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Hotel Helvetia and Bristol

VIA PESCIONI, 2, , Florence, Italy


Hotel Helvetia and Bristol


Insider Tip

Across from the Helvetia and Bristol, Palazzo Strozzi is the largest of Florence's 15th-century palaces. Construction took 44 years, and the owner watched its construction from a small house on the square. At the main entrance, corner lamp brackets bear original (and rare) Renaissance ironwork designed by popular artisan of the time, Niccolo Grosso.

Hotel Overview

19th century hotel
Founded in the 19th century, this hotel is now flanked by trendy designer shops walking distance from the Duomo.
Antique furnishings
67 guestrooms and suites are styled with chandeliers, silk wall coverings, porcelain lamps, and antique furnishings.
Restaurant, alfresco terrace
Guests enjoy a small library of books and videos, and the new bar and restaurant, Hostaria Bibendum, with an alfresco terrace.

Amenity highlights:

A 19th-century bookcase houses a small library of books in English, Italian, French, and German. There is also a discreetly hidden video-library (every room is equipped with a video player and stereo system).

What to expect:

This hotel is set one block from Via Tornabuoni - the "Fifth Avenue" of Florence (upmarket shops, cafes, and restaurants). Through crystal doors, a fireside lobby showcases antique furnishings and 16th-century paintings. The terra-cotta floor is topped with Asian rugs, and velvet sofas with brocade pillows complement leather high-back chairs, marble-topped end tables, and walnut bookcases. Long the retreat of the artistic rich, present clientele includes fashion designers and musicians; primarily vacationers.


VIA PESCIONI, 2, , Florence, Italy


FLR - Florence Peretola Airport



Each of the 67 guestrooms at Helvetia and Bristol offers an authentic experience surrounded by traditional Florentine sensibilities and stunning views of the hills of Fiesole. Elegant and uplifting, furnished with inlaid armoires and antique tables, splendid lamps of Chinese porcelain and bronze, walls hung with artworks, a profusion of gossamer lace, silk and brocade, Carrara marble and Jacuzzi tubs.


  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Bidet
  • Blackout drapes
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Cassette player
  • CD player
  • Climate control
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Cribs (infant beds) available
  • Extra towels/bedding in room
  • Hair dryer
  • Handheld shower
  • Housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Internet access - dial-up
  • Internet access - surcharge
  • Massage - available in room
  • Minibar
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Premium bedding
  • Private bathroom
  • Rollaway beds
  • Sewing kit
  • Slippers
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Television
  • Turndown service
  • VCR
  • Wake-up calls
  • Welcome amenities
  • Window opens


Property Amenities

Originally built for 19th-century aristocrats, The Helvetia and Bristol is set 200 meters from the Duomo, across from Palazzo Strozzi. It is also one block from Via Tornabuoni, one of Florence's most famous shopping streets. Guests have included artists and authors such as Giorgio De Chirico, Igor Stravinsky, and Luigi Pirandello. Amenities include a small library of books available in English, Italian, French, and German. There is also a discreetly hidden video-library. The hotel offers concierge service, 24-hour room service, and secretarial services. Small (6-7 people) and medium-size meeting rooms

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Airport transportation (surcharge)
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Babysitting/Childcare

Number of rooms: 67


Extra person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Rollaways and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.
Photo identification and credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests made via this Web site cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.


Hostaria Bibendum
The H&B ,Hostaria Bibendum, serves a contemporary culinary experience. The menu offers tempting Mediterranean dishes that enhance the genuine ingredients to give diners the pleasure of rediscovering home-grown flavors. Meals are accompanied by the finest national and international wines as recommended by the young Restaurant Manager Andrea Tempestini. The Chef Enzo Pettè with more than 15 years of experience, also offers an opportunity to prepare authentic, seasonal Italian dishes - recreating ancient customs and traditions into a grand contemporary feast.
The Winter Garden
Restaurant with original stained-glass, conservatory-style roof. Rare "cotto" floor tiles from Southern Italy; mirrors on the walls. Adjoins Belle Epoque bar. Artists such as De Chirico and Boccioni used to meet here to discuss the Avant Garde. Fine Italian cuisine includes some Tuscan specialties. À la carte dining offered. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served. Afternoon tea is also offered (pastries).


The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the Helvetia and Bristol hotel; fees may apply.
  • Aerobics
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Golfing
  • Horse riding/rental
  • Tennis