Renaissance of a Florentine gem

Hotel Lungarno is to reopen after a second fabulous Michele Bönan reimagining

A room at Florence’s Hotel Lungarno, which has been revamped by Michele Bönan
A room at Florence’s Hotel Lungarno, which has been revamped by Michele Bönan | Image: Lungarno Collection

It was 22 years ago that the Ferragamo family acquired a faded four-star property on the south bank of the river Arno in Florence and enlisted the talents of a then-fairly unknown local designer, one Michele Bönan, to remake it as the chicest address in la città d’arte. And for quite some time it was – or one of them, anyway – but as years passed and the Ferragamos’ Lungarno Collection proliferated, the newer hotels exceeding each other in both style and service, the Florentine flagship grew ever so slightly âgé. So mark the diaries for June 1, when, after a six-month closure, the Hotel Lungarno (lungarnocollection.com; from €410) will reopen its doors with its rooms, lounges, bar and Michelin-starred restaurant, Borgo San Jacopo, once again completely reimagined by Bönan himself (whose name is now more or less an international byword for unerring interior style). Lungarno Collection hotels rarely miss a trick on service, so the renaissance of this gem looks set to be a highlight of the 2017 calendar. 

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