Classy interior of the Borghese Palace — Photo courtesy of Hotels Blog
The Borghese Palace Art Hotel is one of the most exquisite hotels in Florence. In truth, it's only a wing of the Palazzo Borghese, but that's not an invective, as the Borghese is one of the largest and most beautiful neo-classical residences in Florence.
Borghese Palace was built by the Salviati family in the second half of the 15th century. In the late 18th century, it was the residence of the noble and refined Borghese family after the marriage of Anna Maria Salviati and Prince Marcantonio IV Borghese of Rome. The coat of arms of Camillo Borghese (son of Prince Marcantonio and Anna Maria) is still hanging on the palazzo’s facade. Camillo made the Palazzo Borghese one of Florence’s most famous and elegant residences.
Entrance to the Borghese Palace Art Hotel — Photo courtesy of Katie Greenaway
30 years later, part of the palazzo was rented out to the Società del Casinò di Firenze and became the Casino Borghese, a venue for cultural and high-class events. After many renovations and restorations, in 2006 it was all completed. Borghese Palace Art Hotel was founded into as a blend of Renaissance and Modern style. A boutique hotel, Borghese Palace appreciates all kinds of art, true to its name. Throughout the hotel you will see displays of art hanging on the walls or in the common areas. Each public area in the hotel holds an exhibit every month of works by an international artist.
In the lobby of the Borghese Palace — Photo courtesy of io amo firenze
There are 25 intimate and comfortable rooms from exclusive to junior suites. Each one is decorated with its own art style. The rooms have their own private bathroom with a crystal glass walk-in shower replete with designer bathroom furnishings. There is free ADSL internet cable connection, air conditioning, LCD TVs, and a selection of DVDs are available for free. Borghese Palace's other notable services include a Jacuzzi spa and fitness and wellness center which were built into the palace’s 13th century cellars.
For wine-lovers, Borghese Palace offers a souvenir with a special gift boxes of Antinori Estate red wine and a bottle of extra virgin olive oil.