Steeped in colourful history and with plenty of opportunities to indulge in the good life, Florence is well worth visiting any time of year, and when heading there next, the newly opened Milu Hotel is well worth considering to lay down your head. The ornate historic premises date back as early as the year 1400, but when stepping inside, a cool contemporary interior instantly charms your socks off. It was architect and painter Giovan Battista Silvestri who in 1835 unified a number of structures behind imposing neoclassical façades, including the adjacent Palazzo Gherardi. And now, the conjoined buildings are identical, sharing both symmetrical arched windows, uniform finishing on the façade of the ground floor, along with large stone slab work.
Both intimate and high on style, Milu Hotel features just 22 rooms spread across five floors, and each designed with a distinct colour palette and varying carpentry styles by Tel Aviv-based practice Studio Do. The pads come in four different categories and different sizes, but all effortlessly pair comfort with an aesthetic that’s homey and easy on the eye, and last but not least, all the nifty tech amenities savvy travelers can’t live without. The property’s public spaces are equally welcoming, allowing guests to either wind down privately or to mingle for Jolly Banter. As said, Milu Hotel occupies premises with cultural value, but in its new guise as a contemporary boutique hotel, it contributes accordingly to this legacy by hosting the Open Gallery.
It’s an omnipresent experience that continues throughout the staircases and the guests floors, and leads all the way through the library, transforming the hotel into a gallery with and evolving art collection. The artworks on display are selected from a curated collection of works that decorates each space, and the rotating exhibition space will feature international artists working within various mediums such as sculpture, space installation, drawing, video and photography, and can even be snapped up. Overwhelmed by the city’s hisoric splendour? Well, Milu Hotel happily arranges access to a variety of beauty treatments at an affiliate luxury spa down the road.