposite side of the river across the Ponte Vecchio.
Lungarno Degli Acciaiuoli 2P, 50123, Florence | 0342 123 4710
Open: 7 am to 10 pm
Also on the opposite side of the river, just a few steps from the Ponte Vecchio, Caffe dell’ Oro is a stylish restaurant that’s also part of the Lungarno Collection. Offering exceptional Italian cuisine in a bistro-style setting, be sure to make a reservation for a table by the window to make the most of the stunning location.
Good to know
- The Ponte Vecchio, the most famous bridge in Florence, is less than a 2-minute walk away
- The Lungarno Collection’s White Iris Beauty Spa is located in the Hotel Continentale, on Vicolo dell’Oro about a 5-minute walk away
- The Uffizi Gallery’s stunning collection of Renaissance art including Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ is less than a 10-minute walk away
- The Duomo is about an 11-minute walk away
- Each guest gets one free entry to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
- The Ugolino Golf club is a 20-minute drive away
- Many restaurants close on Sundays and Mondays
(the hotel’s concierge will be able to advise you)
- Private tour guide (payable locally)
- Chauffeured car service (payable locally)
- Free WiFi
- Florence airport is around a 20-minute drive away