Relais Santa Croce
Lonely Planet review
Florence's newest five-star crib occupies a palazzo built in the 17th-century as a gift from the Pope to his beloved finance minister. Apparently he kept the Holy Father in the black, because this place is at once elegant and truly grand.
Designers have done an excellent job preserving the contours of the old palace while fitting it out with plush, new furnishings. They've even wrapped the old chandeliers in stylishly gratuitous gauze; why not? The standard rooms themselves are smallish considering the prices, though not necessarily by Florence standards. They lack any of the building's original architectural details, but in return you get top-of-the-line beds and linens, marble-lined baths, and large flat-screen TVs that double as computer screens. With the wireless keyboard, you can surf the web from your very cushy bed. Many of the front rooms have views of the Duomo, while back rooms look onto Santa Croce, just two blocks to the south. The hotel's coup de grace is its salon, with impossibly high ceilings and remarkably preserved frescoes - truly a dream of a room.
Our independent authors have visited Relais Santa Croce and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Florence.
Services & facilities
- Express check-in
- 24-hour front desk
- Room service (24 hours)
- Tour assistance
- Multilingual staff
- Tours/ticket assistance
Bureau de Change/ATM
- Currency exchange
- Air-conditioned public areas
- Safe-deposit box at front desk
- Luggage storage
- Concierge services
- Jcb international
- American express
- Diners club
- Parking garage
- Valet parking
- Free wired high-speed internet
- Dry cleaning/laundry service
- Laundry facilities
- Designated smoking areas
- Babysitting or childcare
- Pets not allowed
- Use of nearby fitness center (discount)
Description provided by property
Property Location With a stay at Relais Santa Croce in Florence (Santa Croce), you'll be minutes from Casa Buonarroti and Basilica of Santa Croce. This 5-star hotel is close to Ponte Vecchio and Statue of David.
Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 24 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and plasma televisions. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have makeup/shaving mirrors and hair dryers. Conveniences include direct-dial phones, as well as safes and desks.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Make use of convenient amenities such as wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and babysitting/childcare. This hotel also features wedding services, a fireplace in the lobby, and tour/ticket assistance.
Dining Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Breakfast is available for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and business services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of small meeting rooms, a ballroom, and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge, and parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Interesting places nearby
Museo Casa Buonarroti
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Basilica di Santa Croce
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