Shane Fonner

Riva Lofts

Florence

by: Shane Fonner

  • Why

    Factory visits and inspiration trip.

  • When

    November 2014.

  • Who

    My fiance and I.

Highs + Lows

  • The design of the hotel, by architect and owner Claudio Nardi, is out of this world cool- imagine your home was a high fashion store set in a rustic former leather workshop right on the Arno on the quiet rive gauche of Florence and you’re getting there…

  • The location on the south side of the Arno just outside the ancient city walls is perfect for both a relaxing stay away or a work trip- the tram is on the corner and with only 2 stops to the main train station and Santa Maria Novella, you’re centrally located enough to feel like a local.

  • The units are private and comfortable- rainforest showers and a multitude of clear glass surfaces endear the hotel with clean sight lines and an open feel. The larger units upstairs come with unreal terraces and giant arched windows with the Duomo in the distance.

  • The bath soaps and shampoos are locally sourced and made of luxurious olive oils…the smell is one you’ll likely remember for some time to come. The beds are lights out, tough to stay awake once your head hits the pillow.

  • The front desk staff is extremely helpful and well informed: try their dinner and restaurant recommendations as Mr. Nardi and his staff are inequitably clued in to the scene in Florence.

  • Not many negatives to this place- quiet, peaceful, and reclusive while still being nearby enough to walk almost anywhere one needs to go in central Florence within 20 minutes.

: 49/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Design-heavy home away from home.

  • Vibe

    High design villa living alongside the Arno.

  • Location

    Right next to the Arno on Florence’s Rive Gauche. With the tram, you’re only 3 minutes and $1.25 from the epicenter of Florence’s historical hub.

  • Rooms

    10

  • Music

    The music is appropriately chic in the surroundings.

  • Year Opened

    2008

  • Designed By

    The owner Claudio Nardi, renowned architect of LuisaViaRoma (Florence’s historic top fashion boutique), Valentino, and Dolce & Gabbana stores worldwide, as well as one of their homes. Riva Lofts, formerly a leather workshop and home/workspace for Nardi, is his passion project and reflects his design aesthetic.

  • Pool/Gym

    There is a tastefully placed wading and lap pool on the grounds.

  • Restaurant

    No restaurant per se, but a beautiful common room where breakfast is served by the friendly staff each morning.

  • Bar

    No bar, but Florence is teeming with places to grab a limoncello or an Aperol spritz.

  • Minibar

    Hand-selected wine, grappa and prosecco in the fridge, plus a 24/7 “honesty” bar stocking local wine, beer, and more.

  • Wifi

    WiFi in every room and all around the property.

  • Children

    Yes

  • Price

    Mid-range and up; seasonal rates vary.

In the Area

This tiny, five table restaurant is nestled on the quiet back streets of Spirito Santo on the southern bank of the river and was worthy of a repeat trip within the week. The homemade food served by the owners over a lively guitar is unforgettable and the portions are well sized. Come for the food and stay for the ambiance. And try the lasagna and bresaola, I may schedule another trip soon simply for those.

Vinaino Lo Sprone

Via dello Sprone, 17/red, 50125 Firenze, Italy

This tiny, five table restaurant is nestled on the quiet back streets of Spirito Santo on the southern bank of the river and was worthy of a repeat trip within the week. The homemade food served by the owners over a lively guitar is unforgettable and the portions are well sized. Come for the food and stay for the ambiance. And try the lasagna and bresaola, I may schedule another trip soon simply for those.

After a day of cashmere production meetings, stop by the cocktail bar atop the Continentale Hotel, just off the Ponte Vecchio and alongside the river. The sweeping views and easy-on-the-eyes clientele make for an enchanting evening. They even made a killer Bloody Mary.

The Continentale Rooftop Bar

Vicolo dell'Oro, 6, 50123 Firenze, Italy

After a day of cashmere production meetings, stop by the cocktail bar atop the Continentale Hotel, just off the Ponte Vecchio and alongside the river. The sweeping views and easy-on-the-eyes clientele make for an enchanting evening. They even made a killer Bloody Mary.

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Riva Lofts

Via Baccio Bandinelli 98, 50142 Florence, Italy

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