Housed in a splendid 19th-century palace Grand Hotel Villa Cora is a luxury five-star boutique set in extensive grounds. Built in the 1870s by Baron Oppenheim for his wife, Villa Cora has been likened to a love letter in art and architecture.
Close enough to the historic city centre for easy access, but far enough away to avoid the day-to-day bustle, the hotel enjoys a perfect location for visiting Florence. Just a twenty-minute walk from all of the city's most famous sights and attractions, the hotel also provides half-hourly shuttles to and from the centre of the city for guests.
Opulent but not excessively so, the interiors reflect the eclectic passions of the original inspiration featuring the Orient, ornate parquet, and spectacular frescoes. Grand Hotel Villa Cora has 46 magnificent rooms and suites, all luxuriously decorated with antique details and furniture combined with all modern comforts and facilities. The luxurious marble bathrooms are made entirely from Carrera marble and come fully equipped with exclusive complimentary rose-scented Annick Goutal toiletries and bathrobes.
In warmer months, all meals are served at Le Pool, a shimmery white location at the waters edge. The menu is authentically Tuscan featuring classics with the poetic licence as well as fresh seafood. The tasting menu takes you on a tour of the region’s signature dishes. In winter months, indoor restaurant Il Pasha in the basement resumes service. The Le Long Bar also entices guests inside with a huge colour-changing glass table, or take a whisky into the cigar room.
Guests can also enjoy use of the hotel's own Spa-Wellness centre, located in a separate building overlooking the gardens. With fitness centre, a sauna, Turkish bath and a tepidarium.
The hotel has a huge outdoor heated swimming pool, perfect for relaxing after a hard day's sight-seeing. Set in the lush green grounds, with loungers and parasols aplenty, food and drink are just a summons away.