Located on one level of an old palazzo that is still occupied by the original, vineyard-owning family (on the top floor), Leone Blu is a boutique hotel (with the spirit of an upmarket guest house) in the heart of Florence. Each of its 9 spacious suites is each decorated in a unique style that effortlessly blends the splendour of an old family palazzo with the most modern of amenities and design touches. Each object in the rooms appears to have a purpose and has been placed with extreme care. Most rooms feature split levels or raised "balcony seating". The staff is extremely gracious and friendly. I realise this sounds like an owner-sponsored review, but this is truly a hidden gem in the heart of Florence - though it is not necessarily inexpensive...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ancient Palazzo Ricasoli has now become a historic hotel, Leone Blu. At the Ponte alla Carraia with terrific views on the river Arno and on the medieval Florence. Built in 1474 by will of Rinieri Ricasoli and ever since it has uninterruptedly belonged to the family. During the Europe Grand Tour period, XIX and XX centuries, it was the Grand Hotel de New York, giving accommodation to important personalities of the art and culture. Located in the heart of the city, less than 10 minutes walking distance from the Santa Maria Novella railway station and two steps away from via della Vigna and only 200 mtrs from via de' Tornabuoni. All the most important places in Florence are walking distance from Leone Blu. Leone Blu offers its salons and nine suites, each one decorated differently, to guests who wish to enjoy a truly authentic Florence, it is a private palace which opens its doors to everyone, it twill thus be accessible at all times : for a small breakfast, coffee, special aperitif, wine-tasting or meeting. This will be an elegant and reserved location open to the public. ... more less
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