Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Only when you book with Chic
What better way to spend your time in Florence than in a hotel themed around luxury watches? As the name suggests (Orologio means ’watch’ in Italian), the décor of Hotel L’Orologio is inspired by haute vintage timepieces. It’s suitably quirky, with small touches such as door handles in the shape of clock hands and sink taps inspired by the winding crowns of watches. The design never risks becoming gimmicky, however, and the watch-themed details compliment the use of leather, dark wood and brass to create the atmosphere of an exclusive private-members club.
Located on the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the hotel is conveniently close to Florence’s central station, and the must-see cultural landmarks are just minutes away. Hotel L’Orologio is perfect for the whole family, with many rooms suitable for those with small children. The younger guests receive a welcome surprise on entry. The hotel also welcomes small pets, and can provide bowls, snacks and toys for your four-legged friend.
The perfect location, stylish décor and attentive service makes this one of the hottest hotels in Florence, so you’d better book fast- time is ticking.
The hotel breakfast is served in a preserved Renaissance Loggia, and gives wonderful views over Santa Maria Novella church. For a pre-dinner aperitivo, head to the hotel’s bar, L’O, which has a refined décor of parchment and mahogany. Smokers can enjoy a separate smoking room, featuring a stunning illuminated floor.
Some of the best restaurants in Florence (for relaxed and fine dining) are within a short walk of Hotel Orologio including L'Osteria di Giovanni, an informal restaurant with creative, Tuscan food. Expect pear and ricotta tortelli, chickpea soup and traditional coccoli (Florentine salted fritters). Restaurant Il Fiesolano serves some of the city's best bistecca fiorentina (served with flair on a wooden board) and porcini mushrooms, and is filled with loyal Florentines which is always a good sign. Do order a bottle of the house wine Il Re delle Carni, a Chianti Classico, as it compliments the delicious Tuscan dishes on the menu.
Each floor of the hotel is dedicated to a luxury watch brand, including Patek Philippe, Vacheron-Constantin, and Rolex with rooms feature paintings and drawings of the watch in question. The décor is warm, with mahogany floors, leather chairs and rich velvets. Bathrooms are marble with mahogany detailing. Its worth noting that the standard rooms come up a little small, and not all of the rooms have views over the Piazza.
Hotel L’Orologio has gym and Finnish sauna, perfect for unwinding in after a day spent exploring the Florentine streets. The hotel is located on Piazza Santa Maria Novella, home to the picturesque dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Art lovers will, of course, want to head to the world’s finest collection of Renaissance-era artwork at the Uffizi gallery (we highly recommend booking tickets ahead of time to avoid the queues). For a literary detour off the beaten track, head to Via Santa Margherita where you’ll find the Museo Casa di Dante, dedicated to writer and poet Dante Alighieri. Across the street is the Chiesa di Santa Margherita, where Dante’s beloved Beatrice is buried; look out for the little basket beside her grave containing scraps of paper containing poems and pleas by unrequited lovers.
How to get there
Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station is a 6-minute walk from the hotel (450m)
Florence Airport is a 30-minute drive from the hotel (8km)
Pisa Airport is a 1 hour 16-minute drive from the hotel (81km)