The Vibe: A mix of aristocratic style and highly original design details.
The Area: Overlooking Florence‘s historic Via Dei Serragli, in Oltrarno, on the other side of the Arno river from the city centre.
The DNA: Uniting classic eccentricity with quintessential Florentine hospitality, Florence design guesthouse Oltrarno Splendid lives up to its name. Split over two floors of a palazzo that dates back to the 16th-century, Oltrarno Splendid offers just 14 rooms, each with its own individual style and ambience. Architect Francesco Maestrelli oversaw the building project, retaining many original features of the decadent old palazzo and ensuring it remains as authentic as possible in an otherwise artisanal neighbourhood. In the lounge area, maps from the early 1900s adorn the walls, whilst bespoke furniture, detailed ceiling and abundance of stylised touches make this a fine spot to enjoy a glass of wine whilst reflecting on a fruitful day. Otherworldly yet entirely accessible, Oltrarno Splendid fuses contemporary style with old world elegance, classic eccentricity with the wonder of Florence.
Suite-Me-Up: In the guest rooms, unique touches include 200-year-old toile de jouy wallpaper covering the walls of one room, wall frescoes from the 1700s brought back to life in another, and curated corners enriched with industrial lighting. Calligraphic neon signs and free-standing bathtubs from the ’50s and ’60s occupy the King Deluxe Atelier, a spacious and light filled room once the studio of fashion designer Ken Scott’s eccentric muse, Susan Nevelson.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 14 rooms (24-44m2) (258-474 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2019 • architecture: Francesco Maestrelli • interior design: Matteo Perduca • bathroom amenities: C.O. Bigelow • parking possible nearby (charged) • no pets allowed