2016 was a banner year for the 102-room Hotel de Savoy, which reigns over the Piazza della Repubblica. The Renaissance Revival (Stile Umbertino) building, built as a hotel in 1893, was among the first in Florence to have electric lighting, central heating and elevators. In 2016, the lobby and all 14 suites were renovated under the direction of corporate designer Olga Polizzi, whose mission is to reflect both the unique location and the Rocco Forte culture. Giancarlo Rizzi (email@example.com; 011-390-552-7351) is the new general manager at the Savoy, who joined following stints at five-star properties in Paris and Italy.
Ristorante Irene was also renovated in the last 18 months and offers a sophisticated Tuscan menu designed by Consulting Chef Fulvio Pierangelini and executed by Head Chef Giovanni Cosmai. Dine inside or at a piazza-side table.
Of the 14 Forte Suites, the Brunelleschi (No. 514) overlooks the piazza from the top floor of the hotel. The suite is accented with Polizzi’s signature bright colors to complement the primarily white decor. There is a private steam room (also available in the Signoria Suite) in addition to the large marble bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. The suite is about 500 square feet and has a separate living room, with sofa bed upon request, and a large bedroom. Guests who book this suite or other suites are entitled to a one-way private airport transfer.
Room No. 301 is a 500-square-foot Classic Suite, which overlooks the Via dei Medici rather than the piazza. The living room is separate from the bedroom. A sofa bed can be provided in the living room upon request. The Suite also has a powder room in addition to a full bathroom with tub/shower.
Moreover, the furniture is created by Florentine artisans and accentuated by bright cushions.
For celebrities, politicians or large groups traveling together for business or pleasure, the piano nobile (second floor) may be set up with security enclosing nine rooms, including the Repubblica Suite. The broad corridor of the noble floor can be organized into a lounge area with amenities such as TVs and bar.
The 700-square-foot Repubblica Suite is the most important in the hotel, with antique furniture, contemporary design and two bedrooms and two large Carrera marble bathrooms. The living room comes with a 1,000-square-foot terrace, which is suited for in-suite dining, and overlooks the piazza.
Contact Concierge Roberto Luddi (concierge.savoy@roccofortehotels .com;
011-390-552-7351) for just about anything, including after-hours shopping at Florences best boutiques. At the top of the list is a private dinner at the Accademia Gallery Museum, where the dining table will be set at the foot of the iconic statue of David. With 10 to 15 days advance notice, the hotel will arrange the chef and music, plus provide paparazzi to document the occasion. Recently, the concierge himself was requested to deliver an engagement ring to a couple during their intimate dinner.