BRUNELLESCHI Piazza Santa Elisabetta 3, Florence, Toscana, Italy
Hotel Brunelleschi is a prestigious 4-star boutique hotel located in the heart of Florence historical centre. Named after Italian Renaissance master Filippo Brunelleschi, who was one of the old owners of the building, the hotel is housed in a historic property comprising an ancient Byzantine tower dating back to the 6th century and a medieval church. The interiors are filled with the fragrances from Florentine perfumer Dr Vranje and boast a chic mix of exposed-stone walls, beams and modern Baroque décor.
Gourmet dishes take centre stage on the menu of the elegant Restaurant Santa Elisabetta, located in a quiet corner on the first floor of the Byzantine tower, while Osteria Pagliazza on the hotel’s ground floor is a more casual affair, serving cold cuts of meat, homemade pasta and traditional Tuscan soups. Hotel Brunelleschi is also one of the few places to have been awarded the status of Maison Recommandée of Perrier-Jouët so that guests can sip the vintage champagne at the lounge bar housed inside the tower.
Other hotel facilities include cosy lounges, meeting rooms, a fitness centre equipped with the latest Technogym machines and there’s even a little museum displaying the archaeological finds discovered during the excavations in the basement of the ancient tower, including an ancient Roman calidarium.
Guests can choose among the hotel’s 96 spacious and elegant rooms, including an exclusive suite located at the top of the ancient Byzantine Tower. Each room boasts marble bathrooms and oak parquet flooring, while in-room perks include Beautyrest Simmons mattresses, iPod docking stations, Maison Dr Vranjes bathroom amenities and a gluten-free minibar.
Hotel Brunelleschi enjoys a prime location in the historic centre of Florence, just steps away from the Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery. This is a charming area that comprises also the pedestrianized Via dei Calzaiuoli, perfect for a shopping spree or an evening passeggiata. Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station is 1km away, while Florence airport can be easily reached with a 30-minute taxi ride.