Helvetia & Bristol

Florence, Italy

Helvetia & Bristol

Via Dei Pescioni 2,
Florence, Italy

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Classic Luxury

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The Helvetia & Bristol

Hotel Helvetia & Bristol is located in a perfect area in the center of Florence, literally next door to world class shopping and walking distance to the Duomo and Uffizi.  While it does not have the glitz of the newer hotels in Florence, what it does offer makes up for that three fold.  When you enter the Helvetia & Bristol the feeling is more of a private club.  Perhaps, that’s why so many of their guests return year after year.  This is an established high class boutique hotel with all the connections you will ever need. Concierge Alessandro Marchese is one the best and when you meet him you’ll understand why.  He’s knowledgeable, efficient and warm. 

Little has changed at this old world hotel where burnished paneling and period art create a homey warm ambiance. A library attracts interest with leather-bound copies of Vasari's Lives and the 22-volume set of The Autobiography of Casanova. Guests, however, are more likely to reach for the fashion magazines and candy set out on the tables.

Behind the lounge, the small winter garden acts as the breakfast room and dining room, serving an elaborate buffet breakfast under a stained-glass ceiling. It is transformed into an elegant dining room each evening. The small corner of the room continues to serve as an informal bar, and a former dining room, now a beautifully chandeliered lounge, attracts locals with its trendy setting and light fare served late.

Accommodations come in three categories pegged to dimensions. All of the entry-level rooms are generally average in size and lack much in the way of sitting areas. The mostly recently renovated accommodations are the Jr. Suites and suites, all of which have three times as much space as the standard rooms.  Their touches include boldly patterned, fabric-covered walls, valanced windows swathed in the same dark colors as the walls, draped side tables, and hand-carved armoires, desks and headboards. Fresh carpeting, flat-screen TVs and a few new furnishings are the most recent additions.

Color schemes in all vary in these individually decorated quarters, but blue, red and soft blue are common. Air-conditioning, TVs, minibars and safes are common accoutrements.

The combination baths feature Carrera marble and are appointed with heated towel rails, magnifying mirrors, robes, hair dryers and fine toiletries. Deluxe units add CD players, DVDs, cordless phones and whirlpool tubs. The charge for Wi-Fi feels unnecessary.

While the rooms are not about views two suites on the top floor offer panoramas.

Those looking for a polished boutique hotel with a traditional profile will find the Helvetia & Bristol made to order.

Helvetia & Bristol
is a member of exclusive Virtuoso travel network. Book online or contact our Virtuoso Travel Advisor [email protected] for more details.

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  • Babysitting/Child Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Hairdryers Available
  • Modem Lines in Room
  • Free Newspaper
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • No Smoking Rooms/Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Television with Cable
  • Handicapped Rooms/Facilities
  • Meeting/Banquet Facilities
Virtuoso Rate Includes: 

• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
• $100USD equivalent in local currency Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (Not applicable towards Room service delivery charge, Garage, Transfers, Dry cleaning, not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
• Complimentary one-way private airport transfers from Amerigo Vespucci Airport Firenze
• Complimentary daily access to the Roman Baths Experience for two
• Welcome bottle of Ferrari Franciacorta
• Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
• Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Cooking Class

at the Helvetia & Bristol, Florence

Take the opportunity to prepare some authentic, seasonal Italian dishes with HELVETIA & BRISTOL's highly trained Chef, Enzo Pettè.

Spend some time preparing lavish Tuscan and Mediterranean recipes from the Hostaria Bibendum at the Helvetia & Bristol.

Lessons are small and intimate with hands-on experience. The only prerequisite is one’s love of food and Italy.

You will prepare a three course seasonal menu using the finest ingredients on the market.

Lesson starts at 3 p.m. till 6.30 p.m.. After all your hard work, wander through to the hotel’s enchanting bar and restaurant, the Hostaria Bibendum, for an aperitif before sitting down to a leisurely dinner of the delicious dishes you have prepared.  

You may choose among several cooking class options, such as:

*One day cooking class at Euro 180 per person
*Two days cooking class at Euro 170 per person per day
*Three days cooking class at Euro 160 per person per day

Each package includes: apron – professional hat – professional gloves – Cooking class participation Certificate – aperitif – dinner. 

Program is subject to change due to forces outside of our control though the Helvetia & Bristol would like to confirm that all efforts will be made to keep changes to a minimum and to maintain our high standards of quality.

Contact our Travel Advisor [email protected] for more details.