Riva Lofts, Florence. A beautiful set of lofts south of the Arno in a quieter part of the city, this was an absolute gem of a find. We love slow travel, unfortunately as travel bloggers there are times when keeping up with the million things we have to do makes us zip at high speed. So we were thankful for this chance to spend some downtime recharging our batteries at Riva Lofts while we were in Florence.
Going slow at Riva Lofts, Florence
The people at Riva Lofts definitely get design and we loved that about the place. It had a beautiful countryside charm to it, almost like you could have been facing a Tuscan vineyard, while the interiors had an ever so subtle hint of edgy glamour to it as well. The hotel (it feels so wrong calling it a hotel) had all of this open area in its backyard, a beautiful lawn, chairs and sofas to enjoy the sun or the shade of the trees, a swimming pool, it was just wonderful to sit out there and let time go by slowly.
The rooms were just my kind. All white, with a beautiful balance of classic elegance and modern edginess. The soft white drapes offset the grey walls, diffusing the warm glow of the lamps making the entire effect look magical. The piece de la resistance? The sun window overhead. Waking up with a small spot of light filtering into the room was dreamy! There was a very thoughtfully placed set of chairs and table on the deck right outside our room, where we could sit and smoke, listening to cyclists fly by on the path just behind the trellised fence.
The living area sat opposite the rooms, with everyone given a key to access it at any time. A wonderfully inviting fireplace, projector, sofas and couches with lots of coffee table books to flip through, a formal dining table with candle stands et al, a serving counter, honesty bar and some other tables giving one corner of it a slight bistro look. We loved how this singular space worked as three vastly different areas, divided by stone beams and bricks all coexisting rather happily. Breakfast was elegant and simple. Pastries, breads, conserves and yogurts, ham and eggs, all served with a charming smile.
It was secluded but not cut off, as we discovered the tram stop was literally around the corner, taking us into the heart of the city in a matter of minutes. And for those who wanted to enjoy the beautiful weather, there were bicycles at our disposal as well.
It really did feel like our home away from home. A very glamorous one at that. And we’re glad we got to enjoy a bit of the slow life, in an elegant place as opposed to just renting an apartment. It almost makes us want to let this remain Florence’s best kept secret, but it’s just too wonderful an experience to not share it with discerning travellers such as yourselves!
This post was made possible by the kind people at Riva Lofts, opinions as always are our own.