Best Hotels for the Holidays: The Four Seasons Florence

Adele Hoinacki, Journalism Intern  

It doesn’t matter what season it is; every season at the Four Seasons Florence is prime time. One of the most exquisite in the entire Four Seasons portfolio (and there’s tough competition), the hotel is especially decked out Christmas to New Years. It’s hands down one of the best hotels for the holidays, including Thanksgiving. After all, you may not miss turkey if they  shave truffles on your pasta.

The Heart of Florence

You may not think of Florence for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years, but they have grand celebrations for all of the above. For decor and celebrations alone, the Four Seasons Florence is one of the best hotels for the holidays. It’s like you get to live out a modern day Renaissance Italian dream. There are very few hotels in Florence where you can walk out of and see the Duomo of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

The Four Seasons Florence is seated in the heart of Florence, which makes it the perfect home base for any excursion. With the largest private garden in Florence, it is a hidden oasis in the bustling city. Here, the Four Seasons flawlessly combines the countryside Italian experience with the city life of Florence. When you stay here, you the best of both worlds.

A Chance to Stay in an Old Convent

One of the unique aspects of the hotel is the Conventino. The building is separate from the main historic part of the hotel and lobby and a blissful walk through the private garden. The rooms are completely renovated, but yet they allow you to almost escape to another time period. The hotel rooms in the Coventino are serene and feel like a boutique hotel itself. Each room embodies Renaissance style, like they are straight out of the Uffizi Gallery. During the holidays, there’s extra festive decorations both in the Conventino, garden and historic main building.

A Destination Unto Itself

Enclosed in the walls of the property you have access to some of the best amenities Florence can offer. The hotel has an Italian style pool next to the hotel spa, and an impressive two story gym. More notably, the Four Seasons is not only surrounded by Florence’s best restaurants, but the hotel itself has three of its own, that serve delicious traditional Italian food. Don’t think this is standard hotel restaurant fare though. The Four Seasons Florence restaurants are a destination themselves. For New Year’s Eve, the party is filled with attractive locals and visitors who know, that this is one of the best hotels for the holidays.

The Alfresco Pool and Tree Bar and Il Palagio have mastered the local cuisine, whether you want a quick pizza or a Michelin-starred meal. You can find one of the best breakfasts  in the world each morning at Magnolia. Just don’t forget to enjoy your meal with a side of the property’s beauty.

The Best Service in the Industry

The hotel staff, waiters, and waitresses are just as charming as the hotel itself. They are  always attentive and striving to make your stay the best it can be. While Patrizio Cippolini, the famed General Manager who opened the hotel in 2011 has sadly since passed, his influence on the service at the Four Seasons is indelible. Whether you are going to Florence in search of adventure, to appreciate a new culture, or to escape from busy everyday life, The Four Seasons Firenze is the way to go. Especially for the Thanksgiving to New Years time frame, it’s one of the best hotels for the holidays.


Q: Does the hotel offer babysitting services? 

A: Yes, there are babysitting services for families with children. There is also a play area for kids, cooking classes, spa services, and more for them to enjoy during their stay.

Q: When is the hotel spa open? 

A: The Florence Spa is open daily from 10a.m.-8p.m. Guests can enjoy facial treatments, massages, body treatments, salon services, a steam room, access to the whirlpool, and more.

Q: When are the check-in and check-out times at the Four Seasons Florence? 

A: Check-in is at 3p.m., and check-out is at noon.

Four Seasons Florence Information

Address: Borgo Pinti, 99, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy

Phone number:   +39 055 26261


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