Palazzo Magnani Feroni

One of the oldest buildings in the San Frediano district, on the south bank of the Arno river, the Palazzo Magnani Feroni is an elegant Renaissance palace that once entertained the European aristocracy. Now a luxury hotel it hosts guests in its elegant suites. Each of the suites is unique, with original features and furnishings, including frescoes, sculptures and paintings. This is accommodation on a grand scale. The rooms are as grand as they are large with high ceilings, large windows and statement beds. The suites have a DVD and CD player and a selection of music discs is provided to enjoy. You also get to choose the scent of your own soap, by sniffing a range of samples and leaving out the one you choose for housekeeping to replace with a full-sized one.


Breakfast at Palazzo Magnani Feroni is served in the magnificent Murano hall, lit by a huge original Murano glass chandelier. Even the tables and chairs seem larger than normal, as though you are Alice who has just stepped into Wonderland. Near to the breakfast room is a full-sized billiards table to challenge your partner to a game, or for more solitary entertainment there is a well-equipped gym on the ground floor. You won’t find tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms, but there is a table with a selection of teas and a kettle on each floor and a coffee machine on the ground floor. For absolute privacy (and laziness) you can arrange for a dinner to be served in your room, although you will need to book in advance.

Andrew is a firm believer that travelling like a local inevitably leads to the best off-the-beaten-path finds which truly make a destination remarkably more memorable. From traditional Indian festivals in humid Hyderabad to fresh seafood pasta by the Sorrentine Peninsula, he appreciates variety when travelling. He hasn't been everywhere, but it’s on the list.