Where to Stay in Florence Now

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New hotel players are on the scene while the established ones stay fresh and relevant.

Where other Italian tourist cities have let the recession drag them down-market, Florence remains a cultured hub that’s serious about getting the best out of life. And it’s not just Michelangelo’s David, Brunelleschi’s cathedral dome and the Botticellis on display at the Uffizi Gallery that make it so—for proof, check out A Fresh Look at Florence. The city’s best hotels provide a prime example of its against-the-tide dynamism: Amid a sprinkle of new openings, the largely successful improvements made by Florence’s first wave of bespoke properties—places like J.K. Place Firenze, Hotel Savoy and Relais Santa Croce—remind us that it’s entirely possible to stay current, even in a city so transfixed by the past.