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Hotel Santa Maria Novella takes its name from the charming piazza that it sits on, dominated by the picturesque green and white marble of the 15th-century Santa Maria Novella church. Dating back to the 19th-century, the hotel evokes a romantic, bygone age with its rich textiles, beautiful velvets and antique paintings, and will perfectly suit those who prefer a more traditional style. Whether admiring a glorious Florentine sunset from the rooftop terrace, or unwinding in the Finnish sauna, Hotel Santa Maria Novella is ideal for those looking for a luxurious boutique in the heart of historic Florence.
Can’t bear the thought of leaving your four-legged friend at home? Small pets stay for free at Hotel Santa Maria Novella, and the hotel can provide bowls, snacks and toys. The dogs-only area at the Horticultural Garden is an ideal spot to walk your pooch, only two kilometres from the hotel.
The hotel bar serves a selection of light bites, ranging from panini to salads topped with fresh, Tuscan produce. Don’t miss taking a traditional aperitivo before dinner, where you’ll have a wide selection of cocktails and other drinks to whet your appetite with. Everything at the bar can be served on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, perfect for beautiful, orange Florentine sunsets.
There are many restaurants within walking distance from the hotel, ranging from fine dining to hearty local eateries, and the helpful staff at Hotel Santa Maria Novella will be more than happy to recommend their favourite spots.
The 71 rooms and suites each have an individual character thanks to the historic nature of the property, but all are elegantly styled with wood panelling, rich fabrics and antiques. Large marble bathrooms feature products from the world famous Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. Many of the pricier rooms have lovely views over the Santa Maria church. Interconnecting rooms are ideal for families, and the hotel offers a welcome surprise for all its younger guests.
There is a fully-equipped gym for fitness fanatics; alternatively, work up a sweat in the Finnish sauna. If the thought of exercising on holiday horrifies you, you’ll perhaps be more at home in the refined reading room, where you can curl up with a good read before the crackling fin-de-siècle fireplace.
The hotel is ideally situated for those who want to explore historic Florence, with the iconic Florence Cathedral and Palazzo Vecchio a short walk from the hotel. While the Renaissance rightly takes centre-stage for many visitors to the city, art-lovers shouldn’t miss the Museo Novecento, a fantastic modern-art museum housed in a 13th-century palace just across the Piazza Santa Maria Novella.