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  • Set in a historic palazzo in Florence’s historic centre, Hotel Helvetia & Bristol offers elegant, refined interiors and a prestigious history.
  • Located in the heart of Florence, just 5 minutes’ walk from the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio - the perfect spot to explore this magic city.
  • Soak up the UNESCO listed sights, feast on Tuscan delights and revel in the romance of the City of Arts.

Customer reviews

“Excellent service.Restaurant staff very considerate to my Wife's dietary requirements which pleased us.Very good location close to the main attractions.Quiet and comfortable room.Restaurant food excellent.”
Posted on 01 April 2016

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Permanent Collection

You have not yet found your dream getaway from our holiday deals? Discover our year-round selection of high-end accommodation at public prices from our hotel partners.

The Permanent Collection is a selection of the best high-end properties: luxury hotels, chic boutique hotels and elegant villas ... If you book accommodation through our Permanent Collection, you will receive a voucher for 5% of the total booking amount, to be redeemed on your next Voyage Privé booking. And to make your stay even more enjoyable, we have negotiated two exclusive perks.

Please note: Permanent Collection rates are non-refundable, non-changeable.

Destination...Florence

Florence is a city that never fails to impress, and visitors from all over the world come here to discover what has made it so famous.  Florence’s treasures need no introduction, from Michelangelo’s David to churches, cathedrals, museums, or simply the general atmosphere of the city, with bustling outdoor cafés and beautiful squares. Hotel Helvetia & Bristol sits right in the middle of this extraordinary historical ambience.

Right in front of the hotel is Palazzo Strozzi, a masterpiece of Florentine Renaissance architecture, and just around the corner is the magnificent red, green and white marble Duomo with Geiotto's campanile in front of it, from the top of which visitors can enjoy a truly glorious views over the ancient city.

A little further on is Piazza della Signoria, next to which is Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important museums of Italian art in the world.  A visit to the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, Ponte Vecchio - with its ancient jewellery shops and goldsmiths – as well as Palazzo Pitti and the magnificent Boboli Gardens, is equally thrilling.

Nearby attractions:

  • The Duomo: 5min / 400m
  • Signoria Plazza: 6min / 500m
  • Ponte Vecchio: 7min / 550m

All times & distances are approximate

Your Hotel

Proudly welcoming visitors since the 1800's, this is one of the most luxurious and prestigious hotels in Florence. Its refined and elegant rooms have welcomed many famous faces such as Nobel Prize winners Pirandello, Enrico Fermi, Bertrand Russell and Mikhail Gorbachev.   The building that houses the hotel, which dates to the 1800s, has been meticulously renovated and once again glows with its original splendour.

The décor and furniture have been beautifully chosen and reflect Florentine aristocracy in its most elegant period. 

The old-school feel of the lobby and rooms filled with artworks and antiques, which look as you might imagine they did when hosting Grand Tour tourists a century ago

Francisca Kellett
Telegraph Digital Travel Editor

Sleep

The rooms boast antiques, 17th century paintings and the panoramic views of  the Duomo's cupola. To complete this alluring picture there is a delightful winter garden with a Liberty-style glass ceiling.

- Classic Single Room (18m² / max. 1 person): Awash with light, luxury and history, these rooms introduce you to the Italian renaissance without having to leave the hotel.

Classic Double Room (25m² / max. 2 persons): What is more beautiful? The stunning views of Florence in the paintings on the walls, or the view of the city through the windows of our rooms?  Book and find out!

Deluxe Double Room (33m² / max. 3 persons or 2 adults): The art and antiques within this room emanate the culture, history and beauty of the renaissance, transporting you to Florence's golden age.

- Triple Room (30m² / max. 3 persons): 
Stay in a room that draws inspiration from Florentine aristocracy: antique furnishings, the 17th-century paintings, the precious fabrics and the timeless atmosphere all infuse your room with a refined atmosphere.

- Junior Suite (37m² / max. 3 persons or 2 adults):
 Facing out over Piazza Strozzi or over the peaceful courtyard, these rooms feature a welcoming lounge area in the bedroom, complete with plush sofas with clean, while the large marble bathroom features a hydromassage tub.

- Suite (45m² / max. 2 persons): 
As you make your way into these rooms, you will find yourself in luxurious, timeless surroundings that are endowed with all of the comforts that the modern world has to offer. 

- Family Room (35m² / max. 2 persons & 2 children): 
In Florence, art is very much in the air, your room is no exception: the furnishings are all period pieces, and together with the paintings on the walls, you will feel you are being immersed in authentic Florentine culture.

- Connecting Rooms (25m² / max. 4 persons):
Travelling in a bigger group? Choose one of these rooms for all of the elegance with more of the space.

Please note: the bed for the 3rd/4th guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed.

This 19th century hotel­ is the epitome of old-world elegance in this town

Stephanie Orma
Forbes Contributor

Taste

Just for you: A 15% discount on your restaurant bill (food only) & a complimentary box of chocolates

Hostaria Bibendum Restaurant
Right in the centre of Florence, with a refined patio area overlooking Piazza Strozzi and an interior that shares the elegance that marks out the rest of the hotel, the Hostaria Bibendum Restaurant is the ideal setting for delicious brunches and sophisticated dinners alike.

Your Journey

Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: are not included.

Practical Information

About the hotel: 
Number of rooms: 67
Check-In: 3pm; Check-Out: 12pm 
Pets are not allowed.

The hotel is accessible to people with reduced mobility (subject to availability)

Please note: some rooms are accessible for disabled guests, subject to availability. For reservations for people with reduced mobility, please contact our member services team by email on sales@voyageprive.com

Hotel amenities:

  • Restaurant with Outdoor Eating Area
  • Bar
  • Winter garden
  • Concierge
  • Wifi

Room amenities:

  • Marble Bathroom with Bathtub
  • Safe
  • Minibar
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Air Conditioning


Please note: some facilities/services may incur a surcharge payable locally


Access

By plane:
The transfer time / distance between Florence Airport & your hotel is approximately  30min / 7.5km by car.

If you wish to travel to your hotel via public transport you can travel for 10min on the FI-LU train to Florence's Santa Maria station (8 stops away), from here your hotel is just a 10min walk.  The entire journey will take approximately 20min.

Hotel address:
Via dei Pescioni 2
50123 Florence
Italy

Contract

If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider. 

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

Travel documents

You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours. Please check all details on this confirmation are correct. If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible. 

Accommodation Only:
You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

Flight Inclusive Offers
The airline is ticket-less and therefore, you will not receive any hard copy documents. You will however, receive an email from us detailing your flight information and reference number to enable you to manage your booking online via the airline website. You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

Please do make sure that you either add Voyage Privé to your Safe Senders list or check your Junk mail regularly for your travel documents. We will send all documents out as early as possible (subject to full payment being received) but you should receive all your documentation at least 10 days prior to departure.

If by any chance you have not received all the above by this time, please contact us at customer.relations@voyageprive.com
 

Please note

* Opening times of restaurants/bars and amount of city tax are indicative and may be subject to change.

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods.

Please note that the location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ

The location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ.

You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

For further information on passport & visa requirements click here

Permanent Collection rates are non-refundable, non-changeable.

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