Feel the extraordinary at the oldest hotel in Italy: NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa

In search of the best luxury hotel in Florence we were on the hunt for a place that’s different- a place that’s extraordinary. With a real medieval tower and original frescos from the 13th century, NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa Hotel is considered the oldest hotel not only in Florence, but also Italy. We felt like VIPs while staying here, right in the center of this iconic Renaissance city.

The best luxury hotel in Florence – NH Collection Porta Rossa Firenze

Location and Space

Located only minutes from Piazza del Duomo and Uffizi Gallery, NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa is right in the center of it all. It takes no more than a 10-minute walk to access all major attractions. We’re talking 6 minutes to the Duomo, 5 minutes to Ponte Vecchio, and 2 minutes to Piazza della Repubblica.

A stunning stained-glass ceiling graces the lobby of this historic establishment. The main hall and the lounge are tastefully decorated with antique furniture and neo-Renaissance architectural fittings. The vaulted ceiling makes this space even grander than it already is.

Staff and Service

From the front desk reps to the breakfast team, the entire staff is friendly and helpful without losing professionalism. We were surprised by tea and treats upon checking in, and were spoiled with hazelnut chocolates every evening.

Guestrooms

72 guestrooms are spread across 5 floors. Each room is different and unique in their own way; some contain original frescos like the famous Room 121. Using natural wood and warm tones, rooms are laid out in an elegant yet minimal style.

Tip: Guests staying in the Torre Monalda Suite are spoiled with a 360-degree view of the city from the medieval tower.

Our humongous suite came with a comfortable queen-sized bed with lots of natural lighting. The entire space is squeaky clean without a speck of dust! There’s a separate powder room attached to the large washroom, where we enjoyed relaxing baths and rain showers after long days of walking around Florence.

Each room is equipped with a kettle, coffee machine, slippers and plush bath robes. Luxury NH Collection bathroom amenities are restocked every day.

Note: Instead of those weak, wall mount hair dryers, I was most impressed with them providing a real hair dryer! I’m sure all you ladies (and gentlemen) with long hair would appreciate this.

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Dining

Indulge in an extravagant breakfast spread very morning at the buffet, with a wide variety of fresh pastries, fruits and juices, savoury bites, meats and cheeses, and made-to-order hot dishes. Have you ever had Prosecco and truffles for breakfast? Well you can, at the best luxury hotel in Florence!

If you want to take luxury dining to the next level, try the exclusive truffle-based menu for lunch or dinner. NH Collection Porta Rossa Firenze, in partnership with Savini Tartufi’s Truffles Experience, is the first hotel in Italy to offer this one of a kind gastronomic experience.

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Other Tips and Info

  • Rates start at 230€+ for Superior Rooms, 250€+ for Premium Rooms, and 315€+ for Junior Suites.
  • Breakfast is included in the nightly rates but you can opt out when booking your stay.
  • Late checkout until 3PM is available upon availability.
  • Off-site parking is €26/day.
  • Small pets are welcomed for €20/night.
  • For more info and current promotions, check out their official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Disclaimer: Many thanks to NH Collection Porta Rossa Firenze Hotel for hosting our stay. All opinions and experiences are honest and our own- we wouldn’t recommend something if we didn’t love it ourselves!

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12 Comments

  1. July 19, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    What a charming hotel! I love the combination of traditional and modern aspects. The stained glass ceiling is a real show stopper :-).

  2. July 19, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    I’ve stayed in Florence three times, but have not experienced the NH, I’ve definitely have walked by it and wondered. The property looks beautiful. I love the modernist, minimalist decor of the room.

  3. July 20, 2017 / 1:06 am

    I absolutely adore Florence and this place looks so fancy! The rooms look so spacious and I always check for a hairdryer, thanks for the heads up!

  4. July 21, 2017 / 4:10 am

    OH WOW! Now why didn’t I stay here when I was in Florence! This place is a dream!

  5. July 21, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    This hotel looks gorgeous! And you’re not lying – I can’t see even a speck of dust – it looks immaculate. A central location is really important to me in a hotel, so love that it’s so close to everything. And the breakfast buffet looks both delicious and pretty!

  6. July 21, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    Interesting. I didn’t expect the rooms to look so modern in a hotel as old as this one. Or perhaps some of the rooms are decorated in a more class/Renaissance style? The lobby with its stained glass ceiling looks so appealing to me. It feels like walking into an art museum.

  7. July 22, 2017 / 5:28 am

    Truffle based tasting menu… Sign me up! I love the modern decor in a very traditional space too. The juxtaposition of old and new creates a perfect balance of cognitive dissonance.

  8. Julianne
    July 23, 2017 / 12:19 am

    Oh man, I haven’t been to Florence in over ten years. You’re making me want to return! I love those red-colored sofas, and it sounds like this hotel is in a great location. And that tasting menu – YUM!

  9. July 23, 2017 / 6:56 am

    Wow this hotel is stunning! I’m truly in awe of that vaulted ceiling. Your room looks so spacious and bright! That comfy bed will give me have a hard time getting out of bed!

  10. July 23, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    This hotel has so much charms! The room is just gorgeous!A I would love to spend a night there if I visit Florence one day soon!

  11. July 25, 2017 / 12:35 am

    What a gorgeous hotel! I love the unique set up in the rooms and the view outside your room is amazing. I want to stay here!

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