Loggiato dei Serviti, one of Florence's newest charming hotels, is in one of its loveliest Renaissance buildings, designed (around 1527) by Sangallo the Elder to match Brunelleschi's famous Hospital of the Innocenti, opposite. Until a few years ago the building housed a modest pensione and the beautiful square was a giant car park. But the Loggiato is now elegantly restored and, thanks to the city councils change of heart, much more peaceful.
The decoration is a skilful blend of old and new, all designed to complement the original vaulting and other features with a minimum of frill and fuss. Floors are terracotta-tiled, walls rag-painted in pastel colours. Bedrooms are individually decorated with sympathy and flair. There is a small, bright breakfast room in which to start the day (with fruit juice, cheese and ham, brioches, fruit and coffee) and a little bar where you can recover from it, browsing glossy magazines and sipping a Campari.
A recent reporter praised the admirable comfort and standards, individual welcome and service, and calm, comfortable and quiet atmosphere. They provided the best breakfast we have had in Italy and excellent value for money. His sole quibble was slightly gloomy lighting.