Stephanie von Behr

Milu Hotel

Florence, Italy

by: Stephanie von Behr

  • Why

    Long weekend getaway with the family!

  • When

    December 2016

  • Who

    Me, my hubby, and my two year old daughter Valentina.

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Highs + Lows

  • Great location, on the most famous shopping street in Florence, sandwiched between Fendi, Prada, Dolce & Ga-bana, and Gucci. It is steps away from the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and literally next door to Palazzo Strozzi, where there is currently an Ai Wei Wei exhibition.

  • The design is colorful, stylish, modern, eclectic and friendly. You can feel the upbeat and creative spirit of the owners in the design, where life is art.

  • I was impressed by the super friendly and knowledgeable staff.

  • They have an amazing contemporary art book collection, with over 200 books throughout the hotel. You can sit and drink a delicious complimentary cappuccino and read in the adjacent library/lounge.

  • Although the hotel offers parking at 25 euro a day with a partner garage, it is very difficult to drive to the hotel with a car. I highly suggest leaving your car outside the city and taking a taxi to the hotel or not renting a car at all. You can walk everywhere in Florence and it so much more fun to explore that way.

  • The rooms are minimalist, modern and color coordinated with unique details, but could be a bit cozier.

: 43/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Hotel.

  • Vibe

    Renovated 15th century hotel…eclectic, modern, artsy.

  • Location

    Super central, superior location.

  • Rooms

    22

  • Music

    I didn’t really notice the music, but when I asked the owner he told me they typically play “acoustic covers”.

  • Year Opened

    2016

  • Designed By

    David Ohayon from studioDO in collaboration with Carmel Ilan and Matteo Baro-ni.

  • Pool/Gym

    No

  • Restaurant

    No

  • Bar

    Currently no, but in the middle of January they will open the bar during the evening and serve Aperitivo.

  • Minibar

    Yes, but no standout items, just the regular stuff.

  • Wifi

    Yes, it’s free and works perfectly!

  • Children

    Bring them! The hotel was super friendly and Italians love kids.

  • Price

    Reasonably priced for location and design.

In the Area

Do not miss the best gelato in Florence at Gelateria dei Neri—the creamiest salty caramel I have ever tasted.

Indulge at Gelateria dei Neri.

Via dei Neri, 9/11, Florence, 50122 Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

Do not miss the best gelato in Florence at Gelateria dei Neri—the creamiest salty caramel I have ever tasted.

There are all different Italian “street food” stands, but gourmet style. I wish I had known about it before our last day, because there were so many different foods I wanted to taste! It is apparently white truffle season in December, so we ate the most decadent white truffle pasta, ordered a Margherita pizza and cannoli with pistachio nuts to-go for the plane ride!

Explore the second floor of San Lorenzo Market.

Via dell'Ariento, Florence, 50123 Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

There are all different Italian “street food” stands, but gourmet style. I wish I had known about it before our last day, because there were so many different foods I wanted to taste! It is apparently white truffle season in December, so we ate the most decadent white truffle pasta, ordered a Margherita pizza and cannoli with pistachio nuts to-go for the plane ride!

You will find handmade leather boots and shoes for a reasonable price. I bought beautiful brown leather lace up boots with a little heel for 199 Euros, so comfortable and chic!

Go to Rive Gauche.

Via de' Guicciardini, 31/red, 50125 Firenze, Italy

You will find handmade leather boots and shoes for a reasonable price. I bought beautiful brown leather lace up boots with a little heel for 199 Euros, so comfortable and chic!

Milu Hotel Florence AHL Feature

Milu Hotel

Via dè Tornabuoni, 8, Florence, 50123 Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

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