Hotel Cestelli, in a former archbishop's residence

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Hotel Cestelli, in a former archbishop's residence

Even if you're a chain-smoker, don't miss a chance to stay at this little one-star royally situated behind the chic via Tornabuoni, close to the Arno.

In E.M. Forster's famous novel A Room with a View, the heroine Lucy Honeychurch was annoyed not to have a room with a river view. To avoid the same fate, remember to book the suite that overlooks the Arno. Then settle in to re-read that gem of British literature.

Nestled in a 14th-century palace, which was once the residence of a major archbishop and the study of Cosimo II de' Medici, the property only has eight rooms, including the famous suite, which can accommodate four people. Lit by 1940s light fixtures, equipped with large and very comfortable mahogany beds, and decorated with large mirrors—all elements that its regulars hope will never change—the rooms all stand out. Only the breakfast buffet—very good and very filling—has undergone a pretty facelift. Absolutely perfect!

Hotel Cestelli
Borgo Santi Apostoli Apostoli, 25
50123 Firenze

+39 055 214 213

Rooms: from 35 EUR