Luxury hotel holiday Relais Santa Croce Florence

Relais Santa Croce is a 5-star historic Relais & Chateaux hotel housed in an 18th century aristocratic palazzo and situated in the historic centre of Florence, close to the Basilica of Santa Croce. Suites are sumptuously furnished and adorned with frescoes. Rooms are more contemporary and very comfortable. Fine dining is an experience at the Guelfi e Ghibellini restaurant. Cookery classes, truffle hunting and wine-tasting are offered.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Pisa
  • Private car transfers
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Relais Santa Croce, Florence

Relais Santa Croce is an exclusive 5-star hotel offering 18th Century Florentine opulence with contemporary touches. Luxurious accommodation and gourmet cuisine in a 3 Michelin-starred restaurant afford guests the utmost in luxury in an excellent central location.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location 2 minute walk to the Basilica of Santa Croce

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Pisa

Distance from airport The hotel is about 90-minutes' drive from Pisa Airport

Closest railway station Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station

Distance from railway station The hotel is about 15-minutes' drive from Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station

Hotel facilities and services

3 Star Michelin Restaurant linked to the hotel, Gourmet Restaurant, Bar and Music Room, Garage and Car Park with Valet Parking, Lifts, Disabled Access, Concierge.

Complimentary

Wi-Fi and Welcome Gift on arrival.

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 3 nights

From about

£990 low season

Holiday Code IE359

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Relais Santa Croce, Florence

Relais Santa Croce, formerly the Ciofi Jacometti Palace, is a five star hotel in Florence with exquisite furnishings, decoration, and original 18th Century features. The hotel earns its name from its close proximity to the historical Basilica Santa Croce, which can be seen through the hotel's long windows. Florentine opulence is in abundance throughout the hotel, with charming features such as guilt mirrors, elaborate frescos, and intricate wooden flooring. The hotel's 24 rooms and suites are individually decorated and many contain antique pieces. The colour scheme is rich with golds, and sumptuous fabrics add an inviting appearance and multi-sensory comfort. Grand Deluxe Rooms offer views of Florence's skyline, and the larger suites hark back to the building's palatial originals in their grand living areas, and original frescos; in the Da Verrazzano Suite, guests are afforded the luxury of a private gym. The hotel's careful renovation involved installing contemporary touches and comforts, from the leather armchairs of the lounge, to the restaurant's monochromatic table settings. There is the distinct feeling that the Santa Croce could be both a stately home and a hotel. The hotel houses a triple Michelin-starred restaurant that offers an exquisite menu, whilst the hotel's own gourmet restaurant continues the balance between the contemporary and traditional. The bar and music room offer an ideal space to relax, while the hotel's close proximity to the Teatro Verdi and museum of Basilica di Santa Croce di Firenze make it the ideal base from which to immerse yourself in Florentine culture.

Room descriptions

Relais Santa Croce has 24 rooms, all of which are air conditioned with a king size bed and include Wi-Fi, TV, an iPod docking station, safe deposit box, minibar and bathroom.

Deluxe Room with street view
Grand Deluxe Room with either a rooftop or street view
Junior Suite with a living area comprised of antique furniture and leather sofas. View of Santa Croce Basilica or street view.
Terrace Junior Suite with balcony
Family Junior Suite with two bedrooms
Florentine Suite with a separate living area with armchairs, a sofa and desk. Views of Santa Croce Basilica or the Florentine streets.
De Pepi Suite on the first floor with one living area containing 18th Century original frescos, views of the Florentine streets
Da Verrazzano Suite on the first floor with two separate living areas with original 18th Century frescoes, a small private gym and coffered ceiling. Views are of the Florentine streets.
Santa Croce Royal Suite

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 3 nights

From about

£990 low season

Holiday Code IE359

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Relais Santa Croce, Florence

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Relais Santa Croce in Florence, our clients usually fly to Pisa airport, Florence airport or arrive by train at Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station. From the airport and the station, we recommend a private car transfer which we would include in our holiday price. If you are visiting Florence as part of a tailor-made touring holiday, we recommend returning your hire-car upon arrival in Florence, and then if you need a car to continue the itinerary, collecting another one when you leave.

Additional information

Minimum stays: A minimum stay of 2 nights is required from 8 to 11 January and 11 to 14 June.

Children: Children are welcome. Cots are free and available on request. Children under 16 years stay for free when sharing with 2 adults in the same room. In suite categories a third bed may be added for children at a supplement.

Other information: Dogs weighing below 15kg are accepted at a small supplement. There is a smoking room onsite.

Special offers

3 nights for the price of 2 offer early 2020 Stay 3 nights and pay the price of 2 between 2 January and 8 April 2020. Not applicable in De Pepi suite, Da Verrazzano suite and the Santa Croce royal suite. Offer is cumulative but not combinable. Restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

3 nights for the price of 2 offer late summer 2020 Stay 3 nights and pay the price of 2 between 26 July to 2 September 2020. Not applicable in De Pepi suite, Da Verrazzano suite and the Santa Croce royal suite. Offer is cumulative but not combinable. Restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

4 nights for the price of 3 offer early summer 2020 Stay 4 nights and pay the price of 3 between 9 April to 25 July 2020. Not applicable in De Pepi suite, Da Verrazzano suite and the Santa Croce royal suite. Offer is cumulative but not combinable. Restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

4 nights for the price of 3 offer autumn 2020 Stay 4 nights and pay the price of 3 between 3 September to 31 October 2020. Not applicable in De Pepi suite, Da Verrazzano suite and the Santa Croce royal suite. Offer is cumulative but is combinable. Restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

15% early booking offer early 2020 Book 7 days or more in advance of arrival between 2 January and 4 March 2020 and receive a 15% reduction off our contract rates. Applicable in all room categories except in De Pepi suite, Da Verrazzano suite and the Santa Croce royal suite. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

15% early booking offer spring 2020 Book 14 days or more in advance of arrival between 5 March and 8 April 2020 and receive a 15% reduction off our contract rates. Applicable in all room categories except in De Pepi suite, Da Verrazzano suite and the Santa Croce royal suite. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

15% early booking offer late summer 2020 Book 14 days or more in advance of arrival between 26 July and 2 September 2020 and receive a 15% reduction off our contract rates. Applicable in all room categories except in De Pepi suite, Da Verrazzano suite and the Santa Croce royal suite. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

15% early booking offer autumn 2020 Book 21 days or more in advance of arrival between 9 April to 25 July 2020 and receive a 15% reduction off our contract rates. Applicable in all room categories except in De Pepi suite, Da Verrazzano suite and the Santa Croce royal suite. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

15% early booking offer early summer 2020 Book 21 days or more in advance of arrival between 3 September to 31 October 2020 and receive a 15% reduction off our contract rates. Applicable in all room categories except in De Pepi suite, Da Verrazzano suite and the Santa Croce royal suite. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

20% early booking offer selected suites early 2020 Book 7 days or more in advance of arrival between 2 January and 4 March 2020 and receive a 20% reduction off our contract rates for stays in the De Pepi suite, Da Verrazzano suite and the Santa Croce royal suite. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

20% early booking offer selected suites spring 2020 Book 14 days or more in advance of arrival between 5 March and 8 April 2020 and receive a 20% reduction off our contract rates for stays in the De Pepi suite, Da Verrazzano suite and the Santa Croce royal suite. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

20% early booking offer selected suites late summer 2020 Book 14 days or more in advance of arrival between 26 July and 2 September 2020 and receive a 20% reduction off our contract rates for stays in the De Pepi suite, Da Verrazzano suite and the Santa Croce royal suite. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

20% early booking offer selected suites early summer 2020 Book 21 days or more in advance of arrival between 9 April and 25 July 2020 and receive a 20% reduction off our contract rates for stays in the De Pepi suite, Da Verrazzano suite and the Santa Croce royal suite. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

20% early booking offer selected suites autumn 2020 Book 21 days or more in advance of arrival between 3 September and 31 October 2020 and receive a 20% reduction off our contract rates for stays in the De Pepi suite, Da Verrazzano suite and the Santa Croce royal suite. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

Suite offer 2019 Stay in a suite and receive a 20% reduction off our bed and breakfast rates. Offer valid for all seasons and in the suites, De Pepi Suite and Da Verrazzano Suite. Offer not combinable. Restrictions and blackout dates apply.

3 nights for the price of 2 offer 2019 Stay 3 nights on our bed and breakfast rates and pay the price of 2. Valid for stays from 3 November to 23 December 2019. Offer is cumulative but not combinable. Restrictions may apply.

15% early booking offer autumn and winter 2019 Book 7 days or more before arrival and receive a 15% reduction off our bed and breakfast rates. Valid for stays from 3 November to 23 December 2019. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

Honeymoon offer 2019 All couples staying on their honeymoon will receive a special petal turndown and a chef’s surprise. For stays of 2 nights or longer, couples will receive a complimentary bottle of Italian Spumante, strawberries and chocolate in their room upon arrival. The hotel will also waive the room service fee and guarantee a late check out.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 3 nights

From about

£990 low season

Holiday Code IE359

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Relais Santa Croce, Florence

About Florence

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Florence is one of the ‘must see’ places of all art lovers. Florence is the centre of the Renaissance movement and the Uffizi Gallery houses a phenomenal collection of painting from this era, as does the Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s statue of David. However, it is the atmosphere of the city which is overwhelmingly Renaissance as everywhere you turn there is yet another reminder of the period either artistic or architectural and this creates a superb museum like ambience to the historic centre. All the sites are easily reached on foot from the Ponte Vecchio to the Church of Santa Maria Novella, to the Accademia, to the Duomo and it is by visiting on foot that you can soak up the amazing atmosphere of the city.

Highlights of Florence

The markets in Florence are great for browsing for leather bags and shoes, but be prepared to haggle the price, as these markets are now really geared up for tourists and you can end up paying more than you need to. Fiesole can be reach by train or bus and has lovely views of the city. The Boboli gardens are an enchanting place to spend a few lazy hours and can be reached on foot over the other side of the River Arno from the main sites. Hire a car and visit Siena, Lucca, San Gimignano, Chianti, Montepulciano, Perugia and many more fascinating mediaeval towns nearby.

Cultural highlights of Florence

The Duomo, The Battistero, Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, the mausoleum of the Medici family in the Medici Chapel, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, The Piazza della Signoria.

Festivals in Florence

There are a wide range of fashion shows held in Florence in January, which can make finding hotel availability difficult during the show period. Otherwise, Florence holds any wonderful festivals throughout the year including the Scoppio del Carro or the explosion of the cart on Easter Sunday, which is really a firework display, but the atmosphere is tremendous. Calcio in Costume in June is a fun spectacle and a slightly different take on ‘Calcio’ or football! Alternatively, in September there is the Festa della Rificolana where children carrying candlelit lanterns converge on the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata to celebrate the eve of the birth of the Virgin Mary. The most notable festival in the area however, is of course the Palio in Siena, just south of Florence and easily reachable by train, which takes place in July and August. Early booking is essential.

Gastronomy in Florence

Florence is famous for its food, namely Bistecca alla Fiorentina and many grilled meats and game dishes, but of course it is the centre of the Chianti wine producing region and thereby has access to some of the most prestigious wines from Chianti and the hearty reds of Southern Tuscany. Olive oil is also in abundance here and is used with everything, from cooking to dipping and even tasting!

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