Helvetia Bristol

Italian Cities, Florence

5 * Bed and Breakfast Central Spa Traditional
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  • Renovated 19th century palace hotel in the historic centre of Florence
  • Unparalleled service in a luxurious setting
  • A stone’s throw from Via de' Tornabuoni and Palazzo Strozzi 

Helvetia & Bristol is a 19th century palazzo that has been lovingly restored into a five star hotel. Located in the heart of Florence’s historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site, you’re among many of the city’s architectural and artistic treasures. You’re just a short walk from Via de' Tornabuoni, Florence’s premier street for designer boutiques and exclusive experiences, and the palatial monument and art museum of Palazzo Strozzi.

Helvetia & Bristol evokes grandeur and the heady atmosphere of the Renaissance era, with fine Italian fabrics, domed ceilings, and delicate antiques featuring throughout this magnificent palace. Helvetia & Bristol is part of the Leading Hotels of the World. Due to its finery, the hotel has been the destination of choice for many of Italy’s illustrious names.

Relax at Il Baretto del Bristol, a delightful cafe bar that offers cappuccinos and pastries by day and gratifying aperitifs by night.

Feast on fine Italian cuisine at the hotel’s cosy Bristol Winter Garden restaurant. Sophistication oozes from all angles, from the Liberty-style glass ceiling and the Belle Époque-style wallpaper to the decadent Tuscan dishes.

There are 29 rooms and 35 suites where you can breathe in opulent Florentine culture, all boasting plush bed linens and large antique mirrors.

The rooms offer a luxurious slumber during your holiday in Florence, featuring a pillow menu, luxury toiletries, bathrobe and slippers, an Illy espresso machine, a GHD hairdryer, flatscreen TV, a personal safe, and a minibar. Complimentary WIFI is also included.

The attentive service at Helvetia & Bristol ensures your every need is met, with 24 hour room service, a turndown service, and a shoe shine service upon request. You can also arrange a private car and driver and babysitting services.

Your holiday in Florence is best enjoyed with a stay at Helvetia & Bristol.


Bars & Restaurants

Bristol Winter Garden

The gourmet restaurant is located inside the evocative Winter Garden, covered by a Liberty-style glass ceiling. The mirrored screens bestow intimacy to the setting. Chef Pasqaule D'Ambrosio delights guests with exquisite and inventive Michelin standard food.

Il Baretto del Bristol

The new café offers for breakfast a selection of croissants with classic and signature fillings, accompanied by coffees and cappuccinos, while during the day guests can enjoy a quick lunch, an aperitif or a tasty dinner.

ll Baretto opens onto a welcoming terrace, the ideal setting for a relaxing break overlooking Palazzo Strozzi.

An open air lounge where the summer evenings will be accompanied by lounge music.

About the location

Florence is a cultural and historic city, nestled in the charming verdant hills of Tuscany, Italy. With its intimate and relatively small size for a city, Florence shares a romantic aura, with its cobbled streets, quaint balconies and shuttered windows. As you roam the city you will come across some remarkable sights, from the many museums and galleries to the elevated passages of Vasari Corridor and the delightfully Mediterranean Giardino di Boboli.

There are hidden treasures to be found here, from the fine dining riverside restaurants by Arno River and the dreamy rooftop bars, to the yesteryear ambiance of Piazza della Passera.

South of Arno River,you’ll be taken back in time as you absorb the secluded roads with a stroll up Bellosguardo Hill. The views over Florence with its terracotta roofs and light streaming through the trees at sunset is magical.

During your holiday in Florence, stay at the Helvetia & Bristol, a magnificent 19th century palazzo located in the heart of the city’s historical centre.

20 Minutes from Florence Airport

Pisa Airport is the main airport for Florence and the transfer time is 90 minutes. Limited flights are available to FLR with a transfer time of 20 mins – please call for more details. 
Hotel Helvetia & Bristol in Florence
Deluxe Helvetia Room

Max 2 adults

Tastefully designed with a contemporary-classic style in mind, an expression of craftsmanship and elegance.

Each room features priceless antique furniture, Murano-glass chandeliers and large, comfortable beds with silk headboards and soft, customized percale sheets.

The oak floors and the bathroom, decorated in Italian marble, bestow the room with a refined and intimate atmosphere.

20 m²

Bedroom 309 at Hotel Helvetia & Bristol in Florence
Deluxe Bristol Room

Max 3 adults

Warm and elegant Deluxe rooms boast Italian oak floors bevelled by hand, magnificent antique furniture and bathrooms decorated in three-toned Italian marble.

The furnishings and exquisite bar cabinets complement the elegant surroundings. 

Murano-glass chandeliers emphasize the timeless elegance of these spacious rooms.

32 m²

Hotel Helvetia & Bristol in Florence
Junior Suite Helvetia

Max 3 adults

In Junior Suites the elegant atmosphere of historic Florentine buildings blends with discreet and refined luxury.

They feature a comfortable corner lounge with a sofa, a bedroom with a queen-size canopied bed and a spacious bathroom decorated in two-toned marble.

Oak floor, refined antique furniture and large mirrors adorning the walls embellished these elegant rooms. 

45 m²

Hotel Helvetia & Bristol in Florence
Junior Suite Bristol

Max 2 adults

In Junior Suites Bristol the elegant atmosphere of historic Florentine buildings blends with discreet and refined luxury.

These elegant, comfortable rooms comprise of a single area that includes the sitting room, furnished with comfortable, enveloping velvet seating, a bed that in some cases is framed by an elegant canopy.

They feature a corner lounge with a sofa, a bedroom with a queen-size canopied bed and a spacious bathroom decorated in two-toned marble.

Oak floor, refined antique furniture and large mirrors adorning the walls embellished these elegant rooms. 

39 m²

Hotel Helvetia & Bristol in Florence
Junior Suite Vista

Max 3 adults

In Junior Suites Vista the elegant atmosphere of historic Florentine buildings blends with discreet and refined luxury.

The exquisite antique furniture is reflected in the large mirrors that adorn the walls, lined with beautiful wood panelling. The beautifully timeless Italian fabrics add style to the setting. Some of the rooms are also equipped with a spacious walk-in closet, and they all offer a breath-taking view over Palazzo Strozzi and the city’s shopping streets.

38 m²

Hotel Helvetia & Bristol in Florence
Suite Helvetia

Max 3 adults

Furnished with priceless and unique pieces, suites boast two large spaces: a sitting room with exquisite velvet sofas and a bedroom with a majestic queen-size bed crafted by Florentine artisans.

Silk damask fabrics and silk taffeta curtains complement the finely restored period furniture.

The brass and crystal lamps, the antique mirrors on the walls and the bathrooms decorated in resplendent Italian marble all highlight the beauty of the rooms.

50 m²

Bedroom 301 at Hotel Helvetia & Bristol in Florence
Suite Bristol

Max 3 adults

Measuring 55 square metres, these rooms offer guests a superior level of comfort, and look onto a quiet area of the city. The Bristol Suites are furnished with valuable and original pieces.

These rooms are composed of two spacious areas: a sitting room area with soft, comfortable sofas and a table, and a sleeping area with a bed that in most cases is framed with a magnificent canopy. Some of the Bristol Suites are on two levels, offering a view of the Florentine sky from the bedroom.

Premium-quality, Italian-crafted silk shantung and velvet fabrics adorn the walls, joined by brass lamps, antique-finish mirrors and Alinari prints illustrating Florence in the mid-19th century. The splendid Italian marble bathrooms complete the unique features of these suites.


55 m²

Early Booking Discount

15% Early booking discount for stays completed between 01 November 2023 - 31 October 2024 on selected dates, booked at least 30 days prior to arrival. 

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