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For a small city, Florence has an astonishing variety of places in which to lay your sightseeing-weary head. Established international brands such as Belmond, St. Regis, and Four Seasons guarantee luxury, immaculate service, and a plethora of facilities. Stylish boutique hotels offer very personalized service and a discreet atmosphere, and charming, sometimes quirky B&Bs, often housed in lovely old palazzi, have bags of character and competitive prices. And while the pandemic put the brakes on tourism for a couple of years, there has since been a flurry of activity with new openings around every corner, and the visitor numbers to fill them.

It pays to do your research ahead of time and decide what you want, and where you want to be: Florence’s main sights are largely clustered in the compact Centro Storico, where the narrow cobbled lanes and pretty piazzas are awash with tourists most of the year. Choose a hotel in the center of the city if you want everything on your doorstep, but not if you are averse to crowds. Hotels on the banks of the Arno have rooms with wonderful river views, but they come with a hefty price tag. There are funkier places to stay in the uber-hip Oltrarno neighborhood, which is south of the river and home to a slew of interesting restaurants, independent boutiques, and a vibrant nightlife scene. Or head for the hills surrounding the city, where you’ll find some fabulous villa hotels—most with lovely gardens and pools—which offer the best of both worlds, especially in high season; you are within easy reach of the sights, yet removed from the worst of the crowds, heat and humidity. Here are our picks for the best hotels in Florence.

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