The restored Grand Hotel Villa Cora in Florence, Italy, brings back to life many of the artistic and architectural masterpieces that link back to the hotel’s 19th century roots.
The Whythebest Hotels property debuted last winter following a three-year renovation process. Surrounded by a park on the hills in the center of Florence, the hotel is made up of three structures:
- The Main Villa offers 30 guestrooms on four floors, each with its own style. Decorations are inspired by famous guests who have stayed at the property; the imperial suite, for example, is dedicated to Japanese emperor Hirohito.
- The Villino Eugenia’s 14 guestrooms draw inspiration from various artistic and cultural traditions of the past.
- La Follie is a small guesthouse with only two rooms.
The hotel also features a spa with a tepidarium, hydro massage, sauna, hammam and gym. A heated outdoor swimming pool overlooks the Boboli Gardens.
The property’s two restaurants — one in a garden, the other in the villa’s ancient cellars — serve refined versions of Tuscan cuisine.
Common areas include the Cards Room and the Moresque Room for meetings and dinners, the Ceramics Room with its bar featuring original decorations and the baroque luxury of the Mirror Room.