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Hotel Savoy, Florence 

7 Piazza della Repubblica
Italy 50123
Tel: 39 055 27351
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Rescued from decay in the late '90s by Sir Rocco Forte, the Savoy is a stylish, upbeat hotel and one of the city's most popular, attracting both business and leisure clientele plus a fair share of celebs. Olga Polizzi, Rocco's designing sister, has created a characteristically stylish and calm ambience using notes of dark wood, splashes of loud pattern and color, and some striking modern art against neutral beige and cream. None of the 102 rooms are huge, but they are comfortable and well-equipped; most have walk-in closets. The best overlook the bustling Piazza della Repubblica from the upper floors; two of the suites have Turkish baths. Kids are well looked after here, too, with special touches like junior-size bathrobes and dedicated toiletries. In 2011 Italian superchef Fulvio Pierangelini took culinary direction of the smart, street-level L'Incontro Bar & Restaurant. But this doesn't mean fancy dishes at inflated prices: Pierangelini is on a fresh and local simplicity kick—expect dishes such as a light fry-up of squid and seasonal vegetables, or paccheri pasta with broccoli and burrata.—Updated by Lee Marshall

Appeared in the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, a directory of the world's best hotels and resorts, in 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

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