Portraits of 17th century aristocrats preside over the grand entrance hall, which opens into a charming winter garden.
Helvetia & Bristol is a magnificent 19th century townhouse, built in 1894, in the heart of Florence's historical center, perfectly placed for a visit to the city's main attractions and a stone's throw from Via de’ Tornabuoni, the city's most exclusive shopping street. Its elegant rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of the city and while the hotel is equipped with the latest modern comforts, its superb renovation has preserved its architectural splendor and the atmosphere of an aristocratic Florentine residence. Meticulously restored works of art characterize the 64 rooms of the Helvetia Wing and create an atmosphere of discreet and enveloping luxury. The 25 "seductive" rooms and suites located in the Bristol Wing bear the signature of the famous designer Anouska Hempel. The evocative Bristol Winter Garden, covered by the historic Liberty-style glass ceiling, is a versatile ambience, where mirrored screens bestow intimacy to the setting, reflecting the exquisite petroleum blue velvet of the seats, while the sophisticated wallpaper depicting the Tuscan fauna, recalls classic motifs of 18th-century chinoiserie. The Winter Garden opens into the Tinello, a masterpiece of Florentine high craftsmanship and beating heart of the hotel, designed by Riccardo Barthel, that hosts a variety of gastronomic appointments in different moments of the day. The Tinello can be booked for private events, dinners and chef's tables for up to 12 guests. From the exclusive collaboration with a historic Florentine name, an icon of Italian gastronomic excellence, the Cibrèo Caffè opens inside the Helvetia & Bristol, a reference point for those looking for a unique location for a coffee, lunch, or aperitif and special dinner in the historic center of Florence.