Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Gallery Hotel Art, Florence

Jet Setter have given us the run down on the Gallery Hotel Art in Florence…

While Florence’s famed Ponte Vecchio is heavy with crowds of tourists, just steps away the Gallery Hotel Art offers a stylish and peaceful escape. It's no coincidence that the hotel feels like a modern art gallery, with a streamlined design and exhibits by contemporary artists in the lobby. The dedicated staff members let you experience the city as an insider: They'll pre-book museum tickets, organise daytrips and make reservations for you at the hot spot restaurants and bars in town.

Florence is one of the world’s great centers for art and design, and the Gallery Hotel Art pays homage to its home city in both name and style. Just steps away from the Ponte Vecchio, the Gallery Art opened in 1999 as one of the first Lungarno Hotels — a boutique collection owned by famed Florentine tastemakers the Ferragamo family.

Their designer pedigree is evident throughout the hotel, which isn’t over-the-top modern but feels warm and welcoming in a subtle palette of browns and creams. In the guestrooms deep beige leather headboards, light brown armoires and desks play off the white of the linens and armchairs, while the white-paneled walls are punctured with black-and-white photographs of Florence, and colorful modern works.

The Library is a quiet space to escape the Florence's buzzing crowds.
The majority of Gallery Art’s 65 guestrooms are of the standard Classic size, but a handful of Superior Rooms are slightly bigger and can connect to adjoining rooms.

The hotel’s Fusion Bar and Restaurant serves a buffet business lunch, weekend brunch and innovative dinner that blends Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine. I liked the inventive take on miso soup, made with Tuscan cannellini beans and gorgonzola, and the Chianina sushi, which uses beef from the nearby Chianti region.

Visit Jet Setter for a great deal on this hotel.

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