Vicolo dell'Oro 6, Florence, Italy, 50123
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Honeymooners, Singles, Stag / hen parties, Great views / scenery, Romance, Shopping, Special occasions, Trendiness
Expert review of Hotel Continentale
More feminine than sister hotel the Gallery Hotel Art, the Continentale has the edge in terms of up-to-date design, setting and facilites. Also Ferramgamo-owned, and designed by Michele Bonan, it’s sleek and cool with lots of blond wood, pale cream upholstery and floaty white curtains that shimmer in the breeze. Touches of 1950s glamour (retro design pieces in bubble gum colours, framed black and white fashion shots) keep it from being too serious.
In a quiet piazzetta off the north bank of the river, the hotel practically sits on the Ponte Vecchio.
Even the smallest of the 43 rooms is an up-to-date version of a romantic boudoir with filmy white curtains, soft lighting, modern four poster beds and glam bathrooms. Superiors have views of the Ponte Vecchio and the river, while the penthouse suite has terraces and views from the bath-tub.
The sitting areas are done out in keeping with the rest of the hotel (you wouldn’t want to spill red wine on all that cream fabric). There’s a wonderful relax room on a mezzanine floor with windows straight onto the Ponte Vecchio; lie on the day-beds and watch the seething hoards jostling on the bridge. The roof terrace, with its low sofas and Moroccan lamps, is spectacular, but be warned that it is open to the public in the evening and very popular.
Only breakfast is served in the hotel, but the Sky Lounge rooftop bar provides one of the most romantic settings for aperitivi and nibbles in the city. There are plenty of restaurants nearby.
Hurray! A city centre hotel with a gym! It's small, but it exists and there’s a sauna too.
Staff, clad in cool black, are friendly and helpful.
It's popular with a cool, arty, fashion-conscious crowd plus tourists looking for an alternative to the ‘Room with a View’ hotel experience.
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- Vicolo dell'Oro 6, Florence, Italy, 50123
- Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Room Service
- Ponte Vecchio