Hotel Highlights

  • Contemporary but classic, stylish but comfortable
  • Fantastic location near the Ponte Vecchio
  • Its bar is one of the hippest in town

Overview

In art-packed Florence, just steps from the Ponte Vecchio, is spot for discovering fine photography: Gallery Hotel Art a sleek boutique from the fashion-forward Ferragamo family with an impressive permanent collection. Save the Botticelli-viewing for the Uffizi, the canvases here - like the rest of the furnishings - are tastefully modern. Clean lines and minimalist interiors are a charming contrast to the flagstone streets and centuries-old architecture outside.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

74.

Check–out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $345.38 (€250), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates sometimes include breakfast (€28 a person).

At the hotel

Private tour guide; chauffeured car service; golf-course agreement.

Our favourite rooms

Three penthouses on the seventh floor have amazing views; 701 has two terraces (with a super-comfy lounger on the deck); and 707 and 708 have terraces and a river view.

Also

Pets welcome, as long as they’re on the small size.

Children

Although the hotel welcomes families, it's not especially geared towards children and there are no specific facilities for kids.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Fusion by name and by nature, serving unique Italian/Japanese cuisine. You'll be advised on which wines go with each course.

Hotel Bar

For the best cocktails in town, cosy up at the bar or on the terrace; between October and May you can sometimes catch live jazz in the evenings.

Room service

7.30am–11pm. A snack menu is available until midday, when the restaurant menu becomes available.

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Dress code

The clientele is as mixed as the cuisine; you’ll fit in whatever your style.

Top table

Go alfresco on the terrace when it’s warm.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Cantina Barbagianni on Via Sant’Egidio (+39 55 248 0508) is in an ancient cellar; ideal for dinner à deux, or head there for their great value two-course lunch. Cibreo on Via de’ Macci (+39 55 234 1100) may be the most famous trattoria in Italy; it’s formal and glamorous. La Congrega on Via Panicale (+39 55 264 5027) is a quaint traditional trattoria for lunch or an informal but unforgettable dinner. Michelin-starred Enoteca Pinchiorri on Via Ghibellina (+39 55 242 777) is set in a Renaissance palace, where Giorgio Pinchiorri himself helps you choose from his 150,000-bottle cellar; jacket and tie required. Olio & Convivium on Via Santo Spirito (+39 55 265 8198) is a delicatessen and restaurant specialising in olive oils, native wines and local cheeses. ll Latini on Via Palchetti (+39 55 210 916) can be hit or miss – but get there on a good night (ie: not full to the gills with tourists) and it’s great fun. The kitchen decides what you’ll be eating – you just name the colour of wine you prefer, and whether you want fish or meat. Il Parione is a cosy trattoria on Via del Parione (+39 55 214 005), great for candlelit dinners. Roses on Via del Parione (+39 55 287 090) is a café during the day and a sushi bar/Japanese restaurant in the evening. Buca Mario on Piazza degli Ottaviani (+39 55 214 179) is an excellent family-run trattoria preparing traditional Tuscan dishes, including delicious steak alla Fiorentina with Tuscan cannellini.

Many restaurants close on Sunday or Monday; check first.

Local bars

Capocaccia on Lungarno Corsini is perfect for pre-dinner mojitos. Some of the finest cocktails in town come from the Fusion Bar in the Gallery Hotel Art. Café Rivoire, overlooking Michelangelo’s David in Piazza delle Signorie, serves superb hot chocolate, cocktails and aperitifs and is great for watching the world go by.

Local cafés

Overlooking Michelangelo’s David in Piazza della Signoria, Caffè Rivoire is a people-watching hub. Caffè Pitti (+39 55 239 9863) becomes a restaurant at night, specialising in truffle dishes. The Roberto Cavalli-owned Giacosa (+39 55 277 6328), linked to his shop on Via della Spada, is a busy, fashiony place for breakfast, lunch, coffee and cocktails. Seek out JK Place 's sister establishment, the very sexy Lounge, on Piazza Santa Maria Novella.

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Gallery Hotel Art

5 Vicolo dell’Oro, Florence, Tuscany, 50123

Planes

The nearest airport is Florence Airport (known by locals as Amerigo Vespucci Airport, and, sometimes, Peretola Airport), which is roughly 20 minutes’ drive from the Gallery Hotel Art. Take a taxi from the airport for around €20, or jump on the airport bus, which costs €6 each way, and leaves every 30 minutes for Florence’s Santa Maria Novella train station. The other option is to fly to Pisa (Galileo Galilei) airport, which is served by more airlines from the UK (including Ryanair and British Airways) and has a direct rail connection to the centre of Florence. A one-way train ticket will cost about €5, and the journey takes 45 minutes.

Trains

It’s a mere stroll from the hotel to Florence’s busy train station, Santa Maria Novella (just behind the piazza of the same name), which offers a wealth of Italian and European connections. You can get to Rome by high-speed train in under two hours, and it takes about three hours to reach Milan.

Automobiles

The hotel is so central, a car is more likely to prove a hindrance than a help as you explore Florence’s bustling streets, bridges and squares. There are plenty of taxis for the hailing, or you can catch one of the bright orange buses to carry you around the city centre (tickets are available from vending machines and tobacco shops). However, if you’re planning to visit the countryside surrounding Florence, a car will be very useful indeed. You can rent one from the hotel, and park there too; alternatively, make use of the hotel’s private chauffeured service, or hire a vintage car to explore the Tuscan hills in style. If booking a hire car, be aware that driving through the restricted central zone (ZTL) can result in hefty fines, and it's essential to send the vehicle details to the hotel (and give reception an estimated arrival time) so they can arrange a temporary permit for you.

Reviews

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Gallery Hotel Art – Florence – Italy

Anonymous review

by Juliet Kinsman , On-the-go editor at Mr & Mrs Smith

Florence can coax amazement out of the most jaded traveller. Snooty voyagers who’ve been known to snigger at the more naïve tourist’s awed remark about how old everything is will find this is one place where they can’t help but share those sentiments.

We are delighted to discover that our very stylish boutique hotel, which comes courtesy of the Ferragamo fa...

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Gallery Hotel Art

Anonymous review by Juliet Kinsman, On-the-go editor

Florence can coax amazement out of the most jaded traveller. Snooty voyagers who’ve been known to snigger at the more naïve tourist’s awed remark about how old everything is will find this is one place where they can’t help but share those sentiments.

We are delighted to discover that our very stylish boutique hotel, which comes courtesy of the Ferragamo family, is seconds from the 14th-century Ponte Vecchio. It’s the stuff fairytales are made of: tiny jewellery shops line the narrow cobblestoned bridge. As do tourists. Happily, in a city teeming with sightseers, the Gallery Hotel Art is all calm. On arrival, we wonder if word has sneaked out we’re here to review – our room has been upgraded, and staff are super-friendly. Then we realise that everyone gets VIP treatment.

Modern lines and a minimalist-inclined decor contrast with the flagstone streets and centuries-old architecture outside. The overriding impression of the Gallery Hotel Art is one of impeccable quality; furniture and fittings are all stylish but solid, eschewing gimmicks or novelties. It’s through a heavy door that we enter our room. Cream, silver and dark wood – the perfumer Jo Malone would approve of the colour palette. The feel is contemporary but classical, and doesn’t sacrifice comfort for whimsical design. As tempting as it is to stall here and savour our surrounds (and the petits fours left on the dresser), the sound of live jazz lures us down to dinner.

The only outdoor space at Gallery Art is a delightful little terrace by the bar and restaurant. If you don’t manage to grab an alfresco spot, inside is also appealing, whether you sit at the bar, on a sofa in the corner or at a table for two next to the wall. Peopled by young and old, dressed-up and low-key, its biggest surprise isn’t the clientele or the decor, but the Italian, French and Japanese fusion cuisine – best illustrated by the test tubes of flavoured oils and soy sauce on each table. The staff are proud of the unique menu; Italians have been slow to embrace tastes even beyond the regional, each truly believing their own local cooking to be the best in the world. Mr Smith congratulates the waiter on his recommended red’s harmony with the tender fillet; such is the Italian love of food, our sommelier says, in earnest: ‘This is a beautiful moment for you.’

Though the cocktail selection in the hotel is exceptional, too, after dinner we’re in the mood for a wander, and plump for a nightcap along the river at Capocaccia. We snuggle on a rattan sofa on the pavement, in prime position for seeing rather than being seen; there’s a lot of coloured denim on the prowl, worn impressively tight. We’re not in a country of big drinkers, and after two mojitos (speciality of the house) we feel ready to head home.

The value of a room where you can have such a wonderful night’s sleep should not be underestimated. The windows keep out every peep of light, blinds stop the Tuscan sun from rousing you prematurely, and you can programme your desired room temperature. Breakfast is just how it should be: a spread of fantastic pastries, hams, cheeses – we could happily stay a few hours, grazing, especially as there is no clue that an outside world exists. Japanese blinds block out any views of the tiny alleys, cocooning you away in the library-style lounge and dining area.

The queues for all the major sights are so enormous on this scorching day that we can’t face broiling in a line only to be jostled along with a herd, however world-famous the art. You’re guaranteed a fix of one masterpiece at least – a copy of Michelangelo’s David is considerately placed outdoors for all to see at their leisure – so after a look at him we escape the crowd and head, predictably, to Boboli Gardens, south of the river, past Palazzo Pitti. It’s deceptively enormous, and we get lost in lush green foliage.

We’re grateful for the workout we get from its steep inclines, in anticipation of the mountains of pasta we plan to consume at lunch. Our destination for doing just that is at the other end of town, but Florence doesn’t take long to traverse. It also gives us the opportunity to get some first-class window-shopping done en route. Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Hermès line our path, and then appear again on the next street. Markets overflow with handbags, belts and jewellery. If you’re someone who shares the sartorial sensibilities of Donatella Versace, you’re especially in luck; glittering animal prints and tassels abound.

It may only be a step up from kiss-me-quick hats in the tourist stakes (and a heck of a lot less sympathetic to your wallet), but we get a memorable tour from the Duomo, round to Santa Croce, past the Uffizi and the Palazzo Vecchio. Despite the fact that the sun is nowhere near the yard arm yet, and our lunch is barely digested, Florence is home to such quality comestibles that we can’t help thinking about our next meal. We pause for thought, and a glass of Chianti. Italians won’t neglect any opportunity to feed or be fed; so antipasto is on offer where you’d be lucky to get a bowl of peanuts back home.

After peeking at a few attempts at contemporary cool, we settle on family-run trattoria Buca Mario, where there are plenty of locals, affording us the best of both worlds: food that tastes home-made, and waiters well-practiced in playing both server and entertainer to English speakers. We end our night with an animated ‘chat’ with the matriarch of the trattoria; the fact that she speaks as little English as we do Italian doesn’t impede our merry conversation over a limoncello. It’s the fitting finale to a whirlwind stay at Gallery Hotel Art, into which we’ve still squeezed all we craved. Rather like the power generation of drinks and medicines that fuels us these days, it’s been Holiday Max Strength. And, boy, do we feel good.

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Reviews of Gallery Hotel Art from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on 12 Aug 2013

We loved

What a wonderful location so close to the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi. The staff is ultra friendly and greeted us warmly. Our Gallery Deluxe room was spacious, the bathroom particularly so, and we enjoyed drinks on the bonus terrace that we weren't expecting. The bed was cocooned in crisp, beautifully laundered and pressed linen and was a real treat after a hard day's sightseeing. Breakfast was perfect – a well arranged selection of cereals, fresh juices, pastries, cold meats, cheese and bread. Scrambled eggs and a decent cup of tea are often a disappointment in European hotels but not here!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 12 Aug 2013

We loved

I liked the very comfortable bed, stylish room, very helpful staff and an excellent breakfast.

Don’t expect

The hotel bar was relatively expensive – we would have used it more otherwise

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 23 Oct 2012

We loved

The hotel is just what you want from a boutique hotel in the heart of Renaissance Florence. Its location – just by the Ponte Vecchio – is second to none. It is a mere amble away from all the main sights as well as some of the lesser-known ones. Good staff, good breakfast, and a wonderful exhibition of Marilyn Monroe photos from the 1950s. Its sister hotel across the courtyard has a wonderful rooftop bar – perfect for a sundowner whilst you’re gazing across the city.

 

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 17 Aug 2012

We loved

Great position, friendly and professional staff. Relaxing rooftop bar. Just a great city to get away to for the weekend.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 17 Jun 2012


Loved it. Excellent location yet quiet and relaxing after the hustle and bustle of Florence. Rooms are spacious with huge and comfortable beds, I had one of the best nights sleep here for a long time and the Staff were very helpful in providing recommendations for our first time in Florence. We would seriously recommend eating at

Cantinetta Antinori 

– what a find. The Mr & Mrs Smith treats were well-used, I am now on the hunt for a lifetime supply of

Salvatore Ferragamo

toiletries.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 2 Jun 2012


A stunning hotel, in a fantastic location, which made our trip to Florence even more enjoyable. Great staff too!

Rating: 8/10 stars