Looking for a reasonably-priced boutique hotel in the heart of Florence? I found one called Hotel River.
Florence is a beautiful city in Italy’s Tuscany region with stunning architecture and great food. But it is missing one thing: a wide selection of chain hotels. There is a Hilton…outside of town. There’s also a Four Seasons…for over $1200/night. The St. Regis was sold out. So we had to go outside of our “comfort zone” and find an independent hotel or smaller chain.
Note, this is NOT a sponsored post. My friend John discovered it on a recent trip to Italy with his girlfriend. When business took us Florence earlier this month, we decided to stay there again. I should also note that it is very difficult to please John, so this was quite a find for the 135EUR/night we paid.
We checked in around 8pm and were assigned the last room in the hotel, right down the hall from the lobby. I like the lobby style. Very hip and modern…maybe it will go out of style in a few years…but it’s smart without being overly minimalist.
Hotel River Guest Room
The room is small and the bathroom tiny. I’ll count that as a strike. But the room is comfortable and the air worked well on a very warm Tuscan evening.
A mini-bar included a few drinks and snacks.
The bathroom included a bidet and toilet facing each other as well as a small shower. No bathtub.
Hotel River Fitness + Spa
The hotel features a small fitness on the 4th floor as well as a spa on the basement level. Inside the fitness center, a converted guest room, is an exercise bike, treadmill, rowing machine, and limited free weights.
The spa contains a sauna and steam room but is only open daily from noon to 7pm. Since checkout time is 11am, I never had the chance to use it.
Hotel River Breakfast
Breakfast is included for all guests and quite enjoyable. A buffet on the basement level offered fresh fruits, cold cuts and breads. Coffee, eggs, and fresh orange juice were available upon request.
We ate breakfast on the patio, which was very nice in the shade.
Hotel River Bar
The hotel bar is adjacent to the patio. It was closed during the morning hours.
I’ll note the Four Seasons hotel in Florence looks absolutely magnificent. But we’re a startup, not Scott Pruitt’s office. We cannot justify lavishness at this point. This hotel offered a nice balance of reasonable cost (135EUR for peak tourist season in Florence is excellent) and comfort. If you’re a budget traveler looking for a happy medium between budget and opulence, this is it.
Finally, a note on nearby dining. There are dozens of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. It seems to me that wherever you end up, you cannot go wrong.