Confession #1: There’s no more beautiful room than a St Regis Florence river view room. The location is serene and the rooms are beautiful.
Confession #2: The St Regis Florence instagram account sends me into a tizzy every time they post. The staff is unparalleled in their attention to detail.
Confession #3: After our amazing honeymoon last year, we had to go back this year. I mean, 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.)
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Why Book the St Regis Florence River View Room?
Other than the obvious answer of why not?, the St Regis Florence offers unparalleled service and the most beautiful rooms of all the Florence hotels I have stayed in to date. Whether you stay in a deluxe Arno river view room or a premium room, you won’t be disappointed. I share as much as I can about these luxury rooms because I think they are worth it.
There are a lot of reasons to the love the St Regis Florence. For me, that list starts with the aspirational decor and style. While I can’t replicate the look in my own home, I appreciate it in my Florentine home. They have dramatic antique furnishings, beautiful, luxurious drapery, and the most comfortable beds in all of Italy. Tom and I would stare in awe at the antique paintings that depict Florence from several centuries ago. It hasn’t really changed at all. I could stare for hours at those paintings. Further, the St Regis has a way with paint colors that makes my happy heart sing. If I could, I would replicate their paint colors and textured walls in my own home. Everything about the St Regis Florence is dramatic and executed to perfection.
Almost all the rooms I have stayed in have offered windows that open up to the Arno. I throughly enjoy listening to the Arno rush by during my afternoon naps, and I know you will, too.
The white marble bathrooms are another reason to love the St Regis river view rooms. This particular room offers the added bonus of beautiful doors that open to the banks of the river. They not only let in a lot of light but also they allow you to enjoy the sound of the river as you bathe, shower, or get ready. In the evenings, the sunlight fades away and you are treated to the romantic lights that follow the shape of 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, however, digress. It’s not just the view that makes this bathroom amazing. It is the full size soaking tub with Acqua di Parma bath salts. And, it’s the the huge walk-in shower with multiple shower heads and sprayers. The Remede sundries are the best way to recharge after a long day roaming the city. Every detail is committed to luxury. And, every detail is designed for relaxation.
I read on a message board once that staying at the St. Regis Florence was akin to staying in Times Square. Those reviews are crazy. When I lived in Florence, I lived on Via dei Servi, two short blocks from the Duomo. While that location was amazing as a young college student, it is more akin to staying in Times Square.
The St. Regis is two bridges away from the Ponte Vecchio. It’s a 10-minute walk from Santa Maria Novella. It’s a 10-15-minute walk from the Duomo, a 10-15 minute walk from the Boboli Gardens, a 20-25 minute walk to the Piazza Michelangelo. The location is quiet and it’s beautiful. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Maybe it stems from the Four Seasons vs. St. Regis debate… but for me, the St. Regis wins because of their location on the Arno.
I adore the staff at the St. Regis. Andrea offers the most thoughtful butler service. He is legitimately one of the kindest, friendliest people you will ever meet. Andrea is very good at his job. He sincerely enjoys making your trip to Florence memorable. The day before we left, he left us a note with a hand-drawn picture of the St. Regis tasseled key and the Duomo. It’s one of my favorite mementos because it encapsulated everything I love – the Duomo, the St. Regis, and Florentine kindness. Stephanie, the front office manager, personally greets us on our stays and ensures that we are happy guests. Lastly, the Concierge is always helpful to secure us reservations at our favorite restaurants. They’ve even jumped into rush hour traffic to secure us a cab (and warned them not to take advantage of us).
Last (but not least) is the Clarins Iridium Suites Spa. Not only did they squeeze me in at the last minute for make up before our portrait session with the amazing Cristiano, but every single person in the spa made sure I was comfortable and happy. Between my limited French and Italian, we worked together to ensure that I was happy with my make-up. My husband was EXTREMELY happy with it. (He always worries that I won’t look like me.) He says that I took his breath away and it’s the prettiest he’s ever seen me look. High praise, high praise.
I just wish I had thought to get my hair done. Further, I should have let the butler service press my dress. That’s the only thing I don’t like about these pictures, but it’s my fault. I literally bought my dress the morning we boarded the plane for Europe.
all photo credit to the amazing Facibeni Fotographia
I say all of this to say that the St Regis Florence river room is an unparalleled experience that everyone should enjoy. It truly is 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 than the St Regis Florence. We seriously considered staying another week and a half, but Cristiano told us how amazing Budapest was… so we continued on our original journey. He was right but those few days in Florence were particularly amazing, and I can promise you that we’ll be back. At the St. Regis Florence.
Oh wow, what a gorgeous place!
Diana L says
I like the hotel just by reading what you have to say about it! And I love how your pictures came out!
This is definitely one of the most luxurious and beautiful hotel rooms I have ever seen! And in one of my favorite cities in the whole world… Can’t get much better than that! I’ve been to Florence a few times now, but have never stayed right on the river …. That may be up next! Such beautiful photos!
Thanks for sharing 😀
Oh my goodness that is breathtaking beautiful! How fancy!
Katie Elizabeth says
I’m obsessed with these pictures!! LOVE your dress and the scenery is amazing. Please frame them all.
This looks incredible!!!
Van @ Snow in Tromso says
Wow this hotel looks absolutely stunning! I guess I would feel like a royal staying there 😉
Kate @ Green Fashionista says
What a gorgeous place, every last detail is magnificent! And loving your photo shoot – stunning <3
Marcella ~ WhatAWonderfulWorld says
Swoon!! That view and in fact, the whole room looks incredible! What a stunning place to stay, I don’t think I would ever want to leave the room!! 😀
Julie @ Running in a Skirt says
How lovely! Florence was one of my favorite cities in Italy and I LOVE a nice hotel. The room and view is dreamy!
What a sweet honeymoon photoshoot and hotel. You guys look so happy and relaxed!!
Amanda Elizabeth says
Take me away! Looks like ultimate decadent paradise!
Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis says
What a gorgeous city and that hotel room is magazine ready! Such pretty photos from your trip and somewhere I’ve never experienced before even through pictures!
I remember when you snapped this hotel on snapchat and i wanted to be transported there!! I think your portraits look incredible – those views are amazing! xo, biana –BlovedBoston