Design lovers will feast on NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa, where six centuries of history effortlessly coexist with modern works of art.
Located on a quiet street in central Florence, the hotel is perfect for travelers looking to explore on foot, with key attractions like the Duomo, the iconic Ponte Vecchio that spans the Arno River and the Uffizi Gallery just a few steps.
At the time, Porta Rossa was the main street connecting spice traders between Rome and France. Today it remains a shopping center surrounded by luxury boutiques such as Gucci, Prada and Salvatore Ferragamo. There are also many restaurants and wine bars on the doorstep.
Just stand in front of the hotel to get an idea of its medieval heritage: arched windows, Renaissance stained glass windows and a 13th century tower. Inside, checkered marble flooring and walnut wood dominate equally with pops of bright red – a theme that runs throughout the hotel. The masterpiece, however, is the Ulisse De Matteis ceiling which hangs above the reception. The multi-colored glass, handcrafted in 1900, represents two red doors – the hotel’s emblem and “Arte della Seta”, the silk guild that had its headquarters in the region in the Middle Ages.
Throughout the five floors you will find something unique and opulent: crystal chandeliers, mirrors and sculptures. Also on display is a period iron mangle and switchboard belonging to the Giovanni Bartolini family – a silk importer who made their home here in the 1500s. Be sure to visit the reception rooms on all floors – the first being the most grandiose.
What this heritage property can offer is limited due to its classified status. There’s no gym, sauna, or pool, but a prosecco on arrival and an in-room vin santo are enough to woo most guests. The hotel has partnered with a beauty salon to provide guests with excellent spa treatments, including in-room massage options. There is no minibar available at the moment due to the pandemic, but can be arranged on request.
Start the day the way you want – with a generous helping of Italian cheese. While the breakfast selection was only a fraction of what it normally is (again, due to the pandemic), it still felt like a decent spread. A diverse selection of fresh fruit, cold cuts and hot items like eggs and bacon were available and served in a Covid-safe setting.
The hotel is also home to Savini Tartufi, a restaurant run by the Savini family offering diners a unique gastronomic experience based on truffles. The menu changes every season, but particular favorites are Uova al tartufo nero and Baccalà su crema. The bar, adjoining the restaurant, prides itself on its cocktails, including the Truffle Martini. The restaurant and bar are temporarily closed, opening expected soon. In the meantime, the wonderful reception staff will be happy to recommend a few gastronomic options that will enhance your Tuscan experience. La Ménagère, just a 10-minute walk away, serves excellent traditional dishes with a modern twist.
Room types vary from Superior and Premium Suites to Junior and Presidential Suites. The 72 rooms of this property are different in design and layout: some feature frescoes dating from the 16th and 18th centuries, others have impressive 4-meter high ceilings with four-poster beds. Whatever the room, expect to see an eclectic mix of antique furniture with edgy designs.
Film lovers may opt for the “Amici Miei” room where director Mario Monicelli shot one of his most memorable scenes. He joins a list of other famous authors and poets like Stendhal, Byron, Lamartine and Eugenio Montale, who have all stayed in this historic building.
Once in Florence, marvel at the terracotta-colored buildings and what better place to do so than the Presidential Suite. The Torre Monalda, named after the Monaldi family who owned the tower in the Middle Ages, is spread over three floors and sixty steps. A royal bathroom awaits you on the first floor, followed by the bedroom and finally the living space with 360 degree views of the Tuscan capital.
Couples, families and travelers wanting easy access to major attractions and restaurants. Art and design lovers will appreciate the attention to detail at this magnificent property.
Junior Suites start from £ 340 per night on bed and breakfast basis. The Presidential Suite could be yours from £ 500 per night. nh-collection.com