Centrally-located and super stylish, the Gallery Hotel Art is Florence’s first design hotel and boy does it pack a punch!

Part of the esteemed Lungarno Collection, the Gallery Hotel Art is nestled away on a quiet quaint little piazzetta with oodles of historic charm, just off the north bank of the Arno, and is only a hop, skip and jump away from the renowned Ponte Vecchio.

If stylish abodes are pivotal when it comes to your hotel, then the Gallery Hotel Art is absolute design goals. It’s an ideal place for art lovers as the hotel doubles as a contemporary art space.

The decor is the brainchild of interior designer Michele Bönan who has effortlessly fused Asian elegance with a minimalist yet contemporary Tuscan aesthetic.

Think neutral easy colours, modern lines, materials in a luxuriant fabric like leather, cashmere and linen in a neutral palette (many of which have been hand-crafted in Florence itself) and an abundance of art in the shared areas.

There are ever-changing exhibitions of contemporary photographers (both Italian and beyond) and this 4 star design and boutique hotel is a favourite meeting place in the heart of Florence amongst fashion, art, and stylish people.

It’s a truly relaxing but inspiring environment, each of the 74 rooms are decorated in cream, tranquil hues that offer a peaceful and calming haven.

Think crisp white bed linen, buttersoft cashmere throws, gingham curtains, polished wood floors, pale walls with black and white prints of beloved Florence architecture adorning the walls.

The minimalist vibe can also be found in the contemporary bathrooms which are composed of soft honey-coloured travertine marble with a sunken bath and are equipped with robes, slippers and luxury toiletries.

Our room was high up with an enclosed balcony and we were afforded incredible far-reaching views of the city and awe-inspiring buildings like the Palazzo Vecchio.

One of the best places to retreat to is the calming library where you can submerge in one of the squishy deep sofas with a coffee and read one of the arty tomes.

There’s also a lively bar and the Fusion Bar & Restaurant which offers some of the best Japanese cuisine (and indeed some pretty amazing cocktails) you will find in the country.

Of course, what’s one of the key considerations when booking a hotel? The obligatory hotel breakfast of course and at the Gallery Hotel Art, it’s a good one! Primarily it’s a continental affair, but you can upgrade to a cooked breakfast.

All diets are catered for and the hotel serves some pretty amazing fresh juices and coffee as well as some delectable pastries.

Whilst the hotel doesn’t have an abundance of facilities, guests can take advantage of the facilities on offer at its sister hotel including the luxury spa at The Continentale which is located near by.

Best of all, the hotel is totally pet-friendly so if you are travelling with your four-legged favourite furry friend, you don’t have to worry. They can stay for just €50 for the entirety of their stay where they can enjoy their own comfy bed, bowl and treats.

Sleek, sophisticated and serene, we can’t help thinking that the Gallery Hotel Art is an exceptional hotel with a centralissima location and a discreetly luxurious atmosphere that we adore.

Stay – Gallery Hotel Art offers rooms starting from €248 per night, based on two adults sharing and excluding breakfast. For information and bookings visit lungarnocollection.com/gallery-hotel-art.


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