Planning a trip to Italy? Unless you're lucky enough to have family, you'll have to find accomodations. This series of articles focuses on Florence luxury hotels. On the way we describe multiple tourist attractions in the neighborhood. Each article includes beautiful photos the reviewed luxury hotels. Each hotel mentioned has a live link (we test them just prior to posting) to its English-language website. Keep coming back, we are adding new destinations all the time. Let's find a Santa Croce, Florence luxury hotel.
The J and J Hotel.
The J&J Hotel is also a converted Sixteenth Century Convent. Many of its rooms are on two levels but be warned, even their website talks about a steep flight of stairs to reach the hotel area. You’ll find a breakfast room and a bar. The hotel includes 21 rooms and 6 suites. The hotel is quite close to the Sinagoga, the Florence Synagogue that dates back to 1874 and Ruth’s an inexpensive kosher-vegetarian restaurant that is closed for Friday dinner and Saturday lunch. The hotel address is Via di Mezzo 20, Santa Croce. The J&J website is www.jandjhotel.net
The Monna Lisa Hotel.
Who wouldn’t want to stay in a place called the Monna Lisa Hotel, who occupies a Fifteenth Century palace? This is a four-star hotel with a garden, a gym, a solarium, and more. Just think, the bar was a confessional way back when. There are 45 rooms, each of which is individually decorated. The hotel address is Borgo Pinti 27, Santa Croce. The Monna Lisa Hotel website is www.monnalisa.it
The Four Seasons Hotel.
If money is no object you may want to stay in the Four Seasons Hotel, the top of the line for Florence. Their garden is eleven acres of sheer beauty; it’s the largest private garden in the city. The hotel includes lounges and several restaurants. The Four Seasons claims to be the only hotel in all Florence with an on-site spa using products from Officina Profumo – Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, one of the world's oldest pharmacies applying the traditional recipes of monks from the Thirteenth Century. There are 117 rooms, many of which have original frescoes. The hotel address is Borgo Pinti 99e, Santa Croce. The Four Seasons Hotel website is www.fourseasons.com/florenceAnd wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Tuscany or other Italian wines.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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Great Santa Croce Hotels in Florence, Italy