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Hotel Lungarno

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"Well-positioned overlooking the Arno, Vogue Interiors feel"

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Hotel Lungarno

In Italian it means on the banks of the Arno, which is exactly where this now very trendy hotel is located, a stone's throw from the Ponte Vecchio, with the entrance off the wonderful (for antiques shopping) Borgo San Jacopo, and on the best side of the river to avoid the worst excesses of coach tour tourism that Florence can become in the summer. Another Ferragamo outfit (open three years now, although the hotel was well known for many years before), the style is modern British country house/Vogue Interiors, beautifully executed - downstairs, mulberry colour carpeting, cream walls and original Cocteau crayon drawings, with detailing, piping and some furnishings picked out in rich blue; upstairs, thick blue or beige carpets and well chosen antique furnishings (no chain-like standarised repro stuff here), with walls in cream and, in some cases, duck egg blue, and lined with original watercolours and limited edition prints. Half the rooms face the Arno, many with balconies (for example 652-655) with little wicker chairs - ask for them. The suites have deep blue sofas. Most of the 69 rooms have two windows, but certain corner rooms - for example 871 - have three, so are extra bright, and from the higher floors you can see the Pitti Palace and as far as the Piazzale Michealangelo.

Bathrooms are ultra modern in pinky/grey travertine marble with thick white towels. Downstairs the bar and breakfast area looks out across the river to the British Consulate, but most delightful is to have breakfast served to you on your balcony while reading EM Forster. Service is Italian, that's to say variable (the reception staff can be surly when overstretched), prices are high, food is excellent. An extremely elegant hotel, which is so convinced of its own elegance that, in addition to plugging Ferragamo products in the rooms, even sells off its knick knacks in its own interior design store across the road called 'Lungarno Details' - 'Ingredients of the ambience. Memories of a trip. Fragments of a dream.' In other words, a bunch of extremely expensive white fluffy towels and various things you won't have found in your room.

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