La Residenza del Proconsolo

This elegant hotel, once the home of a noble Florentine family, delivers million-dollar views of Brunelleschi's cathedral dome.

By Reid Bramblett, Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010, 12:16 PM

La Residenza del Proconsolo

About this Hotel

Price From $118

Million-dollar views of the Duomo, a high-ceilinged room with a canopy bed, breakfasts of pastries and cappuccino brought to the door: Name a hotel in Florence that comes close to delivering those kinds of goods, especially for $118 a night. Located right off the Duomo square, La Residenza del Proconsolo once belonged to the Pazzi family, infamous for trying to assassinate Lorenzo "the Magnificent" de' Medici in the 15th century. In 2004, an only slightly less ambitious family, the Marianos, renovated the palazzo themselves and now rent out five rooms of the old piano nobile (the "noble floor," where the aristocratic family once had their private quarters). Ask for Leonardo, with its curtained bed and tall windows, or Brunelleschi, with a four-poster bed and a wrought-iron balcony; both are on the front of the building, with lofty proportions and nothing standing between you and Brunelleschi's cathedral dome just a few dozen yards away.

Free Wi-Fi? No.

Credit Cards Accepted MC, Visa.

Details Doubles from $118, including breakfast.