Helvetia & Bristol Reopens in Florence After Detailed Restoration

Helvetia & Bristol Reopens in Florence After Detailed Restoration

Helvetia & Bristol – Starhotels Collezione is once again welcoming guests after an extraordinary renovation that, thanks to the contribution of Italian artisan masters, has restored the original splendor of the hotel, enriched with luxury and contemporary comforts.

Since its opening in 1883, the hotel has been a preferred destination for artists, intellectuals and jetsetters from all over the world who continue to be fascinated by its discreet luxury, high-end service and enviable location right in the heart of the city.

The 64 rooms and suites have all been renovated and are unique in their kind, finely furnished with priceless objects that recall the atmosphere of a magnificent noble residence, redefining the standards of modern hospitality.

Along with priceless antique furniture, restored by expert artisans, the rooms are adorned with wallpaper boasting original designs, elegant wainscoting, oak hardwood flooring, damask Italian silk, refined taffeta curtains and furniture designed specifically for the restyling.

To revive the timeless elegance of Helvetia & Bristol, the newly designed spaces were inspired by the atmosphere that long-fascinated travelers partaking in the Grand Tour.

The evocative Bristol Winter Garden, covered by the historic Liberty-style glass ceiling that dates to the early 20th century, was redesigned to become one of the top spots for fine dining in the city; a versatile place, where mirrored screens bestow intimacy to the setting, reflecting the exquisite petroleum blue velvet of the seats, the wicker pieces and the green finishing touches.

The walls create a visual harmony that blends with the furniture: the sophisticated wallpaper designed by the artist Ottavia Moschini depicts Tuscan fauna, recalling classic motifs of 18th-century chinoiserie, a recurring theme throughout the hotel.

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 first part of the renovation also involved the building’s façade, lobby and bar finished in June. The entire project is expected to conclude in early 2020 when the neighboring building – the former Banco di Roma – will be completed, adding 25 magnificent rooms and suites, a spa and an events space.