The sophisticated Hotel Lungarno belongs to the Lungarno Collection, owned by the Florence-based Ferragamo family. Every bit as stylish as the Ferragamo fashion brand, Hotel Lungarno is set in a historic townhouse on the left bank of the Arno River, between Ponte Vecchio and Ponte Santa Trinita, and within walking distance of all of the wonders of this glorious Renaissance city. It’s the Arno which provides the inspiration for much of the hotel’s décor, with nautical elements subtly incorporated into the fabric of the hotel evoking the feel of an elegant cruise liner, albeit it one with a vast collection of art, including prints by Picasso, Cocteau and Antonio Bueno and black and white fashion photographs from the 1940s and 50s. There’s no spa, pool or gym, but in-room treatments can be arranged and yoga mats provided – and if you fancy seeing Florence on two wheels, bicycles are available to hire.
Hotel Lungarno offers 65 Rooms and Suites, each an elegant blend of times past and present, furnished with antique and contemporary pieces and, as elsewhere, subtle nautical references. Much of the accommodation overlooks the Arno and Ponte Vecchio, while rooms at the back of the hotel have views over the Oltrarno quarter, towards the Boboli Gardens and the Basilica of Santa Maria del Santo Spirito. The most spectacular vistas are from the two-bedroom Rooftop Terrace Suite, which boasts a 360-degree panorama of Florence, though for a real flavour of this historic city, there’s the Studio Torre Suite, housed in the 12th-century Barbadori Tower, with exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Hotel Lungarno has a number of rooms specially designed for families, with cots available. There is no dedicated kids club but staff will be happy to arrange customised children’s activities, from child-friendly museum and shopping tours to visits to the football stadium. Older children with an interest in fashion will love the Salvatore Ferragamo museum, just across the river in the Palazzo Spini Feroni. There is a children’s menu available in the Picteau Lounge.
FOR WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS
Florence in one of the most romantic destinations in the world and this hotel’s location makes it the perfect honeymoon setting. The Studio Torre Suite, with its charming canopy bed, is perhaps the most romantic room but the fourth-floor Designer Suite River View is the most private. It has its own dining room where you can enjoy private meals cooked by a chef from the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, preceded by drinks on your balcony overlooking the Arno. For those planning to pop the question, Hotel Lungarno can arrange a visit to the historic atelier of Florentine jewellers Frantelli Piccini.
- Lounge bar
- Terrace bar
OUT & ABOUT
- Tour of jewellers Frantelli Piccini’s historic atelier
- Leica photography workshop
- Painting lesson with local artist Robert Guarnieri
- Private visits to Florence’s landmark museums and churches
- Urban river rafting on the Arno
FOOD & DRINK
- Michelin-star dining at the riverfront Borgo San Jacopo
- Wine list of more than 900 prestigious labels
- All-day dining in Picteau Lounge Bar
- Negronis in La Terrazza Bar at the top of the medieval Consorti tower