The main train station is known as the Stazione Centrale or Stazione Santa Maria Novella after a nearby Fourteenth and Fifteenth Century Church by that name on the Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Very close by is the Via dei Tornabuoni, Florence’s finest shopping street and believe me, there’s a lot of competition in this lovely city. We have personally verified that all hotels listed have an English-language website where you can obtain more information.
The Alessandra is located only a block from the Ponte Vecchio and is also quite close to the Via dei Tornabuoni. But if you are looking for a different sort of shopping experience you will want to visit the the “Straw Market”, known as “Il Porcellino” (The Little Pig) where local artisans display their wares including fine leather. The Alessandra is on the second floor of a palace built in the early Sixteenth Century. There is a continental breakfast. The hotel has 26 rooms, one suite, and one apartment. Not all rooms have a private bath. The hotel address is Borgo Santi Apostoli 17, Santa Maria Novella.
The Hotel Nuova Italia is a family-run hotel near the train station and the Mercato Centrale (Central Market). Some of its 20 rooms can sleep four or more. They have a dining room and a bar. The hotel address is Via Faenza 26, Santa Maria Novella.
Step into the distant past at the Torre Guelfa which is located in a Palace Tower built entirely from stone in the Thirteenth Century. You might want to sip some fine Tuscany wine from the panoramic terrace and enjoy the spectacular view. There are 24 rooms some of which are triple and two suites. Unlike many of the other hotels they do not offer Internet in the rooms. The hotel address is Borgo Santi Apostoli 8, Santa Maria Novella.
The Beacci Tornabuoni, located on that great shopping street, is a four-star hotel located in a two Renaissance palaces, the Palazzo Minerbetti and the Palazzo Strozzi del Poeta. There,s a beautiful roof garden complete with restaurant open several nights during the summer, a bar, and a reading room Each room is uniquely furnished with century-old antiques. The hotel address is Via Tornabuoni 3, Santa Maria Novella.
The JK Spot Hotel has been named on the list of 500 greatest hotels in 2010. It’s quite pricey. By way of example, their prime from the line Master Space goes for 1000 Euros a evening, which operates out to well more than $1300. You do get a buffet breakfast, organic tea and coffee and lots, lots a lot more. Their typical room is about a single third of that price. The hotel has 14 doubles and six suites. The hotel address is Piazza Santa Maria Novella 7.