25hours Hotel Piazza San Paolino Florence, Santa Maria Novella
With properties in Paris, Cologne, Zurich, Berlin, Vienna and beyond (as well as involvement with Mallorca’s excellent Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel), 25hours is a smart hotel brand and culturally known for its irreverent aesthetic but functional and challenging urban locations. They have also just opened their first accommodation in Italy, the 25hours Hotel Piazza San Paolino, which is centrally located in the Santa Maria Novella district of Florence.
Located behind the Museo del Novecento, the hotel occupies an entire block between Via de Fossi, with its many antique shops and the popular Via Palazzuolo, and connects two “more authentic” but “lesser-known” neighborhoods in a city renowned for its its Renaissance art and architectural.
Designed by Milanese designer Paola Navone and her team, and inspired by Dante Divine comedy, the 171-room Piazza San Paolino hotel manages to be a relaxing paradise, while being incredibly fun; Paola creates a space where scenes from Hell and Heaven playfully intertwine, offering an enlightening tour through the world of Dante’s virtues and vices.
Formerly the “Monte de Pegni”, the building consists of an original monastery, which houses the core of 66 rooms, and a new annex with 104 other rooms with balconies, as well as the Casetta del Giardino, a small apartment with private garden and swimming pool. Combining restored historic elements with new creative energy, the Piazza San Paolino hotel is a modern and cosmopolitan affair that respects the city’s rich history.
San Paolino, the hotel’s restaurant serves Italian cuisine that celebrates the best of Tuscany and its surrounding regions, dishes best enjoyed under the large glass dome in the center of the historic palace. Alternatively, during the warmer months, the inner courtyard is the perfect place to refuel outside, before having a drink or two at the Companion Bar, which is both quintessentially Italian and surprisingly international and serves bittersweet classics from aperitif until late at night.
An inspired burst of contemporary creativity in a city with culture at its heart, the 25hours Hotel Piazza San Paolino is another fine effort of Hamburg-based prodigies.