For art lovers of the world there are fewer places that conjure up the utmost excitement and passion within than the city of Florence.
The region capital of Tuscany, this Mecca for art enthusiasts holds some of the world’s most renowned pieces, from Michelangelo’s sculpture, David, to da Vinci’s Annunciation and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. For Renaissance lovers and creatives alike, the city offers all that you could hope for from a visit, and the contemporary Gallery Art Hotel is no different.
This four-star boutique hotel in Florence combines a modish style with avant-garde spaces in which to recline along with fusion fine dining and art exhibitions too. Designed by refined Florentine architect, Michele Bönan, the 74-room establishment, one of the upmarket Lungarno Collection Hotels, promises light, dynamic and trendy spaces in which to socialise and luxury suites showcasing unique pieces art, in which to reside.
The hotel sits in a central location in a courtyard near the Arno and Ponte Vecchio, while also being close to Palazzo Strozzi and the Museo Galileo among many other historic and architecturally beautiful sites. Regular contemporary art exhibits will please those who appreciate creativity, with bold installations from artists like David Lachapelle and Steven Klein, with changing themes each year, while the rooms and suites of the hotel themselves echo this artistic ambiance with their design and sophisticated style.
Head to the upper section of the hotel for a stay in one of the sumptuous suites, each of which are named after a symbol of Florence. All offering excellent views over the city including Florence Cathedral and San Miniato Church, the finest linen, handmade leather, cashmere and oriental carved wood and glorious toiletries from Bianco di Carrara by Salvatore Ferragamo, these suites will offer you the ideal home from home.
Penthouse Pitti is set over two levels and boasts a private outdoor furnished terrace, a king size bed and sleek, elegant décor consisting of white, glass and light metallics, across 600 square feet of space. Take a dip in the luxurious bath before relaxing in your upstairs living space with a work desk should you need to catch up on some emails.
Designed for two adults and two children, the Penthouse Suite family accommodation is made possible by combining Penthouse Pitti with the Penthouse San Miniato to create 1,200 square feet of stylish space for you and your family. Connecting rooms and terraces ensure that you stay together while each room has their own private bathroom and living area.
Dine in style at the hotel’s resident The Fusion Bar and Restaurant and take your pick of the menus created by chef Andrea Magnelli. Offering fusion and Nikkei cuisine in a minimalist setting with a buzzing atmosphere, the food here is created using the finest ingredients and offers a fantastic selection of flavoursome dishes and unique drinks to choose from. Your taste buds will be tantalised when you tuck into this Peruvian food made with Japanese techniques, which features unique pairings and an array of textures and flavours to create harmony using far-off cuisines. Sample some delicious traditional Japanese specialities with a selection of maki and nigiri, savour South American cuisine and tuck into delights such as vegetarian ceviche with tomatoes, avocado and toasted nuts, or try the crispy pork belly with spiced miso and kombu oil.
While you’re here why not ask a mixologist to create, for you, your very own bespoke cocktail or try one of the Fusion’s takes on the classic such as a Pisco Punch or Fusion Negroni? The bar is the place to be seen and a perfect spot for injecting some fun into your evening with weird and wonderful combinations to surprise and delight. Whether it’s science in a glass, a new way of tasting some classics or bubbly concoctions, you’ll be sure to enjoy yourself.
With its gorgeous and inspiring interiors, Gallery Art Hotel isn’t just a place to stay when visiting Florence as it can play host to those special events in life too. Whether it’s an intimate gathering in the Library among rare books, art, fashion and photography or a big event to celebrate in the nearby Sala Poccetti located in the magnificent 16th century Palazzo Capponi, this is the place to impress.
The Library provides the ideal lounge room to enjoy breakfast to start your day or a cocktail to end it. The peaceful and elegant spot evokes a relaxing atmosphere with oriental inspired contemporary furniture, precious materials and warming colours and can also be the ideal place to host an event for up to 90 people. The Palazzo Capponi sits next to the Ponte Santa Trinita and wows with its gorgeous frescos adorning the walls creating a show-stopping setting for any event.
Whatever your reason for visiting Gallery Art Hotel, you are sure to leave with fond memories and guaranteed plans for a future visit.
Address: Vicolo dell’Oro, 5, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Phone: +39 055 27263