Hotel Cestelli, in a former archbishop's residence

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Hotel Cestelli, in a former archbishop's residence

Do not miss a chance to stay at this little starred hotel royally situated behind the chic via Tornabuoni, close to the Arno.

Nestled in a 12th-century palace, which was once the residence of a major archbishop and the study of Cosimo II de' Medici, Hotel Cestelli offers only eight rooms, including the famous suite, ideal for families as it can accommodate four people. None of the rooms look the same; they all reveal a distinct charm, yet always with a bohemian touch. Lit by 1940s light fixtures, equipped with large and very comfortable mahogany beds, and decorated with large mirrors, the unique and welcoming establishment remains affordable for all budgets. Regulars hope this will never change. Only the breakfast buffet – delicious and very filling – has undergone a pretty facelift.

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.

Hotel Cestelli
Borgo Santissimi Apostoli 25
50123 Firenze

+39 055 214 213

Rooms: from 35 EUR