Riva Lofts

Riva Lofts

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Combining the visionary designs of architect Claudio Nardi and the convivial hospitality of his hotelier daughter, Riva Lofts is a dreamily rustic boutique bed and breakfast that’s filled with contemporary artworks, enormous antique mirrors leant against the reclaimed stone walls, and an array of vintage chairs ranging from Louis XIV to Mies van der Rohe. Despite its fashionista-friendly looks, however, Riva Lofts maintains the homespun welcome of a rural bed and breakfast.

Highlights:

  • Architect-designed factory reinvention

  • Beautiful, peaceful riverside setting

  • Hip-hotel style with homely family warmth

Smith extra

A bottle of Tuscan wine

In the know

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Small, well-behaved, non-sofa-soiling pets are welcome. Reception is open 8am –8pm, but arrangements can be made for later arrivals. The hotel is non-smoking throughout. A two-night minimum stay is required during Pitti fashion fairs.Owner/manager Alice Nardi (daughter of the hotel’s designer and architect, Claudio) is almost always on hand to offer restaurant tips or pointers on art exhibitions and events that outsiders might miss. Riva Lofts also has a partnership with Armilla Beauty, so you can order in face and body treatments, massage and hairdressing whenever you like.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

It was as I reclined in the garden of the Riva Lofts in Florence listening to the light wind lazily loosen the leaves, sipping on my coffee and watching the spring sun lighten the curls of a similarly reposed Mrs Smith that I recalled the great cultural sermon delivered by Orson Welles’ peerless antihero Harry Lime in The Third Man. ‘In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The

Accommodation details

Address:

Via Baccio Bandinelli 98, Florence, Italy, 50142
Florence
Italy

Location:

1.7 mi / 2.7 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Pool
  • Concierge desk
  • Internet services
  • Onsite laundry

Dining information

Restaurant:

No lunch or dinner, just a mouthwatering Italian breakfast spread of home-made bread, croissants, organic yoghurt, and muesli, served either outside by the pool or beside the modern fireplace in the stone-walled, art-lined lounge.

Top table:

On the green, green grass by the pool.

Hotel bar:

With every hand-picked sculpture and artwork perfectly placed to ensure there’s something to look at in every direction, Riva Loft’s main lounge is made for sinking into a sofa and supping a cocktail from the self-service honesty bar.

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