Hotel Lungarno

Borgo San Jacopo 14, Florence, Italy, 50125

Price from: £135

Riverside suite

By Nicky Swallow, your Florence expert

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#10 of 25
expert-rated hotels in Florence
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Location:
5
5.0
Bedrooms:
4.7
4.7
Eating/drinking:
4.8
4.8
Public areas:
4.8
4.8
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds, Shopping, Special occasions

Expert review of Hotel Lungarno

Spectacularly-located, elegant riverside hotel in the buzzy Oltrarno district.

More classic in feel than the other Ferragamo-owned hotels in Florence, the Lungarno (which occupies a 1960s building and incorporates a medieval tower) is no less stylish in its way. Cool interiors are done out in a smart cream and navy colour scheme, but some lovely mahogany and cherrywood antiques, plus a collection of fine prints and drawings (there’s even a Picasso in the sitting room), gives the whole place a comfortingly traditional touch.

Location: 

For my money, the Lungarno enjoys one of the best locations of any city centre hotel in Florence. Standing right on the river, the entrance is just off a narrow street lined with interesting shops and eateries at the heart of the Oltrarno, the most eclectic neighbourhood in Florence. It’s a pigeon’s spit from heavyweight sights such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace and a short walk from the gentler charms of Piazza Santo Spirito with its daily morning market and nearby artisan workshops.

Bedrooms: 

The best of the 73 rooms are the suites on the top floors, which have big terraces over the river. Other rooms are mostly on the smallish side (the classics are really small), but if you manage to get a river view, that will compensate. Compared to these, the street-facing rooms are disappointing.

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Public areas: 

The open-plan bar and sitting room areas on the ground floor are a delight with their huge picture windows that give you an eyeful of the river and the Ponte Vecchio. The breakfast room shares the same view and there’s a small riverside terrace for summer aperitivi.

Eating and drinking: 

Restaurant Borgo San Jacopo, where Beatrice Segoni serves up elegant, unfussy fish and meat dishes in a calm, sophisticated environment, is one of Florence’s top restaurants (see my restaurant guide): book well in advance to bag one of only two tables on the tiny riverside terrace. An excellent breakfast is served overlooking the river and tea and cocktails are taken in the smart, comfortable sitting areas with more river views. If you’re lucky enough to have a room with a waterside terrace, I’d go for room service.

Service: 

Courteous and efficient, with a touch of old school charm.

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Who stays there: 

Mainly well-heeled tourists from all over the world with the odd celeb cropping up every now and then. Some small, up-market tour groups. Anyone seeking the services of a top-class hotel in an away-from-the-crowds location.

Pros: 
Riverside location
Borgo San Jacopo restaurant
Cons: 
No leisure facilities

More information on Hotel Lungarno:

Price from:
£135
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Borgo San Jacopo 14, Florence, Italy, 50125
Amenities:
Restaurant
Neighbourhood:
Oltrarno

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