Pure Luxury – Four Seasons Florence
Advertising / Werbung
The Four Seasons Hotel in Florence is definitely one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying at. Pure luxury, but an incredibly friendly and laid back atmosphere at the same time.
One might even say that this is more of a museum than a hotel 😉 The walls are truly drenched in history. The palace where the hotel is now located, Palazzo della Gherardesca, was the private residence of Florentine noble families for over five centuries, until becoming a Four Seasons Hotel in 2008. A pope, an order of nuns, families from the Italian nobility and even a viceroy of Egypt have all lived inside these same walls, where the Four Seasons Florence now welcomes its guests. Walking through the hotel, its lobby, park, building and suites is like taking a walk through history.
Even today, it still holds the largest private garden in Florence, a wonderful 4 acres park where you can take long romatic walks and discover something new every day. The Giardino della Gherardesca is full of beautiful surprises and we LOVED to take a stroll there every day in the morning and evening. The monuments, statues, fountains, flowerbeds and centuries old trees make it a truly magical place. A real haven of tranquillity right in the middle of the historic and cultural centre of Florence.
The first thing you will notice upon arrival is the monumental lobby. Opulent seating areas invite you to sit down and just enjoy the view of the wonderfully preserved frescoes and statues that line this inner courtyard. We actually came down here every day just to sit down for a while and absorbe its magnificence.
This same flair is also present in the rooms. They combine a Rennaissence inspired decor with the comfort of modern amenities. We stayed in a Premier Room with a big and comfy bed, small seating area and a spacious and luxurious marble bathroom (with Bulgari products and a Foreo brush at our disposal). But the best thing was the gorgeous view of the pool and garden, especially at sunset. So very romantic!
During our stay we also had the pleasure of visiting the Royal Suite della Gherardesca, the most ancient room of the Palazzo, which might just be the most amazing hotel suite I’ve ever seen in my life. Over 230qm of pure history and elegance. The frescoes on the vaulted ceilings as well as the ceramic floor tiles are originally preserved and there are statues, paintings and works of art everywhere you look. Staying there must be a one in a lifetime experience!
Another incredible experience that the Four Seasons Florence has to offer is the cuisine. It all starts with breakfast, which you can either have outside in the garden or inside in the Atrium Bar. Everything can be chosen á la carte, from a selection of pastries and breads to freshly pressed juices and warm dishes. Our absolute favourites were the french toast and the poached eggs with pappa al pomodoro. Once you try them, you’ll never want anything else for breakfast 😉
Outside you will find the Al Fresco Pool and Tree Bar, where you can enjoy fruity cocktails, home made juices and little snacks, such as their signature pizza (yummy!).
Il Palagio is the Michelin-starred restaurant of the Four Seasons, elegant but with a light, modern interior design. My personal recommendation from the menu are the cavatelli cacio e pepe with baby squid and red prawns. They are so good, they even won an award!
Another lovely spot for dinner is the Atrium Bar. Here you can sink into the deep sofas, have amazing costum made cocktails and dine in style with lovely background music and entertainment (we had the pleasure of hearing a very talented pianist and great female singer – it was so much fun!). The Atrium Bar serves delicious meals all day long, with a more extended menu in the evenings. Again, my recommendations are the filled zucchini flowers as a starter and the caramel bar as a dessert. Both absolutely mouth-watering!! Also, a special thanks goes to Karem and Tommaso, who were incredibly friendly and took extremely good care of us during these wonderful evenings.
In addition to these two great restaurants, the hotel also organizes custom dinner experiences for its guests. Possible locations are a private terrace on the Ponte Vecchio, the Altana, a terrace that overlooks the roofs of Florence and also has a view of the Dome and a table located under an old beech tree in the park. Soooo romantic and perfect for a marriage proposal!
If you want to unwind even more, you can take a long swim in the huge pool or enjoy the hot water of the jacuzzi. The spa has a steam room, sauna and lots of different massages and facial/body treatments to offer. Warning: it will be hard to choose 😉
The Four Seasons is not only very close to all the main stores, it also hosts some amazing in-house boutiques and shopping windows as well! I assure you, you will want to start shopping right away!
Even though the hotel is close to all of Firenze’s main attractions, we haven’t set foot outside the hotel once. We already visited the city last year and felt like this time we just wanted to relax and enjoy this very special property.
Verdict: You will never EVER want to leave this place. It is pure luxury, pure relaxation and pure joy. Notwithstanding its elegant touch, the atmosphere is friendly, relaxed and not stiff at all and also perfectly suitable for kids. The service was no less than excellent! An amazing experience that you will likely never forget. We’ll definitely go back for more!