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Hotels We Love: Four Seasons Florence

While there are many lush and luxurious hotels in the world, not many feel like a fairy tale brought to life as much as the Four Seasons Florence does.

Home to the second largest private garden in Florence, the Four Seasons boasts some absolutely dreamy scenic views. It’s really no shock to learn that it was even owned by a Pope at one point in time! Rich in history, the hotel feels like a refined jewel of Florence. The Palazzo Della Gherardesca, dating all the way back to the 15th century, and a former convent from the 16th century houses the main hotel and event space. The surrounding gardens, sculptures and villa are so magnificently well maintained, the history seeps from every nook and cranny of the space. You can imagine a fairy tale unfolding in its lush gardens.

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Inside, the enormous frescoed hallways, marbled floors and hand painted roofs house some of the most elegantly detailed Renaissance suites. If there were ever a place to feel like a princess in her castle, this might be it!

The Four Seasons Florence is so perfectly placed in the epicenter of the Renaissance city. Quiet and secluded, yet centrally located within walking distance to the Uffizi Gallery, The David and Florence’s Duomo, the hotel feels like a little slice of history worthy of Michelango, da Vinci, Botticelli or Raphael to traipse through.

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In between the rushing crowds and feasting your eyes on Florence’s mountains of art and history, The Four Seasons feels like an absolute retreat. If you’re needing a moment of absolute peace and relaxation from the hustle and bustle, their Michelin starred restaurant Il Palagio might be the perfect way to end your day. Savoring their signature cavatelli pasta cacio e pepe with red prawns and baby squids (titled “dish of the year” and made by hand by the “chef of the year”) is one serious treat. And by treat, I mean, probably one of the best meals you’ll have ever!

The Four Seasons Florence is also all about serving up unique and total bucket-worthy experiences for guests… a big perk for a gal who wants to make the most of her time abroad. Their “Firenze Yes Please,” program gives private tours, ranging from historic gondola rides down the Arno River, after-hours events in the Uffizi Gallery and dinner on the Ponte Vecchio. It’s always nice when your lodging can also add special experiences like these to your itinerary.

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When in Florence, the shining light of Renaissance art, invention and history, it feels like a special treat to immerse yourself in every aspect of  its age… including your lodging. Staying at the Four Seasons Florence is just the place to do that. Every detail of the hotel is like a slice of intentional Renaissance art put on display. It’s the perfect setting to start a romance with the city of Florence.

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Hotels We Love: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

The moment I walked into Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, I felt as if I had just walked into the most perfect Parisian fairy tale. The luxurious and elegant atmosphere is just as perfect as its location, just steps away from the famous Champs-Elysées. Built in 1928, the hotel offers 244 luxury hotel guest rooms and three incredible restaurants, Le Cinq, Le George and L’Orangerie, making it one of the most iconic hotels in Paris.


The Four Seasons Paris is a stand out hotel for many reasons but one of the greatest reasons is due to the fresh floral designs by Four Seasons Hotel George V Artistic Director Jeff Leatham that fill the hotel year round. Roaming around the hotel lobby and its hallways, you get the feeling that your walking through a botanical garden.

From check in to check out, the staff at Four Seasons George V go out of their way to make your stay as memorable and comfortable as possible.


Le Galerie Lounge
19th-century furniture and art pieces surround guests in this lounge located in the heart of the hotel. Complete with a pianist, who plays every day from 3:00 pm, making La Galerie the ultimate meeting place.

Deluxe Room
I had the pleasure of staying in the Deluxe Room which is the largest standard guest rooms in Paris and it is absolutely perfect, complete with stunning views of Tour Eiffel from both of my windows. More than just a standard hotel room, the Deluxe made me feel as if I were staying in a Parisian apartment.




If breakfast is included in your rate, you can opt to have it delivered to your room or enjoy the experience in the L’Orangerie restaurant.
Suites

The Penthouse Suite
This suite has one of the most stunning terrace views I’ve ever seen and the room itself is exquisite with a light and airy feel to it thanks the natural light from the windows that surround the room.


Photo of me captured by talented Parisian photographer Marc Nouss

Credit: Courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resort

Credit: Courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resort

Royal Suite
This suite is home to one of my favorite bath tubs. Just look at how grand the marble is! The amazing marble and Baccarat crystal bathrooms offer a rain shower and a Turkish bath. I also loved the classic Parisian terrace and beautiful contemporary artworks spread throughout this suite.


Dining

L’Orangerie
L’Orangerie is where you can opt to have breakfast instead of in room dining. The spread was absolutely gorgeous and the room is light and airy with exquisite mother of pearl tile throughout.

Le Cinq
The three-Michelin-star Le Cinq is an exquisite classic French culinary experience.

Le George
Lunch at Le George was perfection, I absolutely loved my experience here so much that I ended up staying here for about 2 hours! The most beautiful pink orchids line the windows with a view of the perfect courtyard from the conservatory of Le George. The dining room itself is also perfection with soft gray and creme tones oozing with Parisian elegance. I had the pleasure of meeting Le George’s amazing Italian chef, Simone Zanoni and even got to learn how to make pasta from scratch!

 

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I was invited to experience Four Seasons Paris as guest. As always, all opinions are my own.

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