Can anyone suggest a hotel? Want to look out my window on the first day and see the river in front. Doesn't necessarily have to be 5☆.
There are many but a couple that don't often get a mention on this board include the Balestri (some rooms even have terraces) or if you are prepared to walk a bit further (20 mins to centre, lovely walk) the Hotel River is a nice option. The Hermitage (overlooking the Ponte Vecchio) is another that's not 5 star but has rooms with river views.Edited: 13 May 2018, 22:57
The Principe is a lovely, small, four-star hotel with lovely views of the river, the Oltr'Arno, and the Bellosguardo hillside. Some of the rooms have terraces. It is a couple of minutes walk west of the five-star St. Regis and Excelsior hotels, which have the same views, and it is a 15-20 minute walk from just about all the sites in the historic center.
I hope to be going to the Berchielli next Sunday for 11 nights - not in a river view room, unfortunately. Even a single away from the river is a bit of a splurge for me.
I often thought that should I ever come into a fortune (not very likely) that I would like to stay in a room with a view of the Arno in the Hotel Lungarno. As far as I know, it's the only hotel in central Florence that is right over the river without a road in between.
The Berchielli is very nice. Staff very welcoming and helpful. Have stayed there several times (but not recently). I think you will really like it, Lady B.
P.S, - if you stay at the Excelsior or St Regis on Piazza Ognissanti (fat chance!) you won't notice that there is a road between the hotels and the river :)
Thank you, Pericoloso. I'm looking forward to it, I've always thought that it looked very nice.
We stayed at the Westin Excelsior last week and the room had two balconies that looked out at the Arno. The views were very nice. The balconies were not large enough for chairs, but we could stand outside and look out.
The Westin also had a very nice roof top bar / restaurant that had even more extensive views. We were quite happy staying at the Westin.
CaroleEdited: 15 May 2018, 12:02