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Hotel La Gemma, Florence, Italy
This smart city-centre address is like stepping into the home of some very stylish friends. Taking over the former Zara building on the Via Calimala, the main thoroughfare that leads from the Piazza della Republicca to the Ponte Vecchio, you're in the very heart of the Centro Storico. Inside is an oasis of calm, with green dominating the colour palette, accented by pink and white, the colours of the marble on the city's impressive cathedral. There's an Art Deco exuberance to the décor, with bronze flourishes and a mural-style palm frond wallpaper running the full height of the building in the stairwell. The food in Luca's restaurant is exceptional with lunchtime burgers and salads making way for tasting menus and wine pairings as the sun goes down.
The hotel is so central - you can pop out for a spot of shopping and come back to drop bags off before heading out again.
You're in the heart of the Centro Storico, with Piazza Della Republicca and Ponte Vecchio a few minutes' walk away.
By plane: flights from London to Florence take over 2 hours. The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the airport. Parking costs €60 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Fashionistas and sophisticates will love it here. There's a bold use of the colour green (in varying shades) which can be found on the walls, ceilings, skirting boards and curtains.
Service & Facilities
A subterranean spa will offer luxurious Biologique Recherche facials and massages as well as beauty treatments.
- Free Wi-Fi
Our room had a wide balcony overlooking the main street that leads from Piazza della Repubblica to the Ponte Vecchio, so you can wave at tourists like royalty. The palm frond wallpaper adds an exoticism to the room.
Signature, Superior, Deluxe, Junior Suite, Loft Suite, Prestige Suite, Two-bedroom Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, desk, living room, mini-bar with free soft drinks, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Classic jazz songs played in the bar and restaurant conjure the elegance of the 1930s. The tagliolini with goat butter, anchovies, Sorrento lemon and Oscietra caviar is simply divine.
Luca's: gourmet restaurant and courtyard, Tuscan cuisine. All-day dining, open daily.