The Florence hotel scene has seen more changes over the last decade than any other Italian destination. Once, the choices were limited to traditional grand hotels, fusty three-stars, or faded pensioni reminiscent of A Room With a View. Now you can opt to stay in a converted aristocratic palace; a cool design hotel courtesy of Ferragamo; a charming, good-value bed-and-breakfast with a DVD library; or a 16th-century palazzo adorned with works from one of Italy's leading private contemporary art collections. Although there are now more beds per visitor than ever before, Florence is still a seller's market, and you should book well in advance except during the winter low season (November-February). Be sure to get a handle on Florence's street-address numbering system before leaving your hotel for the first time. Hotels, bars, and restaurants are numbered differently than residential properties, so it can initially be jarring to find your way.