Casa Howard - Florence - Florence

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Arty boutique B&B in the heart of Florence

B&B is far too pedestrian a term to describe this 12-room extravaganza in an old palazzo just yards from Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Original and imaginatively themed rooms have all the warmth of a private home.

Come Here For...
  • Plush little B&B for those in the know.
  • Eclectic interiors filled with quirky pieces, art and collectibles.
  • The owner's personal guide to Florence's hidden gems.

Hit the Spot
Yards from Piazza Santa Maria Novella.

There's an honesty bar and a lounge with books and magazines. A concierge service is on hand to help with food, art and shopping recommendations.

Good to know
This is a private house, not a hotel – so don't expect full-service frills.

Essential info
Minimum Stay
Two nights at weekends, and three nights over bank holiday weekends.
None, but there is plenty of affordable parking close by.
Pisa – 80 minutes; or Florence – 30 minutes.
Santa Maria Novella station – 25 minutes.
Small dogs are permitted in some rooms.
Well behaved youngsters are welcome.
Via della Scala, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy


12 rooms and suites

Special features
Plush (and very different) rooms come with wi-fi, designer toiletries and bold colours. Expect interesting prints, retro lamps and rich fabrics.

Pillow Talk
Top choices include the Garden room, with its exclusive use of the hammam, the Hidden room, while its capitonne bedhead and sunken bath, and the Game room, with its private terrace.

Eat & Drink

Dining in
Only breakfast is served (not included in room rate), but it's brought to your room so no need to stir.

Continental breakfast (chargeable) can be brought to your room until 10am.

Room service
The resident housekeepers are on hand to bring bring breakfast to your room.


See & Do
Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance, so this is a city heaving with wonderful churches, art and history. Start your cultural odyssey at the Uffizi (it's a good idea to book a ticket in advance – queues can be horrendous) or the impressive Museo Nazionale del Bargello, bursting sculptures by the likes of Donatello and Verrocchio.

Turn up the heat in Casa Howard's Turkish Hammam. It's big enough for five and comes free of charge if you stay in the Garden room.