The Four Seasons Florence brings new levels of service and professionalism to hotel keeping in a city where bella figura (putting on a good show) too often supersedes substance. To look out over - or stroll in - private floral gardens is a pleasure rarely experienced by hotel guests in the historic centre.
This is a supremely comfortable palace from which to explore the city's architectural and art treasures with everything needful on hand, from tailoring repairs to computer support. For privileged access to private art collections and personal shopping one has but to ask the concierge. And in Florence, of all cities, one should.
- Families of all ages
- Good disabled access
Things to do at the property:
- Yoga in the private Giardino della Gherardesca
- Long leisurely al fresco brunch around the pool with the world's newspapers
- Rossini cocktails in the 500 year old Palazzo della Gherardesca
- Have the spa banish foot fatigue - and the rest - with the celebrated Iris Emotions treatment
- Romantic candlelit tasting menu at Il Palagio: seven superlight courses
Things to do nearby:
- Privileged access to the Vasari Corridor connecting Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti
- Family expeditions including the Children's Museum
- Lunch at the Villa San Michele, Fiesole, overlooking the city
- Behind the scenes tour of the Duomo
- Personal shopping by appointment at designer boutiques and speciality shops
- For long weekends at least it is worth flying into Firenze municipal airport, much closer than Pisa.
- Museum access is best arranged by the concierge to avoid the crowds
- Florence in high summer can be humid and crowded (though the Four Seasons does provide the best antidote).
- The best cooking is no longer found at the most famous - or expensive - restaurants