SOPRARNO SUITES: A HISTORIC BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN OLTRARNO, FLORENCE
Located in the heart of Oltrarno, the artisanal epicentre of the city, lies a well-appointed sixteenth century palace Rezidenca d’epoca (historic residence), known as Soprarno Suites.
Soprarno Suites is a thirteen room individually designed abode, consisting of the most exquisite fittings, meticulously sourced antique furniture, art works and artefacts imaginable to the creative mind. These have been eloquently fused with bespoke pieces, modern artistry and a discrete grace to create a unique living experience in the heart of this Renaissance City’s district of Oltrarno.
Soprarno Suites is the partnership of three creatives, an architect, a lawyer and a graphic designer who have injected their passion from their respective personalities and interests into this beautiful residence.
Architect Francesco Maestrelli looked after the architectural restructure of this historic building, whilst much of the interior design is the vision of lawyer, Matteo Perduca, who has more than a penchant for vintage furniture and antiques. The female touch and on going design is delivered by Matteo’s Florentine born, English raised, wife Betty Soldi, a graphic designer and calligrapher, who has put her stamp on the interior details of the abode flawlessly.
The property is entered via two large doors at ground level on Via Maggio, a few minutes walk from the Ponte Santa Trinita bridge. A secure code is granted to each guest along with their keys for entry of the property out of the hours, which is manned 08:00-16:00. A beautiful courtyard before you adorned with little fairly lights, invites you to your new residence for your time in Florence.
The concierge desk is located on the first floor and check-in is taken care of swiftly and before you know it you’ll be whisked off to your uniquely created haven, leaving you overwhelmed and in awe.
Soprarno Suites consists of thirteen suites, four superior and nine deluxe suites, which are noticeably larger and more spacious. Soprarno collaborated with Ac’M design for one of the superior suites with the very talented Simone and Helene of Steller Edition Poshetter. The rooms are creative extensions of ongoing design projects with Betty Soldi.
We opted for a Deluxe Room and were assigned the beautiful Room No 21, which faces the characterful street, Via Maggio. It was on the second floor and just oozed charm, history and elegance from the moment we stepped in.
Stunning 1800’s frescoes (some of which are originals in the rooms), that bought back fond memories of art history at school; adorned a beautiful corniced ceiling. From the corner of my eye I spotted the Devon & Devon roll top bath and the gorgeous over-sized king bed with red headboard was the focal point. As I put one foot in front of the other, the sound of wooden flooring echoed memories of long summers in Tuscan villas.
The chairs, lamps, dark wood antique wooden bookcase and wardrobe were worked beautiful in this large space. Lets also mention the strategically chosen and placed works of art adorning the walls, the almost floor to ceiling curtains and the mirrors placed carefully so as to make the room appear even larger than it would appear to the naked eye.
Worry not, the rooms come equipped with all the latest mod cons one may need for business or pleasure. WIFI, Nespresso Machines, teas, a fridge a kettle and HD flat screen TVs featuring Apple TV.
The room is entered via a single door, which has a small hallway and opens into the living and sleeping space as well as a perfectly formed bathroom featuring large showers, more art work, storage, fluffy towels, dressing gowns, slippers and toiletries by Bigelow, which are restocked daily.
Dr C and I stayed during our anniversary and we received a lovely bottle of Prosecco from the concierge to toast the occasion.
Guests are gifted a limited edition bag, which has been designed by Betty. During our stay we had a denim tote bag, which comes in handy when shopping and taking away a little memento of your stay at the suites.
Prepare your senses to be awakened on your first morning at Soprarno Suites. The seductive allure of freshly baked croissants will guide you to the breakfast room, which is located on the ground floor at the SottArno Commestibili deli.
Between the hours of 08:00-10:00 this cutesy café featuring many menu collectables from around the globe, displayed on its walls, serves up an Italian breakfast of cold meats, cheese, breads, conserves, mouth watering tarts and breads as well as cereals, fruits, coffees and teas of your choice with the sound of the morning street commotions in the street outside.
The café is open to the public from 10:30 onwards should you not resist the coffee.
Just in case your fix of vintage eclecticism is left unsatisfied, there are communal areas on each floor, featuring comfy seating and contemporary spaces to hangout.
Behind the concierge desk there is a kitchen room where guests can help themselves to hot and cold drinks throughout the day and snacks such as croissants, fruits, lattice tarts and the like. There is also an honesty bar for guests with a cute little piggy bank on top for your smalls.
For avid readers, there are a plethora of books for your perusal including a library of reads for the travellers amongst us as well as classic books and design copies.
The concierge desk is open from 08:00-16:00 and by special arrangement of check-in, out of these hours. The staff are on hand to provide real local knowledge on hidden gems, in the area and the city of Florence. Their recommendations give you a flavour of the real Florentine life, the artisanal and artistic perspective that makes this city a walking outdoor museum.
Awaking each morning in a spacious room with frescoes as your first view of the day. Experiencing authentic Florentine hospitality. Returning to a vintage lovers dream in the guise of a retreat after a day of exploring this Renaissance city. Soprarno Suites is hip, bohemian and does not look one iota out of place in its historic Oltrarno location. This is boutique hotel creativity, hospitality and simplicity at its best. There is no lack to the utmost of attention to minutia but in an unstuffy non-pretentious means.
You simply have to experience the charm and avant guard nature of Soprarno Suites on your next visit to Florence.
PURE UNADULTERATED PERFECTION FOR
Couples, Romantic getaways, honeymoons, city breaks, Special occasions and families
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Via Maggio, 35
Tel. +39 055 046 8719
Bookings can be made directly via Soprarno Suites’ Website
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