Florence – Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

Florence - Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

This converted Renaissance palazzois set in 11 acres (the largest private garden in the city). There are 116 individually decorated bedrooms and suites divided between the Palazzo della Gherardesca and a former 16th-century convent. The sensitive, seven-year restoration, completed in 2008, has created an utterly gorgeous hotel: original frescoes and friezes adorn the walls; baroque portraits line the ballroom; and the gardens are splendid. The service is fantastic, as is the restaurant, Il Palagio. There is a large swimming pool and a substantial spa using products from the city’s Santa Maria Novella pharmacy.

X-factor ‘The 11 “speciality suites” with their frescoes, vast chandeliers, silk wall hangings and period furniture are magnificent,’ says Gold List contributor Nicky Swallow. The Royal Suite has a vaulted ceiling, stuccos, a 17th-century ceramic floor and original frescoes depicting the life of Medici Pope Leo XI.

Source: cntraveller.com