Confession: There’s an instagram account that sends me into a tizzy every time they post. Beyond social media, the location is serene, the rooms are beautiful, and the staff is unparalleled.
After our amazing honeymoon last year, I knew we had to go back this year… so I booked a St. Regis Florence river view room…. because what is Florence without A Room with a View? (Props to you if you got the literary reference there. Your high school served you well.)
As I mentioned, there’s a lot of reasons to the love the St. Regis Florence. For me, a lot of it centers around the aspirational decor. They have a way with paint colors that makes my happy heart sing. Some day, if I own a house with high ceilings, I will likely replicate all of their paint colors in my house. They have dramatic antique furnishings, beautiful drapery, and the most comfortable beds in all of Italy. Seriously – everything about this hotel is dramatic and perfect. My husband and I would both stare in awe at the antique paintings that depict Florence from several centuries ago and it hasn’t really changed at all. I could stare for hours at those paintings.
Both of the rooms I’ve stayed in have windows that open, and I throughly enjoyed listening to the Arno rush by my window during my afternoon naps. When I lived in Florence, I lived on Via dei Servi, two short blocks from the Duomo, and while that location was amazing as a young college student, the location of the St. Regis Florence can’t be beat for a relaxing vacation in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The white marble bathrooms are another reason to love the St. Regis. The river view room had the added bonus of having beautiful doors that not only let in a lot of light but also allowed you to enjoy the sounds of the river as you bathed, showered, or got ready. In the evenings, you can enjoy the lights lining the Arno. (Florence is a magical, magical place… if you haven’t experienced it for yourself, you must experience it… particularly in the spring or the fall when the crowds are fewer, the weather is beautiful, and you can experience all my favorite parts of the city.)
I digress though… it’s not just the view that makes the bathroom amazing… it’s the full size soaking tub and the Acqua di Parma bath salts that come with it… it’s the huge shower with multiple shower heads and sprayers and the Remede sundries that are the best way to recharge after a long day roaming the city. Everything about the St. Regis Florence is luxury. And every detail is relaxing.
I read on a message board once that staying at the St. Regis Florence was akin to staying in Times Square.
Those. People. Are. Crazy.
First of all, the St. Regis is TWO bridges down from the Ponte Vecchio. It’s a 10-15 walk from the city center, a 10-15 minute walk from the Boboli Gardens, a 20-25 minute walk to the Piazza Michelangelo, and a 10 minute walk from the train station. The location is unbeatable, it’s quiet, and it’s beautiful. Don’t let anyone tell you different. I think there tends to be a Four Seasons vs. St. Regis debate… but for me, the St. Regis wins by default because of their location on the Arno. I mean, is there anything better than waking up to this?!
I really love the staff at the St. Regis. Andrea is one of the kindest and friendliest people you will ever meet. He is very, very, very good at his job, and I think he sincerely enjoys making your trip to Florence memorable. The day before we left, he left us a kind note with a hand-drawn picture of the tasseled key and the Duomo. It’s one of my favorite mementos from Florence because it encapsulated everything I love – the Duomo (obvi), the St. Regis, and Florentine kindness. Stephanie, the front office manager, has personally greeted us on both of our stays and ensured that we were happy with our accommodations and that our experience was unparalleled. The Concierge has secured us reservations at our favorite restaurant (Trattoria Sostanza… more of the most amazing and friendliest Italians you will ever meet!) and jumped into rush hour traffic to secure us a cab (and warned them not to take advantage of us by taking the long way). And then there’s the Clarins Iridium Suites Spa. Not only did they squeeze me in at the last minute for make up before our portraits with the amazing Cristiano, but every single person in the spa made sure I was comfortable and happy. Between my limited French and Italian, the entire spa staff worked together to ensure that I was happy with my make-up. And… I’m proud to say that my husband was EXTREMELY happy with it. (He always worries that they are going to apply too much make up and I won’t look like me…) He actually says that I took his breath away and it was the prettiest he’s ever seen me look. High praise, high praise. (I just wish I had thought to get my hair done and had my dress altered/pressed… that’s the only thing I don’t like about these pictures…. both my fault. I literally bought that dress the morning we boarded the plane for Europe.)
all photo credit to the amazing Facibeni Fotographia
I say all that to say that the St. Regis Florence is really an amazing experience and it remains one of my favorite hotels in the world. If you’re looking for the room with THE view, the most amazing staff ever, or even just the best place to relax and recharge, look no further. We seriously considered staying… oh… another week and a half, but Cristiano told us how amazing Budapest was… so we continued on our original journey… but those few days in Florence were particularly amazing, and I can promise you that we’ll be back. At the St. Regis.