Hotel Review: Lungarno, a fine 5-star hotel in Florence

If you’re planning to explore Florence and are seeking for a 5-star hotel in Florence on a decent budget then you should definitely consider Hotel Lungarno.  Located right next to Ponte Vecchio, the hotel offers the most amazing river views in town and is very near to most of the main tourist attractions in Florence. It’s an endearing hotel with some sublime inter structures, spacey and comfortable rooms, and friendly staff that’s always open for suggestions. If you found this review looking for more information about the hotel, keep reading. Hopefully, this Hotel Lungarno review will provide you with some insight and helpful tips if you’re considering staying here during your next trip to Florence.

About the hotel

Hotel Lungarno was first built in 1967 but it was recently renewed and reopened in 2017. Today, Lungarno is also the flagship hotel of Leonardo Ferragamo’s Lungarno Collection. The property has 65 luxurious rooms and suites, many of whom have spacious terraces overlooking the area surrounding the iconic Ponte Vecchio Bridge. This brings us to the next point…

Hotel Lungarno review: Location

Hotel Lungarno is located only a few steps from the Arno River. You can literally step into the river from the entrance! The hotel is also within walking distance of most tourist attractions, making it a great starting point for exploring the city. Ponte Vecchio is 100 meters away; the famous Uffizi Gallery is 200 meters away; Via Maggio and Pitti Palace are 300 meters away, and Piazza della Signoria and the Church of Orsanmichele are only 400 meters away. However, despite being located in one of the central points of Florence, the hotel gives a peaceful vibe, making you feel like you’re away from the hectic life of the city.

In the area, you’ll also find some amazing restaurants and bars. However, you probably won’t want to try another one after tasting the food in the Micheline-starred restaurant Borgo San Jacopo that’s a part of the hotel’s property. The restaurant serves traditional, yet creative food and it has been featured in most major restaurant guides.

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Rooms & Suites

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40 of the 65 rooms and suites in the hotel come with a river view and once you experience this, you’ll understand why they cost a few euros more. Each room comes with its own unique art and interior. The artwork in most of the rooms is rather impressive; the hotel’s collection features more than 450 paintings spread across the suites. Some suites are even dedicated to the work of a unique artist.

All rooms have espresso machines, mini iPads, Bose sound-links, and kettles (among other amenities). Most rooms have white-striped carpeting and navy curtains, giving the interior a fresh and welcoming vibe. The Bathrooms are decorated with white marble/gleaming grey or honey-hued travertine and are supplied with in-house toiletries. One of the suites even has a built-in jacuzzi tub. Overall, there are 14 types of rooms and we’ll try to briefly cover all of them.

Arno Executive Floor

provides you with an intimate luxury of a private home and comes with a balcony that has a river view.

Suite Bueno River View

comprises of an elegant double bedroom, a spacious living room, and a balcony with a view of the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Upon request, this suite can also be enlarged by adding an additional room (for big families).

Suite Cocteau River View

You can find the Suite Cocteau River View suite on the second floor. This one comes with large windows (and) a balcony that gives an amazing view of the Arno River.

Rooftop Terrace Suite River View

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If you want a suite with the best view in Florence, it doesn’t get much better than this! The rooftop terrace comes with a 360-degrees panoramic view of the center of Florence.

Designer Suite River Floor

Located on the fourth floor, this suite comprises of three bedrooms, a living room, four bathrooms, and a fully-equipped modern kitchen. This suite also gives you the unique opportunity to have one of the chefs from the Michelin starred restaurant Borgo San Jacopo for an intimate in-suite dining experience.

Suite Picasso River View

The Picasso suite is one of the most elegant suites in the lower floors. It’s decorated with several Picasso paintings, antique furniture that adds to the room’s special charms, and a charming spacious balcony overlooking the river.

Suite Bueno River View

Similarly like the Picasso suite, the Suite Bueno comes with a beautiful view and a double bedroom. Upon request, the suite can be enlarged with an additional room.

Studio Suite Torre

Torre Studio Suite is a bit different than all other suites but it’s my personal favorite. If you’re a history buff and want to stay in a vintage room, this is a perfect choice.

Executive Double Terrace River View

Located on the fifth and sixth floor, the executive double terrace also offers an amazing view that’s on par with the view from the rooftop. From this room’s balcony, you can see the tower of Palazzo Vecchio Brunelleschi’s dome, and Giotto’s bell tower.

Studio Suite River View

The studio suite consists of some fascinating antique furniture and paintings of famous Italian artists. It’s one of the suites with a perfect view of the Ponte Vecchio.

Panorama Executive Floor

Panorama Executive Floor

is located on the fifth floor and covers an area of 130 square meters. It comprises of four suites that can accommodate up to 12 people. If you’re looking for complete privacy while being in the heart of Florence, this is a perfect choice.

Family Room

As the name suggests, these rooms can accommodate traveling families and can be enlarged upon request. The room has double (or twin beds), a seating area, and a bathroom made of the finest Italian white marble.

Deluxe Double River View

These rooms are the closest to the Ponte Vecchio but not all of them come with a terrace view. The ones that do, however, are worth every penny.

Prestige Double River View and Relaxing Double

If you’re traveling with your partner, I recommend the Prestige Double suite or the Relaxing Double suite. They both have a cozy interior, a comfortable seating area, and a beautiful, romantic view of the center of Florence.

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Interior & design

Lungarno Hotel

As you enter the hotel, you’ll inevitably notice a few Cocteau paintings; part of the hotel’s fascinating private gallery. The central lobby is stylishly decorated with more interesting paintings, sculptures, and a cozy fireplace overlooking the river. If you’re an art lover, you’ll love this place, as all rooms in the hotel are decorated with paintings from the hotel’s own private collection that includes the work of many international artists, including Picasso, Guidi, Fusi, Bueno, Cocteau, and many others.

The interior is filled with vibrant blue colors that will make you feel like you’re on a ship that’s gently cruising down the Arno River. This was, apparently, the intention of Michele Bonan, the famous designer responsible for the fascinating interior.

Service & Facilities

Hotel Lungarno

If you need a ride from the airport, the hotel provides a prepaid airport shuttle on request for a nominal fee. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, the hotel has a private parking lot, and it’s easily accessible for people with disabilities. The hotel is also family-friendly; there are several inter-connecting rooms and large apartments that can easily accommodate more people. Additionally, the hotel can also organize group activities for you, including child-friendly museum & shopping tours, and visits to the football stadium.

If you are looking for a special dinner you can book a table at Borgo San Jacopo, a Michelin Star restaurant looking out at River Arno, that offers unmissable and special dishes from the best
Italian cooking tradition. At Hotel Lungarno, it’s also available a style lounge bar, The Picteau Lounge Bar with its classy drinks it’s the perfect location for your after dinner in Florence.

The service in the hotel is professional as one might expect from the Ferragamo brand. Lungarno Hotel doesn’t have a spa or a gym but you can arrange an in-room massage treatment. Finally, if you want to cycle around the city, you can ask to borrow one of the hotel’s bicycles at the reception.

Did you like this Hotel Lungarno review? Is this five-star hotel a place you would like to stay in while visiting Florence? What was your favorite thing about this hotel? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Florence is a very beautiful place and the Hotel Lungarno is just amazing. I specially like the river view rooms as you described Deluxe Double River View and Prestige Double River View room, I would love to know how many this kind of rooms are there and are they two bay or one bay ? Love to read your article and would love to read more.

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    • Thank you, Ujjainee- I’m glad you liked this post. Not 100% sure but I do believe there’s only one Prestige Double River View Room. I don’t think I got your second question but the hotel is located near the shoreline and this particular room has a very nice river view.

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  2. You have managed to describe each and every room of the property. Riverview rooms are dear to me. I would love to stay in the Prestige Double Suite with my partner and have some amazing food at Borgo San Jacopo. That would be a great weekend vacation!

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  3. Florence is on my travel list and thanks to you, I know which place to stay at now. Hotel Lungarno sounds perfect, I really like that they provide you with bicycles and airport taxis – since this is probably the first thing I always worry about. Furthermore, it looks so beautiful, not sure I would want to leave the hotel to begin with.

    This is a great and informative review. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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  4. Florence is such an amazing city to visit – we were there for an overnight stay earlier and I wish I had known about this particular hotel at that time. We prefer to stay in a comfortable budget friendly hotel but I will definitely consider booking at this hotel since you mentioned it is a decent budget option. The photographs are amazing and OMG that dinner next to the Arno River with a view of Ponte Vecchio would be an amazing way to wrap up a day of sightseeing.

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  5. Florence seems to be a beautiful place with an abundance of things to do. One that is on my list is to dine at the Borgo San Jacopo. Staying at the Hotel Lungaro would be just the thing to complete it. I did a similar stay and dine in Hong Kong. I found the tip about transportation to and from the airport was helpful and like that many attractions are walking distance from the hotel.

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  6. The interior design of this place looks very cool; subtle yet suitably sophisticated for establishments of its character. I’d love to sit in that drawing room and feel like I was gently floating down the river. Most importantly though, how was the food? Don’t often get the opportunities to partake in Michelin dining!

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  7. I love visiting fine hotels, an expensive hobby-experience that I do every month. I like how this hotel layout the whole furniture’s, the color-coordinated theme, its alluring.

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      • Oh yeah I already add this hotel to my hotel bucket list! I even shared this to my boyfriend and he even likes the idea too. Would be lovely to experience this, and also explore the other places surrounding this hotel.

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  8. Hotel Lungarno seems to be at a perfect location. Usually hotels that are so close to the main attractions are so noisy. It’s a good thing that it is peaceful with amazing views. The rooftop terrace river view suite looks great. I always check for hotels that are at a stones throw distance to save on travel.

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  9. Wow, that view of the Florence skyline is out of this world! I have never stayed in a 5-star hotel before… one day. Looks like you were living in the lap of luxury. I would much prefer this over my hostel in Florence 🙂

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  10. Hotel Lungarno offers such a luxurious experience. I love the location of the hotel – the view of Arno River as well as the Florence Skyline is simply amazing! There are so many room choices, each offering a unique stay experience. From the river-view rooms to the rooms offering panoramic view of the center of Florence, from the executive double terrace room to the room with the vintage décor – everything sounds just wow! I would love to stay in Hotel Lungarno whenever I’ll visit Florence.

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    • Thank you, Shaily- I’m really glad you liked this post and the hotel. If you ever make it to Florence, you have to check it out 🙂

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  11. The room is so pretty and I LOVE the little balcony! I think I would have to request the Picasso room. If I ever go to Florence (some day!) I will be booking this hotel.

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    • I’m glad you liked it so much, Hailey. I’m happy to hear you’d consider staying this for your upcoming trip to Florence 🙂

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  12. Yes, this hotel looks awesome! I was in Florence last April and actually splurged on a nicer hotel because it was at the end of our trip and figured we could use the extra comfort. Unfortunately, our room was nice but super tiny. I’m hoping to revisit Florence next spring and will totally consider this hotel. I love the river view and the terraces, what a perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine in the evening. Well, maybe two or three!

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    • I’m sorry to hear that, Eden but as you said, Florence is worth visiting multiple times and there’s always next time 🙂

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  13. I am obsessed with beautiful views. The hotel sounds amazing and your review makes you feel as if you are there. Florence is on my travel list for 2021 so I will definitely be pinning for future reference.

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  14. I haven’t had a chance to stay there yet, but a couple of friends did and told me that it’s really beautiful! The location overlooking the Arno river is enchanting and the rooms look really cozy – plus I love the idea of having espresso machines and mini iPads available!

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  15. Hotel Lungarno looks so awesome! I love that you can view the river from the hotel and the location of this place is great too. It’s so close to other attractions so it would save lots of time walking around. I visited Florence last year but stayed at a boutique hostel which was a bit far from tourist attractions. Will save money to stay here next time I visit Florence!

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    • Surely you will. I’m glad you loved the review and got a useful recommendation for your upcoming trip to Florence.

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  16. The Hotel Lungarno looks like a beautiful getaway in Florence. The interiors and decor of the rooms are absolutely gorgeous. I’d love to stay there!

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  17. I would love to travel to Florence and stay at this hotel. It looks so luxurious. I can’t believe there is an espresso machine in every room!

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