5 star – Secret Hotel in Florence – 5 star – Florence

Located just north of the Arno River in the heart of Florence’s 17th century Renaissance style city centre, this luxurious 5 star Secret Hotel in Florence is ideal for both those on business and those on a cultural city break. This elegant hotel’s finely furnished, spacious double en-suite rooms all feature a flat screen LCD TV, free high-speed Wi-Fi, a Jacuzzi style bath, fully-stocked minibar and beauty table. Excellent onsite facilities include a car rental desk, currency exchange, dry cleaning service, valet parking and a 24 hour concierge. The hotel’s business centre with numerous fully-equipped meeting and convention rooms is designed specifically with business guests in mind, whilst the tranquil health club and spa is perfect for leisure guests wishing to relax and unwind.

Boasting a highly desirable central location within Florence, hotel guests are never more than a few minutes’ walk from the city’s main tourist attractions and historical landmarks. Just a short walk from the hotel is the must-see Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as Florence Cathedral. With its large dome dominating the city skyline, the Duomo alongside Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular attractions in all of Tuscany. The dizzying heights of the dome are also accessible by stairs for the bravest of tourists, giving unparalleled views over the city’s rooftops and beyond.

The historic streets surrounding the Duomo are lined with chic boutiques specialising in celebrated Italian fashion and premium leather goods, perfect for souvenir hunters and fashionistas. As well as upmarket stores, the area is renowned for being home to some of the finest restaurants and eateries in the region. From Michelin starred eateries to authentic family-run bistros, tourists are treated to traditional Florentine cuisine ranging from specially cured meats to delicate antipasti.

Another nearby basilica boasting intricate frescoes and an ornate gothic façade is that of Santa Maria Novella which is just a short walk away. Containing paintings and artwork by one of the icons of the Renaissance era, the basilica is one of the most visited in Florence after the Duomo. When in the surrounding piazza, the Santa Maria Novella station is just opposite allowing guests to travel around the Tuscan region with ease. With excellent high-speed links to neighbouring cities of Bologna, Lucca, Livorno and Pisa tourists can take a day trip to explore what else Italy has to offer.