Gallery Hotel Art

5 Vicolo dell'Oro, Florence

Action Bar

18.5
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Ratings Breakdown

  • Rooms18.5
  • Public Spaces18.5
  • Service18.5
  • Overall18.5
82
Reviews

Most recent review:

What I liked:

Open areas were lovely, interesting. Nice breakfast.

What the hotel could do better:

Room was a bit run down. Stain on carpet. Furniture and floor chipped and scuffed. Stereo did not work. Fridge did not work (staff fixed on request). Internet connection was horrible in the room - slow and unreliable. Room has uniquely Italian L-style plugs; while an adapter was provided on request, these plugs are so uniquely Italian that it should be assumed that foreign guests are going to need adapters.

Graeme

Stayed April 2015

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Hotel Description

Don't be put off by the concrete exterior, which unlike most Florentine buildings is contemporary, and of no architectural distinction. It's the stuff inside this Salvatore Ferragamo hotel that's the key. High couture meets maximum efficiency. Art meets the commercial world of the hospitality industry. Occidental and Oriental schools of minimalism collide. And if this sounds a little familiar, remember this isn't London, it's Florence, where boutique hotels are virtually nonexistent.

Situated as it is in a tiny alleyway off the Lungarno Acciaioli, the Gallery Hotel Art, despite its unbelievably central location, is strangely quiet. Colors are quiet, too — white, beige, buttermilk, brown and light gray, with the occasional touch of turquoise glass. But it's not just peaceful. It's practical and conceptual too. In architect Michele Bonan's spaces, art, culture, and public function coexist. The lobby, which doubles as a exhibition space for contemporary art, is for both check-in and contemplation. It is not, however, a lobby for lounging. The benches here are the museum variety -- for scrutinizing artworks, buddy, not for resting your tired tourist feet. Resting is achieved more efficiently in the lounge/library, with its parquet floor and taupe velvet sofas. But though it's cozy here, there are 400 books—everything from cinema histories to Victorian novels—with which to engage your mind. The only real place to let loose is at the Fusion bar, where you can help yourself to sushi with the pretty Florentine clientele.

Bedrooms are cheerful, spare, efficient, and on the small side — apparently public spaces at this hotel have prerogative over the private. The best spot in the house, however, is the penthouse suite terrace, with its fabulous view of the Palazzo Vecchio. In the end, ironically, the most beautiful thing about this designer space is what lies outside of it. And though the hotel advertises itself for people in search of the atypical Florence experience (“Michelangelo can wait,” says its brochure), the city is too enthralling to make you want to linger long within unconventional hotel walls. Fortunately, since you're a minute away from the Ponte Vecchio, the best of this medieval city is just on your doorstep.

Please note: Gallery Hotel Art will be closed January 27 – February 2 for renovations.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 65 Rooms
  • Style: Cutting-Edge
  • Atmosphere: Lively

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Offsite gym facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

City Tax of EUR 4.50 per person per night is paid upon departure.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Offsite gym facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

City Tax of EUR 4.50 per person per night is paid upon departure.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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