The St Regis Florence has been treated to a ten-month restoration which has seen significant interior changes to the 18th century palace, ranked among Florence, Italy’s most significant buildings.
Formally known as the Grand Hotel, the hotel now boasts 81 rooms and 19 suites, decorated by local artisans and including antique furniture such as hand-carved gold leaf frames and crystal chandeliers.
The hotel’s most celebrated room is the Bottega Veneta suite, designed by Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier in a style of ‘quiet luxury’, and furnished with a mix of pieces from the Bottega Veneta home collection. The palette of the one-of-a-kind suite is serene and sophisticated, featuring muted neutrals that create a calm, cool effect. The suite is utterly unique, furnished with an inspired mix of pieces from the Bottega Veneta furniture collection, with characteristic beauty, intelligence and attention to detail. Objects drawn from the Bottega Veneta home collection add elegance and versatility to the suite.
In collaboration with the Michelin-starred restaurant Enoteca Pinchiorri, the hotel also includes a new restaurant called Etichetta Pinchiorri, although the glassed art ceilings that date from the 19th century are still in place.
An outdoor library terrace, a vaulted cellar and a Florentine marble spa complete the refurbishment, which was officially unveiled last week.
Originally designed in 1432 by Filippo Brunelleschi, the architect of the Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore, the Grand Hotel was the first luxury hotel in Florence and is considered to be one of the most significant buildings in the city for its artistic and historical value.