Gorgeous views of Florence from the Villa San Michele
There are a lot of luxury hotels to pick from in Florence, but there is only one in Fiesole hills in a converted 15th century former monastery that has a facade attributed to Michaelangelo– The Belmond Villa San Michele.
An alter from Villa San Michele’s former life as a monastery in reception
My husband and I chose the property from among LHW’s excellent edit of Italian properties. I love repurposed buildings and the Villa San Michele has managed to keep much of the Renaissance charm of the monastery intact while providing all the expected perks, luxuries, and excellent service that are expected from a Belmond property (note: The Belmond Brand was formerly known as Orient-Express).
Interior hallway at Villa San Michele
With gorgeous terraced gardens, a pool, a fabulous restaurant, a fitness center and a kids club on site, you don’t have to leave Villa San Michele to have a great time. But the staff wants you to get the best out of your time in Florence so the hotel offers a complementary shuttle for the 15 minute ride to the city center.
A simple and elegant room at Villa San Michele
The 21 guest rooms and 25 suites are classically elegant and surprisingly spacious considering some of them used to be monks cells. The bathrooms are modern and stocked with Bulgari amenities.
Marble drenched master bath at Villa San Michele
A bowl of fruit and bottle of Champagne were our welcome amenities. There was also a card from General Manager, Aaron Kaupp, inviting us to a wine reception on the lawn. When the General Manager goes out their way to meet with guests, you know that the service is top notch.
I’m guessing the monks didn’t eat this well
The breakfast spread is impressive, with an amazing selection of baked goods, meats, cheeses, and fruits in addition to cooked items. Eating delicious pizza for breakfast on the covered terrace overlooking Florence was especially delightful.
The baked goods on the breakfast buffett
The hotel’s concierge, Maurizio, the concierge was so great, we had him make our dinner reservations for our entire stay in Florence. He also set us up on a crazy good wine tasting tour of the nearby Chianti region.
Buffalo mozzarella, tomatos and pizza in the atmospheric La Loggia restaurant
Eggs Benedict and breakfast delights
Lobster pasta for lunch at Villa San Michele
Such a pretty dining experience
The covered terrace of the hotel’s La Loggia restaurant
Villa San Michele’s Gorgeous green lawn and terraced gardens
Stunning views overlooking Florence at Villa San Michele
A dreamlike archway at Villa San Michele
You can check out special offers (including stay two nights, get your third night free LHW offers for Villa San Michele here.
Belmond Villa San Michele
Via Doccia 4, 50014 Fiesole, Florence, Italy
Tel: +39 055 5678 200
Reservations: + 39 0185 2678 803
Rates start at $711.39 (534.00 EUR) for Classic Double Room (with complimentary American Breakfast)