Florence’s chicest hotel just got chicer

The totally remade Helvetia & Bristol – Starhotels Collezione has 64 rooms and suites gleaming with upstyled glamour

The renewed hotel’s 64 rooms and suites gleam with burnished antiques and oak floors
The renewed hotel’s 64 rooms and suites gleam with burnished antiques and oak floors

Thirty years ago, the chicest of the grand hotels in Florence was the Helvetia & Bristol. Founded in 1894, and replete with period details, miles of rich brocade and a winter garden with a stunning art nouveau glass ceiling, it was glamour made manifest. Cut to the present and it has re-emerged as the totally remade Helvetia & Bristol – Starhotels Collezione (from £234), its 64 rooms and suites gleaming with burnished antiques and oak floors, the winter garden now facing a gorgeous open-kitchen restaurant, Tinello, authored by the city’s most esteemed design firm, Riccardo Barthel. Next up: a redo of the adjacent Banco di Roma building, acquired a few months ago and being reimagined as an extension, complete with sprawling spa, by Anouska Hempel.

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