Astoria, A Boscolo First Class Hotel

This hotel was formerly a baroque palazzo, where the illustrious Gaddi and Arrighetti families resided during the Renaissance. A marble lobby with turquoise-silk sofas leads to the grand staircase. Public areas are appointed with soaring vaulted ceilings, original frescos, Tuscan terracotta floors, and rare antiques. Formal and gracious, the hotel welcomes an international mix of upscale businesspeople and vacationers.

Amenity highlights: The hotel’s Palazzo Gaddi restaurant spotlights Tuscan cuisine. Candlelit dining in the garden courtyard is available during warm weather. The rooftop bar, open in summer, offers splendid views of shimmering sunsets and the historic city. The wide variety of meeting venues includes a room that poet John Milton stayed in and a large hall with frescos by 17th-century Neapolitan artist Luca Giordano.

Insider tip: If the hotel has been notified that honeymooners will be staying, the couple’s bed is sprinkled with rose petals and they are greeted with complimentary glasses of champagne upon arrival.

Via Del Giglio 9
Florence, 50123

Nearest major airport:
Florence, Italy (FLR-Peretola)

Palazzo Gaddi Restaurant – Regional specialties such as Ribollitta (Tuscan bread and vegetable soup) and Florentine T-bone Steak are served in an opulent, high-ceilinged room. Candlelit dining in the courtyard is offered during warmer months. A wine bar with its own street entrance adjoins the dining room.
Bar Arrighetti – Featuring the original 1920s decor, the main bar serves cocktails, aperitifs, coffee, and tea.
Roof Terrace Bar – This rooftop bar, open during summer, has spectacular 360-degree views of the historic city.
Sala Luca Giordano – Frescos by Renaissance artist Luca Giordano decorate this grand room with soaring ceiling. A Continental buffet and an à la carte menu are offered for breakfast. Smoking is permitted in the adjoining conservatory-style room.


    In historical district
In city center

San Lorenzo Church (with Michelangelo chapel) – 1 block
Duomo Cathedral – 3 blocks
Via Tornabuoni (shopping street) – 3 blocks
Uffizi Gallery and Piazza Signoria – 0.5 km (0.25 mile)
Accademia Art Gallery – 0.5 km (0.25 mile)
National Sculpture Museum (Bargello) – 0.5 km (0.25 mile)
Ponte Vecchio – 0.5 km (0.25 mile)
Pitti Palace – 1 km (0.5 mile)
Santa Croce Church – 1 km (0.5 mile)
Brancacci Chapel – 1 km (0.5 mile)

Florence Airport (FLR): Approximate driving time is 20 minutes and distance is 10 km (6 miles).
Driving directions from FLR Airport: Follow signs for the Santa Maria Novella train station. Enter the Piazza Dell Unita Italiana and turn left onto Via Del Melarancio. Turn right onto Via Del Giglio. Please note: unauthorized vehicles are not permitted in Via Panzani.
Taxis are available for transport from the airport to the hotel. In addition, frequent bus service is available from the airport to the Santa Maria Novella station, one block from the hotel.
The hotel operates a shuttle service to Santa Maria Novella train station, available seven days a week (fees apply).
The most enjoyable way to explore this beautiful and compact city is on foot. Taxis and buses are also available.

Tax of 10% is not included in the price but will be added at the time of payment.
Extra person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Rollaways and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.
Photo identification and credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests made via this Web site cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

    Pets considered
Check-in time is 2 PM
Check-out time is Noon

This hotel blends baroque splendor with a central location one block from the San Lorenzo Church and the Santa Maria Novella train station. The Duomo Cathedral, one of the city’s most famous landmarks, is three blocks away. The romantic Ponte Vecchio (“old bridge”), designer shops, art galleries, and museums are all within 0.5 km (0.25 mile).

The hotel’s grand Sala Luca Giordano meeting room, with frescos by Luca Giordano, doubles as a breakfast room. The Palazzo Gaddi restaurant showcases Tuscan cuisine and regional wines in a palatial setting.

See a list of property amenities

    Concierge desk
Complimentary newspapers in lobby
Room service (limited hours)
Parking nearby
Banquet facilities
Exhibit space
Conference room(s)
Audio-visual equipment
Business services
Internet access in public areas – high speed
24-hour front desk
Multilingual staff
Number of rooms: 98
Currency exchange
Medical assistance available
Laundry facilities
Shoe shine
Air-conditioned public areas
Technology helpdesk
Use of nearby fitness center (discount)
Restaurant(s) in hotel
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Limo or Town Car service available
Meeting rooms (small groups)
Event catering
Secretarial services
Internet access in public areas – surcharge
Floor butler
Safe-deposit box – front desk
Babysitting or child care
Tour assistance
Dry cleaning service
Television in lobby
Coffee in lobby
Wedding services


    Internet access – high speed
Hypo-allergenic bedding available
Climate control
Voice mail
Housekeeping (daily)
Designer toiletries
Bathroom telephone
Handheld shower
In-room safe
Smoking rooms
Cribs (infant beds) available
Cable/satellite TV
Air conditioning
Soundproofed rooms
Internet access – surcharge
Wake-up calls
Turndown service
Hair dryer
Makeup mirror
Extra towels/bedding in room
Window opens
Rollaway beds

This hotel has 98 air-conditioned guestrooms with frescos above the beds. Walls are covered in pale sea-green, grey, or gold silk. Heavy baroque-style blue curtains dress the shuttered windows. Rooms are soundproofed and offer high-speed Internet access (surcharge). Marble or terracotta bathrooms include telephones, bidets, makeup mirrors, and designer toiletries by Etro. Complimentary newspapers are available upon request.