Hotel Balestri

Italian Cities, Florence

  • Central riverside location
  • Boutique hotel with charm and atmosphere
  • Short stroll away from the Ponte Vecchio

Hotel Balestri is in the heart of the Santa Croce district of Florence and within walking distance of all the main attractions, including the Ponte Vecchio. Rooms all have air conditioning and guests can enjoy a drink on the roof terrace with spectacular city views. The prime location is not at the expense of peace and quiet, this riverside option provides a tranquil alternative in the centre of the city.

The hotel has 50 rooms (official rating 4 star). Child prices apply to ages 4-12.



Bars & Restaurants

Breakfast Room

Included With:Bed & Breakfast

A delightful breakfast room, which overlooks the Arno River, serves a delicious hot and cold buffet each morning. 


Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar or light snacks overlooking the River. The bar area is elegantly decorated, cleverly mixing both contemporary styles with classical elements and antique furniture.

Roof Terrace

A small, charming roof terrace is available to guests and offers stunning views of Florence. 



Stay connected with the wifi free of charge.

About the location
Holidays in Florence allow you to experience one of Europe’s most culturally and historically significant cities. Florence is a vibrant city nestled among the idyllic green hills of Tuscany. It retains a sense of intimacy and romance thanks to its relatively small size, while also offering a remarkable selection of museums, galleries, and restaurants, which continue to impress even the most regular visitor. Every stroll has the potential for something remarkable, whether it’s peering out of the Vasari Corridor or wandering across the Giardino di Boboli. Alternatively, for those looking to relax, there are beautiful vistas to be seen while enjoying a rooftop aperitivi in the evening.

Perhaps most known for its remarkable historical architecture, you will easily find renowned pieces of art by famous artists such as Filippo Brunelleschi, Leon Battista Alberti, and Michelangelo throughout the city. Florence continues to celebrate this tradition with impressive modern buildings, notably The New Florence Opera House, maintaining the city’s reputation as a marvel from every angle. Any visiting foodies will undoubtedly revel in Florence’s food culture, from its seven Michelin starred restaurants to the brilliant bustle of the Mercato Centrale. For peaceful and romantic retreats, there are numerous opportunities for short trips to the surrounding landscapes and towns, allowing for blissful escapes into Italy’s rural life.
Transfer time
The hotel is 20 minutes from Florence airport. No transfers included. To add transfers or book car hire, simply call us once you’ve completed your booking and we will talk you through the options.
Double Superior Room

Max 3 adults

Double Superior Rooms are modern in design with oak parquet flooring and contemporary furniture in warm welcoming tones. Rooms have double or twin beds and city or courtyard views. Interconnecting rooms are available on request.

Deluxe River View Room

Max 3 adults

Deluxe River View Rooms are spacious with oak parquet flooring and contemporary furniture in warm welcoming tones. Rooms have double or twin beds and panoramic views of the river Arno. This room type and interconnecting rooms in this category are available on request, please call to book.


Family Room

Max 4 children

Family rooms are composed by two connecting deluxe double rooms. Spacious and furnished with great attention to detail. All rooms have double or twin beds. 

Junior Suite

Max 2 adults

Junior Suites are modern in design and spacious with a separate sleeping and sitting area. Rooms have double or twin beds and wonderful views of the River Arno or Florence Cathedral. This room type is available on request, please call to book.

Early Booking Discount

10% Early booking discount for stays completed between 25 March - 30 April 2022 and 17 - 31 July 2022, valid for bookings made at least 30 days prior to arrival. 

20% Early booking discount for stays of 2 nights or more completed between 01 August - 01 September 2022.

25% Early booking discount for stays of 2 nights completed between 03 January - 24 March 2022 and 06 November - 26 December 2022.

Free Night Offer

1 Free night for stays of 3 nights or more completed between 07 November - 25 December 2021, 03 January - 24 March 2022 and 06 November - 26 December 2022.

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Great location, fantastic staff
Jackiemkelly, West Lothian, United Kingdom
Tripadvisor review Aug 27 2022
Great location, fantastic staff. Waking up to the wonderful view and watching the world go by at night, unforgettable. Can???t praise the staff highly enough. Everyone so friendly and ready to help...
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You will love the hotel and location
SharifAta, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tripadvisor review Jul 17 2022
ELENA ( or Alina ) was our reason to love the hotel and make us love Florence as well, she is the best, always smiling ready to help, she suggested three restaurants for each day and they were...
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We have been helping our customers discover the real Italy for 90 years now. Our experience and expertise, together with our attention to detail and personal touch, really does make us the leading Italian holiday specialist